Who we are

We are on the cusp of tremendous discoveries in data-driven science, thanks to ongoing investments from NSF and other agencies into shared experimental and computing facilities, including synchrotron light sources, various telescopes, Lepton and Hadron colliders, X-Ray and Neutron Imaging, multispectral satellite imagery, neutrino detectors, and light, confocal, electron and X-Ray microscopes.

These investments are increasing data generation by orders of magnitude. However, because of traditional funding models and barriers between application domains, scientists still deploy domain-specific data repositories and computational workflows siloed in vertical ecosystems built only for the scientists’ specific projects. As data-driven sciences become more complex, the lack of integration limits the scientists’ ability to manage the ever-increasing amount of data.

Several national reports have stressed the need for a shared set of services, and major facilities recognize the benefits of adopting such an integrated approach to data.

To address this challenge, we are building a National Science Data Fabric (NSDF) and introducing a novel trans-disciplinary approach for integrated data delivery and access to shared storage, networking, computing, and educational resources that will democratize data-driven scientific discovery.

Intellectual Merit

The NSDF pilot connects an open network of institutions, including minority serving institutions, by deploying a federated data fabric testbed configurable for individual and shared scientific use.

The NSDF pilot offers a shared, modular, containerized data delivery environment, operating at the best economies of scale, the NSDF pilot demonstrates a key technology to fill the missing middle in our current computational infrastructure.

The NSDF pilot builds a shared resource for equity in data access across a diversity of disciplines, institutions, and people.

The NSDF pilot embraces the motto of the Minority Serving Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC) of accomplishing together what we cannot do separately.

The NSDF pilot connects data sources with compute and networking components through a software stack that democratizes data delivery and empowers end users with scalable, easy-to-use, integrated, and extendable tools.

Broader Impacts

The NSDF pilot provides a platform and a model for equity in access to data and CI resources for a broad class of disciplines including materials sciences, earth sciences, comparative connectomics, astronomy, social sciences, biology, chemistry, medicine, physics, and economics.

The NSDF testbed directly enables fast-paced design and testing of new materials benefiting society at large in critical fields such as energy, security, environment, and healthcare.

The NSDF pilot supports the IceCube neutrino observatory and the XenonNT dark matter detector advances the understanding of the evolution of galaxies and the nature of “dark matter” and “dark energy.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 2138811.