Advance Earth system science through HPC and data services

At its core, CISL is dedicated to providing advanced research cyberinfrastructure to promote world-class science. To that end, CISL provides a portfolio of world-class computing and data services tailored for the atmospheric, geospace, and related sciences. To support these computing and data services, CISL also operates a range of networking and enterprise IT services and maintains two data center facilities. CISL services continually evolve in response to changes in the underlying computational technologies, the needs of the scientific community, CISL research and development activities, and interactions with the wider cyberinfrastructure community.

In FY2018, the 5.34-petaflops Cheyenne cluster was the cornerstone of CISL’s advanced computing environment, which encompasses a 38-PB high-performance disk storage system; several data analysis and visualization clusters; a 20-PB, medium-term, disk-based Campaign Storage system; and a 100-PB long-term, tape-based High Performance Storage System (HPSS) archive.

CISL also curates, manages, and archives a rich, growing set of digital collections and data services to which it provides free and open access. In FY2018, these collections and services attracted more than 14,000 individual researchers, who downloaded 2.5 PB of data through various pathways. To further enhance the science enabled by these resources and services, CISL builds frameworks for supporting and delivering data services and develops and supports widely used visualization and analysis tools, including NCL and VAPOR.

As an integral part of the regional, national, and international cyberinfrastructure ecosystem, CISL remains actively connected to and involved with a wide range of programs and activities, including NSF’s Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), the Pacific Research Platform (PRP), the Front Range GigaPoP (FRGP), and the Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium (RMACC).

This work is supported by NSF Core funding and other sources as specified in the following sections.