The GPN perfSonar instance is once again up and running thanks to the efforts of the GPN Network Operations Center and, in particular, PJ Clayton. We can now test at 10 gigabits per second between sites, thanks to an upgrade of the hardware.
Tests are currently run between the gigaPoP in KCMO and
- Internet2 in Kansas City
- Internet2 in Chicago
- OU Norman
- ESnet in KCMO
- Northern Lights GigaPoP
Suppose that you are having trouble moving data between your campus and San Diego Supercomputing Center. There are many potential points of failure:
- Between your computer, on campus, and the edge of your campus,
- Between your campus and your state network,
- Between your state network and the GPN gigaPoP,
- Between GPN and Internet2,
- Between points on the Internet2 backbone,
- and so forth to SDSC.
PerfSonar tests between points can help you to narrow down and identify where there is a network performance bottleneck. The finer grained we can get the analysis across our network, the quicker we can identify and resolve traffic performance issues.
The next step is to complete a GPN Monitoring and Debugging Dashboard (MaDDash) website that will display current status between points across the GPN network (there is an example of a MaDDash site at http://ps-dashboard.es.net/)
If you would like us to test between GPN and your site, please let us know! You need to have a perfSonar box at your site.
The National Science Foundation announced an award to Clemson University for the Advanced Cyberinfrastructure - Research and Educational Facilitation: Campus-Based Computational Research Support project (formerly known as Condo of Condos).
The project is a consortium that brings together education and research institutions that are committed to the vision of advancing scientific discovery through a national network of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) Research and Education Facilitators (ACI-REFs). Working together in a coordinated effort, the consortium is dedicated to the adoption of models and strategies to leverage the expertise and experiences of its members to maximize the impact of investment in research computing. Located on the campuses and fully embedded in their local environment, the mission of the ACI-REFs will be to extend the reach and impact of campus and national research computing infrastructure on the science conducted by students and faculty.
Led by Clemson CIO Jim Bottum as principal investigator, Barr von Oehsen will serve as the science and outreach lead, Jim Pepin will act as the technical integration lead, and Simon Appleford and Dustin Atkins will also serve on the project team at Clemson. The project’s collaborating institutions include the University of Hawaii, the University of Southern California, the University of Utah, the University of Wisconsin, and Harvard University.
In addition to the project team led by Mr. Bottum, the project’s steering committee includes Glenn Ricart, Chief Technology Officer of the US Ignite Project, Greg Monaco from the Great Plains Network, and John Towns, the principal investigator of the NSF-funded XSEDE program. Miron Livny of the University of Wisconsin and principal investigator of the NSF-funded Open Science Grid will also serve on the project’s steering committee as well as the Chief Scientist for the project.
Cheers to our colleagues at the Greater Western Library Alliance! As pointed out in a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher ED (http://chronicle.com/article/Library-Consortium-Tests/144743/), they saw a need and they delivered. The need was a way for libraries to share e-books while keeping publishers happy. The solution is software developed by members at Texas Tech and the University of Hawaii - Manoa, called Occam's Reader.
I am impressed by the fact that GWLA members identified a difficult problem and, then, went ahead and solved that problem without waiting to be funded, first. They took it on as a community project and accomplished it!
I am sure we will hear more about this at the Annual Meeting 2014: http://www.dce.k-state.edu/conf/great-plains-network/.
We are pleased to announce that the Annual Meeting 2014 will be held at the lovely InterContinental Hotel near the Country Club Plaza on May 28, 29 and 30.
The Intercontinental Kansas City - Plaza in Kansas City, MO, offers an intimate, comfortable, and collegial setting for this year’s Annual Meeting and also offers attractions that bring members to KC from all over the Midwest.
Learn more, here: http://www.dce.k-state.edu/conf/great-plains-network/
This year's them is Surviving the Data Deluge: Computation, Storage, Networks and People.
The Annual Meeting brings together knowledge and information technology professionals including advanced network and cyberinfrastructure users, faculty members, researchers, librarians, information technology staff and graduate students from leading universities, and higher education networks.
- Spacious New Venue: The InterContinental Hotel, Kansas City Plaza
- Big Data Summit II (Wednesday, May 28)
- Opening Exhibitor Preview on Wednesday Evening (May 28)
- Gala Poolside Reception on Thursday Evening (May 29)
- Expanded No-Conflict Time with Exhibitors
- Panel Sessions
- Birds of a Feather Sessions on Emerging Topics of Interest
- Poster Session
- CIO Forum
- Great Plains Network members (check here)
- Greater Western Library Alliance members (check here)
- University and corporate non-members who are interested in advanced cyberinfrastructure, network technology, high performance computing, data stewardship, curation and/or advancing education and training in advanced technologies.
