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Doing Business As Name:Tennessee Technological University
  • Susmit Shannigrahi
  • (740) 346-9028
  • Lixia Zhang
  • Alexander Afanasyev
Award Date:09/16/2021
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 973,221
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 973,221
  • FY 2021=$973,221
Start Date:10/01/2021
End Date:09/30/2023
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.070
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:CC* Integration-Large: Prototyping a Secure Distributed Storage Infrastructure for Accelerating Big Science
Federal Award ID Number:2126148
DUNS ID:878648153
Parent DUNS ID:878648153
Program:Campus Cyberinfrastructure
Program Officer:
  • Deepankar Medhi
  • (703) 292-2935

Awardee Location

Street:Dixie Avenue
Awardee Cong. District:06

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Tennessee Technological University
Street:Dixie Avenue
Cong. District:06

Abstract at Time of Award

Big science communities routinely publish and share vast amounts of data. Scalable, resilient, interoperable and controllable access to published data is essential to support data ­intensive science and engineering research. To facilitate scientific data publication and accessibility, this project aims to create a secure, resilient, and distributed data storage framework, Hydra, that enables scientific communities to build a loose federation of data repositories potentially owned by multiple administrative entities. By taking a data-centric approach and leveraging the Named Data Networking (NDN) primitives, Hydra provides a generic software framework that allows scientists to publish datasets easily with data-centric security, automated access control, and automated data replication. It also facilitates access to data published on Hydra as well as other existing data repositories. The project team aims to test Hydra using NSF's FABRIC testbed and utilize its built-in logging capability to verify and validate its usability, scalability, and security. Hydra enables secure and scalable data access to alleviate the publication, data access, and security problems currently faced by a large number of scientific communities. Hydra has the potential to benefit scientific communities such as climate, meteorology, astrophysics, geology, and more through streamlined data publication, built-in data authenticity and access control, improved availability, and reduced network traffic. The publicly available website for this project is This website maintains pointers to various repositories that host up-to-date codebase, user documentation, hydra-repo operational data logs, and publications. This website will be available at least three years beyond the project's duration. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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