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San Diego Supercomputer Center director urges academia to make cyberinfrastructure 'real'
Date:7/29/2008

of advancing their own research capabilities and educational expertise on campus, and gaining a competitive edge at the national/international levels in the private and commercial research sectors.

Such CI initiatives are already underway on the UC San Diego campus, where SDSC is based and is preparing to open a new, 80,000 square-foot addition this fall that will double the size of the facility, adding office space for interdisciplinary research, and expanding the SDSC data center -- one of the largest academic data centers in the world. SDSC is a key component of UCSD's campus-wide CI planning, which includes a 10 Gb/s network connecting research laboratories and units, OptIPortals which support real-time interactive collaboration, and research facilities such as the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2).

"Today SDSC and UCSD are creating a pioneering research cyberinfrastructure for the campus community and are working closely with partners in the UC system to create a 21st century system-wide CI," noted Berman. "The innovations and experience that arise from UCSD and UC cyberinfrastructure will benefit science and society as a whole."

In her EDUCAUSE Review article, Berman notes that there is potential for Cyberinfrastructure to be a "new kind of educational discipline" that could easily form the basis of curricula, courses offered in universities and colleges in the same way that computational science became a discipline during the 80's and '90s.

"Both research and education initiatives will be critical to ensuring that the academic community can conduct 21st century research and education with 21st century tools and infrastructure," says Berman. "Only then will cyberinfrastructure become a real foundation for research and education and achieve its transformative promise to accelerate the next generation of invention, innovation, and discovery."


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Contact: Jan Zverina
jzverina@sdsc.edu
858-534-5111
University of California - San Diego
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