- Anyone who is interested in joining the Great Plains Network or the Greater Western Library Alliance
You may register for the annual meeting, here: http://www.dce.k-state.edu/conf/great-plains-network/registration
You may submit a paper, panel, poster presentation or idea for a Birds of a Feather session, here: http://www.dce.k-state.edu/conf/great-plains-network/presentations
Sponsors may learn more about exhibit opportunities, here: http://www.dce.k-state.edu/conf/great-plains-network/sponsors
The SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) 2014 Open Access Meeting will be held in Kansas City in March (March 2 to March 4). I attended the meeting in 2012, thoroughly enjoyed it and learned quite a bit.
Heather Joseph, a keynote speaker at the GPN Annual Meeting in 2012, is the Executive Director of SPARC.
The theme for the 2014 meeting is Convergence.
You can find the list of speakers at
Learn more at
An announcement for the upcoming GlobusWorld2014 Annual Meeting outside of Chicago, Illinois, has been circulating the past couple of days. It will be held on April 15, 16, 17.
I have covered Globus Online elsewhere on the website (search Globus in the box on the right panel). This is an opportunity to go into depth on utilizing the tool. I also see that there is something new called Globus Genomics.
I asked Laurel Wamsley of the Globus team for some additional information about the meeting that is not readily available at the website. Here's what Laurel let me know:
The target audience for GlobusWorld is HPC administrators, research scientists, and developers. The first day, April 15, is all tutorials (followed by a cocktail and poster reception), so it’s great for folks wanting to get Globus up and running on their campus, or to push their usage of Globus further, with APIs, advanced scripting and endpoint configuration, etc. This page shows last year’s tutorials and presentations: http://globusworld.org/2013.php This year’s programming will give attendees all the guidance they need to get a campus data service set up on their campus or lab.
Videos from last year’s GlobusWorld are available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/GlobusOnline
This year we are adding genomics and biosciences programming, which I know was a topic of interest to a lot of folks at the GPN conference. Both the Globus transfer service and Globus Genomics can be very useful to people wading into genomics data, so they’ll be interested in those presentations—and getting a chance to talk to our Globus Genomics staff, who have a lot of expertise on managing genomics data.Here’s a bit more info on the schedule:
Day 1 (April 15): Tutorials for both beginning and advanced users, followed by a cocktail and poster session
Day 2 (April 16): Presentations and keynotes in the morning and afternoon, followed by a dinner reception in Chicago (last year’s was at the Adler Planetarium---we’re finalizing this year’s location)
Day 3 (April 17): Presentations, including a block on Biosciences and Genomics
You can learn more about the upcoming meeting by following the links, below:
April 15-17, 2014 at Argonne National Laboratory, outside Chicago, IL
The Great Plains Network (GPN) is very pleased to announce the first three speakers for the Spring 2014 web-based Professional Development Program:
- Friday, February 14 at 10AM Central, Jason Zurawski will give a presentation called A Brief Overview of the Science DMZ. This talk will review the Science DMZ design pattern and how it would relate to campuses that have CC-NIE money, or those that may be looking to upgrade network infrastructure.
- Friday, February 21 at 10AM Central, Greg Wilson will talk about Software Carpentry: Lessons Learned. Over the last 15 years, Software Carpentry has evolved from a week-long training course at the US national laboratories into a worldwide volunteer effort to raise standards in scientific computing. This talk explains what they have learned along the way, the challenges they now face, and plans for the future.
- Friday, February 28 at 10AM Central, Gavin Burris will talk about HPC Clusters in the Cloud. He will talk about financial implications and why it is sometimes better to use local compute resources instead of the Amazon cloud, and vice versa. He will also talk about spot pricing on Amazon and using the StarCluster script. Gavin Burris works ast the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.
There will be one other presentation this spring to be announced at a later date.
The GPN Professional Development Program was instituted in the Fall of 2011 to bring high quality, one-hour web-based presentations on timely developments in advanced cyberinfrastructure, information technology and networking to members of the higher education community, including researchers, faculty and staff. The presentations are free, open to the entire higher education community and are intended to foster a shared understanding of new technologies and facilitate the adoption of game-changing CI across the region. The website where the presentations take place is http://morenet.adobeconnect.com/gpn.
