What We Do

XSEDE's Mission: Substantially enhance the productivity of a growing community of scholars, researchers, and engineers through access to advanced digital services that support open research; and coordinate and add significant value to the leading cyberinfrastructure resources funded by the NSF and other agencies.

Scientists, engineers, social scientists, and humanists around the world – many of them at colleges and universities – use advanced digital resources and services every day. Things like supercomputers, collections of data, and new tools are critical to the success of those researchers, who use them to make our lives healthier, safer, and better.

The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is an NSF-funded virtual organization that integrates and coordinates the sharing of advanced digital services - including supercomputers and high-end visualization and data analysis resources - with researchers nationally to support science.

Digital services provide users with seamless integration to NSF's high-performance computing and data resources. XSEDE's integrated, comprehensive suite of advanced digital services combined with other high-end facilities and campus-based resources, serve as the foundation for a national cyberinfrastructure ecosystem.

XSEDE envisions a world of digitally enabled scholars, researchers, and engineers participating in multidisciplinary collaborations to tackle society's grand challenges.

XSEDE also provides the expertise to ensure that researchers can make the most of the supercomputers and tools. Those include:

  • Extended Collaborative Support Service (ECSS) includes teaming XSEDE computational science experts with individual research groups or research communities to extend their capabilities.
  • The XSEDE Cyberinfrastructure Integration (XCI) team provides an advanced hardware and software architecture that allows for individualized user experiences.
  • The XSEDE User Portal web interface allows users to monitor and access XSEDE resources, manage jobs on those resources, report issues, and analyze and visualize results.
  • Coordinated allocations of NSF's high-end resources and digital services, through the XSEDE Resource Allocation Service (RAS) team.
  • A powerful and extensible network, maintained by the XSEDE Operations team, in which each XSEDE Service Provider is connected to a Chicago-based hub at 10 gigabits per second and has a second 10 gigabit per second connection to another national research and education network.
  • Specialized community-provided services, provided through the XSEDE Federation, that serve a particular function (e.g. gateway development, education, training, etc.) and allow for rapid innovation and experimentation.
  • Advanced cybersecurity to ensure that XSEDE resources and services are easily accessible to users with protection against and quick mitigation to cyber-attacks.
  • Training, Education, and Outreach through the Community Engagement & Enrichment (CEE) team that expand participation in XSEDE-based projects, curriculum development, and traditional training opportunities.
  • Advanced support for novel and innovative projects.
  • A fellowship program that brings Campus Champions to work closely with XSEDE advanced user support staff.

Key Points
XSEDE coordinates sharing of digital services enhancing open research productivity
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