SC20 Proceedings

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

The Future of NSF-Supported Advanced Cyberinfrastructure

Authors: Amy Friedlander (National Science Foundation), 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. Senior leadership and program staff from NSF’s Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) will discuss the latest funding opportunities across all aspects of the research CI ecosystem, including the roles of data and software. Discussions will also cover Leadership-Class Computing, the Research Core program, Advanced Computing Systems and Services, and the NSF CI Coordination ecosystem. 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 will provide an update on NSF's strategy for cyberinfrastructure that addresses growing needs across science and engineering research domains – including data and software needs – informed by an array of recent community inputs and reports. Presentations will also cover NSF-wide investment strategies, and funding opportunities from the NSF’s Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) across the spectrum of advanced computing, networking, cybersecurity, and learning and workforce development.

Other topics of discussion will include Leadership Class Computing, HPC acquisition portfolio, OAC’s Research Core solicitation, other opportunities connected with NSF FY2021 priority areas, and feedback on the OAC blueprint documents. 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 SC19 that was highly successful and well attended. Anticipated outcomes include a better-informed research community, and submission of more innovative, potentially transformative proposals to NSF.


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