Cyberinfrastructure Days, University of Kentucky, February 22-23, 2010

Dear Colleagues:

The National Science Foundation defines cyberinfrastructure (CI) as the collection of advanced technologies and services to support scientific inquiry. CI includes many different elements - computing clusters and high performance computing (HPC) systems, data management, data integration and data storage systems, high speed networks, data mining, data visualization, collaboration and security tools and, of course, all the people who keep these systems operational.

Now and even more so in the coming years, the world, our nation and this region will require a strong cyberinfrastructure to enable world-wide collaboration among scientists and engineers and the rapid exchange of vast data sets that ambitious research agendas demand. To address this critical need, our nation is involved in a comprehensive effort to build an advanced cyberinfrastructure to compete globally, and the University of Kentucky is committed to a strong cyberinfrastructure in our move into the Top 20 of the nation's public universities.

Provost Subbaswamy, Vice President for Research, Jim Tracy and the Center for Computational Sciences are jointly sponsoring a Cyberinfrastructure Days Workshop at the University of Kentucky on February 22-23, 2010.

The workshop is part of a national series of workshops sponsored by a consortium of federal agencies and national organizations. In addition, IBM has contributed their support to the UK CI Days.

Our goals are to help UK faculty understand the potential benefits that CI can provide to their scholarship, teaching, research and outreach; to learn what national resources are available; and to see what faculty and students are already doing with cyberinfrastructure at UK. CI Days will provide opportunities for collaboration and leverage of existing activities, as well as an opportunity to identify gaps in our current capabilities and services.

The leadership and program committee who participated in the organization of the UK CI Days believe faculty, staff and students will benefit from this experience and exposure to these technologies which the university has identified as critical to achieving the goals of our academic plan. They have developed a strong agenda with a mix of national and local speakers covering a broad range of academic areas. UK CI Days will conclude with a set of breakout groups that will focus on next steps for the University of Kentucky.

We look forward to seeing you and hope you will find this program invigorating and helpful.

Vince Kellen
Chief Information Officer
University of Kentucky
John W.D. Connolly
Director, Center for Computational Sciences
University of Kentucky