University at Buffalo-led team receives $10 million grant for advanced cyberinfrastructure research

The National Science Foundation-funded project includes Roswell Park and other partners; it will help ensure U.S. leadership in science and engineering and drive innovation in the U.S. economy

BUFFALO, NY — The University at Buffalo will lead a $10 million project to develop software that universities, industry and government agencies use to manage high-performance computing infrastructure, the National Science Foundation announced Friday ( NSF) of the United States.

The five-year award, which involves contributions from six additional institutions, including the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, will promote American leadership in science and engineering, increase the country’s economic competitiveness and strengthen national security.

Funding is through NSF’s highly competitive Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Coordination Ecosystem Services and Support (ACCES) program.

“This project will have a global impact as partners in academia, private industry and government agencies use the tools we create to better manage their advanced cyberinfrastructure assets,” says grant principal investigator Thomas Furlani. , PhD, Chief Information Officer at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Furlani is also an Associate Research Professor of Biomedical Informatics at UB’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He will coordinate the work of a team of researchers from UB, Roswell Park, Case Western Reserve University, Indiana University, University of California San Diego, University from Texas to Austin and Tufts University.

Software used worldwide

High-performance computing systems, commonly referred to as supercomputers, are a catalyst for discovery and innovation. They perform data-intensive tasks, such as simulating the effectiveness of a new drug compound or designing lighter, stronger materials for space travel.

The use of these machines is in high demand, which is why the NSF is investing to make them as efficient as possible.

The grant will further support ongoing work at the UB Center for Computing Research for 12 years. Researchers there, including Furlani, who previously ran the center, have developed software called XD Metrics on Demand (XDMoD) and an open-source version (Open XDMoD) that more than 200 supercomputing facilities around the world use.

The software automatically identifies failing or underperforming hardware and software. It has data and analytics capabilities that display historical usage trends, guide system upgrades, and provide metrics to help quantify scientific impact and return on investment. Additionally, software developers can use XDMoD to improve code performance to maximize productivity.

The new grant will support the development of:

  • A flexible framework that enables stakeholders to use analytical tools on national and local cyberinfrastructure resource performance data;
  • A comprehensive view of the country’s cyberinfrastructure ecosystem, including network, data, and public clouds, to better facilitate planning;
  • A cyberinfrastructure simulator to predict how the national cyberinfrastructure ecosystem will react to proposed new systems or changes to existing systems;
  • An automated tool system to monitor the application performance metrics (including energy) on established and new cyberinfrastructure architectures.

Additionally, the project will include activities to train future members of the cyberinfrastructure workforce in an inclusive manner that promotes diversity and equity.

This award further positions Buffalo as a leader in supercomputing

The UB-led project is one of five ACCESS awards, representing an investment of $52 million, announced by the NSF.

The other projects to receive funding are led by Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, which received two awards.

“The ACCESS Awards implement an agile and scalable fabric of innovative services with the goal of ensuring democratized and equitable access to NSF’s advanced cyberinfrastructure ecosystem and expanding its transformative impacts,” said Manish Parashar, Director from the office of the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure at NSF.

Venu Govindaraju, vice president of research and economic development at UB, says the award further illustrates that UB and Western New York are well positioned to continue their trajectory to become one of the leading centers of technology innovation. from the country.

“The University at Buffalo has strategically recruited the best faculty members in areas likely to receive significant federal investment, and we have continuously renovated our infrastructure to enable cutting-edge, world-class research. This grant reflects those efforts,” he says.

Abani Patra, PhD, director of the Data Intensive Studies Center at Tufts University and Stern Family Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics, is co-principal investigator of the award.

Senior staff includes:

  • Vipin Chaudhary, PhD, Chair and Kevin J. Kranzusch Professor of Computing and Data Science at Case Western Reserve University;
  • Todd Evans, PhD, research fellow at the Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas at Austin;
  • Jennifer M. Schopf, PhD, director of international networks at Indiana University and director of the Engagement and Performance Operations Center;
  • Shava Smallen, MS, research specialist in computer science and data science at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, and co-principal investigator of the NSF CloudBank project.

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