ARS research needs are rapidly changing, and many ARS research projects are limited by computing constraints in terms of hardware, connectivity, or the even the cost and learning curve for state-of-the-art software packages to keep ARS science on the cutting edge.
To meet agriculture's 21st century grand challenges, ARS scientists must work together, and with collaborators in research networks across geographic boundaries and scientific disciplines. ARS research addresses the needs of communities spanning local to global levels. The work is highly data driven, interactive, and multidisciplinary; and it demands a robust, fast, and well-connected high-technological approach.
A diverse range of real ARS users are testing SCINet. They were selected to provide a wide range of needs and skills, to identify any problems across the whole SCINet system. Area Offices and Office of National Programs nominated individuals for two testing phases, alpha and beta. The alpha phase employs computer users with experience using a Linux-based high performance computing (HPC); while the beta phase includes people experienced in computationally intensive work from any discipline e.g. bioinformatics, remote sensing, modeling, etc. More information and updates on SCINet testing will be coming in a future post.
ARS is deploying a "virtual" core group of personnel with diverse skills in scientific computing to provide support or training to ARS researchers wanting to expand their research to big data techniques and software. This virtual core group will serve as resource for computing tasks, or as a mentoring resource for ARS scientists to integrate cutting edge technology into their research.
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