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image: The University of Kentucky will collaborate on a five-year, $10 million National Science Foundation (NSF) initiative, led by the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder), to reinvent services and delivery supporting cyberinfrastructure users to keep pace with the changing needs of academic scientific researchers.
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LEXINGTON, Kentucky (April 25, 2022) — The University of Kentucky will collaborate on a five-year, $10 million National Science Foundation (NSF) initiative, led by the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU Boulder), to reimagine cyberinfrastructure user support services and their delivery to keep pace with the changing needs of university scientific researchers.

The Initiative — Multi-Level Support, Training and IT Help (MATCH) — is part of a larger program called Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Coordination Ecosystem: Services and Support (ACCESS). ACCESS replaces the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), which has been the primary program for NSF-funded US cyberinfrastructure for the past 11 years.

According to the NSF, ACCESS will establish a suite of cyberinfrastructure services “to support a broad and diverse set of requirements, researchers, and modes from all areas of science and engineering research and education – set in place into five service tracks managed independently but closely cooperatively by a coordination office.

MATCH – one of five ACCESS tracks – is led by CU Boulder’s Research Computing group. MATCH proposes a new model for cyberinfrastructure support services that reflects significant changes in the size and composition of the user group community.

“CU Boulder and our MATCH collaborators will lead this groundbreaking nationwide effort by leveraging existing tools, interfaces, and community experts to help researchers using NSF-funded cyberinfrastructure conduct their research more effectively,” said Shelley Knuth, Ph.D., Deputy Vice Chancellor. of Research Computing at CU Boulder and Principal Investigator of MATCH.

MATCH participants include CU Bolder, University of Kentucky, Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center and University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute.

The MATCH project will include the design and development of the Pegasus workflow management system, the further development of the Connect.CI portal currently being led by the Northeast Cyberteam, and the design and development of Open OnDemand from OSC. MATCH will also develop new documentation and training materials that take advantage of UK expertise Computer Science Center to help ACCESS users through the allocation process, facilitate the movement of big data, and leverage recent advances in natural language processing to support interactive interfaces that quickly lead users to solutions.

“The explosive growth and availability of big data combined with powerful data analysis techniques such as AI and machine learning are transforming all areas of research,” said Jim Griffioen, Ph.D., professor of who runs the UK Center for Computational Sciences. and co-researcher on MATCH. “The scale and complexity of today’s national research cyberinfrastructure ecosystems are forcing us to rethink and redesign the way we support and assist users, helping them to use these systems effectively and reduce time to discovery. »

The MATCH project has three objectives:

  • Leverage modern information delivery systems and simplify user interfaces to deliver scalable, cost-effective support to a wider community.
  • Leverage community experts to develop training materials and instructions that can reduce the user learning curve for a growing range of computing systems, applications, and techniques.
  • Use a matching service that will maintain a database of specialist mentors and student mentees who can be matched with projects that provide the domain-specific expertise needed to take advantage of ACCESS resources.

The effort will be discussed at the 2022 Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing (PEARC) conference July 10-14 in Boston, Massachusetts.

The research reported in this publication was supported by the National Science Foundation under award number 2138286. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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