Pacific Research Platform: Its Legacy and Promise – June 22, 2021 – Virtual

Building on years of research in network engineering and data-intensive collaborative science, the Pacific Research Platform was born in 2015 with a grant from the National Science Foundation. It aimed to knit together major university research networks and supercomputing centers on the west coast as a proof of concept for how limitations of space and time could be erased by virtue of tight coordination among large-scale regional networks like CENIC and those responsible for delivering data to end-users in labs and campus offices.

Six years and trillions of gigabytes later, the PRP concept has expanded to encompass a National and even Global Research Platform. As important as developments in the cyberinfrastructure and software driving it have been, equally significant are the professional relationships, field-building development for science engagement and research facilitation, and domain-specific discoveries that the PRP facilitated. As the PRP’s initial 6-year run concludes in 2021, this symposium will recap innovations and advancements enabled by the projects’ leaders and partners.

View the Symposium Video Recording here
Speaker Bios

Main Symposium Slides
Larry Smarr – Principal Investigator, Pacific Research Platform

Panel 1 – Stories from the sciences
Alex Feltus – Clemson University
Ilkay Altintas – San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego
Dan Werthimer – SETI (CASPER), UC Berkeley
Frank Würthwein – Open Science Grid, UC San Diego

Panel 2: Stories from technologists, engineers and research facilitators
Sana Bellamine – CENIC
Richard Alo – Dean, Florida A&M
John Graham,Qualcomm Institute, UC San Diego
Jim Kyriannis – NYSERNet

Future Directions: What is on the horizon?
Tom DeFanti – Qualcomm Institute, UC San Diego
Ana Hunsinger – Internet2

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