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GCC8 TEXT: COOPERATION IN SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING

U.S.-Russian Joint Commission on Economic and Technological Cooperation

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE NATIONAL
SCIENCE FOUNDATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND
THE STATE COMMITTEE FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGIES OF THE
RUSSIAN FEDERATION ON COOPERATION IN HIGH PERFORMANCE
SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING

The National Science Foundation of the United States of America and
the State Committee for Science and Technologies of the Russian
Federation, hereinafter referred to as "the Parties,"

Recognizing the importance of U.S.-Russian collaboration in the area
of high performance scientific computing,

Considering the internationally high caliber of the theoretical
research and practical results achieved by scientists from Russia and
the U.S. in this area, and considering the positive experience they
have gained from cooperation,

Taking into consideration the Statement of Goals and Plan of Action of
the Telecommunications Working Group of the Science and Technology
Committee of the intergovernmental U.S.-Russian Commission on Economic
and Technological Cooperation presented on the 26th of January 1996,

Pursuant to the Record of Meeting of U.S.-Russian Cooperation in High
Performance Computing, signed by representatives of the National
Science Foundation and the Ministry of Science and Technology Policy
of the Russian Federation on the 22nd of July 1996,

Have agreed as follows:

ARTICLE 1

The purposes of this Memorandum of Understanding are to identify and
agree on the most promising directions of U.S.-Russian cooperation in
the field of high performance scientific computing, to provide
guidance and facilitate the establishment of cooperation in this
field, and to create a mechanism to coordinate this cooperation. This
Memorandum is subject to and governed by the Agreement Between the
Government of the United States of America and the Government of the
Russian Federation on Science and Technology Cooperation signed on the
16th of December, 1993, hereinafter referred to as "the Science and
Technology Agreement."

ARTICLE 2

1. Cooperation in this field will be implemented on the basis of
arrangements directly between U.S. and Russian scientific centers,
universities, institutes, laboratories and other scientific
organizations.

2. The National Science Foundation of the U.S. and the State Committee
of the Russian Federation for Science and Technologies shall be
responsible for overall coordination of participation in cooperation
under this Memorandum by U.S. and Russian scholars and organizations.
Both Parties will make every effort to involve universities, research
institutes, and other scientific organizations in cooperation.

3. Each Party shall designate an official representative who will be
responsible for coordinating cooperation and through whom contact with
the other Party will occur.

ARTICLE 3

1. Areas for cooperation will involve topics in high performance
scientific computing. These may include tools and algorithms for
scalable parallel systems, applications of computational science and
engineering, applications of high performance networks, scientific
visualization and other topics representing the state of the art iii
the use and programming of large scale computer systems.

2. Specific topics for cooperation will be determined on a
case-by-case basis by interested researchers and will take into
consideration the expertise, existing facilities and resources of each
side.

ARTICLE 4

This Memorandum shall be implemented by conducting joint research,
joint seminars, and workshops. The principal purposes of such seminars
and workshops shall be to determine scientific priorities and
preparation for future joint research projects. Other forms of
cooperation may be added by mutual agreement of the Parties.

ARTICLE 5

Cooperative activities under this Memorandum shall be conducted in
accordance with the applicable laws, regulations, and procedures in
both countries and shall be subject to the availability of resources.

ARTICLE 6

Results and information derived from an activity under this Memorandum
shall be made available through publication in scientific journals or
through other channels. Intellectual property created or furnished
pursuant to this Memorandum shall be protected according to Annex II
of the Science and Technology Agreement.

ARTICLE 7

1. This Memorandum shall enter into force upon signature by both
Parties and shall remain in force for five years or for the duration
of the Science and Technology Agreement, whichever is shorter. It may
be amended or extended for further periods by written agreement of the
Parties so long as the Science and Technology Agreement remains in
force.

2. This Memorandum may be terminated at any time by either Party upon
six months' written notice to the other Party.

3. Termination of this Memorandum shall not affect the implementation
of any cooperative activity carried out under this Memorandum and not
completed upon termination of this Memorandum.

DONE at Washington, DC, on this 7th day of February, 1997, in
duplicate in the English and Russian languages, each text being
equally authentic.


For the National Science Foundation         For the State Committee for
of the United States of America         Science and Technologies of the
                                                     Russian Federation
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