Indiana University will share in a $3.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The funding will help IU International Networks and the Energy Sciences Network, a high-speed platform serving thousands of U.S. Department of Energy researchers and collaborators, create a center designed for more efficient use of massive data sets.
IU International Networks Director Jennifer Schopf is the principal investigator on the Engagement and Performance Operations Center, or EPOC, project. Co-principal investigators include IU Associate Vice President of Networks David Jent and ESnet Science Engagement Engineer Jason Zurawski.
Schopf says "at its core, this grant enables scientists and researchers to better collaborate by offering them a kind of ‘support center’ to ensure that data transfers go smoothly. EPOC has the potential to be transformational to science and education by providing not only a depth of understanding to achieve better data transfers but also the human expertise needed to make the most of research collaborations."
IU says the center’s main areas of support include:
- "Roadside assistance" via a coordinated operations center to resolve problems with end-to-end data transfers.
- Proactive discovery and resolution of performance issues via network analysis services (enabled by the NetSage monitoring suite) and application analysis.
- Encapsulated Network Services, via support through the IU GlobalNOC and its regional network partners.
- Coordinated training to enable better use of network tools and science support.
The funding will cover three years. You can connect to more about the grant and EPOC by clicking here.