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Indian-Americans Role in US Government is “profound”, have Contributed Immensely to Art and Culture, says US lawmaker

Congressman David Schweikert has praised Indian-Americans for their contribution in enriching art and culture in USA

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David Schweikert praises Indian-Americans.
David Schweikert praises Indian-Americans. Wikimedia
  • US lawmaker David Schweikert has praised Indian community for its contribution to the nation
  • The statement was made ahead of PM Narendra Modi’s meet with Indian Diaspora in the city
  • Many Indian-Americans have secured influential positions in US government

Washington, June 25, 2017: US lawmaker and Congressman David Schweikert has said that Indian-Americans have contributed immensely to art and culture in the USA and that their role in US government is “profound”. This was said by the top lawmaker ahead of PM Narendra Modi’s interaction with Indian Diaspora in the area as a part of his 3-day tour of USA.

“There is much to celebrate in our country’s relationship with India, the world’s largest democracy, and in the enormous contributions that Indian-Americans make in our country. The role of Indian-Americans in government is profound.”, said Schweikert.

There are about four million Indian-Americans in the USA, stated the reports of the Census Bureau.

The Congressional Research Service has further stated that the annual bilateral trade between the two nations is expected to reach USD 500 billion by 2024, a five-fold increase since 2013, adding a further significance to India-US relations.

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Schweikert said in the House of Representatives, “In 2010 Pew Research Centre, a non-partisan think tank, reported that more than 87 percent of adult Indian-Americans were foreign-born and they were highly educated and successful.” He further praised the community by giving several narrations of the community’s success in the country.

In the recent past, many Indian-Americans secured influential posts in the US government. Nikki Haley who was earlier the Governor of South Carolina, was appointed the ambassador to the UN.  Seema Verma was named administrator of the Centre for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

Ajit Pai was made the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Four Indian Americans took their seats in the House of Representatives and one in the Senate; and many more serve in state legislatures, local governments, the judicial branch and beyond.

The Congressman further stated, “Indian-Americans have deeply enriched our nation’s arts and culture, and the Indian media in the US is surging to meet demand. Cable, satellite and radio offer a growing array of Hindu and Indian content. Politically and militarily, our two countries are united in a commitment to fight terrorism and promote world peace.”

– prepared by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram. Twitter: @NikitaTayal6 

 

 

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US Government Working with Intel and Cray to Develop Nation’s Fastest Computer by 2021

One of Aurora's primary functions would be simulating nuclear blasts, a pillar of weapons development since the ban of live detonation testings

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FILE- This Jan. 1, 2018, file photo shows an Intel logo on the box containing an HP desktop computer on sale at a Costco in Pittsburgh. VOA

A U.S. government-led group is working with chipmaker Intel and Cray to develop and build the nation’s fastest computer by 2021 for conducting nuclear weapons and other research, officials said Monday.

The Department of Energy and the Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago said they were working on a supercomputer dubbed Aurora with Intel, the world’s biggest supplier of data center chips, and Cray, which specializes in the ultra-fast machines.

The $500 million contract for the project calls on the companies to deliver a computer with so-called exaflop performance — that is, being able to perform 1 quintillion (1,000,000,000,000,000,000) calculations per second.

If the project succeeds, Aurora would represent nearly an order of magnitude leap over existing machines that feature so-called petaflop performance, capable of doing 1 quadrillion (1,000,000,000,000,000) calculations a second.

It also heightens the stakes in a race in which the United States, China, the European Union and Japan have all announced plans to build exaflop-capable supercomputers.

One of Aurora’s primary functions would be simulating nuclear blasts, a pillar of weapons development since the ban of live detonation testings.

Aurora will be built with artificial intelligence capabilities for projects such as developing better battery materials and helping the Department of Veterans Affairs prevent suicides, Rick Stevens, an associate lab director with Argonne overseeing the exascale computing project, said during a news
briefing.

The project is a win for Intel, which will supply its Xeon CPU chips and Optane memory chips for Aurora.

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FILE – The Nvidia booth is shown at the E3 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, June 13, 2017. VOA

Intel has been fending off rival U.S. chipmaker Nvidia Corp.’s rise in the chip content of supercomputers as the machines take on more artificial intelligence work. Nvidia’s chips are found in five of the world’s current top 10 supercomputers, though the Nvidia chips are found alongside chips from its rivals, according to TOP500, which ranks the machines.

The world’s current most powerful machine, the Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, contains chips from International Business Machines Corp. and Nvidia.

The source of chips for supercomputers has become a factor in trade tensions between the United States and China. The world’s third-fastest supercomputer — the Sunway TaihuLight in China — has chips developed domestically in China.

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Chirag Dekate, an analyst with Gartner who studies the supercomputing market, said that despite the small contract size relative to Intel’s overall revenue, the work done on Aurora will eventually filter down to the company’s commercial customers.

“It’s not just a jingoistic race between the U.S. and China,” Dekate said. “The innovations that Intel is developing here will percolate down to other parts of its business.” (VOA)