USC ISI To Pilot Cyberinfrastructure Center of Excellence for NSF’s Largest Scientific Facilities

Publié le 29 octobre 2018, par Thérèse Hameau

« $3 Million grant will develop a strategic plan for a Cyberinfrastructure Center of Excellence.

How to make scientific collaboration across colleagues and continents run smoothly ? That’s what computer scientist, Ewa Deelman, a research director at USC ISI, does. As scientists work with myriad data points and pull in data from sensors all over the world, they need to work collaboratively utilize distributed resources to do complex scientific computations. Instead of reinventing the wheel for each project, Deelman creates computational tools for scientists to collaborate. One can say she creates the complex cyber ’plumbing’ so that data can flow freely between, and be crunched easily by researchers to advance scientific knowledge.

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The two-year effort supported by the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering and the Division of Emerging Frontiers in the Directorate for Biological Sciences at NSF, will aim to support sharing of best practices, software solutions and architectures coming from over 20 of NSF largest facilities. NSF programs such as the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, a wide-field survey telescope under construction that will photograph the entire available sky ; OOI, a networked ocean research observatory helping scientists studying coastal regions and the impact of autonomous underwater vehicles ; IceCube, a neutrino detector at the South Pole and NEON, a research platform designed to study the biosphere to conduct real-time ecological studies at the scales required to address grand challenges in ecology, are the types of programs from which the project team is hoping to learn. The computer scientists will study how these large scale projects develop, re-use, and deploy complex cyberinfrastructure, how they develop and nurture their cyberinfrastructure workforce, and how they meet the needs of the thousands of scientists they serve.

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