Issue No. 04 - July/August (2002 vol. 4)
Geoffrey Fox , Indiana University
<p>Over the last decade or so,there has been much discussion of and progress in computational science. The US High Performance Computing and Communications Initiative and the National Science Foundation Grand Challenge programs largely focused on this trend. However, a subtle change has taken place recently. For example, although the NSF initiated the Information Technology Research program based on recommendations from the President? Information Technology Advisory Committee, there is no parallel Computational Science Research program nor a President ? Computational Science Advisory Committee. Classic computational goals are just one part of the IT agenda-part that's getting smaller. We see the same trend in research, with work on grids and distributed computing overshadowing that on classic parallel computing. Now the NSF has a new cyberinfrastructure report (<a href="www.cise.nsf.gov/b_ribbon">www.cise.nsf.gov/b_ribbon</a>) continuing the same emphasis on distributed systems. What does this mean for computational science and its associated technology and research?</p>
G. Fox, "E-Science Meets Computational Science and Information Technology," in Computing in Science & Engineering, vol. 4, no. , pp. 84-85, 2002.