Cyberinfrastructure User Advisory Committee (CUAC)

A few months ago the TeraGrid leadership team worked with NSF to create the Cyberinfrastructure user Advisory Committee, or CUAC. The CUAC is comprised of twelve end-users - consumers - of cyberinfrastructure. We were delighted to be able to find advisors from each and every one of NSF's science directorates, and we had our first meeting in June. We are beginning to pull together the first report from the CUAC, documenting a series of small-group discussions (the CUAC is loosely organized into three subgroups) that the CUAC has had over the past few months. Several themes strike me about this draft (which will eventually be posted at the CUAC website referenced above).

One of the topics that comes up repeatedly is the need for more training and education regarding how to use the individual TeraGrid resources as well as how to use them together, for example in a workflow. Having harnessed TeraGrid, many users also are looking for training and help in analysing and visualizing their data. Simply put, we need to look hard at how we can increase our training and education offerings.

CUAC members also recommended that we look carefully at the barriers faced by interested potential users, before they even become users. From the point of view of a scientist considering writing his or her first proposal for a TeraGrid allocation, it would be useful to understand what are the chances that their research can be accelerated by TeraGrid, and what are the chances that their proposal will result in an allocation. We do have development allocations, or DAC awards that are very straightforward to propose, and so much of this is also a matter of better communication with potential users. (actually the DAC process has been wildly successful, with nearly 250 awards granted already this calendar year!).

In a nutshell, communication, training and education are clearly high-priority items for TeraGrid to address in the coming months.

Non-sequiter of the week: Louisville Slugger Baseball Bats. After my daughter's cross country meet tomorrow we plan to head for the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory which I'm told is a very fun tour, particularly if you are a baseball fan. Speaking of baseball - and it is that time of year - I'm pulling for a twenty-year anniversary world championship this year, which may give you an idea of my baseball leanings. :-)


Blogger CeC said...

Indeed the Louisville Slugger museum and tour were very fun! Besides watching them make ball bats you could look at some famous bats on display, such as the one Hank Aaron used to hit his 700th HR, and one that Babe Ruth had used to hit 21 homers (he notched them into the bat) before it cracked. Then of course we got a chance to hit some balls from a pitching machine, which was great fun. (except I had just got my timing down when my ten pitches were up...)

10/03/2006 12:39:00 AM  

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