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Title: Collaborative CI Research and Education between CNIC of CAS and FIU CIARA Chinese American Networkin

Collaborative CI Research and Education between
CNIC of CAS and FIU CIARA Chinese American
Networking Symposium (CANS)August 25-26,
2007Applications SessionAugust 26th 1045
  • Presented by Heidi L. Alvarez, Ph.D.
  • Director, Center for Internet Augmented Research
    and Assessment

NSF CI-TEAM Implementation Project Global
CyberBridges (GCB) A Model Global Collaboration
Infrastructure for e-Science between US and
International Partners
  • Trans-national and cross-discipline communication
    is the future for
  • science and engineering research and education.
  • Global CyberBridges extends the CyberBridges
    concept to an
  • international level.
  • International Partners
  • Florida International University Calit2 at UCSD
  • Computer Network Information Center of the
    Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • City University of Hong Kong
  • University of Sao Paulos School of the Future in

  • CyberBridges tested the hypothesis that students
    can act as
  • bridges, showing researchers how they can use
  • cyberinfrastructure (CI) to further their
  • CyberBridges NSF Award OCI-0537464 to Florida
    International University
  • Center for Internet Augmented Research

CIARA Background for the Project
  • The Center for Internet Augmented Research and
    Assessment (CIARA) was created in 2003 as a State
    of Florida Type II Research Center at FIU. CIARA
    services institutional collaborators in the U.S.
    and internationally as a bridge linking
    researchers and educators with the infrastructure
    and knowledge they need to perform their work

CNIC Background for the Project
  • The Computer Network Information Center, Chinese
    Academy of Sciences (CNIC, CAS) is a subsidiary
    research institute of the Chinese Academy of
    Sciences (CAS), engaged mainly in the
    construction, operation and supporting service of
    informatization of CAS, RD of computer network
    technology, database technology as well as
    scientific engineering computation.

  • Improves research and education high performance
    network connectivity in the Western Hemisphere
  • Promotes efficient peering through a distributed
    exchange point model
  • Leverages participants network resources to
    foster collaborative research and advance
    education throughout the Western Hemisphere, to
    Europe and Asia
  • AMPATH provides CyberBridges fellows with
    connectivity to RE computational grid resources
    at institutions and laboratories around the world

Western HemisphereResearch EducationNetwork
(WHREN) Links Interconnecting Latin America (LILA)
  • (1) 2.5Gbps dark fiber segment
  • U.S. landings in Miami and San Diego
  • Latin America landings in Sao Paulo and Tijuana
  • 5M over 5 years from the National Science
    Foundation 5M from the Science Foundation of
    Sao Paulo
  • OCI Award 0441095

An Inter-regional Grid Enabled Center for High
Energy Physics Research and Educational Outreach
(CHEPREO) Tier3 Open Science Grid Cluster
  • Current Cluster configuration
  • Gigabit Copper backbone with GigE connectivity to
    AMPATH Network
  • OSG Computing Element
  • 23 node computational cluster
  • Supports local user logins
  • Serves as the CEs gatekeeper
  • Plus all other cluster services
  • Augments CyberBridges cluster
  • Funded by NSF MPS-0312038.

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Approaches to e-Learning Sciences
CyberBridges fellows construct models with their
faculty advisors and reproduce them through
computer simulations. Technology permits teams,
possibly in different locations and with
different skills to work toward real world
GCB Year 1 Project structure
4 Fellowships at FIU lead 2 and 3 person teams
-Two semesters long -Interdisciplinary
Collaboration -Annual Assessment
-Normative analysis performed by GCB Assessment
Committee - Case Study Packages
Certification Program
Hypothesis and assessment
  • CyberBridges proposed that graduate students
    engaged in inquiry-based learning activities can
    affect transfer of CI research and that this
    transfer will increase scientists rates of
    discovery and create a CI-empowered workforce.

