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In collaboration with the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center and UMass Amherst, NEREN presents the first in a series of day-long seminars devoted to regional collaboration and research computing. By attending in person you will gain the added benefit of interpersonal networking with peers from across the Northeast region. Details about how to join by WebEx will be available soon.

When: September 30, 2016
Where: The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computer Center
100 Bigelow Street
Holyoke 01040
Contact: Laurie Robinson

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To register, please email Laurie Robinson, NEREN Program Administrator, at or by phone: 401-398-7511. 



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 – 9:45AMRegistration/Continental Breakfast


9:45AM10:00AM -- 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 – 11:20AMRegional 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.




11:20AMNoon – 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

Classroom 1

Classroom 2

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)



Getting There Remotely -- Webinar/iPhone or Telephone

Available for the morning sessions Only (Thank you to UMass-Amherst for hosting this and to the MGHPCC team for all their assistance/support). 

If you are planning to participate in the Webinar, could you please let Laurie Robinson know –


Please click the link below to join the webinar:


Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +14086380968,927758914# or +16465588656,927758914#


Or Telephone:

    Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)


    Webinar ID: 927 758 914

    International numbers available:


If you have any technical issues with regard to accessing the Webinar, please contact Laurie Robinson at (401) 523-5107 or email her at, or you can contact Ross Kellogg,, 413-824-4052.


Please note that the Webinar will be recorded, and we will provide details following the seminar.

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