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Award honors cyberinfrastructure work  of team including SoIC professor   

December 15, 2021

A broad-based team of cyberinfrastructure collaborators, including SoIC assistant professor Angela Murillo, has received the HPCwire Readers’ Choice award for Best HPC Collaboration across Academia, Government, and Industry at the 2021 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis (SC21).

Angela Murillo

Angela Murillo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Program Director-ADIS

Murillo, assistant professor of library, information and data science at the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, is part of CI Compass, which earlier this year received an $8 million National Science Foundation grant for 2021 to 2026. She serves as co-principal investigator for the entire grant, and PI for its IU portion.

Preserving irreplaceable observations

CI Compass aids facilities in managing important stores of scientific data. Murillo has helped to migrate records collected over more than 50 years from the Arecibo Telescope in Puerto Rico.

“We are very proud that we could contribute expertise and work with our colleagues to ensure the safe transfer and preservation of the Arecibo Observatory data,” says Murillo, director of the School of Informatics and Computing‘s Applied Data and Information Science undergraduate program.

The Arecibo Telescope, with a radio dish measuring 1,000 feet across, shut down in 2020. But its half-century of invaluable data is being transferred to the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), where it can continue to be a resource for astronomers.

 Treasure troves of data

CI Compass helps major NSF facilities to improve the way they store and maintain large collections of valuable research data, by analyzing the cyberinfrastructure and data life cycle, evaluating data storage options, and designing future-focused data management solutions.

Designated a National Science Foundation Cyberinfrastructure Center of Excellence (CI CoE), CI Compass enables these facilities to manage and preserve their data more quickly and affordably, making it accessible to scientists, educators, researchers, and the public.

“By advising on, curating, and preserving the data collected by the NSF Major Facilities, we are helping safeguard critical data for current and future scientists, enabling and ensuring scientific research and discovery for generations to come,” Murillo says.

Wide-ranging collaboration

The HPCwire award went to the collaboration that includes CI Compass, as well as the Arecibo Observatory; the Engagement and Performance Operations Center (a collaboration between Indiana University and ESnet); Globus at the University of Chicago; TACC; and the University of Central Florida.

Those working with CI Compass include Indiana University, Texas Tech University, and the universities of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Notre Dame, Southern California, and Utah.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 2127548.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


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