Cyberinfrastructure for Nevada research

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    Scotty Strachan

    Hi all,

    UNR has recently initiated a campus cyberinfrastructure (CI) program to engage and support research from a technical standpoint, with cooperation between OIT, the Research office, and college units. Besides moving the UNR campus networking, research computing, and cross-domain IT-focused education forward, we are engaging communities in the national research CI space to bring collaboration and best practices back to Nevada.

    Examples in other EPSCoR (and former EPSCoR) states show that persistent and coordinated CI across the state institutions is a game-changer for scale and velocity of research. Addressing Nevada’s broad science and technology goals effectively will certainly require attention to the CI backbone of the research (e.g., networks, computing, data management systems, and the people that run all these things). Successful statewide programs elsewhere have leveraged the continuity of EPSCoR to bring geographically disparate research teams together using technology, and built technical foundations for followup research funded by other programs.

    We recently attended the 2nd National Research Platform planning workshop, which featured keynotes by the NSF OAC Director as well as the NSF EPSCoR Section Head. In both cases, emphasis was made on the role of coordinated and sustained CI for impactful research. The take-home message for us was that Nevada is positioned to make a strong case for statewide coordinated CI development as part of long-term science and engineering planning, especially as more and more technology resources are connected and shared nationally.

    UNR CI is prepared to engage and participate in the planning of the next EPSCoR RII Track 1, with the goal of bringing additional technology, expertise, and integrated practices to not just our campus but to the partnerships across NSHE. We are concurrently pursuing other NSF CI funding through the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to fill key gaps in our institutional technology, but we feel that EPSCoR is perfectly suited for both technology workforce development (desperately needed nationwide) as well as firming up inter-institutional cooperation for economies of scale.

    Scotty Strachan

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    Scotty Strachan

    FYI I will be traveling during the September in-person networking event, but please feel free to reach out if you/your team has questions about how I can help make your proposal and science more successful.

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