SC19 Proceedings

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis

Sustainability of HPC Research Computing: Fostering Career Paths for Facilitators, Research Software Engineers, and Gateway Creators

Moderator: Sandra Gesing (University of Notre Dame)

Panelists: Marisa Brazil (Purdue University), Dana Brunson (Internet2), Ian Cosden (Princeton University), Rafael Ferreira da Silva (University of Southern California), Daniel S. Katz (University of Illinois), Henry Neeman (University of Oklahoma)

Abstract: The sustainability of research computing has gained increased attention in academia. This is evident in multiple projects and initiatives such as the Campus Champions, ACI-REF, Research Software Engineer (RSE) communities as well as institutes such as the Science Gateways Community Institute. A major concern in achieving research computing sustainability is improving career paths for facilitators, RSEs, and/or science gateway creators - whether they are staff or faculty. Multiple initiatives and projects are trying to improve the situation, but the interaction between these initiatives is still sparse. While PIs, senior personnel, or organizers of such projects are often involved in at least one other project, there is not a systematic way yet for the organizations to collaborate. This is a good time to join forces and the panel will discuss questions such as "What are good ways to complement actions between these projects and initiatives?"

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