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UPDATED: HPC Acquisition Webcast

Building a More Inclusive Computing Environment for Science and Engineering (NSF 13-528)

February 26, 2013 1:00 PM  to 
February 26, 2013 2:30 PM
NSF Room 375

This webinar will provide details on NSF 13-528, a solicitation seeking to support up to three awards; two computational instruments at $12,000,000 each and one data resource award at $6,000,000. A combined compute-data resource at $18,000,000 is also allowed, as is the option for the community to build on already functional systems.

The webinar is an opportunity for the National Science Foundation (NSF) to clarify the objectives and answer any questions to ensure that the Foundation receives the best possible response to meet the objectives of NSF 13-528.

The NSF's vision for Advanced Computing Infrastructure (ACI), which is part of its Cyberinfrastructure for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21), focuses specifically on ensuring that the science and engineering community has ready access to the advanced computational and data-driven capabilities required to tackle the most complex problems and issues facing today's scientific and educational communities. To accomplish these goals requires advanced computational capabilities within the context of a multilevel comprehensive and innovative infrastructure that benefits all fields of science and engineering. Previous solicitations have concentrated on enabling petascale capability through the deployment and support of a world-class High Performance Computing (HPC) environment. In the past decade the NSF via its Track 1 and Track 2 investments has provided the open science and engineering community with a number of state-of-the art HPC assets ranging from loosely coupled clusters, to large scale instruments with many thousands of computing cores communicating via fast interconnects, and more recently with diverse heterogeneous architectures. Recent developments in computational science have begun to focus on complex, dynamic and diverse workflows. Some of these involve applications that are extremely data intensive and may not be dominated by floating point operation speed. While a number of the earlier acquisitions have addressed a subset of these issues, the current solicitation is intended to complement these investments by 1) enlarging the horizon to include research communities that are not users of traditional HPC systems, but who would benefit from advanced computational capabilities at the national level and 2) devoting more attention to the increasing pressure on the existing infrastructure to store and process very large amounts of data coming from simulation and from experimental resources such as telescopes, genome data banks or sensors. Building, testing, and deploying these resources within the collaborative ecosystem that encompasses national, regional and campus resources continues to remain a high priority for the NSF and one of increasing importance to the science and engineering community.


To Join the Webinar:

The Webinar will be held from 1:00-2:30pm EST on February 26, 2013 in Room 375.

To attend virtually, please register by February 25, 23:59 PDT at: https://mmancusa.webex.com/mmancusa/j.php?ED=200874177&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

After your registration is accepted, you will get an email with a URL to join the meeting. Please be sure to join a few minutes before the start of the webinar. This system does not establish a voice connection on your computer; instead, your acceptance message will have a toll-free operator assisted phone number that you will be prompted to call after joining. Please note that this registration is a manual process; therefore, do not expect an immediate acceptance. In the event the number of requests exceeds the capacity, some requests may have to be denied.  The webinar presentation, audio file and transcript will be available at:  http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_group.jsp?group_id=20018&org=CISE or http://www.nsf.gov/dir/index.jsp?org=CISE or http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=126887&WT.mc_id=USNSF_13&WT.mc_ev=click


Registration deadline: February 25, 2013 23:59PM PDT

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Karen L. Geary, (703) 292-5036, kgeary@nsf.gov
Barry I. Schneider, (703) 292-7383, bschneid@nsf.gov

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Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure


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