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Co-chair: Guy Almes,Texas A&M University, and Curtis W. Hillegas, Director of Research Computing, Princeton University
Staff Liaison: Karen A. Wetzel, EDUCAUSE
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The ECAR Campus Cyberinfrastructure (ECAR-CCI) Working Group helps educational institutions develop institutional strategies, plan resource deployment, and help users harness and optimize the power and capabilities of these new integrated IT tools and systems for educational and research applications in higher education.

Current Projects

Big Data

Datasets that are massive in scale are becoming increasingly common for both research and administrative data in higher education. Experts expect that there will be a boom in big data in the next decade, as big data is transforming the way research is done (particularly in the sciences) as well as is being used in analytics to support business decisions and indicate value. But issues that surround data generally take on unique characteristics when it comes to big data -- from networks that aren’t growing at the same speed as data storage and computation speed, to questions of security and the scalability of current firewalls and other measures. How will our campuses support big data, and what impact does that have on exisiting campus infrastructure? A series of papers will look at these questions, starting with an introduction to the series and followed at this time by three papers that will focus on basic infrastructure support, security & privacy, and curation.

SDN

This joint project with ECAR-CCI and ECAR-CIA looks at the Promise and Reality of SDN. This short paper will answer the questions: what is software-defined networking, where will it help you in the long-term, and where does it stand now?

 

Interested in working on these topics? Contact us!

 

ECAR-CCI Mission Statement

Cyberinfrastructure is a rapidly growing and expanding component of information technology focused on distributed computing, data, and communications technology. Hardware and software systems are rapidly being developed and implemented to build the virtual research communities along with the collaborative tools to knit these user communities together. Along with these rapid advances, a well educated and trained workforce needs to be in place to support these activities. The ECAR Campus Cyberinfrastructure (ECAR-CCI) Working Group helps educational institutions develop institutional strategies and plan their resource deployment in this emerging and evolving technological landscape and to help their users harness and optimize the power and capabilities of these new integrated IT tools and systems for educational and research applications in higher education.

This overall process is changing whole disciplines, educational initiatives, and research methodologies. Cyberinfrastructure encompasses a broad array of topics; some areas that this working group may focus on include:

  • Supercomputing 
  • Data centers, including power efficiency 
  • Research data management 
  • High-capacity, mass-storage systems 
  • Scalable interactive visualization 
  • State-of-the-art high-performance networks 
  • Education and workforce development 
  • Grids and middleware

The group will emphasize how these elements combine, in a holistic way, to support the mission of our universities. The working group welcomes input, ideas, and project participation from the higher education community. Contact us at ECARWG@educause.edu

Resources

See all ECAR-CCI Resources. Visit the EDUCAUSE library.

 

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Members meet biweekly to identify and discuss specific projects. To get involved, contact us.

 

 

New White Paper

Transitioning to IPv6

Transitioning to IPv6 can’t happen overnight. You need to start today to sell the concept to your campus administration and take appropriate steps to initiate the planning process; this paper will show you how.

 

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