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Fermi Users Group. FSSC News and Operations Support. Chris Shrader, Fermi Science support Center NASA/GSFC. FSSC Status, Major Activities. Preparations for P7R and ST release next month GI Cycle-6 program implemented

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Fermi users group

Fermi Users Group

FSSC News and Operations Support

Chris Shrader, Fermi Science support Center NASA/GSFC

Fermi Users Group Meeting Goddard Space Flight Center, August 16, 2013 C. Shrader, NASA/GSFC


Fssc status major activities

FSSC Status, Major Activities

  • Preparations for P7R and ST release next month

  • GI Cycle-6 program implemented

  • User support; query rate indicative of strong community engagement

  • Operations support;

    • Resources for GI assessment of new observation strategies

Fermi Users Group Meeting Goddard Space Flight Center, August 16, 2013 C. Shrader, NASA/GSFC


A few fssc highlights

A few FSSC Highlights

  • Over 20Tb of data served to community, 400 Guest Investigations!

  • User contributed tools from FSSC

    • Scripted analyses, including ones which facilitate multi-processor applications

    • GUI driven quick look analysis (release imminent) and full ST analyses

Fermi Users Group Meeting Goddard Space Flight Center, August 16, 2013 C. Shrader, NASA/GSFC


User contributed tools

User Contributed Tools

  • Nikolai’s example; screen shots …

Fermi Users Group Meeting Goddard Space Flight Center, August 16, 2013 C. Shrader, NASA/GSFC


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User Contributed Tools

Fermi Users Group Meeting Goddard Space Flight Center, August 16, 2013 C. Shrader, NASA/GSFC


Cycle 6 gi program

Cycle 6 GI Program

  • Record number of proposals received; 233

    • Lengthy delay between review and Stage-I selections

  • 50 new programs selected (49 new grants), plus 4 large project continuation approvals

    • Pre-sequester: anticipated about 67

    • One new large project (out of 3 requests)

    • New precedent: one progress report rejection

  • Obviously very competitive

    • 23% accept rate

Fermi Users Group Meeting Goddard Space Flight Center, August 16, 2013 C. Shrader, NASA/GSFC


Cycle 6 program

Cycle-6 Program

Fermi Users Group Meeting Goddard Space Flight Center, August 16, 2013 C. Shrader, NASA/GSFC


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Fermi Users Group Meeting Goddard Space Flight Center, August 16, 2013 C. Shrader, NASA/GSFC


A few issues

A Few Issues

  • Review committees had concerns with compliancy issues

    • Formatting guidelines ignored in ~5%

  • Response to new Arecibo joint program disappointing

    • Need to advertise better

    • Good response to other programs: awarded 640/120/30 hrs to NRAO/NOAO/VERITAS

    • No post-sequester Suzaku

Fermi Users Group Meeting Goddard Space Flight Center, August 16, 2013 C. Shrader, NASA/GSFC


Cycle 7 possible changes

Cycle 7: Possible Changes?

  • Issues for FUG discussion?

    • Multi-year programs can become problematic in times of uncertain and decreasing budgets

      • Consider discontinuation or reduction?

    • Smaller grants or fewer participants?

  • NRA changes:

    • Describe alternative observing mode impacts, opportunities

    • Emphasize new opportunities (eg Arecibo) and rules (e.g. proposal format)

Fermi Users Group Meeting Goddard Space Flight Center, August 16, 2013 C. Shrader, NASA/GSFC


Cycle 7 schedule

Cycle 7 Schedule

  • Slip by 1-2 months for FY budget phasing

  • Fund all cycle-7 grants in FY15

    • Budget tbd, but comparable to Cycle 6

  • Relieves some schedule pressure, plus advantageous to hold review after university semesters end

  • NRA modifications must precede due date by slip + 4 months

Fermi Users Group Meeting Goddard Space Flight Center, August 16, 2013 C. Shrader, NASA/GSFC


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