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ACCI TASK FORCES Update. CASC September 22, 2009. Task Force Introduction. Timeline 12-18 months or less from June 2009 Led by NSF Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure Co-led by NSF PD’s (OCI) Membership from community Include other agencies: DOE, EU, etc Workshop(s)

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Acci task forces update



September 22, 2009

Task force introduction
Task Force Introduction

  • Timeline 12-18 months or less from June 2009

  • Led by NSF Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure

    • Co-led by NSF PD’s (OCI)

  • Membership from community

    • Include other agencies: DOE, EU, etc

  • Workshop(s)

    • Program recommendations

  • We then go back and develop programs

Task force leads
Task Force Leads

  • Chair – Jim Bottum

  • Consultant – Paul Messina

  • NSF – Ed Seidel, Carmen Whitson, Jose Munoz

Task forces acci leads
Task Forces & ACCI Leads

  • Campus Bridging

    • Craig Stewart, Indiana University

  • Software Infrastructure

    • David Keyes, Columbia University

  • Data & Visualization

    • Shenda Baker, Harvey Mudd College

  • HPC

    • Thomas Zacharia, U of Tennessee, ORNL

  • Grand Challenge Communities

    • Tinsley Oden, U of Texas

  • Learning & Workforce Development

    • Diana Oblinger, EDUCAUSE


  • TF are functionally interdependent

  • TF leaders talk regularly with each other, NSF

  • Monthly conference calls with TF chairs, co-chairs, Paul M, NSF team

  • TF Chairs and ACCI members: please work with ADs! This is NSF wide!

  • Wiki site

  • Public; anyone can contribute to this

  • NSF team will cycle through each TF

  • Joint workshops between TFs encouraged

Software infrastructure charge
Software Infrastructure Charge

  • Identify specific needs and opportunities across the spectrum of scientific software infrastructure

  • Design responsive approaches

  • Address issue of institutional barriers

Campus bridging charge
Campus Bridging Charge

  • Identification of best practices for

    • general process of bridging to national infrastructure

    • interoperable identification and authentication

    • Dissemination of and use of shared data collections

    • Vetting and sharing definitive, open use educational materials

  • Suggest common elements of software stacks widely usable across nation/world to promote interoperability/economy of scale

  • Recommended policy documents that any research university have in place

  • Identify solicitations to support this work

Data visualization charge
Data & Visualization Charge

  • Examine the increasing importance of data, its development cycle(s) and their integral relationships within exploration, discovery, research engineering and educations aspects

  • Address the increasing interaction and interdependencies of data within the context of a range of computational capacities to catalyze the development of a system of science and engineering data collections that is open, extensive and evolvable

  • Emphasis will be toward identifying the requirements for digital data cyberinfrastructure that will enable significant progress in multiple fields of science and engineering and education – including visualization and inter-disciplinary research and cross-disciplinary education

Hpc charge
HPC Charge

  • To provide specific advice on the broad portfolio of HPC investments that NSF could consider to best advance science and engineering over the next five to ten years. Recommendations:

    • should be based on input from the research community and from experts in HPC technologies

    • should include hardware, software and human expertise

    • encompass both

      • infrastructure to support breakthrough research in science and engineering and

      • research on the next-generation of hardware, software and training.

Grand challenge communities charge
Grand Challenge Communities Charge

  • Which grand challenges requireprediction and which do not

  • What are the generic computational and social technologies that belong to OCI and are applicable to all grand challenges

  • How can OCI make the software and other technical investments that are useful and cut across communities

  • What are the required investments in data as well as institutional components needed for GCC’s

  • How can we help communities (outreach) work effectively that do not yet know what they need or how to work together.

Grand challenge communities charge 2
Grand Challenge Communities Charge (2)

  • How to conceive of and enable grand challenge communities that make use of cyberinfrastructure.

  • What type of CI is needed (hardware, networking, software, data, social science knowledge, etc.).

  • How to deal with the issues of data gathering and inoperability for both static and dynamic, real time problems.

  • What open scientific issues transcend NSF Directorates

  • Can we develop a more coherent architecture including data interoperability, a software environment people can build on, applications to be built on this environment, common institutional standards, etc.

Learning workforce development charge
Learning & WorkforceDevelopment Charge

  • Foster the broad deployment and utilization of CI-enabled learning and research environments

  • Support the development of new skills and professions needed for full realization of CI-enabled opportunities;

  • Promote broad participation of underserved groups, communities and institutions, both as creators and users of CI;

  • Stimulate new developments and continual improvements of CI-enabled learning and research environments;

  • Facilitate CI-enabled lifelong learning opportunities ranging from the enhancement of public understanding of science to meeting the needs of the workforce seeking continuing professional development;

  • Support programs that encourage faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research in computational science and computational science curriculum development;

  • Support the development of programs that connect K-12 students and educators with the types of computational thinking and computational tools that are being facilitated by cyberinfrastructure.


  • Task force charges and membership reviewed at June ACCI meeting

  • NSF staff leads assigned to each TF (staffing still ramping up over summer)

  • Workshops held or being planned

  • GCC and Software Infrastructure TFs drafting a recommendation regarding CS&E program