Current Challenges in Cyberinfrastructure 4974 and 6970, Spring 2012
Instructors: Professor Jim Myers
Meeting Times: Monday and Thursday mornings, 10:00 am - 11:50 am. CII 3116;
Office Hours: Before class or by appointment at CII 3129
CSCI 4974, 6970
This course will explore the breadth of what is meant by cyberinfrastructure and examine the state of the art and open challenges. In addition to discussion of high-performance computing; data, analysis, and visualization; and virtual organizations, the course will touch on the nature of infrastructure, the revolutionary potential of cyberinfrastructure to enable research, education, and societal application, the concept of socio-technical solutions, and designs to provide end-to-end support of the scientific lifecycle. Intended to complement CS 6961 and CS 6962, the course will none-the-less have topics in common with them.
Topics for CCiCyberinfrastructure/ Foundations:
- Introduction to Cyberinfrastructure
- CI Definitions
- CI as Infrastrucuture
- CI as a socio-technical capability
- CI Survey
- Computing, Network, Data Resources
- Community HPC Codes and Libraries
- Distributed computing infrastructure: Grids, Clouds, and Webs
- Data Management Infrastructure
- Virtual Organizations and Collaboration infrastructure
- Cyberphysical Infrastructure
- Active Decision Support Infrastructure
- Competitiveness through CI
- CI Deployment and Business Models / Sustainability
- (Inter-)National, Domain, and Local Infrastructure
- CI vs. CS Challenges
- To enable an understanding of the meaning of the term Cyberinfrastructure and the current state of the art and open challenges
- To provide an understanding of the potential for Cyberinfrastructure as a aresearch and competitiveness tool and of the design and implementation factors that influence how well cyberinfrastructure capabilities enable realization of that potential
- To enable future Cyberinfrastructure Developers, Users, and Stakeholders to contruct/evaluate Cyberinfrastructure R&D, Deployment, and Maintenance arguments.
- To provide an overview of cyberinfrastructure development and deployment best-practices
Draft Class Topics, Readings, and Assignments
Note: Dates are approximate and may change!
Jan. 23 - Class 1 Class Intro Slides.
Reading Assignment: The origins of Cyberinfrastructure: Revolutionizing Science and Engineering Through Cyberinfrastructure: Report of the National Science Foundation Blue-Ribbon Advisory Panel on Cyberinfrastructure (focus on Sections 1 and 2).
Jan 26 - No instructor - some class members will meet to discuss assignment 1 (find/review an existing CI project - see Class 1 slides for details)
Jan. 30 - Class 2 CI Definitions and Examples.
Reading Assignment: Understanding Infrastructure: Understanding Infrastructure: Dynamics, Tensions, and Design.
Feb. 2 - Class 3 "Grokking" CI as a Stakeholder, Provider, and User.
Assignment Due: Report on an existing CI project
Reading Assignment: CI Technology Trends Compute and Data Related Growth Rate Charts, and, for fun: Kurzweil's "Singularity"
Feb. 13 - Class 6 Community Planning Example: Earthquake Engineering
Reading Assignment Anatomy of the Grid, Physiology of the Grid
Feb 16 - Class 7 Designing Cyberinfrastructure for Communities: Finding the Neck of the Hourglass
Assignment Due: Semester project Reference List
Reading Assignments: NIST Definition of Cloud Computing v15, MapReduce: A Major Step Backwards
Feb. 20 - No Class (Holiday)
Feb. 23 - Class 8 Guest Lecture TBD
Feb. 27 - Class 9 Clouds 101
Optional Reading Assignments: Cloud Computing and Grid Computing 360-Degree Compared, Magellan Report on Cloud Computing for Science
March 1 - Class 10 'Guest Lecture' - Kelly Gaither, TACC, SC'11 Presentation on Youtube
March 5 - Class 11 Presentations - 15 minutes each - motivation for your semester project.
Reading Assignment: The Office of Science Data Management Challenge - focus on the Science Drivers of part 1 and the review of challenges in part 2, skim discussion of funding and 2004 state of the art...
