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United States House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology Hearing on Oversight of the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development NITRD Program Dr Daniel A Reed reed microsoft com Chair Computing Research Association CRA 1100 17th Street NW Washington D C 20036 Director Scalable and Multicore Computing Microsoft Corporation Redmond WA 98052 July 31 2008 Testimony of Daniel A Reed Chair Computing Research Association CRA July 31 2008 Good afternoon Mr Chairman and Members of the Committee Thank you for granting me this opportunity to comment on the federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development NITRD program I am Daniel Reed Chair of the Board of Directors for the Computing Research Association CRA I am also a researcher in high performance computing a member of the President s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology PCAST the former Head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and currently Director of Scalable and Multicore Computing Strategy at Microsoft During our lifetime information technology has transformed our society our economy and our personal lives Imagine a world without consumer electronics personal computers the Internet or predictive computational models As Tennyson so eloquently expressed we have dipped into the future far as human eye could see saw the vision of the world and all the wonder that would be Despite our current wonder the future of computing the world that can be is even more amazing for we are poised on the brink of even greater revolutions deep understanding of biological and physical processes personalized medicine and assistive living technology autonomous vehicles that navigate in traffic and severe weather strategic and tactical military and intelligence systems with true information superiority information assistants that enhance our intellectual activities distributed sensors and actuators that protect our



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