Pilot program to create cyberinfrastructure model for National Science Foundation facilities

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Notre Dame Research

Notre Dame Research

Researchers from the University of Notre Dame will contribute expertise to a pilot project to create a model and strategic plan for a Cyberinfrastructure Center of Excellence. Co-principal investigator Jarek Nabrzyski, director of the Center for Research Computing at Notre Dame (CRC) and professor of the practice and a concurrent associate professor of computer science and engineering; Jane Wyngaard, data scientist at the CRC; and Charles Vardeman, research assistant professor of computer science and engineering and data scientist at the CRC, will help establish best practices for cyberinfrastructure development, which can then be applied to the National Science Foundation’s large research facilities.

 

“The NSF currently supports nearly 20 research facilities that operate in a number of scientific fields and are intended to collect and analyze an immense amount of data,” said Nabrzyski. “However, in order to handle all that data and computation, a state-of-the-art cyberinfrastructure as well as adequate tools are necessary to serve each facility. This pilot project brings together a group of cyberinfrastructure experts that can assess the needs of each research group and help the various facilities accomplish their goals. Our research team at Notre Dame provides expertise in remote sensors and the I of Things or IoT, data portals, and data semantics.”

 

The program will analyze data management and data processing systems, as well as other aspects that can help the NSF improve its research facilities. The researchers on this grant are tasked with the development of a cyberinfrastructure model and then piloting that model within the two-year grant cycle.

 

Collaborating institutions on this pilot are the University of Southern California, Indiana University, the Renaissance Computing Institute and the University of Utah. The grant is funded by the NSF and supported by its Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure.

 

To learn more about the pilot Cyberinfrastructure Center of Excellence, visit sites.google.com/view/cicoe-pilot/home?authuser=0.

 

The Center for Research Computing at the University of Notre Dame is an innovative and multidisciplinary research community that supports collaboration through advanced computation, data analysis and other digital research tools. Facilitating discoveries in science, engineering, the arts, the humanities and the social sciences, the center is composed of four groups: high-performance computing, cyberinfrastructure development, research software development and data science, including the Center for Social Science Research. To learn more about the center, visit crc.nd.edu.

 

Contact: Brandi Klingerman, research communications specialist, Notre Dame Research, 574-631-8183, bklinger@nd.edu@UNDResearch

 

Originally published by Brandi Klingerman at research.nd.edu on Nov. 5, 2018.