Make faster computers! That’s the charge of a new National Strategic Computing Initiative formed by executive order from President Barack Obama. The Wall Street Journal reports:
[The goal is] building a supercomputer that can deliver 100 times the performance of current 10 petaflop systems and improving technologies used for data analytics. The order also calls for bettering the high-performance computing ecosystem and ensuring that “the benefits of the research and development advances are … shared between the United States Government and industrial and academic sectors.”
Maybe, before we sink untold billions into more government research, we should take a breath and figure out how to deal with the technology of today. Cyber crimes continue to escalate, and laws lag behind shifting technological realities. Perhaps performance should take a back seat to security.