Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Cyberinfrastructure Days to foster collaboration on advanced resources

Faculty and researchers who work with, or would like to work with, advanced, integrated computation and information resources — called cyberinfrastructure (CI) — have an opportunity to connect with others who use CI, learn what they do, and explore how they might collaborate.


Click here for more information about Cyberinfrastructure Days or to register for the event.

Cyberinfrastructure Days will be Nov. 2-3 and is a kick-off event of the Computing & Information Resources for Research as a Utility Service (CIRRUS) Project.

The event also is an opportunity for the community to learn about existing U-M resources, as well as to brainstorm about the future of CI at U-M.

Cyberinfrastructure can be defined as a platform of technologies and human support services that include:

• High-performance computing (e.g., simulations, modeling, etc.)
• Cloud computing for research
• Advanced data management, sharing, and storage
• Data collection techniques enabled by advanced information technologies
• Advanced visualization
• Network-mediated collaboration tools
• Computer-mediated instrumentation/sensor networks
• Web portals/middleware

“U-M has great elements of strength and innovation in research CI as well as implementation, but they are dispersed, disconnected, and under-leveraged,” says Dan Atkins, associate vice president for research cyberinfrastructure.

“As a result, U-M has a significant set of isolated flagship efforts that have been at significant risk of being unsustainable. Bringing CI researchers together to form a community is the first step in coordinating and leveraging our strengths,” he says. The CIRRUS Project, led by Atkins, unites this portfolio of initiatives at U-M.

U-M received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which gave grants to eight universities to hold “Cyberinfrastructure Day” events across the country. NSF’s goal for these events is “to advance understanding of, planning for, and implementation of cyberinfrastructure in the institutions.”

U-M’s participation in this national initiative is a two-day event with a full day of presentations, panels, and demonstrations on how CI can assist researchers.

The welcome event on the evening of Nov. 2 is a reception and poster session for student, faculty, and staff researchers to share their work, plus booths with staff available to explain resources and services available at U-M.

Participation in CI Days is free, but advance registration is recommended by Wednesday to assist the planning for refreshments and space accommodations.