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NSF to invest $37M in next-gen networks, computer systems

By Sandra Helsel posted 20 Apr 2022

(FedScoop)  covered the NSF’s largest public-private partnership to-date in a recent article. IQT-News summarizes the development below–which Nyczepir relates to concerns of US competitiveness against China in the international quantum computing race.

The National Science Foundation will invest more than $37 million into academic research of next-generation networks and computer systems to maintain U.S. competitiveness, the agency announced Monday. The public-private partnership is NSF‘s largest to date and comes as concerns mount that the U.S. is losing the quantum computing race to China.

Companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft and agencies including the Department of Defense and National Institute of Standards and Technology are participating in the Resilient and Intelligent Next-Generation Systems (RINGS) public-private partnership.

“The RINGS program is a visionary and ambitious effort that will benefit many critical aspects of societal infrastructure and will have long-term, transformational impacts on the next generation of network systems,” said Gurdip Singh, director of the Division of Computer and Network Systems, in the announcement. “I am excited to see how awardees under this program lead the path toward new communication capabilities that improve our lives from education to infrastructure and national security.”

A total of 37 projects across various universities will receive the cumulative $43.5 m in funding, when partners’ contributions are factored in.

Sandra K. Helsel, Ph.D. has been researching and reporting on frontier technologies since 1990.  She has her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.

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