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Lessons from the Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI) Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Institute [MSI-CI 2 ] NCSA Workshop August 7 2006 The Demographic Revolution Providing a scalable equitable mechanism for developing a CI-enabled science and engineering workforce.

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Lessons from the Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI) Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Institute [MSI-CI2]NCSA Workshop August 7 2006

The Demographic Revolution

Providing a scalable equitable mechanism for developing a CI-enabled science and engineering workforce

basic ideas
Basic Ideas
  • Cyberinfrastructure is critical to all involved in Research and Education
  • Cyberinfrastructure is intrinsically democratic supporting broad participation
  • MSI’s should lead MSI integration with Cyberinfrastructure
  • One should guide the projects with experts
  • One should aim at scalable (systemic) approaches
  • Goal is peer collaborations involving all institutions of higher education
some key participants
Some Key Participants
  • Al Kuslikis: Director of STEM project development at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium AIHEC
  • Alex Ramírez: Director of information technology initiatives at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities HACU
  • Selena Singleton: Chief of programs at the National Association for Equity in Higher Education NAFEO
    • Karl Barnes and Calvin Lowe also help a lot from NAFEO
  • Richard Aló: Director of the Center for Computational Science (CCSDS) at UHD University of Houston Downtown; PI MSI-CIEC Proposal
  • Diane Baxter: Director of outreach and education at the San Diego Supercomputing Center SDSC
  • Geoffrey Fox: Director of the Community Grids Lab at Indiana University, Visiting Scholar for CI Development at the Alliance for Equity In Higher Education, and Senior Research Associate at CCSDS UHD.
  • Others such as Scott Lathrop from TeraGrid and NCSA organizers of this meeting have been essential!
sources of lessons and backdrop
Sources of Lessons and Backdrop
  • Evaluation of major meetingsperformed by Julie Foertsch
  • Interaction with communityduring operation of MSI-CI2
  • Note MSI-CI2is one year proposal ending in 2 months; PI Fox as visitor to Alliance
  • MSI-CI2 succeeded by two year MSI-CIEC (Cyberinfrastructure Empowerment Coalition) project with PI Richard Alo UHD University of Houston Downtown and co-PI’s Ramirez, Fox et al.
  • MSI-CI2 directly spawned successful CITeam proposal from Linda Hayden at HBCU Elizabeth City State University on Cyberinfrastructure for Remote Sensing of ice sheets with co-PI Fox
    • This is part of CReSIS a Science and Technology Center led by Kansas University
advisory team
Advisory Team
  • Malcolm Atkinson, NESC (UK National e-Science Center), ICEAGE (EU Grid Education)
  • Fran Berman, SDSC
  • Jay Boisseau, TACC
  • Charles Catlett, TeraGrid
  • Kelvin Droegemeier, Oklahoma, LEAD
  • Tom Dunning, NCSA
  • Mark Ellisman, SDSC, BIRN
  • Ian Foster, Chicago, Open Science Grid Globus etc
  • Juan Meza, LBL
  • Dan Reed, UNC, Renaissance Computing
  • Richard Tapia, Rice
  • Larry Smarr, UCSD, Cal(IT)2
key objectives
Key Objectives

Mobilize the MSI faculty and student communityMinority Serving Institutions starting with a few but eventually reaching the over 335 in AIHEC HACU and NAFEO

Provide access to physical infrastructure needed to support participation

Support curriculum development, research, mentoring, and teaching teams

Exploit key Cyberinfrastructure (Grid) resources

Develop portal (mashup) supporting broad participation in CI

Improve our processes through evaluation

proje ct venues
Proje\ct Venues

Major MSI CII Project Activities

Planning and Education (train the trainer) meetings at SC05 and Global Grid Forum (not so successful) and

