NSF Large Facilities Cyberinfrastructure Workshop

Alexandria, VA, USA, September 16-17, 2019

Workshop Report

Survey Results 



Agenda, September 6-7, 2017


  • Plenary talks and panels:   Edison Ballroom
  • Breakout 1 and 3: Banneker Room
  • Breakout 2 and 4: Bell Room

 *Slides for presentations are linked by presenter

Day 1 – Wednesday, September 06, 2017

07:30 – 08:30 Registration/Breakfast (Edison Ballroom)
08:30 – 09:00 Welcome / Goals of the Workshop  
Irene Qualters and William Miller, NSF / Steering Committee
09:00 – 10:00 Setting the stage (Review of survey responses + Discussion)
Steering Committee
10:00 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 12:00 Panel 1
Focus: Integration, interoperability and reuse of CI solutions, practices
  • How do your projects discover and evaluate available solutions?
  • How do your projects deal with changing availability of CI?
  • Can increased awareness/reuse of CI solutions increase interoperability across facilities?
  • Can community efforts in integration, interoperability and sustainability lead to well defined interfaces that facilitate access to and incorporation of new technologies?
  • What are the most critical CI gaps that you would like to be addressed?
Moderator: Ewa Deelman, USC/ISI
Panelists: Aaron Anderson (NCAR), Gonzalo Merino (IceCube), Mike Zentner (NanoHub), Kate Keahey (Chameleon)
12:00 – 01:00 Lunch
01:00 – 02:30 Panel 2
Focus: Workforce development, and education and outreach
  • What are workforce development related challenges and best practices, e.g., recruitment, training, incentives, reward structures, etc.?
  • How can we better facilitate awareness and sharing of solutions and best practices across different and disparate communities?
  • How can training and outreach become key mechanisms for concurrent improvement of workforce effectiveness and  ability to adopt best tools and understand future needs
  • How similar or different are the training needs of our community with respect to industry? Can industry practices and resources be leveraged?                                           

Moderators: Valerio Pascucci, Univ. of Utah, Donald Petravick, NCSA/UIUC
Panelists: Tim Cockerill  (TACC),  Aaron Andersen (NCAR), Albert Lazzarini (LIGO), Mohan Ramamurthy (UCAR)

All Presentation Slides

02:30 – 03:00 Break
03:00 – 04:30

Breakouts for Panel 1 (Leads: E. Deelman and K. Keahey; Room: Banneker)

Breakouts for Panel 2 (Leads: V. Pascucci and D. Petravick; Room: Bell)

04:30 – 05:00 Report out from breakouts
05:00 – 05:30 Planning for Day 2
06:00 – 09:00 Reception

Day 2 – Thursday, September 07, 2017

07:30 – 08:15 Breakfast (Edison Ballroom)
08:15 – 08:30 Summary of Day 1 / Goals of the Day 2
08:30 – 09:00 Invited Talk 1: NSF/OAC Update – Irene Qualters, NSF
09:00 – 09:30 Invited Talk 2: Summary of Cybersecurity Summit – James Marsteller, CTSC
09:30 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 11:30 Panel 3
Focus: CI Models, Challenges, Best Practices
  • What are the existing models / best practices for architecting/acquiring and operating CI resources/services (storage, compute expertise, software)?
  • What role can academic and commercial service offerings (e.g., cloud services) play?
  • What are there advantages/disadvantages of developing shared CI resource / service models?
  • How CI take advantage rapidly evolving technologies and enterprise solutions?
Moderator: Ellen Rathje, NHERI/University of Texas at Austin
Panelists: Ivan Rodero (OOI), Frank Wuerthwein (LHC/OSG), Tom Gulbransen (NEON)
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 02:00 Panel 4
Focus: Sustaining Facilities CI / Developing a community
  • What are the dimensions of CI (storage, compute expertise, software) sustainability?
  • What are the barriers (if any) towards sustaining CI solutions, both within facilities and externally?
  • What are possible models for CI sustainability?
  • Can sharing, reuse, interoperability provide pathways to sustainability? Can community/market models play a role?
  • How can we create and sustain a community to facilitate sharing and sustainability?  
Moderators: Victoria Stodden, UIUC, and Manish Parashar, Rutgers University
Panelists: Miron Livny (OSG), Tim Ahern (IRIS), Dan Stanzione (NHERI), John Towns (XSEDE)
02:00 – 02:30 Break
02:30 – 04:00

Breakouts for Panel 3 (Lead: E. Rathje; Room: Banneker)

Breakouts for Panel 4 (Leads: V. Stodden and M. Parashar; Room: Bell)

04:00 – 04:30 Report out from breakouts
04:30 – 05:00 Workshop closing