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NEREN Seminar: “Bridging the Gap”
Friday, September 30, 2016, 9:45AM– 3:00PM
The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computer Center (MGHPCC), 100 Bigelow Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
9:00AM – 9:45AM – Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:45AM – 10:00AM -- Introduction (NEREN)
10:00AM – 10:40AM – “Overview of Advanced Cyber Infrastructure Investments at NSF and the Importance of Infrastructure for Research”
Presenter: Jim Kurose, National Science Foundation (NSF), Assistant Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, UMass Amherst.
The presenter will provide an overview of Advanced Cyber infrastructure investments at NSF and the importance of infrastructure for research. He will share NSF data about the orders of magnitude increase in the use of computation in research. A question/answer period will follow.
10:40AM – 11:20AM – “Regional Collaboration: Some Food for Thought”
Presenter: John Goodhue, MGHPCC, Executive Director
As research and education become critically dependent on computation and storage, it makes sense to consider a regional effort in the Northeast to improve access to available resources and ensure productive use. To stimulate discussion, the presenter will outline a few opportunities that follow the NEREN model of using knowledge sharing and cooperative planning to maximize utilization of local resources, adding just enough shared regional infrastructure, and ensuring easy access to national and international facilities.
11:20AM – Noon – “Science Engagement Introduction”
Presenter: Predrag Radulovic, Lead, Science Engagement, International Networks @ Indiana University.
US Government agencies are investing billions of dollars into cyberinfrastructure to support data-intensive science. Still, many researchers do not understand the value of these services and/or have difficulty using them. A proactive effort is needed to drive the adoption and accelerate the science output. With help from science engagement specialists, Research and Education networks are teaming up with domestic and international partners to provide better services to the scientific community.
Noon – 1:00PM Lunch break
1:10PM – 2:10PM – Breakout sessions
What does research collaboration look like?
Theme: Developing conceptual models to advance IT design/support activities.
What does IT collaboration in support of research look like?
Theme: Fostering research support through understanding of research needs and establishing regional relationships.
2:20 PM – 3:00PM --Closing remarks (Christopher Misra, UMass Amherst, Chief Technology Officer)