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5 minWelcome and Agenda AdditionsPhilip Blood

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5 minFollow up on Discussion: Increasing number of new users from NIP communitiesPhilip Blood, All

Can we be more proactive in seeking out new users from non-traditional communities? Perhaps by more actively attending and presenting at strategic conferences? Other ideas?

Identifying NIP people who come to XSEDE:

  • Should people be able to request NIP help specifically (or at least self-identify as a project that might need NIP assistance?)
    • Highlight NIP as a new/special resources?
      • Put a one-liner in the high-level title so people know what it is
      • Add some description on the page and allow people to ask for help
    • Can we put something in the critical path that forces people to indicate whether they want NIP help?
      • Alternative if making NIP a requestable resource doesn't work
    • How do we process these requests?
      • NIP does initial orientation and mentoring and then hands off to other ECSS if serious work is needed.
  • Help researchers from non-traditional communities write proposals or rewrite rejected proposals
  • Specifically requesting that XRAC reviewers identify people in need of NIP support

Finding NIP people who don't know about XSEDE:

  • Targeting conferences
    • Who is attending conferences with non-traditional communities
      • Sudhakar: ACS meeting has experimental areas that are not traditional HPC users (cheminformatics)
      • Emre: crytallography, small-angle scattering, ultracentrifugation. A lot of these don't have unmet needs
    • Can we identify meetings where we should go?
      • Work with Domain Champions to get the right conferences and attend and present at those conferences
      • Conferences in a non-traditional domain with something like technology track may be of interest
  • Work with XSEDE Community Engagement and Enrichment
    • Have a standard NIP blurb that those doing outreach can share in all their presentations
    • Alan Craig: has a one-pager about Humanities that Linda Akli shares at outreach events --> We could have domain-specific outreach material to share with CEE
    • Sergiu Sanielevici: Have a one or two page handout on NIP in general
    • Previously had a NIP tutorial at one of the XSEDE conferences (Sergiu Sanielevici, Alan Craig)
      • Could look up evaluations of the tutorial
  • What about domains that we don't have experience in?
    • We'll triage based on skills and interest of current staff, request other ECSS personnel as needed, and watch for trends that suggest we need to bring new expertise into XSEDE ECSS
  • How will we handle new influx of NIP projects?
    • We will begin tracking all NIP projects in JIRA
    • Phil will periodically send email to requesting that people bid on projects they are interested in reaching out to or working with on a specific need.
    • Projects that are not bid on will be discussed with NIP staff and assigned. Phil will look at Skills and Interests in NIP staff Confluence profiles to identify likely staff members to work on projects. These will also be discussed in NIP calls



30 minCurrent NIP effortsPhilip Blood, All

Where are your current NIP efforts focused?

Paul Rodriguez: Ying Xie and Mina Ameri, University of Texas at Dallas. Paul is working with this group on benchmarking.

Feng Kevin Chen: Lars Hinrichs, UT Austin:

Joel Welling: Anela Choy (MBARI): Transferred to NIP from ESRT:
Sergiu Sanielevici was going to make initial contact with this project. Status?:

Projects we are aware of and helping. Sergiu has a list at the bottom of the main NIP page: WBS 2.2.3 NIP: Novel & Innovative Projects.

Marques Bland now has these projects in JIRA:


We will have JIRA training at the SP sites. Philip Blood will invite non-SP NIP members to join the PSC training.

5 minAOB, next meetingPhilip Blood

Reminder: SGCI can now be allocated through XRAS ECSS (help with User Interface side).

Next meeting: Jan. 15 29 2018. Happy New Year!

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