  • January 30-31 Planning SDSC
  • General Summer School (June 26-30) SDSC
  • Supporting your own CI (April and August) NCSA
  • All Access Grid enabled
  • Lots of planning and discussion leading to MSI-CIEC
msi ci 2 lessons i
MSI-CI2 Lessons I
  • There are many wonderful broad-based CI activities that can be leveraged by MSI’s
    • TeraGrid itself, NSF/State centers, OSG, GGF, SCxx, International projects (Pragma, ICEAGE)
    • So move from providing fully customized activities to modifying/using existing networks, computers (as in TeraGrid), workshops, Summer Schools – this can SCALE!!
    • Work with outreach activities like EPIC, Global CyberBridges and SACNAS
  • Need to involve all parts of a MSI including administration, faculty and students
    • Borrow campus visits from successful AN-MSI project (networks)
msi ci 2 lessons ii
MSI-CI2 Lessons II
  • Can support application-specific projects such as “CI for ice-sheet remote sensing” (CReSIS) where MSI Elizabeth City State University leads CI-enablement
    • Interesting that MSI leading traditional university powerhouses into “next” generation (Cyberinfrastructure)
  • Leverage and encourage REU and related research experience activities
  • Encourage internship and mentoring opportunities
  • Can extend to Community Colleges and K-12 (pipeline)
  • Collaboration, coordination, and trust-building across institutional, cultural, and geographical barriers essential
    • Good to use more CI to enable! (not trivial to be systemic)
msi and national cyberinfrastructure
MSI and National Cyberinfrastructure
  • There are several MSI’s that can become TeraGrid (National Cyberinfrastructure) providers but we need to consider providing needed home institution support needing some or all of:
    • Fund local infrastructure support
    • Provide a “simpler” TeraGrid-lite software stack
    • Provide (remote) MSI CI Operations Center to help
    • Use VM technology and shared desktops to allow remote hardware and remote support (Building proposal to explore this)
    • Note ECSU had all local hardware removed from proposal and asked to build a Science Gateway to TeraGrid
  • All MSI’s need TeraGrid access but its not clear what this requires
    • Local Infrastructure for local research and education
    • Science Gateway “just” needs a Web browser?
  • Partnerships between MSI’s and experienced TeraGrid institution
  • Broadening Participation component of Campus Partnership RAT
who was at sdsc june meeting
Who was at SDSC June Meeting?
  • 30 male and 3 female respondents to SDSC June workshop survey included
  • 12 representatives from Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs),
  • 11 representatives from Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs),
  • 7 representatives from Tribal Colleges & Universities (TCUs),
  • and one representative from a non-profit center working with MSIs.
  • Of those who responded, 19 were faculty members (17 regular or 2 adjunct), 7 were members of the IT staff, 2 were members of the research staff, one was an educational program manager, and one was a student.
participant experience
Participant Experience

Thirty of 33 total MSI-CI2 participants completed the overall survey, for a response rate of 90.9%


Organization hard due to diversity in role (Executive, IT czar,

Faculty, Student and in discipline interest

msi cyberinfrastructure empowerment coalition msi ciec
MSI Cyberinfrastructure Empowerment Coalition MSI-CIEC
  • MSI institution centered with coordinated brokering and support
  • MSI capabilities are built around CI delivery to MSI’s
  • Program support capabilities such as portal help enable MSI Capabilities (Portal not funded)
  • There are important administrative and outreach capabilities under “Internal and Operational”
  • Initial major focus on integrating CI at an MSI with linkage of multiple programs at a given institution
    • Modest CI installation at site: local capability and access to International CI (MSI CI Operations Center)
    • Institutional activities: executive presentations and campus visits to plan CI
    • Funding of faculty release time and students
    • Linkage of MSI and National CI research projects
    • Curriculum enhancement
    • Education and Training of faculty, students and CI support staff
  • MSI-CIEC can lead or support/advise projects such as advising TeraGrid RAT on Campus partnerships
msi ciec msi cyberinfrastructure empowerment coalition
MSI-CIEC: MSI Cyberinfrastructure Empowerment Coalition
  • MSI-CIEC: MSI Cyberinfrastructure Empowerment Coalition Leadership team
    • Capability Leaders
    • PIs of Projects
  • Program Support Capabilities
  • Portal, Access Grid, Collaboration tools, Portal content (Support databases)
  • MSI CI Operations Center
  • Research programs and opportunities
  • REU, Fellowships etc. supporting other capabilities including MSI faculty staff student mentoring and advancement
  • Education and Training
  • Specific Programs and Identification of opportunities
  • Social and Behavioral research
  • MSI-Centered Capabilities
  • Links to 3 MSI areas and the Alliance
  • CI Linkage
  • Capabilities for specific domains such as Biology for Earth Science
  • MSI faculty staff student mentoring and advancement
  • MSI Institutional evaluation, planning, development
  • MSI Physical resources such as clusters and TeraGrid access
  • Operational and Internal Capabilities
  • External Relations
  • Government, Other MSI Projects, Relevant connections such as TeraGrid, NCSA, SDSC, TACC, SCxx
  • Outreach and Meetings
  • Evaluation and Internal Research
  • Administration & Operations

MSI-CIEC: MSI Cyberinfrastructure Empowerment Coalition Projects with Multiple PI's:These use a selection of capabilities and include cases where MSI-CIEC has a lead or support role

MSI-CI2 is first MSI-CIEC project