More information about how to virtually attend each program, speaker biographies, intended audience and recordings from past Professional Development Programs may be found at http://www.greatplains.net/display/Home/Professional+Development+Program
GPN also maintains a calendar of network and cyberinfrastructure training at the web site (http://www.greatplains.net).
To receive notifications about GPN please contact Kate Adams via email (email@example.com).
The Great Plains Network (GPN) is dedicated to supporting research and education through the use of advanced networking technology and cyberinfrastructure. GPN membership includes universities in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.
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On January 24, there was an NSF webinar on the CC-IIE solicitation that I have written about, elsewhere (see below).
You can find the slides from that NSF presentation, here: http://www.nsf.gov/cise/aci/webinar/2014January27-CCIIEwebinar.pdf.
Some interesting points from the presentation:
- Except for program area #6 (regional coordination), proposal submission is limited to universities and colleges, including community colleges;
- Estimated number of awards is 20 to 35;
- $18 to $20 million in funding for FY2014;
- Campus CI plans are required: There are example CI plans from existing awardees at http://fasterdata.es.net/campusCIplanning/.
ACT (Advanced Clustering Technology) is offering a free webinair on their new software, eQUEUE. eQUEUE was announced at SC13. ACT created eQUEUE to make clustering easy for admins and users with the ultimate goal to bring more people to HPC.
The webinair is free and open to everyone. It is Tuesday, January 28, 2014, from1pm to 2pm CST.
The link for the webinair is https://advancedclustering.adobeconnect.com/equeue_jan/event/registration.html?campaign- With the id gpn
GPN is pleased to announce a discount for our members on two popular Merit classes. Both of these are online and can be attended from anywhere.
Certified Information Systems Security Officer (CISSO)
More info and registration: http://www.merit.edu/cyberrange/CISSO
Cost: $2700 (a $300 discount)
Certified Penetration Testing Engineer (CPTE)
More info and registration: http://www.merit.edu/cyberrange/CPTE
Cost: $2700 (a $300 discount)
Note: 1/17/14 Added hotel reservation link, below. 1/21/14 Added registration website, below.
CC-IIE (Campus Cyberinfrastructure: Infrastructure, Innovation and Engineering) is an NSF award program aimed at funding improved campus infrastructure, notably networking, for all sizes of colleges and universities.
Internet2 will be conducting a proposal development workshop for NSF's CC-IIE competition on February 18 and 19, 2014, in Kansas City, Missouri, near the airport Hilton. Mark your calendars!
This is an excellent opportunity to win funding to improve networking in our region.
Registration for the workshop is free!
GPN is willing to help you with your proposal and project summary development (see Additional GPN Assistance, below).
As noted above, CC-IIE (Campus Cyberinfrastructure: Infrastructure, Innovation and Engineering) is an NSF award program aimed at funding improved campus infrastructure, notably networking, for all sizes of colleges and universities.
Award size is between $350,000 and $500,000 for smaller and larger institutions, respectively, for up to 2 years.
I have written about this solicitation, elsewhere:
The full solicitation is available at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14521/nsf14521.htm
Proposal deadline is March 17, 2014. I encourage you to attend this workshop with a pretty good idea of what you would like to propose.
I suggest that you have at least a one page summary drafted and bring it to the workshop for maximum impact. See below if you would like assistance in drafting a summary.
The workshop is scheduled to begin of Tuesday, February 18, and conclude on Wednesday, February 19.
8:00 – 9:00 Introduction and Background
9:00 – 10:15 Campus Infrastructure I – Network Design Principles
10:15- 10:30 Break
10:30 – 12:00 Campus Infrastructure II – Network Performance and Tools
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:15 Campus Infrastructure III – Federation and Authentication
14:15 - 15:00 Campus Infrastructure Q&A
15:00 – 15:15 Break
15:30 – 17:00 Support For Researchers
17:30 – 18:30 Reception
18:30 -- Dinner on your own
8:00 - 10:00 Proposal Writing I
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:00 Proposal Writing II
11:00 – 11:30 Proposal Writing Q&A
11:30 - 12:00 Next Steps and Wrap up
There are a block of rooms available for arrival on February 17 (Monday) at
8801 NW 112th Street, Kansas City, MO 64153
Rooms - $99 Regular/ $109 King (price includes free wifi in guest rooms and shuttle service to the Zona Rosa neighborhood and the airport)
Please use this link - http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/M/MCIAPHF-BTR-20140217/index.jhtml – to reserve your hotel room for the Broadening the Reach Workshop. Please note that the King Deluxe rooms are gone so one will have to settle for a King room. If you have any questions, please let me know.
