LIVERMORE, Calif. The report drafted by the Presidential Information Technology Advisory Committee has come back from Vice President Al Gore's desk along with an increase of $366 million in this year's funding for long-term information-technology research.
Gore also pledged support on Tuesday (Feb. 23) for the issues raised in the recently finalized PITAC report, which calls for an increase of $1.3 billion in funding for long-term research during the next five years. "The initial funding is on target," said David Cooper, chief information officer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and a representative on the 26-member committee.
Consisting mostly of industry representatives, PITAC was formed to study the lack of long-term research in technology circles. Software is given the highest priority in the PITAC report, which calls for greater reuse of software components and the production of more reliable code. Secondary emphasis is shared equally by three other issues: high-end computing, a scalable internetworking infrastructure and the socioeconomic impact of technology.