2008 GPN Cyberinfrastructure Summit
Recent workshops have stressed the need for increased focus on cyberinfrastructure (CI) at the campus level as “front line” tools for researchers engaged in data- and computation-intensive science. Creating campus CI is difficult, but doing so in a way that facilitates the transition to national facilities is even more difficult. Regional CI and education, outreach and training efforts aligned with national facilities, e.g., the TeraGrid, can potentially facilitate the transition from campus to national CI and can provide a shared infrastructure for regional research cooperation.
The Great Plains Network Cyberinfrastructure Summit Meeting will bring together campus CI providers and users from GPN member institutions to learn from one another, to discuss how best to support one another in our CI efforts and to develop a roadmap to advance CI locally and regionally across GPN.
The discussion will include the following considerations:
- How best to support the GPN membership at the local, campus, and state levels?
- What are the costs and benefits of building regional CI capacity?
- How to integrate regional CI efforts with campus and national CI?
- What education and training efforts should be included in a regional CI plan?
- What is the role of a regional CI effort in supporting campus CI development?
- What is the role in regional CI for identity management and support for virtual organizations in the region?
- What is the role for regional CI in supporting and facilitating data sharing at this level?
A key output of this workshop will be a roadmap for developing regional CI across GPN. Progress along the roadmap will be reported at the next GPN meeting in May 2009.
Output from the Summit
Local capabilities and aspirations
- Kansas State University, Dan Andresen
- University of Arkansas, Amy Apon
- Ciena Corporation, Jim Archuleta
- University of Kansas, Rick McMullen
- South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Neal H. Hodges II
- University of Missouri - Columbia, Gordon Springer
- MOREnet, P.J. Clayton
- ONEnet, James Deaton
- University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Dale Finkelson
- University of Chicago, Dan Fraser
- South Dakota State University, Del Johnson
- Wichita State University, John Matrow
- University of Oklahoma, Henry Neeman
- University of Tulsa, Dale Schoenefeld
Working Group Summaries
- Local to Shared Infrastructure
- Funding: Sources, stakeholders, collaboration strategies
- Tools (Grids, Storage, Portals, Applications, Other (instruments, sensors, etc.)
- Driver Applications for regional CI (e.g., Bioinformatics)
Possible Working Group Action Items
- Local to shared: resource inventory, info clearing house – reorg wiki, big grant?
- Funding: rules of engagement; inventory; condo computing
- Tools: evangelism, video, facilitate sharing
- Driver apps: inventory, collaborative system
CI Roadmap for the next 6 months
- Inventory of the following from each GPN member institution, including affiliates and state networks
- Research Programs
- Software (e.g., Shibboleth, Condor)
- Applications (e.g., BLAST for bioinformatics, WARP for weather)
- Expertise (CI)
- Look into funding opportunities
- Look into incentive systems for individuals and institutions. Some examples:
- bringing up shibboleth
- adding a community service
- getting the info from the CI Summit in by 2/19/2009
- leading a workshop
- attending a meeting
- running a job on a cluster
- teaching someone to run a job on a cluster
- sharing a dataset
- answering a question or doing an online workshop
- co-authoring or authoring a paper with a gpn colleague
- writing something for the wiki
- Some web sites
The meeting will take place at the Marriott Kansas City Airport
A block of rooms is held at the KC Airport Marriott under the name Great Plains Network (GPN) at $107 per night. (1.800.810.2771)
Registration is closed. List of participants is at
You will need a Shibboleth id to access this list. If your campus does not have a shib ID provider, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a GPN identity.
- Dan Andresen, Kansas State University
- Bill Ashmore, University of Arkansas
- Dilawar Grewal, University of Kansas
- Denis Hancock, University of Missouri
- John Matrow, Wichita State University
- Rick McMullen, University of Kansas
- Greg Monaco, Great Plains Network (Chair)
- Rebecca Ryan, University of Kansas
- Gordon Springer, University of Missouri
- David Swanson, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
We gratefully acknowledge Sun Microsystems and their educational partner, Open Technologies, for support for this meeting.