May 2006
Designing and Supporting Science-Driven Infrastructure
Timothy L. Killeen, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Horst D. Simon, NERSC Center Division, Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California

4. Summary

A strong emphasis on community involvement and governance has been critical to the success of NERSC and NCAR and is also central to plans for the future for both centers. NERSC and NCAR both support broad communities that are poised to make major breakthroughs in knowledge and understanding in very important scientific fields. Careful optimization of resources and capabilities will undoubtedly require continued attention and creativity as new computational systems develop and propagate. Both centers are ready to meet the challenge.

This work was supported by the Director, Office of Science, Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research of the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC 03-76SF00098. NCAR is operated by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research under sponsorship of the National Science Foundation.
One of the authors (Killeen) acknowledges important assistance from Al Kellie, Jordan Powers, Cecelia DeLuca, Marika Holland, Bill Collins, Jim Hack, and Veda Emmett in the development of this report.
This document was prepared as an account of work sponsored by the United States Government. While this document is believed to contain correct information, neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor The Regents of the University of California, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by its trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof, or The Regents of the University of California. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof or The Regents of the University of California.
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3 NCAR as Integrator, Innovator, and Community Builder, the NCAR Strategic Plan, 2006-2016, www.ncar.ucar.edu/
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Reference this article
Killeen, T. L., Simon, H. D. "Supporting National User Communities at NERSC and NCAR," CTWatch Quarterly, Volume 2, Number 2, May 2006. http://www.ctwatch.org/quarterly/articles/2006/05/supporting-national-user-communities-at-nersc-and-ncar/

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