I met recently with Dr. Wilfred (Wilf) Pinfold, Director of Extreme Scale Computing research with Intel Labs. We talked about a number of issues centered around the race to exascale. Pinfold is cautiously optimistic about exascale R&D, but also warns us that now is the time to get it right. He brings a balanced perspective to the discussion of pursuing the most commercially viable path as opposed to a more risky path of R&D. We pick up the conversation with Pinfold as he discusses the importance of international competition in this global race.