GPN and Internet2 are interested in helping you with letters of support.
I am interested in helping you to prepare your proposal and am willing to do any of the following:
- discuss your ideas by phone or email;
- help you to write a draft summary of your project;
- read your project summary and/or proposal and make recommendations.
I can also recommend others to read over your proposal and make comments. We have several campuses that have already won this type of award.
Contact me at greg at greatplains dot net if you are interested in assistance with your project.
Thursday and today (Jan 16-17) I attended Advancing Research Computing on Campuses: Best Practices Workshop at NCSA. NCSA is located on the University of Illinois in Urbana, IL
There were a few themes that kept coming up in talks.
- Researchers have a general distrust of central IT.
- Technical problems are easy to solve, political problems are difficult.
- Research computing is becoming more and more centralized. This is not the same "centralized" as central IT. Some examples of IT conglomerations on campuses are administrative (payroll), academic, research, and library.
- Network engineers want the network to handle research traffic while at the same time handling general traffic and upholding campus policies.
- Exploring different funding models. Getting money from one grant is no longer the norm. Sometimes
- money is taken from several grants
- the university gives a small amount for many different grants automatically
- Every few years, the center gets "one time money"
- the HPC center rents out cycle time
- the data center has a condo model. The researchers own the machines, but the research computing center sets up, installs, maintains, and runs them. At some universities, the researchers get the option of keeping the machines at the end of their data center life. (A pallet of machines is dropped off at their lab one day.)
- Clusters had a longer life span when there were in a data center than in a lab.
- People like to see and touch their equipment.
- Sharing CPU is easy compared to sharing storage. There are no built-in mechanism to ask the system for storage. Running out of storage is a huge problem right now.
John Town gave his vision of research for the future. Instead of a physics, chemistry, genomics, computer science, or networking problem, there are only "complex problems." He sees degrees awarded for solving these complex problems, too.
Next year's Advancing Research Computing on Campuses: Best Practices Workshop will be Feb 17-19 at Clemson University in South Carolina.
I recently completed a report on FY2013 National Science Foundation awards made to GPN members and four non-member universities from Illinois . (Illinois was selected because of its proximity to the GPN region and because it has many universities with a history of successful funding.) All GPN member universities, with the exception of the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, are in EPSCoR jurisdictions, meaning that these universities benefit from a special program to help stimulate competitive research and thereby increase funding. The results of the NSF award study indicated that the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, from a non-EPSCoR jurisdiction, compared favorably in terms of number of NSF awards with the Illinois universities. The remaining GPN universities had fewer total awards than all but one of the Illinois universities selected for comparison.
A criticism of the earlier report is that a study of NSF awards may not be representative of overall funding patterns. To explore this issue and provide more information about how GPN members perform in competitive funding, I examined FY2013 awards made by the National Institutes of Health to GPN member universities and the four comparison universities in Illinois.
The source of the information contained in this report is the National Institutes of Health Award Database at http://www.report.nih.gov/award/index.cfm. For selection criteria, I chose awards made during fiscal year 2013. I included each GPN state (Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota) and Illinois.
The data returned were, essentially, summary data with one line per awardee organization, indicating number of awards and total dollar amount for all awards to that organization. This data was downloaded into an Excel spreadsheet and were sorted by State and Organization. The data recovered from the searches of the NIH Awards Database, along with summary statistics are available at the end of this report .
The data were then summarized into
- Awards by State, including non-GPN member institutions;
- Awards by State, GPN member institutions, only;
- Awards by GPN Member Institution;
- Awards to the four comparison universities in Illinois.
This includes awards to GPN member universities and non-member universities in states that have at least one GPN member.
|State (E = EPSCoR)||Awards (N)||Total Award Amount|| Average Award Amount
|South Dakota (E)||32||$20,585,586||$643,300|
Missouri ranks first as far as total number of awards (1051) with Minnesota ranking second. Over 80% of Missouri's total number of awards are contributed by Washington University in St. Louis which is not, currently, a GPN member.
Minnesota ranks first in total number of dollars awarded with nearly $480 million. Missouri ranks second with $395 million.
South Dakota ranks first in terms of average award amount ($643,300) and Oklahoma ranks second ($519,827).
