Over at The Exascale Report, Mike Bernhardt has posted an in-depth with Intel’s Diane Bryant, Senior Vice President and General Manger, Datacenter and Connected Systems Group. Bryant gives her perspective on high performance computing, U.S. competitiveness, and the goal of reaching Exascale computing performance by 2020.
The U.S. government’s investment in the move to Exascale is very important. The U.S. government has been a driving force year after year after year in advancing the state of computing. That’s important for the industry. It’s important for the United States, for public interest, and for economic development. And, at large, we will collectively, holistically continue the move to exascale. Government can’t do this without industry, and industry can’t do this without the support of the government. Intel invested $10 billion in R&D last year, and we continue to make a significant investments year over year in R&D. We take the High Performance Computing and the supercomputing space extremely seriously. If for no other reason, technology starts at the top and like water, falls down. Everyone benefits from that trickle down – from the highest supercomputing investment down to commercial HPC down to the desktop. So we will continue to invest. From an international perspective, you certainly do see other governments – other geographies – recognizing the criticality of an investment by the government in supercomputing. It’s actually very encouraging. It reinforces what the U.S. government has been doing year after year, decade after decade.