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Extensible Terascale Facility

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TeraGrid Extension: Bridging to XD  (University of Chicago)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

NSF’s TeraGrid (actually the Extensible Terascale Facility) is the world’s leading high-end computing environment for open research. It integrates high-performance computers, data resources and tools, and high-end experimental facilities around the world. The advanced cyberinfrastructure, which entered full production mode in 2004, combines the resources of 11 partner sites to create an integrated, persistent, computational resource. The TeraGrid supports more than 1,000 projects and more than 4,000 researchers across the U.S. Currently, TeraGrid integrated resources include more than 750 teraflops of computing capability and more than 30 petabytes (quadrillions of bytes) of online and archival data storage, with rapid access and retrieval over high-performance networks. The TeraGrid also provides researchers with access to more than 100 discipline-specific databases.

Ultra-high resolution display systems such as the Highly Interactive Parallelized Display Space, or HiPerSpace, at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at the University of California, San Diego provide scientists using the TeraGrid with a better way to view real-time, rendered graphics of large data sets and collaborate in their research.

Education & Outreach

TeraGrid (the Extensible Terascale Facility) conducts education, outreach and training to proactively engage researchers, educators and students in learning about, using, and contributing to applications of cyberinfrastructure to ensure America's long-term global competitiveness.

For K-12 teachers and undergraduate faculty, TeraGrid supports professional development and curriculum creation. The facility also collects, reviews and disseminates high-quality curricular materials, resources, and activities for a broad audience. TeraGrid seeks to excite, motivate and retain students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers.

Outreach also focuses on building capacity among larger and more diverse communities, expanding campus partnerships, and raising awareness of TeraGrid resources and services among administrators, researchers and educators across the country.

TeraGrid also develops high-performance computing (HPC) online training materials that allow the research community to make effective use of current and emerging TeraGrid resources and services. By delivering HPC training content through live, synchronous and asynchronous mechanisms, TeraGrid is able to reach current and potential users of TeraGrid across the country when they need to learn.

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The Highlight Interactive Parallelized Display Space (HiPerSpace) wall at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (University of California, San Diego) provides scientists using TeraGrid resources with a better way to view real-time, rendered graphics of large data sets and collaborate their research.
Falko Kuester, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, University of California, San Diego
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