Faculty Student CI-Scientist
Domain specific metrics
CyberBridges Assessment
Project implementation
  • 1. Continuous cross-disciplinary dialogue
  • 2 .Collaborative proposal writing
  • 3. Faculty review of proposals
  • 4. Normative assessment
  • 5. Nesting of graduate students in lab
  • 6. CI scholastic certification program
  • 7. Case study package
  • 8. Student outreach

Year 1 GCB Project Case Studies
  • 1. Computational Modeling Simulation of
    Biodegradable Starch based polymer composites
    (Chemistry and Biochemistry) Sachin Joshi (FIU
    student), Zhang Yuming, Zhuang Yuxin (CNIC
    students) and Alexander Mebel (faculty)
  • 2. Collaborative Platforms (Computer Science)
    David Villegas (FIU Student) and Hang Xing (CNIC
    student) with Masoud Sadjadi and Kuldeep Kumar
  • Congratulations! Paper accepted for publication
    in i-Society 2007
  • 3. Grid Enablement of Hurricane Simulation
  • (Computer Science in collaboration with
    Earth Sciences) Diego J. Lopez (FIU student) ,
    Hao Yunxiao (CNIC student) and S. Masoud Sadjadi
    (faculty) and Hugh Willoughby (faculty)
  • 4. On-Demand Weather Forecast Visualization
    via Efficient Resource Utilization in Grid
    Computing (Computer Science) Khalid Saleem
    (student) and Shu-Ching Chen (faculty)

Pilot Project Case Studies
  • 1Alejandro de la Puente (student) and Rajamani
    S. Narayanan (faculty)
  • Interplay between Random Matrix Theory and
    Quantum Field Theory
  • Physics
  • 2Cassian DCunha (student) and David Chatfield
  • Parallel Computations for Macromolecular
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • 3Tom Milledge (student) and Giri Narasimhan
  • Unsupervised Pattern Discovery in Protein
  • Computing and Information Sciences
  • 4Ronald A. Gutierrez (student) and Eric T.
    Crumpler (faculty)
  • Computational Enhanced Mesh Design in Tissue
    Engineering Measuring Wall Shear Stress in
  • Biomedical Engineering

Outcomes of CyberBridges Pilot
  • Re-focusing expenditures from technology support
    functions to synchronous fellowships can have a
    profound impact on the effectiveness of
    scientific investigations.
  • CyberBridges fellows and their advisors have
    benefited from such re-focusing. They have
    successfully implemented CI into their research
    and teaching.
  • Globally distributed institutions can replicate
    the CyberBridges model.

CyberBridges Pilot Success
  • CyberBridges exposed over 200 students and
    researchers to CI during Super Computing
    Conference in Tampa, Florida USA 2006, when the
    four CyberBridges fellows gave talks on their
  • CyberBridges made it possible for each of the
    fellows to acquire competitive summer
  • Publications accepted at CCGRID, TeraGrid, and
    domain specific journals

CyberBridges Fellows Present Graduate
SuperComputing 2006, Tampa, Florida November
Top from left Professor Yan BaoPing, Chinese
Academy of Sciences Professor Paul Avery, UF
Dr. Miriam Heller, NSF Tom Milledge Ronald
Gutierrez Alejandro de la Puenta Cassian
DCunha Bottom row from left Ernesto Rubi,
FIU/CIARA Michael Smith, FIU/CIARA Dr. Eric
Crumpler, FIU Engineering Julio Ibarra, Co-PI
Executive Director CIARA Heidi Alvarez, PI
Director CIARA, Dr. S. Masoud Sadjadi, FIU SCIS.
Presentation Publication
  • Ronald Gutierrez presenting CyberBridges A
    Model Collaboration Infrastructure for
    e-Science", Proceedings of the 7th IEEE
    International Symposium on Cluster Computing and
    the Grid (CCGrid), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May
    2007 at CCGRID
  • After the presentation, I met some PhD students
    that wanted to know if I could present this
    collaboration program (CyberBridges) in another
    conference (CLCAR-07, Santa Marta, Colombia).

? ?! Thank You!
Heidi Alvarez Peter Arzberger Kuldeep Kumar Julio
Ibarra S. Masoud Sadjadi Baoping Yan Kai Nan Fang
LambdaVision 100-Megapixel display and SAGE
(Scalable Adaptive Graphics Environment) software
developed by the Electronic Visualization
Laboratory at the University of Illinois at
Chicago. Major funding provided by NSF.
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