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XSEDE Announces Collaboration Opportunities for NSF “Track 1” Systems Proposals

XSEDE Announces Collaboration Opportunities for NSF "Track 1" Systems Proposals

Nation's largest cyberinfrastructure federation announces XSEDE resource opportunities for Towards a Leadership-Class Computing Facility (NSF17-558) collaborations

The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded network of open and accessible cyberinfrastructure resources and autonomous Service Providers, announced today collaboration opportunities and engagement guidelines, that may be leveraged by institutions developing proposals for the NSF's Towards a Leadership-Class Computing Facility (NSF17-558). 
XSEDE has released a list of items, efforts, and activities that XSEDE is willing to commit to collaborate on with all potential proposers.  Proposers may request a letter of commitment from XSEDE PI, John Towns, that commits to collaborate on what is included in their proposal with the understanding that they select only from the menu of options provided. Collaboration options not listed in the menu may be requested for XSEDE's consideration. If those requests are approved, XSEDE must offer any and all options to all potential proposers in order to avoid conflicts of interest. Through this approach, XSEDE will provide opportunities for collaboration while being blind to the specific plans of LCCF proposers.
"The vast collaborative network provided by XSEDE is a vital component to advancing the science enterprise for researchers across the nation and this includes supporting efforts to develop the next leadership-class system," said John Towns, XSEDE principal investigator and Executive Director for Science and Technology at NCSA. "As such, maintaining an open and transparent collaboration process is not only important, but necessary to ensure that XSEDE resources are equally accessible to all parties developing LCCF proposals."
Potential collaboration areas: 
  • Education, Training, Outreach, and Community Engagement
    • Collaboration with researchers, educators and students to integrate XSEDE resources, training and campus engagement into curricula, including curricula that engages underrepresented communities.
  • Extended Collaborative Support Services (ECSS)
    • Collaboration with researchers and ECSS consultants with a wide range of skills,  including optimizing code, integrating XSEDE resources into science gateways, delivering training, and working with new communities to enhance their use of proposed resources
  • Resource Allocation Services (RAS)
    • Collaboration with XSEDE's RAS, which helps to manage allocations, track usage, and allow usage via XSEDE's Single Sign-On Hub.
  • Infrastructure Services and Integration Support
    • Collaboration with XSEDE Operations and Cyberinfrastructure Integration, which focuses on cybersecurity, networking, data transfer, enterprise services, and providing an operations center for prompt frontline user support.
Potential proposers should direct all communications with XSEDE related to the LCCF proposal to XSEDE PI John Towns ( For full details on XSEDE's LCCF collaboration opportunities and engagement guidelines, visit