About the kickoff charrette

This one-day charrette kicks off a several month conversation focussed on how the research computing ecosystem in the Northeast expects to evolve in the coming 5, 10 and 15 years. It is in part inspired by the 70th anniversary of the publication of Vannevar Bush’s envisioning article “As We May Think”. The Bush article articulated a vision of ubiquitous and pervasive computing that is emerging as reality today.

The charrette activity will look at how regional research computing activities can further evolve, both for their own sake and to advance Northeast interests more broadly. It will start a process to engage and bring together a cross-section of the Northeast region research computing and cyberinfrastructure ecosystem. The process will produce a report that
The report will aim to highlight strategic areas where synergies among regional participants can be best leveraged and enhanced to boost impacts and outcomes.

Kickoff charrette logistics

The kickoff charrette will be held Sept 15, 2015 at the Westin, Waltham, MA, accompanying the IEEE HPEC conference. There is no charge for attendance, but participtants will be encouraged to contributed actively to the subsequent online report writing and editing process. In addition to speakers, the charrette will include a chance for participants to give lightning (one slide, <2min) forward looking talks on cyberinfrastructure and/or research computing work or interests in two "ecosystem round-up sessions".
The charrette will be an interactive forum with many opportunities for putting forward ideas and thoughts. All participants will be given a chance to present relevant material during the ecosystem round-up sessions. Participants are encouraged to submit a single PDF slide, a title and a one sentence summary via email to researchcomputing@mit.edu. These slides and presentation slots will be included in the final agenda.
To help plan for numbers and catering we would appreciate if people can register here. A box lunch selection will provided at the meeting, please feel free to send any specific dietary requests to researchcomputing@mit.edu.

Kickoff charrette preliminary agenda

08:30-09:30 Sign in
09:30-09:40 Welcome and goals
09:40-10:30 Kickoff Talk Kate Keahey (Senior Fellow, Computation Institute, University Chicago), (Computer Scientist, Argonne National Lab.)
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:30 Ecosystem roundup I (Dave Kaeli coordinator) Application Centric Particpant Presentations (O(1) slide lightning talks)
11:30-11:45 Break
11:45-12:30 Ecosystem Roundup II (Dave Kaeli coordinator) Technology Centric Particpant Presentations (O(1) slide lightning talks)
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-13:35 Goals for afternoon Patrick Dreher
13:35-15:00 Panel on Visions of the Future and Possible Ideas to Get There (Patrick Dreher - moderator)
Merce Crosas Director of Data Science, Harvard University Institute for Quantitative Social Science
Jerry Grochow Senior Advisor to NET+ Services, Internet2
Jonathan Sheffi co-founder, Curoverse
Rich Brower Professor Physics and Electrical Engineering, BU
John Goodhue Executive Director, Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center
Justin Riley Senior Team Lead, Research Computing, Harvard
Curt Hilegas Associate CIO, Research Computing, OIT and PICScIE Princeton University. CASC Chair
15:00-15:15 Break
15:15-16:00 In Room Breakout Sessions
Now + 5 years (RC/CI 2020)
Now + 10 years (RC/CI 2025)
Now + 15 years (RC/CI 2030)
Possible benefits from federated approaches
16:00-16:30 Report out, synthesis, next steps.