House Appropriations votes to reduce DOE supercomputing funding

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Funding for supercomputing research at the Energy Department would substantially decrease should a House Appropriations Committee spending bill for the coming fiscal year become law.

The committee approved June 26 a $30.4 billion fiscal 2014 energy and water appropriations bill by a 28-21 vote divided along party lines.

Included in Energy Department spending proposals was $465.59 million for its Advanced Scientific Computing Research program; the bill reported out by committee would reduce that amount by $33.23 million. The committee says their appropriation of $432.36 million would be $8.46 million below current year funding.

The committee says in its legislative report (.pdf) that money for development of an exascale computer--which is funded under that budget line--should be fully funded at $68.58 million. It also says that the High Performance Network Facilities and Testbeds effort should get its full $32.61 million in funding; that Leadership Computing Facilities should actually get $148.5 million as opposed to the $147 million request, but that High Performance Production Computing should get $62 million rather than the $65.6 million requested.

Supercomputing at the National Nuclear Security Administration--a semi-autonomous agency within DOE--would receive its full fiscal 2014 request of $564.33 million, the report says. But, the report also says that current year funding for the Advanced Simulation and Computing Campaign will go down, "to account for savings that are available due to completion of Sequoia at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the existence of $40,000,000 in prior-year balances."

For more:
- go to a House Appropriations press release on the energy and water appropriations markup
- download the committee report (.pdf)

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