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XSEDE2 Announcement

XSEDE 2.0 is here!


I have some very exciting news to share. Today, the NSF announced a five-year, $110 million award to support XSEDE's ongoing mission to enhance the productivity of a growing community of scholars, researchers, and engineers through access to advanced digital services that support open research!

XSEDE's success is a result of innovative collaboration and commitment from the 19 partner institutions, Campus Champions, and the national user community. We are all partners in this endeavour and both the XSEDE staff and the community of researchers leveraging XSEDE-coordinated services have created a highly effective socio-technical ecosystem and provided a blueprint for enabling transdisciplinary teams to tackle society's greatest challenges. You should all be very proud of this accomplishment.

What will be the focus of XSEDE 2.0? As the role of computational and data science in advancing scientific and engineering frontiers has grown, it has produced a significant increase in the demand for supporting infrastructure. The XSEDE 2.0 project recognizes that investment in physical infrastructure must be complemented by investment in software and human services.

XSEDE 2.0 will reorganize into five goal-driven focus areas that will provide a more agile and responsive program designed to accelerate progress toward the strategic goals:

  • The Resource Allocation Service (RAS), led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and four other partners, will continue to manage the process of receiving, evaluating and awarding proposals for computational resources. In doing so, it will fulfill XSEDE 2.0's crucial role of neutral arbiter in allocating resources from the service-provider ecosystem to the research community. RAS will also identify new opportunities for allocation innovations by increased transparency, open reporting of user trends, and adapting the allocation process to new technologies.
  • The revised XSEDE Community Infrastructure (XCI) service, led by Cornell University and six other partners, will identify, evaluate, test, and make available new software capabilities. Governance is in place to ensure that these activities are driven by the needs of both users and providers of cyberinfrastructure.
  • Community Engagement & Enrichment (CEE), led by the TACC at the University of Texas and 12 other partners, will build on the XSEDE tradition of outstanding user services, and engage a new generation of diverse computational researchers. In addition to education, training, and outreach activities, CEE will connect to campus research computing communities, to help researchers access both local and national resources.
  • The Extended Collaborative Support Service (ECSS), led by the San Diego Supercomputer Center, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and eight other partners, will maximize the effectiveness of advanced computing infrastructure through its large staff of computational experts who will directly participate in research teams, providing assistance to advance research.
  • XSEDE Operations, led by the University of Tennessee and five other partners, will maintain and evolve an integrated advanced computing infrastructure of national scale. Operations provides a "one-stop-shop" experience for users across the XSEDE-coordinated advanced computing infrastructure.

While continuity in providing these services is essential for the large and further-growing user community, XSEDE 2.0 will also respond to the evolving needs and opportunities of science and technology. To this end, XSEDE 2.0 will develop novel ways to connect to and collaborate with other national, regional and campus cyberinfrastructure organizations.

The project will continue to innovate the use of Science Gateways. Science Gateways provide interfaces and services that are customized to a domain science and have an increasing role with facilities and research centers, collaborating on large research undertakings (e.g., Advanced LIGO, Polar Geospatial Center). This approach facilitates broad community access to advanced compute and data resources. Science Gateways are now serving more than 50% of the user community.

XSEDE 2.0 will also incorporate new methods to serve users interested in cloud computing resources and big-data projects. Furthermore, by analyzing trends in usage and technology, the renewal project will be even better positioned to respond to the evolving needs of its stakeholders and to emerging opportunities in new compute and data resources.

I'm looking forward to collaborating with all of you as we work towards these goals. The next five years will be an exciting time for the science and engineering communities!


John Towns
Principal Investigator, XSEDE
Executive Director for Science and Technology, NCSA

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