2022 NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure PI Pre-Workshop Events

NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure PI Workshop
September 19 – 21, 2022
Minneapolis, MN


The following pre-workshop events will run concurrently on Monday, September 19th, 2022, between 1:00 & 5:00 PM.

Registration Open: No fees. Use registration link below for any of these pre-workshop events.


This workshop is designed for CC* Planning Grant PI’s and others interested in submitting proposals in response to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) solicitation. The NSF CC* program invests in coordinated campus-level networking improvements, innovation, integration, and engineering for science applications and distributed research projects.

The Workshop will provide strategies for a successful CC* submission. The workshop will begin by providing background on the overall context of the solicitation with respect to campus, regional and national cyberinfrastructure strategies. Next, major components from previous solicitations will be reviewed and included information on what has been funded in the past and how these projects may fit into cyberinfrastructure strategies. Developing an overall campus or regional cyberinfrastructure strategy which includes funding from the CC* program will be discussed as well. The workshop focus will then shift to provide information and strategies targeted at developing and submitting a successful CC* proposal. As the primary motivation for submitting a proposal, significant time will be spent on identifying compelling science-driven research and education application drivers. Information will include strategies for engaging and community with different campus or regional stakeholder groups including campus/regional management, researchers and educators, campus IT and internal and external broad impact communities. Supplemental documents, such as the Campus Cyberinfrastructure Plan, Facilities Document and Data Management plans, will be reviewed including advice on what documents can be prepared in anticipation of the next solicitation. Finally, elements of a successful proposal as well as proposal submission strategy will be discussed.

While primarily aimed at those with a current CC* Planning Grant, we encourage anyone interested in submitting a CC* grant or developing a campus or regional cyberinfrastructure strategy that includes funding from the NSF CC* program to attend.

Location: Southern Pacific

Times TBD Introductions

  • Cyberinfrastructure Priorities
    • Campus Cyberinfrastructure Program to Date
Campus Research and Education Science Drivers

  • Mechanisms for identifying compelling applications and drivers
  • Strategies for engaging stakeholder community
    • Management
    • Researchers and Educators
    • Campus IT
    • Broader Impact
Proposal Components

  • Science Driver Descriptions and Application Table
  • Technical Components
  • Review Criteria
    • Intellectual Merit
    • Broader Impact
  • Supplemental Documents
    • Campus Cyberinfrastructure Plan
    • Data Management Plan
    • Facilities Document
Elements of a Successful Proposal
Wrap Up


Tutorial #1 – Introduction to Science DMZ and Hands-On Exercise (1:00-1:50pm)

Tutorial #2 – Introduction to perfSONAR and Hands-On Exercise (2:15-3:05pm)

Location: Zephyr
Description and Schedule:

1:00 – 1:20 pm Tutorial #1 – Introduction to Science DMZ
High throughput high latency data transfers, impact of packet loss and role of TCP congestion control algorithms, tailored security / access control lists, router’s buffer size.
1:20-1:50 pm Hands-On Exercise #1: TCP, performance tools, buffers
Running performance tests on a high-throughput high-latency network with iPerf3, configuring TCP congestion control, TCP buffer size, other tools as the time permits.
1:50-2:15 pm Break (25 min)
2:15-2:35 pm Tutorial #2 – Introduction to perfSONAR
The need for end-to-end performance measurements. what is perfSONAR? Components of perfSONAR?
2:35-3:05 pm Hands-On Exercise 2: configuring perfSONAR and running tests
Configuration regular tests using the GUI; configuring regular tests using the pScheduler.