Princeton now part of XSEDE Campus Champion Program
What is XSEDE?
The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is the most advanced, powerful, and robust collection of integrated advanced 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. Scientists and engineers around the world use these resources and services—things like supercomputers, collections of data, and new tools—to make our lives healthier, safer, and better. XSEDE, and the experts who lead the program, will make these resources easier to use and help more people use them. The five-year, $121-million project is supported by the National Science Foundation. It replaces and expands on the NSF TeraGrid project.
Access to the XSEDE national supercomputers for the Princeton University community just got easier. As part of PICSciE’s ongoing mission to support computational research and high performance computing we are pleased to announce the initiation of the Campus Champion program here at Princeton. The Campus Champion will assist researchers with identifying appropriate XSEDE resources, getting quick access to the resources, and providing on-campus support. The Campus Champion at Princeton University is the newest member of the PICSciE team, Research Computing Software/Programming Analyst, Dr. Ian Cosden.
What will the XSEDE Campus Champion Program do for Princeton?
The Campus Champion Program at Princeton serves as a:
- Source of local, regional and national high-performance computing and cyberinfrastructure information on the Princeton campus
- Source of information regarding XSEDE resources and services that will benefit research and education on the Princeton campus
- Source of start-up accounts on your campus to quickly get researchers and educators using their allocations of time on XSEDE resources, and
- Conduit for the campus high-performance computing needs, requirements and challenges, with direct access to XSEDE staff.
As part of the Princeton Campus Champion program nearly half a million SU (service units, or roughly cpu hours) on the XSEDE supercomputers have been allocated to provide quick and easy access for Princeton researchers to set up and test their research application on the XSEDE machines to accelerate the XSEDE allocation process. Once the applications have been tested the Campus Champion can assist the researchers in getting a “startup” allocation (up to 200,000 SUs) quickly. Additional, more substantial allocations are possible through a “research” allocation and are awarded on quarterly basis. All allocations are provided at no cost to the researchers as part of the NSF XSEDE program.
The purpose of the Campus Champion program is to provide a local contact for all things XSEDE related, so if you are interested in learning more, please contact Ian at firstname.lastname@example.org.