Issue No. 05 - Sep./Oct. (2018 vol. 20)
John Towns , University of Illinois
For over three decades, a largely organic process has brought into existence a somewhat disjointed and chaotic national research computing ecosystem supporting a collection of computational resources, services, and support. Consequently, much of the national advanced research computing environment can be characterized by pockets of more coherent resources and services in a larger, less coherent ecosystem. The rise in deployment of research computing resources on university campuses has added complexity to the situation. The National Science Foundation has made a foray into developing a more coherent environment via investments in XSEDE, the associated research computing resources, and critical common services and support for researchers. XSEDE can be viewed as a model for creating scalable, stable, and well-supported cyberinfrastructure. The NCSI provides an opportunity to catalyze a national discussion to carefully consider the state of the current ecosystem, the desired state moving forward, and how we will attain that desired state.
Ecosystems, High performance computing, Collaboration, Computational modeling, Scientific computing
J. Towns, "Toward an Open, Sustainable National Advanced Computing Ecosystem," in Computing in Science & Engineering, vol. 20, no. 5, pp. 39-46, 2018.