Birds of a Feather
Impact of dedicated scientific IT infrastructure and support on modern research
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Birds of a Feather
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Birds of a Feather
TimeWednesday, July 255pm - 6pm
DescriptionScientists have become increasingly reliant on modern IT infrastructure. Especially in the life sciences modern scientific instrumentation can produce terabytes of data every week which needs to be stored, managed, analyzed and shared. Even small research labs are now able to run these instruments and have become big data producers generating gigabytes and terabytes of data. On the other hand, research labs have traditionally been supported by enterprise IT focused on providing desktop level IT support. Enterprise IT is not equipped to provide the research IT environment that scientists need to conduct state-of-the-art scientific research. What scientists need is dedicated, centralized research IT infrastructure including tiered storage, computing, data management and a network that supports big scientific data flows. Further, scientists need dedicated research IT support focused on high-performance computing, data storage, programming, workflow development and others. Thus, there is currently a large and growing gap between what scientists need and what many institutions across academia and industry provide.

This BoF aims to engage participants in a discussion on how the community can help to ensure that the research IT needs of scientists are met to enable state-of-the-art scientific research. This ranges from the creation of innovative solutions for leveraging sophisticated research IT infrastructure by scientists, to better training of scientists, to the development of a workforce that can provide the scientific IT support required across academia and industry. We envision that the discussion will result in a white paper that summarizes strategies and solutions discussed in the BoF.