ECSS NIP Staff Member Quarterly Report Form
 

Please think back to your activities as a TIS staff member in the last quarter (three months).

Which of the NIP task forces have you participated in, i.e. which dimensions of NIP did your activities cover? Please check all that apply.

  • Minorities
  • Genomics
  • Economics
  • HASS
  • Databases, Data Analytics, Statistics
  • Visualization
  • Matlab/Python/R/Java
  • Campus Bridging, Cloud Bridging
  • Accelerators
  • Other, suggested extension to the scope of NIP (please specify)

Are you working with a Domain Champion? If so, please provide the name.

Which of the following NIP activities did you perform? Please check all that apply.

  • Scouting: Seek out user groups and communities that have the potential to benefit from advanced computing, but have not yet done so. 
  • Selection : Help the "most ready" of these groups to launch and sustain successful projects using XSEDE resources. This may mean getting a startup grant with or without ECSS. It may also mean that the group participates in XSEDE training, education, and/or campus bridging activities and/or uses/joins an existing  Gateway or Community project. 
  • Mentoring: Help new startup grants from NIP communities make productive use of their allocation by using the SUs to develop a successful XRAC proposal, or at least to learn how best to use advanced computing resources not allocated by XSEDE.
  • Obtaining Extended Collaborative Support : Recognize instances when these groups need ECS (ESRT, ESCC, Gateway, or ESTEO) and make sure they obtain it. This may include a leading or assisting role in formulating an ECSS work plan.
  • Providing Extended Collaborative Support : Participate in the execution of an ECSS work plan.
  • Providing feedback to XSEDE : Convey new requirements for services and technologies to XSEDE, if you think they are required for the groups you have worked with to successfully use XSEDE and other advanced computing resources.

If you performed Scouting activities, please provide the following details for each group you talked to:

  • Name and contact information for at least one group member (project leader or technical lead)
  • How did you find/identify this group?
  • How did you communicate with them (e.g. conference, campus visit, remote discussion, email, etc)?
  • When did you communicate with them?
  • What is the current state of your interaction with this group (e.g. agreed to develop Startup, scheduling follow-up call or meeting, etc)?

If you performed Selection activities, please provide the following details for each group you advised:

  • Name and contact information for at least one group member (project leader or technical lead)
  • Did the group submit a Startup proposal this quarter? If so, who is the Principal Investigator (PI)?
  • Did you help them write the Startup proposal?
  • Was the Startup proposal approved?
  • Did this Startup request ECSS and if so, what is the status of developing an ECSS work plan?
  • Are you leading, or involved in, the development of the ECSS work plan?
  • If the group has not yet submitted a Startup proposal but plans to do so in future, are there any obstacles to be overcome (e.g.  find the right graduate student to work on it, answer questions regarding XSEDE hardware or software, etc.)?
  • If the group does not plan to submit an XSEDE startup proposal, what are the reasons?
  • Has the group used, or do they plan to use, XSEDE services other than allocated resources (e.g. training, education, documentation, campus bridging kits, etc.)?

 

If you performed Mentoring activities, please provide the following details for each group you advised:

  • Name of the Startup PI
  • How often are you in touch with this group (e.g. monthly, as needed, etc.)?
  • By what means do you monitor the progress of this group?
  • Do these users copy you when they submit helpdesk tickets?
  • Did these users ever contact you instead of submitting a helpdesk ticket?
  • Do these users contact you whenever they have a question or issue regarding their Startup allocation?
  • Did you and the group conclude that it is necessary to request ECSS as a Supplement to this Startup grant? If so, what is the status of developing the ECSS work plan?
  • Is this group planning to develop a research proposal for submission to XRAC review?
  • If so, what is the expected submission date?
  • If not, what are the reasons and how does the group plan to work after their XSEDE Startup grant expires?
  • Are/were you involved in the development and writing of this group’s proposal to XRAC?
  • If the proposal was considered in this last quarter’s XRAC meeting, was it approved?
  • Are you helping the group to address the reviewers’ comments and suggestions?
  • Did this XRAC proposal request ECSS and if so, what is the status of developing the ECSS work plan?
  • Are you leading, or involved in, the development of this ECSS project plan?
  • Has this group used, or do they plan to use, XSEDE services other than allocated resources (e.g. training, education, documentation, campus bridging kits, etc.)?

 

If you participated in the execution of an ECSS work plan:

 

  • Please indicate the PI’s name and the title of the grant/project
  • Please confirm that a quarterly report for this project is being submitted.

 

If you gave any feedback to XSEDE this quarter, please provide the following details for each concern or suggestion you communicated:

 

  • Brief description of the feedback item
  • How, to whom, and when did you communicate it?
  • Did you receive any response? If so, please identify the XSEDE staff member who responded, and the current status of this issue.

Please list any other activities in which you took part this quarter, which you feel are related to NIP (e.g. participation in conferences and other events organized by XSEDE or other programs you work on, which cross-leveraged your work on NIP)

Please provide any other comments, suggestions etc. regarding your NIP work this quarter.