iCER Granted Membership Into XSEDE Federation and Service Provider Forum
It is our pleasure to announce that iCER has been granted membership into both the XSEDE Federation and the Service Provider (SP) Forum. These two organizations are designed to provide, enable and support the use of digital resources and services for conducting research.
The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and is the most advanced, powerful, and robust collection of integrated digital resources and services in the world. It is a single virtual system that scientists can use to interactively share computing resources, data, and expertise. As an XSEDE Federation Level 3 Service Provider, iCER will be able to work closely with XSEDE and provide better support to our researchers, especially those that need to scale beyond our local systems.
The Service Providers (SPs) are independently funded projects or organizations that provide cyberinfrastructure (CI) services to the science and engineering community. In the US academic community, there is a rich diversity of SPs, spanning centers that are funded by NSF to operate large-scale resources for the national research community to universities that provide resources and services to their local researchers. This SP Forum is intended to facilitate this ecosystem of SPs, thereby advancing the science and engineering researchers that rely on these CI services.
Membership into these organizations identifies iCER as being one of the national leaders in supporting the use of digital services in research. Our participation in these organizations will help us work within the national ecosystem (instead of outside of it), ensuring we continue to provide the best support for our researchers to leverage the resources they need to conduct transformative science.