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Due Jan 30, 2018, totally refocused on network, killing the ideas on this page — Henk 2017/12/06 08:50


  • Create a $1 Million+ CC* proposal to meet the research, staff and cyberinfrastructure
  • Needs/Wants of small, primarily undergraduate, northeast Higher Ed institutions
  • To share faculty expertise (current research projects and new collaborations)
  • To share staff expertise (deploy and support, sustain after grant period)
  • To share unique computational capabilities in a variety of disciplines
  • Establish a single, participants' wide, user directory with global access
  • Provide for multiple off-site, geographically dispersed, backup storage targets
  • Establish a global Data Management Plan for all institutions participation


  • Data Driven Multi-Campus/Multi-Institution Model, or/and Cyber Team
  • RFP mid March? More like May/June (found 2016 announcement via AdvancedClustering of 06/02/2016)



Until we have a 2017 CC* RFP announcements this is a list of random thoughts to keep track of.

  • 2016 Parsing of proposal language (Science-driven requirements are the primary motivation for any proposed activity.)
    • Data Driven Multi-Campus/Multi-Institution Model Implementations,1-2 awards,$3M,4 years
      • NSF strongly urges the community to think broadly and not simply rely on traditional models when considering multi-campus and/or multi-institutional cyberinfrastructure
      • Proposals are expected to be science-driven
      • Proposals…significant impact on the multi-campus, multi-institutional … through direct engagements…how adoption and usage will be measured and monitored
      • methods for assured federated access
      • Multi-institution/regional caliber data preservation and access lifecycles
      • across a range of disciplines, including participating institutions’ information technology (IT)
    • Cyber Team,2-4 awards,$1.5M,3 years
      • This program area seeks to build centers of expertise and knowledge in cyberinfrastructure
      • Proposals in this area should describe the multi-institutional science-driven needs
      • Proposals … engagement, interactions, and partnerships with science and engineering research as well as education and training activities.
      • Proposals …areas of expertise, such as networking, distributed data management, and scientific computing.
      • Proposals may request up to four full-time equivalents (FTE) for up to three years (inside of $1.5M???)
      • Proposals should describe plans for broadening participation, including how under-resourced institutions can be meaningfully engaged.
  • Leverage a common HPC environment among small, northeast, colleges
    • we do science too (compare to larger colleges)
    • need to drive proposal with unique science efforts by each college ←– important!
    • think about how to build the data driven multi campus effort
  • 1-3 sysadmin FTEs covering 3-6 colleges for 3 years
    • redundancy in sysadmin coverage, round robin
    • each member to assess how to provide funding past year 3
  • Possible Members (underlined=informally contacted, bolded=interested party):
    • Hamilton,
    • Lafayette, engineering college HPC
    • Middlebury, ?
    • Swarthmore, ?
    • Trinity, image analysis
    • Wellesley, ?
    • Wesleyan, Gaussian HPC, text mining HPC
    • Williams, Islandora DMP
  • Each member will do an internal survey of local computing and storage desires, put together 1-2 racks
    • gpu, cpu, hybrid of such, visualization, deep learning,etc…(no UPS, compute nodes)
    • infiniband enabled /home storage with ipoib, head node (both on UPS), sandbox
    • ethernet storage for backup with snapshots (LVM or (on UPS, switches)
    • possible off site backup of data, round robin, among members
  • Hardware desires/configs to be vetted for too much redundancy
    • Each site should offer something unique
    • Shared with whole community of members
    • Custom hardware requests highlight each member's area of expertise
  • Leverage a common HPC deployment software stack
    • OpenHPC ( with shared deployment modules (CentOS 7.x/Warewulf/Slurm)
    • Application software modules to deploy per members' requirements
    • Commercial software? (License type would need to be discussed with vendors)
    • Shared skill set with experts in certain specific areas and tools
    • Facilitate classroom usage (local temp accounts recycled by semester?)
  • User account creation
    • Participants can request accounts on each members' installation
    • Local accounts with request workflow, SSH keys federation InCommon or …?
    • Collaborative non-member account requests?
  • Meetings, ofcourse
    • of sysadmin group
    • of advisory group
  • Data Management Plan (DMP)
    • To satisfy NSF public data access policy and distribution
    • One site for all (Islandora, Dataverse, or ???). One members' expertise?


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