March 12-16: RPI Spring Break
March 19 - Class 13 What are Intellectual Merit and Broader Impact? and Mapping Data Technologies to Research Paradigms (Data 102)
Reading Assignment: Towards Electronic Persistence Using ARK Identifiers, J. Kunze, Proceedings of the 3rd ECDL Workshop on Web Archives, August 2003, and, optionally [www.ncsa.illinois.edu/People/futrelle/docs/art2006.pdf Actional Resource Tags for Virtual Organizations]
March 22 - Class 14 Data Distribution, Curation, and Preservation
Assignment Due: Project Description (Scope and Activities)
Reading: Cyberinfrastructure Vision for 21rst Century Discovery
March 26 - Class 15 Visualization
Reading: NEXT-GENERATION Visualization Technologies: Enabling Discoveries at EXTREME Scale
April 2 - Class 17 Workflow and Provenance
April 5 - Class 18 Provenance and Workflow (same presentation)
April 9 - Class 19 Cybersecurity Challenges Guest Lecture - Von Welch, Deputy Director, Indiana University Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research), Additional class Cybersecurity Challenges Discussion Material
April 12 - Class 20 Virtual Organizations and Collaboration
April 16 - Class 21 Presentations of Project Scope and Activities
April 19 - Class 22 Cyberphysical Systems
April 23 - Class 23 Active Decision Support Systems
April 26 - Class 24 The CI Ecosystem
April 30 - Class 25 WBS, Management, Risk presentations and discussion
May 3 - Class 26 Competitive Advantage through CI
May 7 - Class 27 Review and final thoughts
Optional remote Guest Lecture @ 3PM: Kevin Maher and Julien Soriano, eBay: “Cybersecurity”, May 7 at 3:00 PM Eastern. Lecture is part of a Clemson project and access will be via Adobe Connect - ask me for direct connection details in class. We may also find a room to participate as a group.
May 7th: Assignment Due: Final proposal
May 11 - grades due
- Cyberinfrastructure Vision for 21rst Century Discovery
- 30 Additional NSF Workshop reports on CI Challenges and Opportunities
- Long-Lived Digital Data Collections: Enabling Research and Education in the 21st Century
- A Process-Oriented Approach to Engineering Cyberinfrastructure
- Cyberenvironment Project Management: Lessons Learned
- The Office of Science Data Management Challenge
- DOE Workshop Reports, primarily focusing on Extreme/Exascale Research in various domains, but also some addressing Cybersecurity, Data, Algorithms, VIsualization, ...
- Cyberinfrastructgure for 21st Century Biology in Catalyzing Inquiry at the Interface of Computing and Biology
- Sustainable Cyberinfrastructure Workshop Report
- Developing Coherent Cyberinfrastructure from Campus to the National Facilities
- PCAST report: Designing a Digital Future: Federally Funded Research and Development in Networking and Information Technology
- National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Documentation
- Leap to the extreme scale could break science boudaries (DOE exascale news story)
- Science Magazine: Dealing with Data Special Online Collection
- American Lifelines Alliance Post-Earthquake Information Management System Scoping Study
- D. Ribes, T. Finholt, The Long Now of Technology Infrastructure: Articulating Tensions in Development, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, v.10, Iss. 5, 2009
- Next-Generation Supercomputers, Peter Kogge, IEEE Spectrum, Feb. 2011
- Prof. Peter Fox's Data Science Course notes 2010
- The Fourth Paradigm
- Keeping Bits Safe - How Hard Can It Be?, D. Rosenthal, ACM Queue, Oct. 2010
- Requirements for Science Databases and SciDB
- Cyberinfrastructure-Intensive Approaches to Grand Challenge Earthquake Engineering Research whitepaper developed for the NRC Grand Challenges in Earthquake Engineering Research: A Community Workshop
- Cyberinfrastructure-Intensive Approaches to Grand Challenge Earthquake Engineering Research presentation given at the NRC Grand Challenges in Earthquake Engineering Research: A Community Workshop
- Cyber-Physical Systems Research Charge, Wing, J. M.
- Cyberphysical Systems - Posters from CPS program 2010 PI Meeting Day1 and Day2.
- Debunking the 100X GPU vs. CPU myth: an evaluation of throughput computing on CPU and GPU, Victor Lee et. al.
- John Hopkins University NSF MRI proposal for DataScope, Alex Szalay et. al.
- Evolution of Socio-technical Systems, Eric Trist
- Sociotechnical Systems, Brian Whitworth
- The Future of Computing Performance: Game Over or Next Level?, National Academies Report
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