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Faster Administration of Science and Technology Education and Research (FASTER)
Community of Practice (CoP)
FASTER’s goal is to enhance collaboration and accelerate agencies’ adoption of advanced IT capabilities developed by Government-sponsored IT research. FASTER hosts Expedition and Emerging Technology workshops as well as monthly meetings with invited guest speakers to achieve this goal.
NITRD created FASTER for Federal agency CIOs and/or their advanced technology specialists. FASTER, seeks to accelerate deployment of promising research technologies; share protocol information, standards, and best practices; and coordinate and disseminate technology assessment and testbed results. The Federal CIO Council under the leadership of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) coordinates the use of IT systems. NITRD coordinates federally supported IT research under the leadership of OSTP (with OMB participation). FASTER, supported by the NITRD NCO, communicates with OMB and the Federal CIO Council concerning IT R&D matters that are of general interest to Federal agencies.
FASTER is responding to the Open Government Directive by using the technologies of the Social Data Web (e.g., Linked Open Data and the Semantic Web).
Robert B. Bohn, Ph.D.
Cloud Computing, Advanced Networking Technologies Division (ANTD)
Information Technology Laboratory (ITL)
National Institute of Standards and Technology
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 2000
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-2000
Tel: (301) 975-4731
Program Director, CISE/OAC
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Blvd, Suite 1270
Arlington, VA 22230
Tel: (703) 292-2247
NITRD Public Meetings
The NITRD Program holds meetings that are open for the public to attend. The FASTER CoP, JET, and MAGIC Team provide an opportunity for the public to engage and participate in information sharing among Federal agencies and non-Federal participants.
- Dr. Robert Bohn , NIST Cloud Computing Program Manager at the Advanced Networking Technologies Division, Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), NIST, will discuss the latest developments in High Quality Metric-Based SLAs for Cloud Computing.
- Dr. Douglas Maughan gives an overview of DHS Cyber Security Division, and an update of the Silicon Valley Innovation Program
- Charlie Catlett discusses the work that Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago are doing in partnership with the City of Chicago and other cities through the Urban Center for Computation and Data, focusing in particular on new opportunities related to embedded systems and integrated data platforms.
- Presentation and discussion with Dr. Katherine Yelick, Associate Laboratory Director for Computing Sciences at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Yelick presented on a Superfacility for Data Intensive Science.
- Presentation and discussion with Dr. Vinton G. Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google. Dr. Cerf shared his perspectives regarding the Digital Vellum and the challenge of long-term preservation of digital information semantics.
- Presentation and discussion with Dr. Laura Biven, Senior Science and Technology Advisor at the Office of the Deputy Director for Science Programs, Office of Science, US Department of Energy. Dr. Biven discussed the details of the DOE SC Data Management Plan, its requirements, the history behind them, and some thoughts for future work in the area of data management.
- Presentation and discussion with Drs. Mike Levine, Nick Nystrom, Ray Scott, and Ralph Roskies from the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC). They discussed PSC Data Exacell (DXC) DIBBs Pilot Project’s current application complement, its architecture, computational engines, and storage systems interconnected by a high-performance fabric in a ‘data-centric’ architecture. In addition they sketched the extension of the DXC pilot project to the recently announced NSF award to the Bridges, large-scale production facility scheduled to go on-line in 2016.
- Presentation and discussion with Dr. Alexander Szalay who shared his perspectives regarding the Johns Hopkins University Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) Project. Dr. Szalay is the Alumni Centennial Professor of Astronomy at the Johns Hopkins University, and also a professor in the Department of Computer Science.
- Presentation and discussion with Sue Fratkin who shared her perspectives regarding the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC) High Performance Computing (HPC) and cyberinfrastructure developments. Mrs. Fratkin serves as the Washington liaison for the CASC, an alliance of 79 of America’s most forward thinking research universities, national labs and computing centers.
- Presentation and discussion with Dr. Theresa Pardo who shared her perspectives on opening government data and creating public value. Dr. Pardo serves as Director of the Center for Technology in Government at the University at Albany, State University of New York, where she also holds research professor appointments in Public Administration and Policy and Informatics
- Presentation and discussion with Dr. Thomas Rindflesch who presented Semantic MEDLINE, a web application that summarizes MEDLINE citations returned by a PubMed search. Dr. Rindflesch is an Information Research Specialist at the U.S. National Library of Medicine
- Presentation and discussion with Mr. Eric Simmon who shared his perspectives on Cloud Service Level Agreements. Mr. Simmon is a systems expert in the Electronic Information Group (EIG) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
- Presentation and discussion with Dr. Robert Kahn who shared his perspectives regarding the recent International Telecommunication Union (ITU) approval of Recommendation ITU-T X.1255 “Framework for the discovery of identity management information”. Dr. Kahn is the Chairman, CEO and President of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI) and a co-inventor of the TCP/IP protocols.
- Presentation and discussion with Dr. Chris Greer and Mr. John Wilbanks who shared their insights on Open Data. Dr. Greer is the Director of Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Mr. Wilbanks is the Chief Commons Officer at Sage Bionetworks. He also serves as a senior advisor to the National Coordination office and as a senior fellow in entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
- Presentation and discussion with Mr. Anil Karmel. Mr. Karmel, Deputy Chief Technology Officer at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), presented on how the Department of Energy’s NNSA has employed the award winning innovations from Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Infrastructure on Demand (IoD) cloud service broker, in collaboration with industry and government to deliver YOURcloud, the U.S. Government’s first Secure Hybrid Community Cloud. For more info click here
- Presentation and discussion with Dr. Clayton Lewis. Dr. Lewis, Professor of Computer Science and Fellow of the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado, presented on the work being done in the USA and abroad to realize the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure, using the cloud to make it much easier for people to access online content and services in a way that meets their individual needs and preferences. For more info click here
- Presentation and discussion with Dr. Walter L. Warnick, Director of the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI). Dr. Warnick presented, and made a demonstration of PAGES (Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science), a web-based portal that will ensure that, after an embargo period, scholarly publications sponsored by the Department of Energy are publicly accessible and searchable at no charge to readers. For more info click here
- Presentation and discussion with Professor Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld. Professor Cutcher-Gershenfeld presented information on the NSF EarthCube initiative including stakeholder survey data (approximately 850 responses). For more info click here
FASTER Webcast Library
FASTER Webcast Library
(features a variety of video presentations from workshops and monthly meetings; covers topics in the field of information technology, research and development)
- Constructing High-Quality Cloud Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
- A 1-day workshop to explore avenues to assist cloud customer and provider in the procurement of cloud services by determining methods for constructing high-quality SLAs.
- Cloud & Accessibility Workshop
- A 1-day workshop on “Cloud & Accessibility” to investigate and discuss the relevant issues in this paradigm.
- Expedition Workshop
- Open Government which included presentations on January 2010 – Expedition Workshop - Open Government which included presentations on "The X Prize Model for Innovation through Competition","An Example of a Global Open Innovation Model: Quantity and Units of Measurement Ontology Standard Initiative", and " "Open Innovation Enabled by Global Federation of Science and Technical Knowledge."