SCEC Award Number 20098 View PDF
Proposal Category Collaborative Proposal (Data Gathering and Products)
Proposal Title Initiating a Shared SCEC Research Computing and Cyberinfrastructure Platform
Name Organization
Ahmed Elbanna University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Ricardo Taborda Universidad EAFIT (Colombia)
Other Participants Tran Huynh
SCEC Priorities 4a, 4b, 5a SCEC Groups CS, CXM, GM
Report Due Date 03/15/2021 Date Report Submitted 05/06/2021
Project Abstract
SCEC researchers make extensive use of research computing resources and tools including high-performance and cloud computing, observational and simulated data, community earth models, open-source scientific community software, and complex research computing software stacks. A growing number of research projects also require improved information sharing, data access and data delivery tools. The purpose of the shared SCEC research computing (RC) and cyberinfrastructure (CI) is to identify and properly allocate the available SCEC capabilities and resources in terms of software developer time to support projects funded through the annual SCEC science collaboration process that have RC/CI needs.The process for allocating shared SCEC RC/CI resources through the annual collaboration planning process was initiated in 2020. Ten proposals submitted explicitly requested research computing and software development support from SCEC developers. In total, 33.5 weeks of developer time was requested. During the time allocation process, the Computational Science Group leaders identified an additional 17 proposals as potentially requiring SCEC developer support for the proposed plans. These PI’s did not explicitly request developer time but were also accounted for when estimating the available time from SCEC developers to support projects funded in 2020. All but one of these proposals were recommended for funding. The need for SCEC research computing and developer support might be greater than requested or reported. Our efforts in 2021 will be to further track and understand better needs of the funded SCEC projects, and to be able to allocate limited developer time more appropriately.
Intellectual Merit Access to shared research computing and infrastructure resources enables progress in science questions that rely on these resources for data analysis, visualization, and high-performance computing.
Broader Impacts This funding provides support for SCEC developers which will help refine SCEC science products in terms of IT services, data visualization, and data analysis, all of which are relevant for the broader community and for the conduction, presentation and dissemination of SCEC researchers’ science problems and results.
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