This analysis looks only at awards to GPN member universities within a state. Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska each have one GPN member.
| State (E = EPSCoR)
||Awards (N)||Total Award Amount|| Average Award Amount
|South Dakota (E)||13||$7,448,198||$572,938|
Minnesota and Kansas to rank first and second, respectively, in number of awards and total dollars awarded.
South Dakota and Oklahoma continue to rank first and second, respectively, in terms of average award amount.
The following table lists NIH award data by GPN member university. I have also indicated which members include a medical campus.
|GPN Member||Awards (N)|| Total
|University of Arkansas - Fayetteville||6||$2,066,420||$344,403|
|University of Arkansas - Little Rock||1||$162,724||$162,724|
|University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences||83||$35,923,066||$432,808||Yes|
|Arkansas State University||1||$191,760||$191,760|
|Iowa State University||33||$10,760,677||$326,081|
|University of Kansas||185||$73,801,846||$398,929||Yes|
|Kansas State University||23||$6,401,404||$278,322|
|Wichita State University||2||$1,322,643||$661,322|
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||596||$255,242,614||$428,259||Yes|
|University of Missouri - Columbia||100||$34,194,279||$341,943||Yes|
|University of Missouri - St. Louis||5||$1,382,792||$276,558|
|University of Missouri - Kansas City||28||$9,128,876||$326,031||Yes|
|Missouri University of Science and Technology||1||$182,632||$182,632|
|University of Nebraska - Lincoln||42||$13,303,991||$316,762|
|University of Oklahoma||112||$49,147,281||$438,815||Yes|
|Oklahoma State University||9||$5,556,247||$617,361|
|University of Tulsa||1||$301,928||$301,928|
|University of South Dakota||10||$6,772,191||$677,219||Yes|
|South Dakota State University||3||$676,007||$225,336|
|South Dakota School of Mines and Technology||0||$0||NA|
|Black Hills State University||0||$0||NA|
|Dakota State University||0||$0||NA|
The five campuses with the most NIH awards are the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, University of Kansas, University of Oklahoma, University of Missouri - Columbia and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Not surprisingly, each of these campuses has a medical campus.
University of Nebraska - Lincoln and Iowa State University are the two GPN members without a medical campus with the most NIH awards in FY2013.
To better understand how GPN members fare among comparable, non-EPSCoR public and private universities, I did an analysis of four universities in Illinois. Northwestern and University of Chicago are smaller, private universities. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and University of Illinois Chicago are public universities. Each of these universities has an associated medical campus.
|University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign||179||$58,259,282||$325,471||Yes|
|University of Illinois Chicago||325||$130,573,450||$401,764||Yes|
|University of Chicago||391||$159,757,197||$408,586||Yes|
These universities had substantially higher numbers of NIH awards than any GPN campus, with the exception of the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and the University of Kansas. In fact, UMTC outperformed all campuses in this region in FY2013, with the exception of Washington University in St. Louis (816 NIH awards).
Finally, I compared number of awards from NIH and NSF for each GPN member university and the four comparison universities from Illinois for FY2013.
|University||NIH Awards||NSF Awards|
|University of Arkansas - Fayetteville||6||28|
|University of Arkansas - Little Rock||1||3|
|University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences||83||0|
|Arkansas State University||1||1|
|Iowa State University||33||60|
|University of Kansas||185||30|
|Kansas State University||23||29|
|Wichita State University||2||1|
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||596||128|
|University of Missouri - Columbia||100||36|
|University of Missouri - St. Louis||5||4|
|University of Missouri - Kansas City||28||4|
|Missouri University of Science and Technology||1||20|
|University of Nebraska-Lincoln||42||55|
|University of Oklahoma||112||28|
|Oklahoma State University||9||22|
|University of Tulsa||1||4|
|University of South Dakota||10||3|
|South Dakota State University||3||4|
|South Dakota School of Mines and Technology||0||13|
|Black Hills State University||0||0|
|Dakota State University||0||3|
|University of Illinois Champagne Urbana||179||165|
|University of Illinois Chicago||325||41|
|University of Chicago||391||78|
There were more total awards from NIH (2711) than from NSF (858) in FY2013. All universities with medical campuses had more NIH than NSF awards, whereas only two universities without a medical campus had more NIH than NSF awards (Wichita State University & University of Missouri - St. Louis).
I ran correlations to examine the relationships between 1) number of NSF awards and number of NIH awards and 2) presence of a medical campus and number of NIH awards using data from the GPN member and non-member universities, above. For NIH and NSF awards I calculated the Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient.
