The Polar Research Coordination Network aims to connect the Polar Science, Data and High-Performance and Distributed Computing (HPDC) communities to enable deeper penetration of computing methods and cyberinfrastructure into the polar sciences. The potential for global impact with huge socio-economic costs makes understanding polar climate change, and the links between polar and global systems, and urgent priority. Despite the data- and compute-intensive scientific needs of modern polar science, use of HPDC is currently limited. Bringing these communities together in a sustained, multi-dimensional engagement has the potential to inform HPDC development and transform polar science research.
Benefits to Scientists
•The impact of this project will be in the improvements in the ability to utilize advanced cyberinfrastructure and high-performance distributed computing to fundamentally alter the scale, sophistication and scope of polar science problems that will be addressed.
•This project will identify and lay the groundwork for such impact across the Polar Sciences.
•The project will also produce a roadmap detailing a credible and effective way to meet the long-term computing challenges faced by the Polar Science community and possible plans to effectively address them.
•This project will establish mechanisms for community engagement which include gathering technical requirements for polar cyberinfrastructure and supporting and training early career scientists and graduate students.
•The social objectives of the RCN ar: the facilitation, coordination, and exchange of information and skills, among an increasingly cognizant, communicative, and collaborative polar-HPDC community. Embedded within all of these themes is the unifying mission to understand and articulate the HPDC needs of the polar science community.
The Polar Research Coordination Network aims to connect the Polar Science, Data and High-Performance and Distributed Computing (HPDC) communities to enable deeper penetration of computing methods and cyberinfrastructure into the polar sciences. The 2013 Polar Cyberinfrastructure Workshop in Minneapolis (http://polar.crc.nd.edu/index.php/about#) was a first step, identifying the need for HPDC connections. The 2014 Polar HPDC Workshop at Rutgers University (http://polar.crc.nd.edu/index.php/about#) built on that foundation to introduce the communities to each other, and elicit challenges and initial use cases.
The next steps are to grow these relationships and to understand and articulate the HPDC requirements of the polar science community. To this end, the Polar Research Coordination Network has planned a series of workshops (http://polar.crc.nd.edu/index.php/workshops), brought together under four intertwined and progressive themes
1. a polar science challenge question sets the framework for all RCN activities
2. building cross-community partnerships and collaborations
3. education and training
4. data management and cyberinfrastructure
Shantenu Jha, Rutgers University
Heather Lynch, Stony Brook
Jaroslaw Nabrzyski, University of Notre Dame
Lynn Yarmey, National Snow and Ice Data Center