SC19 Proceedings

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis

The Future of NSF Supported Advanced Cyberinfrastructure

Authors: Manish Parashar (National Science Foundation), Alejandro Suarez (National Science Foundation)

Abstract: The National Science Foundation's vision and investment plans for cyberinfrastructure (CI) are designed to address the evolving needs of the science and engineering research community. Program Directors from NSF’s Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) will update attendees with a blueprint for the national CI ecosystem for science and engineering and discuss the latest funding opportunities across all aspects of the CI ecosystem. Presentations will also discuss Leadership Class Computing, the Research Core program, Advanced Computing Systems and Services, and recent workshops. Substantial time will be devoted to Q&A between attendees and NSF staff.

Long Description: The National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) has long invested in advanced cyberinfrastructure to accelerate science and engineering research. This BoF is will provide an update on NSF's strategy for cyberinfrastructure that addresses growing needs across science and engineering research domains, informed by an array of recent community inputs and reports. Presentations will cover NSF-wide investment strategies, and funding opportunities from the NSF’s Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) across the spectrum of advanced computing, software, data infrastructure, networking, cybersecurity, and learning and workforce development. Specifically, comments will be requested on the recently announced OAC blueprint for the future national cyberinfrastructure ecosystem.

Other topics of discussion will include Leadership Class Computing, OAC’s Research Core solicitation, and other opportunities connected with NSF FY2020 priority areas, including feedback from recent workshops on the future of the NSF CI ecosystem. An important objective is to provide a forum for the research community to engage directly with OAC Program Directors with questions about programs and priorities, proposal ideas, and suggestions and concerns. OAC conducted a similar BoF at SC18 that was highly successful and had overflowing attendance (despite a being shifted to the last full day). Anticipated outcomes include a better-informed research community, and submission of more innovative, potentially transformative proposals to NSF.

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