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The High-End Computing Revitalization Task Force (HECRTF) was chartered under the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) to develop a plan for undertaking and sustaining a robust Federal high-end computing program to maintain U.S. leadership in science and technology.
The HECRTF solicited input from leading applications scientists in a variety of disciplines who use high-end computing to advance their research. They were asked to identify important scientific challenges addressable by high-end computing and to estimate the additional computational capability (as a multiple of present high-end capability) needed to achieve the goal. The estimates of additional capability needed to achieve the goals ranged from 100 to 1,000 times the current capability of today's high-end computing resources.
As part of its planning, the Task Force examined similar interagency efforts from the recent past, notably the High-Performance Computing and Communications Program (HPCC) and the Next Generation Internet (NGI) Initiative. Several Task Force members had participated in one or both of these initiatives.
The Task Force's final report was the Report on High Performance Computing for the National Security Community.