For NIH awards and presence of a medical campus I calculated both the Pearson product-moment and the point-biserial correlation coefficients and obtained identical results to two decimal places. The latter test is more appropriate given the dichotomous (yes/no) nature of the medical campus variable.
|Predictor for Number of NIH Awards||r||t||p|
|Number of NSF Awards||0.73||5.16||<.01|
Both number of NSF Awards and the presence of a medical school were significantly correlated with number of NIH awards for a campus. Number of NSF Awards was more highly correlated with number of NIH awards, but the difference in r values was not statistically significant.
The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, from a non-EPSCoR jurisdiction, compared favorably in terms of number of NIH awards with the Illinois universities. UMTC performed similarly in terms of NSF awards in the earlier report .
The University of Kansas had more NIH awards than one of the Illinois universities. The remaining GPN universities had fewer awards than the Illinois universities.
The top 5 GPN member universities in terms of number of FY2013 NIH awards all had medical campuses.
Somewhat surprisingly, number of NSF awards was a better predictor of NIH awards than whether a university had a medical campus. This seems to indicate that number of NSF awards is an indicator of performance in at least one other competitive awards program, namely NIH.
Standouts in obtaining NIH funding among GPN member universities without a medical campus are the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and Iowa State University. Wichita State University and the University of Missouri - St. Louis were the only universities without a medical campus to have more NIH than NSF awards in FY2013. This seems to indicate that universities without medical campuses may be more likely to seek NSF funding.
Washington University in St. Louis, which is not a GPN member but is located in an EPSCoR jurisdiction (Missouri), had the greatest number of NIH awards.
One finding from the earlier report on FY2013 NSF awards is that number of collaborative research awards was the best predictor of number of awards for a university. The NSF award data is presented with sufficient granularity to permit a more granular analysis. Unfortunately, the NIH award data is summary data and does not permit more refined analysis.
As noted in the earlier report, it would be interesting to have information on the number of proposals submitted to an agency like NSF or NIH in order to better interpret many of these results.
Please address comments or corrections to greg at greatplains dot net.
 Monaco, Greg. FY2013 NSF Award Scorecard for GPN Members
 A copy of the raw data and summary calculations used for this report, is located at FY2013 NIH Awards for GPN with Summary Stats.
 Point-biserial correlation coefficient was calculated at http://vassarstats.net/pbcorr.html.
The National Science Foundation has a long history of encouraging advanced networking and cyberinfrastructure to promote science. The latest CC-IIE program (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14521/nsf14521.htm) -- Campus Cyberinfrstructure Infrastructure, Innovation and Engineering -- is along those lines and looks to broaden participation to smaller institutions (non-research intensive) and to the EPSCoR community.
Internet2 was funded to put on several workshops to broaden participation in the CC-NIE program, again to EPSCoR and non-research intensive universities. The first proposal preparation workshop will be near the Kansas City Airport in February. Look for the specific dates in a future GPN newsletter.
Categories of proposals being solicited include
- Data Driven Networking Infrastructure for the Campus and Researcher awards will be supported up to $500,000 total for up to 2 years.
- Network Design and Implementation for Small Institutions awards will be supported at up to $350,000 total for up to two years.
- Network Integration and Applied Innovation awards will be supported up to $1,000,000 total for up to 2 years.
- Identity and Access Management Integration awards will be supported up to $300,000 total for up to 2 years.
- Campus CI Engineer awards will be supported up to $400,000 total for up to 2 years.
- Regional Coordination and Partnership in Advanced Networking awards will be made at up to $150,000 for up to 2 years.
I downloaded a list of the awards (including PIs, Institution, Title, Award Amount, Project Summary) made under the CC-NIE program, the precursor to the current CC-IIE program, and they are attached . The CC-NIE program had only two category of awards:
I would encourage all institutions to consider submitting proposals for funding to this competition.
Data Driven Networking and Infrastructure for the Campus and Researcher awards will be supported at up to $500,000 total for up to 2 years. Network Integration and Applied Innovation awards will be supported at up to $1,000,000 total for up to 2 years.
GPN has another money savings opportunity for its members who wish to take this Merit class. The class is Certified Vulnerability Assessor, a five-day, live online class on identifying weaknesses in computerized systems. CVA constitutes an introduction to the practice of vulnerability assessment and penetration testing, and provides excellent experience for anyone who manages systems or networks.
GPN Price: $2700 Regular Price: $3000
Dates: January 27-31, 7-4pm CT
Where: Online, from your favorite connected location