High performance computing has transformed the outcomes of scientific research in fields ranging from genetics to astronomy to artificial intelligence. The National Science Foundation has led in supporting development and application of the Research Cyberinfrastructure (CI), which encompasses high performance computing, data and software infrastructure, workflow systems and approaches, networking, cybersecurity and associated workforce development.
Many engineering researchers, however, have not taken advantage of advanced computing techniques and approaches.
NSF is now formulating plans for new investments in cyberinfrastructure to advance science and engineering research. In support of this planning, NSF has released a Dear Colleague Letter – Request for Information, www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17031/nsf17031.jsp, inviting contributions from the whole science, engineering, education, and CI research community on the specific scientific and engineering research challenges that require advanced cyberinfrastructure for their solutions. This will include a focus on supporting forward-looking cyberinfrastructure for research that institutions and universities are unlikely to be able to deploy on their own.
Researchers previously under-involved in cyberinfrastructure and advanced computing are especially encouraged to respond. This may include explanations of perceived obstacles to participation, cybertraining needs, and identification of new research domains that can benefit from application of advanced computing.
Visit the NSF DCL, www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17031/nsf17031.jsp, which provides a link to the required submission website. The deadline for submissions is April 5, 2017, 5:00 PM ET. Please participate and submit your ideas and needs.
Deborah J. Goodings, PhD, P.Eng.
Director, Division of Civil, Mechanical & Manufacturing Innovation
Directorate for Engineering
National Science Foundation
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Arlington, VA 22230, USA