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CASC Remarks Garrison Walters. September 23, 2009. The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. Then Computing and the Economy. US lead in technology Computer technology-driven zero PCs in 1980 to 50 million in 1990 (BLS hadn’t a clue) applied in ways no one expected

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casc remarks garrison walters

CASC RemarksGarrison Walters

September 23, 2009

The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education

then computing and the economy
ThenComputing and the Economy
  • US lead in technology
    • Computer technology-driven
      • zero PCs in 1980 to 50 million in 1990 (BLS hadn’t a clue)
      • applied in ways no one expected
        • IBM’s initial marketing of the PC
      • Telecom revolution of the ‘90s amplified computer impact
    • HPC role rapidly increasing in importance over quarter century
      • Accelerating product development cycle
        • Toyota Avalon—no mules
        • Jaguar XK—at least a year shorter
      • People more important than hardware (but we had both)
a note on computers and the american university
A Note on Computers and the American University
  • First electronic computer
  • First spinoff company
  • Entire new discipline
  • Huge numbers of grads
  • Vast numbers of innovations: UNIX, RISC, etc.
  • Who says universities are slow to change?
now computing and the economy
NowComputing and the Economy
  • U.S. no longer most educated
    • Especially weak at younger levels (means we’ll fall further soon)
    • Especially weak in science and technology.
  • Yesterday’s HPC= today’s mainstream?
    • Offers the potential of huge increases in productivity and competitiveness
    • We’d like to think that will happen, but will we have the talent?
      • Hardware not an issue--available everywhere
  • Making HPC mainstream means two things:
    • Enough people to take HPC-type solutions to medium-sized and smaller business
    • Progress in restructuring code for greater parallelization
      • Will require scale of understanding as well as central R&D
the future computing and the economy
The FutureComputing and the Economy
  • Standard solution to talent problem: do more of what we’ve been doing and hope we get a different result
  • An alternative approach
    • Replace all required K-12 mathematics instruction with math embedded in computer/ computational science
      • Easily cover all the important topics
      • Pure mathematics an elective
    • Outcomes
      • Make today’s HPC mainstream
      • And also
        • More people ready for science, not just computer/computational
        • More people graduating from high school and college
          • Math now is a barrier to graduation and a filter to science
  • US recognizes the problem of competing on knowledge, but not doing much.
  • Renewed emphasis on computer/computational science is a key part of a successful solution.

The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education

Garrison Walters