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Media Advisory

For immediate use

June 22, 2004 -- No. 331

UNC high-performance computing expert
to testify at U.S. Senate hearing today (June 22)

Dr. Daniel A. Reed, a key architect in national high-performance computing initiatives, is scheduled to testify at a U.S. Senate hearing concerning high-performance computing today (June 22) at 2:30 p.m. Reed is vice chancellor for information technology and chief information officer and the first Chancellor’s Eminent Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The hearing specifically concerns S.2176, the High-End Computing Revitalization Act of 2004. This bill would authorize the U.S. Department of Energy to support research and development creating an ultrascale computing capability.

Reed will participate as part of a panel including Dr. Dimitri Kusnezov, director, the Advanced Simulation and Computing Program, National Nuclear Security Administration; Dr. Jeff Wadsworth, director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; David Turek, vice president, IBM; and Vincent Scarafino, manager, Numerically Intensive Computing, Ford Motor Co.

Reed will be available to talk with interested reporters after the hearing. He can be reached by leaving a message on his voice mail at (919) 962-1796.

He had testified before the U.S. Senate in May, also on S.2176.

Reed is a member of President Bush’s Information Technology Advisory Committee, charged with providing advice on information technology issues and challenges to the president. He chairs the information technology and science subcommittee.

Before coming to UNC, he was director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), a 400-person research institute that develops computing infrastructure in support of scientific research. NCSA was the birthplace of the modern Web browser that sparked the Internet revolution.

Reed chairs the policy board for the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, the Department of Energy’s high-performance computing center for scientific research.

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