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Kathy Yelick Invited Speaker at NITRD's 20th Anniversary Symposium

February 14, 2012

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Kathy Yelick

Kathy Yelick, Berkeley Lab's Associate Laboratory Director for Computing Sciences, is one of 16 speakers invited to share their expertise at a Feb. 16 symposium marking the 20th anniversary of the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. Yelick will give a presentation on "More and Moore: Growing Computing Performance for Scientific Discovery."

While the Federal investment in Networking and Information Technology (NIT) Research and Development (R&D) dates from the birth of the field more than 60 years ago, the High-Performance Computing Act of 1991, recognizing the unique importance NIT R&D to the nation, provided for multi-agency coordination of this investment. The invitation-only symposium in Washington, DC, explored the accomplishments and prospects of this coordinated effort, which involves 15 Federal agencies as full partners.

Other speakers on the program included Former Vice President Al Gore, who spearheaded the High-Performance Computing Act of 1991, David Keyes of Columbia University and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, and Vinton Cerf, one of the “fathers of the Internet” and a member of the ESnet Policy Board.
For more information, visit the symposium website.

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