2019 Large Facilities Workshop

The 2019 Large Facilities Workshop  will take place at the University of Texas, Austin’s Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) in Austin, Texas on April 2-4, 2019. It is being hosted jointly by TACC and the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI). The registration fee is $380.

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The workshop is a collaborative forum for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Large Facilities and other complex scientific facilities and organizations. Desired outcomes to support NSF’s mission and promote the scientific endeavor include:

  • Sharing knowledge to promote good practices and address common challenges
  • Discussing new initiatives and collecting community input
  • Demonstrating project management, operations and maintenance, and business-related tools and techniques
  • Expanding our community of practice by connecting colleagues across disciplines and organizations
  • Take a tour of TACC facilities and view a demonstration of NHERI’s Large-Scale Mobile Shaker truck

OPTIONAL EVENT: Envisioning the Future of Facility Science and Cyberinfrastructure

Friday, April 5, 2019 morning to 3:00 p.m. – Explore innovations and use cases that significantly enhance the scientific impact and productivity offered by NSF large facilities, and which point towards the future of transformative cyberinfrastructure-enabled large scale science. The workshop will bring together the facility and cyberinfrastructure communities to highlight new data delivery and usage modes, adoption of shared resources and analytical tools, and achieve higher levels of integration to plan forward for future science capabilities. The agenda will comprise keynote presentations, contributed short presentations, expert panel discussion and a demonstration poster session highlighting examples of recent innovations. The registration fee is $120.

Poster Submission

If you plan to attend this special event on April 5th, we invite you to consider submitting a poster for display and an associated “lightning talk” on an innovative science-driven use case for facility cyberinfrastructure that describes, for instance, new data delivery and usage modes, adoption of shared resources and analytical tools, and/or higher levels of integration of facilities and services.

Specific guidance on content. Posters should highlight specific recent or future innovative science-driven use cases involving one or more NSF facilities and cyberinfrastructure. Posters should not focus on the general features of a product or services of a facility, center, institute, etc., but highlight a specific identified use case as described above.

Instructions on Abstract Submission. If you are interested in submitting a poster for display, please send an email with the title, authors, abstract, and brief (1 paragraph) summary of your poster to mbeale@kforcegov.com by no later than Monday, March 18, 2019.


The Texas Advanced Computing Center
Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) in Austin, Texas designs and deploys the world’s most powerful advanced computing technologies and innovative software solutions to enable researchers to answer complex questions. Every day, researchers rely on their computing experts and resources to help them gain insights and make discoveries that change the world.

MISSION: To enable discoveries that advance science and society through the application of advanced computing technologies.

Stallion, a 328 MegaPixel Tiled-Display System.

TACC’s environment includes a comprehensive cyberinfrastructure ecosystem of leading-edge resources in high performance computing (HPC), visualization, data analysis, storage, archive, cloud, data-driven computing, connectivity, tools, APIs, algorithms, consulting, and software. Their skilled experts work with thousands of researchers on more than 3,000 projects each year.

Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure
The Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) is a distributed, multi-user, national facility that provides the natural hazards engineering community with state-of-the-art research infrastructure.

NHERI@UTexas contributes unique, literally one-of-a-kind, large, mobile dynamic shakers and associated instrumentation to the study and development of novel, in-situ testing methods that can be used to both evaluate the needs of existing infrastructure and optimize the design of future infrastructure, such that our communities become more resilient to earthquakes and other natural hazards.

DesignSafe is the cyberinfrastructure component of the NHERI collaboration awarded to TACC. DesignSafe is a comprehensive CI environment that embraces a “cloud” strategy for the “big data” generated in natural hazards engineering research. It supports research workflows, data analysis and visualization and is available at no-cost to all researchers working in natural hazards.”

Demonstration of the Large-Scale Mobile Shaker


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