NITRD NewsLetter - October 2018

October 16, 2018

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Welcome to the October 2018 issue of the NITRD Leads IT quarterly newsletter of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program.

"I am thrilled to be the NITRD NCO Director! I have participated in NITRD for many years, leading involvement from my home agency, NIST, where I have also been honored to work directly with several past NITRD Directors… We have come a long way, but there is still much to do. Everyone wins when we have an inclusive image of a STEM professional as we will increase the talent pool, foster critical STEM skills among the broader community, and promote a healthier, more culturally-sensitive workplace. An inclusive workforce provides a rich set of perspectives that enable innovation and creative discovery..." - Ms. Kamie Roberts (Director of the National Coordination Office for Networking and Information). Read more...

Request for Information on Update to the 2016 National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan

September 26, 2018

Federal Register Notice: 82 FR 48655

On behalf of the National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC) Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence (Select Committee), NITRD NCO requests input from all interested parties on the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan. Through this Request for Information (RFI), NITRD NCO seeks input from the public, including those directly performing Artificial Intelligence (AI) research and development (R&D) and directly affected by such R&D, on whether the strategic plan should be revised and, if so, the ways in which it may be improved. This includes suggestions as to the addition, removal, or modification of strategic aims, comments as to existing strategic aims as well as their past or future implementation by the Federal government. The public input provided in response to this RFI will inform NITRD NCO and the Select Committee in updating the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan.

Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 11:59 p.m. (ET) on October 26, 2018.



September 24, 2018

View Full Text: Operationalizing-SDN-Report-2018.pdf

The Large Scale Networking Interagency Working Group held an Operationalizing Software-Defined Networks Workshop on September 18–20, 2017, in Washington, DC, as part of a series of SDN-focused workshops. At the Operationalizing SDN workshop, Federal, private, and academic stakeholders discussed the current state-of-the-art and path forward to realize an open, innovative, multidomain, and interoperable software-defined network (SDN) as an operational infrastructure that can rapidly adjust to the evolving communication and computing needs of science, engineering, and commerce, while simultaneously enhancing the economics, security, evolution, and manageability of the network.

The “Operationalizing Software-Defined Networks” Report discusses SDN adoption and identification of key areas for further exploration, focusing on flexibly enabling end-to-end paths to network, compute, and storage resources with customizable properties, using software to easily assemble such paths across hardware infrastructure, with favorable economics, security, evolution, and operation manageability. 

To learn more about the Large Scale Networking (LSN) Interagency Working Group (IWG) please visit LSN IWG home page.


September 18, 2018

The annual NITRD Supplement to the President's Budget provides a technical summary of the research activities planned and coordinated through NITRD in a given Federal budget cycle. The details are organized by Program Component Areas (PCAs), where the PCAs are major subject areas for Federal IT R&D. PCAs are intended to facilitate budgetary comparisons from year to year in each area. The PCA set evolves over time, reflecting changes in IT R&D activities at federal agencies and IT R&D priorities of the Administration. FY2020 Program Component Area (PCA) Definitions will be used by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the upcoming NITRD budget data request, and by the IWGs and NCO in developing the NITRD Supplement to the President's FY2020 Budget. The FY2020 PCAs are:


September 7, 2018

The NITRD Middleware and Grid Interagency Coordination Team (MAGIC) is conducting an in-depth examination of the impact of and challenges related to DevOps. The effort was divided into 4 sessions: (1) Definition of DevOps; (2) the significance of DevOps in the Scientific community; (3) discussion of and operational and (4) DevOps in scientific facilities.

To participate in the October 3 session, please check the MAGIC website or contact Joyce Lee at (

To learn more about the Middleware and Grid Interagency Coordination Team please visit MAGIC Team page.