The exceptionalpersonnel of the Goddard Space Flight Center enjoy a proud heritage at thecutting edge of space and environmental science. As a CIO looking 10years into Goddard’s future, I foresee the heritage of scientific and technicalexcellence 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 PerformanceComputing. As I consider the 1965 counsel of Intel co-founder GordonMoore, that computing power will double about every 2 years, that translatesinto a 2020 Goddard IT infrastructure that is 5 times more powerful than we havetoday.
Will integratedchip architecture continue to evolve as Moore’s Law predicts? I believeit will – but perhaps not in completely the same form as heretofore. Perhaps in 10 years we will have achieved the first operational quantumcomputing capabilities. Perhaps other interim or surpassing capabilitieswill have been attained. Whatever the form these technologies will take,the underpinning information technologies at GSFC will enable more powerfulsensors, producing exponentially more detailed data, which in turn will beunderstood 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 bedriving the means by which mankind observes, measures, and predicts the stateof our global environment, the understanding of our sun and solar system, theidentification of exoplanets capable of sustaining human life, and the originsof our universe. The attainment of such knowledge will continue to improvethe lives of millions, sustain and advance our national economy, and fire theimaginations of those who will one day stand on our shoulders as GSFC is passedto a new generation of scientific leaders. It is my belief thatinformation technology will continue to be a tool to sustain and enrich thateffort now and in the future.