Campus Cyberinfrastructure Award Recipients Power the Open Science Grid

The Open Science Grid consortium operates the Open Science Pool (OSPool). Any researcher at a US institute can access the OSPool that is founded on the principal of sharing. The capacity that powers this national computing resources is contributed by clusters located at academic and research institutions. Campus Cyberinfrastructure awardees play an important role in the value that the OSPool brings to the national S&E community. By sharing their resources, Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) award recipients provide a tremendous value in support of open research.

292 Million Core Hours Contributed by CC* Campuses

In 2020, these campuses contributed to the OSPool over 292 millon core hours to researchers using distributed high throughput computing (dHTC). These core hours supported over 180 projects in fields of study ranging from medical sciences to evolutionary sciences and from bio statistics to physics. This campus support throughout the United States contributed to the advancement of science and to researchers both on and off their campuses. The campuses currently contributing CC*-funded resources are shown in the map below; every month, the OSG is working to help additional campuses to join this effort to support open science by sharing their resources:

Projects supported by these contributions include (among many others):

The CC* Program

The National Science (NSF) Foundation supports the Open Science Grid and campuses that contribute resources to it. For 2021 the National Science Foundation funds the Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) program (NSF 21-528). This program invests in coordinated campus-level networking and cyberinfrastructure improvements, innovation, integration, and engineering for science applications and distributed research projects. Learning and workforce development (LWD) in cyberinfrastructure is explicitly addressed in the program. Science-driven requirements are the primary motivation for any proposed activity.

Upcoming Deadlines: March 1, 2021; October 11, 2021

The NSF supports awards in 5 program areas:

  • Data-Driven Networking Infrastructure for the Campus and Researcher awards will be supported at up to $500,000 total for up to 2 years;
  • Regional Connectivity for Small Institutions of Higher Education awards will be supported at up to $1,000,000 total for up to 2 years;
  • Network Integration and Applied Innovation awards will be supported at up to $1,000,000 total for up to 2 years;
  • Campus Computing and the Computing Continuum awards will be supported at up to $400,000 total for up to 2 years; and
  • Planning Grants and CI-Research Alignment awards will be supported for up to $200,000 total for up to two years.

OSG Can Help with Your CC* Proposal

The Open Science Grid, funded partly through the Partnership to Advance Throughput Computing (PATh), has significant experience working with CC* applicants and awardees, offering letters of support and consulting for:

  • bringing the power of the OSG to YOUR researchers
  • gathering science drivers and planning local computing resources or
  • CC*-required resource sharing for the Campus Compute category, and other options for integrating with OSG

In the most recent call for proposals (NSF 21-528), joining the OSG is mentioned as a potential path to sharing resources with the wider research community:

Proposals are required to commit to a minimum of 20% shared time on the cluster and describe their approach to making the cluster available as a shared resource external to the campus, […] One possible approach to implementing such a federated distributed computing solution is joining a multi-campus or national federated system such as the Open Science Grid.

The OSG team actively works with campuses to integrate them smoothly into the OSG. We have an experienced and friendly team of engineers and facilitators dedicated to supporting campus computational groups and ensuring a positive onboarding with the flexibility to meet your configuration needs. To get started please email OSG Support.

Contributing to the Open Science Pool

Many other campuses and other sites, in addition to CC* awardees, contribute resources to the Open Science Pool. View them here. CC* awardees are a subset of the overall contributions by educational institutions. In fact, many campuses have used their Open Science Pool contributions to aid in the success of a subsequent CC* award application to NSF.

The Open Science Pool is Open to You!

The Open Science Pool is a HTCondor pool that OSG users access via ‘access points’ operated by the OSG or by campuses supporting ‘local’ access to OSG. Any researcher at a US academic, government, or non-profit institution can can use the Open Science Pool via OSG-operated access points to harness the capacity of the Open Science Pool by going to OSG Connect and get an OSG Account. (It is free!) The researcher does not have to belong to a collaboration (big or small) nor to any particular campus (big or small).

These colleges and Universities are active contributors to the Open Science Pool via the CC* program: