NSF New Solicitation: Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) Core Research Program

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 — Synopsis of Program: The Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) supports translational research and education activities in all aspects of advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) that lead to deployable, scalable, and sustainable systems capable of transforming science and engineering research. Advanced CI includes the spectrum of computational, data, software, networking, and security resources, tools, and services, along with the computational and data skills and expertise, that individually and collectively can transform science and engineering. OAC supports advanced CI research to address new CI frontiers for discovery leading to major innovations, and supports the development and deployment processes, as well as expert services, necessary for realizing the research CI that is critical to the advancement of all areas of science and engineering research and education.

OAC research investments are characterized by their translational nature, i.e., building on basic research results and spanning the design to practice stages. They are further characterized by one or more of the following key attributes: multi-disciplinary, extreme-scale, driven by science and engineering research, end-to-end, and deployable as robust research CI. Areas of translational research supported by OAC include systems architecture and middleware for extreme-scale systems, scalable algorithms and applications, and the advanced CI ecosystem. Principal investigators (PIs) are strongly encouraged to contact an OAC cognizant program director listed in this solicitation with a 1-page project summary for further guidance. For foundational computer and information science and engineering research, PIs are referred to the core research programs of the Computer and Communication Foundations (CCF), Computer and Network Systems (CNS), and Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) divisions of CISE.

 Examples of research topics supported by OAC include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Research in architecture for extreme-scale systems may include design, benchmarking, and analysis of extreme-scale systems for performance, programmability, and usability; storage, networks, and input/output (I/O); data centers and extreme-scale networked systems; and next-generation architectures; Research in middleware may include resource management, monitoring, fault tolerance, and cybersecurity;
  • Research in scalable algorithms and applications shall be driven by science and engineering applications and may include numerical and high-performance scientific computing methods; data, software and visualization; and modeling and simulation; and
  • Research in the advanced CI ecosystem may include research in programming languages, libraries, and environments; performance tuning and interoperability tools; shared cyberinfrastructures, e.g., platforms and gateways; and sociotechnical aspects relevant to the advanced CI ecosystem, e.g., best practices, standards, policies, and virtual organizations.

Such translational CI research should be aimed towards realizing the next-generation extreme-scale research CI. Research in next-generation hardware and software systems should aim to increase coherence between the technology base used for modeling and simulation and that used for data analytics, allowing dynamic interaction between analysis and simulation. OAC core research should also aim to enable an enduring national advanced CI ecosystem allowing dynamic interaction of computation with other elements of the CI, such as scientific instruments, large data repositories, and mobile devices; integrating security and privacy as foundational elements; and significantly enhancing productivity in the development and use of parallel HPC applications.

The OAC core research program supports and sustains advancements in multiple disciplinary areas spanning computer as well as computational and data-driven science and engineering with advanced CI thrusts.Proposers are invited to submit proposals in one project class, which is defined as follows: Small Projects - up to $500,000 total budget with durations up to three years.