NSF Workshops and Events

With support from the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the MCC organizes meetings and reviews on behalf of the National Science Foundation. Through wide-scale participation, these events provide a unique, valuable snapshot of current research. The MCC also provides web support for other NSF-supported events.

2006 NSF Cyberinfrastructure in Materials Research Town Hall Meeting

Image from Presentation at 2005 NSF HPC Town Hall Meeting

August 3, 2006 Meeting Description: This meeting brought together leading researchers in Materials Science, including experts in the application of cyberinfrastructure to materials research. It also included some experts from other scientific domains who have pioneered the use of cyberinfrastructure in their research. These experts represented areas where we project that cyberinfrastructure issues will impact materials research in the upcoming years, such as the creation and exploitation of databases and the curation and analysis of very large datasets.

2005 NSF High Performance Computing Town Hall Meeting

Image from Presentation at 2005 NSF HPC Town Hall Meeting

October 17, 2005 Meeting Description: To break down barriers to communication, this meeting will occur in the cyber world and the real world. There will be a virtual forum for the group to help facilitate discussions leading to a report to NSF. The meeting will take place on October 17, 2005 and will be hosted by the Materials Computation Center, on the University of Illinois campus, with participation of access grid nodes across the country. The meeting will report progress on the main questions a bove and identify candidate benchmarks to measure the performance of high performance computers at the "production machine" level and those at the "petascale" level. A follow-up meeting, date to be determined, will crystallize the view of the community on this aspect of high performance computing.

2004 NSF Division of Materials Research ITR Computational Workshop

Image from calculaiton at 2004 NSF DMR ITR Meeting

June 17-19, 2004 Meeting Description: The first two days of the workshop will highlight the exciting science supported by current NSF Information Technology Research grants managed by the Materials Theory program in the Division of Mater ials Research. The Thursday/Friday presentations will be of interest to PIs, postdocs, and students. The third day of the workshop will be devoted to discussing and identifying cyberinfrastructure needs to support the scientific aspirations (the "cyberscience") of the materials theory community. The Saturday presentations will be of interest pr imarily to the PIs, co-PIs, and postdocs; student attendance is not required. The workshop will end around 1pm.

2002 NSF Division of Materials Research ITR Computational Workshop

Image of 2002 NSF Review

June 19-20, 2002 Meeting Description: The NSF-DMR, and Materials Theory in particular, has invested significant resources in computational materials research over the past decade. DMR and Materials Theory will conduct a review of research supporte d under various computational initiatives (HPCC/CARM, KDI, ITR), as well as larger projects such as Focussed Research Groups and NIRT's with a computational focus. As it is virtually impossible to visit all of the groups, the main goal is to have a concer ted review of all groups simulaneously, especially to encourage cross-talk among grantees; to provide an opportunity for young investigators to present their research; and, to provide the computational community with an overview of opportunities available in computational sciences at NSF, especially through ITR.