August 3, 2001
HPWREN PI Testifies Before House Committee on Science
A July 31 Congressional hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Research included testimony from HPWREN PI Hans-Werner Braun, a research scientist at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California, San Diego.
Braun's testimony concentrated on the HPWREN project and its impact upon research and education communities in remote areas. "I believe that the involvement of the federal government in the evolution of the Internet is as crucial as ever," reads Braun's testimony. "While the federal government has historically played a key role in driving the network performance edge, significant areas remain underdeveloped, including the sophistication of Internet applications and national network ubiquity fulfilling demanding performance requirements."
Entitled "Innovation in Information Technology: Beyond Faster Computers and Higher Bandwidth", the hearing focused on the impact of federal investment upon promoting information technology innovation and fostering an array of sophisticated applications that infuse information technology into areas including education, scientific research, and delivery of public services. The hearing also examined the limits of current technology and highlighted research questions and technological applications that require additional investment.
"On June 26th, we met to examine the federal investment in IT research and development and to understand how that investment is divided up among agencies and research priority areas. That hearing covered the federal IT oversight structure and the recommendations of both the President’s Information Technology Advisory Council, or PITAC, and the Interagency Working Group on Information Technology R&D," said Research Subcommittee Chairman Nick Smith (R-MI). "Both oversight groups recommended increased support for long-term, high risk and high potential IT research while the July 31st hearing focused more closely on the way the National Science Foundation uses the recommendations of oversight groups and other members of the community to prioritize its IT R&D funding."
"As this subcommittee moves ahead with legislation to authorize the federal role in supporting IT research, I hope our witnesses can also share their impressions of NSF’s role in the process," Smith said.
Braun's testimony can be found on the web at http://www.house.gov/science/research/jul31/braun.htm and http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/HPWREN-C107-testimony-20010731/.
Photographs depicting preparation for this activity are available at http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/Photos/20010801/.
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