Ecosystem for Research Networking
Barr von Oehsen
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Sponsored Programs
Multi-institutional collaborations are on the rise and are creating new pressures to support shared access to institutional resources including research instruments, computational resources, and data. Supporting and managing access to special purpose instruments, the massive data sets produced by these instruments, computational and storage infrastructure, and the related expertise, pose a significant challenge for these collaborations, especially for under-represented and non-R1 institutions. This session will discuss how the Ecosystem for Research Networking (ERN) is designing and implementing a prototype open source, edge computing platform for democratizing access to scientific research instruments; providing networking research computing resources including quantum computing; handling massive data sets produced by research instruments such as cryogenic electron microscopes (cryo-EM); supporting computational and storage infrastructure; and building the expertise to support compute-intensive research, which presents significant challenges. The presentation will conclude with an open community discussion about what impacts such a compute model could have on collaborations, approaches for achieving adoption by resource owners/national centers, attracting community support, and stimulating scientific discovery.