Virtual Residency Summer Workshop on INTERMEDIATE Research Computing Facilitation

June 15, 2018

Does your institution have lots of researchers and educators who want to use advanced computing, but need some help learning how?

You or someone at your institution can learn to be more effective at helping researchers and educators use Research Cyberinfrastructure (CI)!

REGISTRATION COST: FREE (You AREN’T REQUIRED to have taken an Introductory workshop from 2015, 2016 or 2017 to take the 2018 Intermediate workshop.)

When: Sun Aug 5 (dinnertime) – Fri Aug 10 (dinnertime) 2018
Where: University of Oklahoma Norman campus, LIVE onsite OR LIVE remotely via videoconferencing!


Contact: Henry Neeman (

Please feel free to forward this to anyone who may be interested and appropriate.

This is a great way to get better at a career in helping researchers use research computing.

It’s also a great way to meet a community of fellow research computing facilitators.

Taking into account the Introductory workshops in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and a couple of mini-workshops run separately by the U California system, the Virtual Residency workshops have already served 188 institutions in 51 US states and territories and 5 other countries, including:

  • 27 Minority Serving Institutions;
  • 32 non-PhD-granting institutions;
  • 58 institutions in 24 of the 26 EPSCoR jurisdictions;
  • 130 of 251 Campus Champion institutions;
  • in the US News rankings of national universities:
    •  7 of the Top 10 (70%),
    • 17 of the Top 25 (68%),
    • 32 of the Top 50 (64%),
    • 57 of the Top 100 (57%),
    • 84 of the Top 150 (56%),
    • 97 of the Top 200 (48%).

Clarifying, since this question has come up in the past:

You *DON’T* have to any affiliation with the Clemson-led ACI-REF/CaRC effort, in order to participate in the 2018 Virtual Residency — though of course anyone in that group is welcome to apply!

The workshop will begin Sunday evening with a a welcome/introductory session. We’ll then run all day each day for the full week, finishing Friday around suppertime.



Objectives: Intermediate VR workshop participants will develop the
following skills and capabilities:

1. In-depth CI expertise in areas of rapidly changing technology,
because effective CI Facilitators need to stay abreast of emerging
trends in computational technologies, techniques, and applications.

2. CI leadership, because these Facilitators are, or will soon be,
taking institutional CI leadership roles.

3. Funding acquisition skills, because (a) the Facilitators will be
better able to support their PIs due to having experience with, and
therefore an understanding of, a key component of the research process,
and (b) such skills will position them to move into CI leadership roles.

4. Outreach strategies, techniques, and skills, because of the need
to reach and serve an ever-growing and increasingly diverse population
of STEM (and non-STEM) researchers.

5. Communication skills, because understanding researcher and team
needs drives CI Facilitator success.

Content: (corresponding to the Objectives, above)

1. CI Expertise: Visualization; high performance filesystems;
debugging and tuning parallel software; containers; resource planning;
data protection; national CI ecosystem (XSEDE, OSG, NERSC, etc).

2. CI Leadership: Strategic thinking; visioning; recruitment and
retention; management; team-building; motivation; advocacy; community
development; contribution at the national level.

3. Budgeting & Grantsmanship: (i) Internally by learning effective
budget justification/cost saving measures and establishing strategic
partnerships; (ii) externally by exploring the landscape of funding,
funding agencies, and strategies for proposal success.

4. Outreach: Identifying target populations and broadening the
constituency; crafting pitches that appeal to particular stakeholders;
methods for reaching specific populations; use of social media.

5. Communication: Interpersonal skills; collaboration; negotiation;
assessing researcher needs and concerns; developing success metrics.