|Posted on Sep 15, 2010 01:10:09 PM | Adrian Gardner | 8 Comments ||
The exceptional personnel of the Goddard Space Flight Center enjoy a proud heritage at the cutting edge of space and environmental science. As a CIO looking 10 years into Goddard’s future, I foresee the heritage of scientific and technical excellence preserved through the continued efforts of world-class personnel, world-class science, and world-class technology enhancements.
In today’s NASA, we talk of multiple types of service improvements through cloud computing, network integration, information sharing, and improved High Performance Computing. As I consider the 1965 counsel of Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, that computing power will double about every 2 years, that translates into a 2020 Goddard IT infrastructure that is 5 times more powerful than we have today.
Will integrated chip architecture continue to evolve as Moore’s Law predicts? I believe it will – but perhaps not in completely the same form as heretofore. Perhaps in 10 years we will have achieved the first operational quantum computing capabilities. Perhaps other interim or surpassing capabilities will have been attained. Whatever the form these technologies will take, the underpinning information technologies at GSFC will enable more powerful sensors, producing exponentially more detailed data, which in turn will be understood through modeling that today can be considered only a dream.
As in the past, in the year 2020, the GSFC team and its supporting technologies will still be driving the means by which mankind observes, measures, and predicts the state of our global environment, the understanding of our sun and solar system, the identification of exoplanets capable of sustaining human life, and the origins of our universe. The attainment of such knowledge will continue to improve the lives of millions, sustain and advance our national economy, and fire the imaginations of those who will one day stand on our shoulders as GSFC is passed to a new generation of scientific leaders. It is my belief that information technology will continue to be a tool to sustain and enrich that effort now and in the future.
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