With ACCESS, the NSF has awarded $52 million over five years to five lead institutions and their sub-awardees to facilitate the program. Each project within ACCESS is independently managed yet highly cooperative; additionally, the ACCESS Coordination Office (ACO) supports the collective operation of the ACCESS projects, endeavoring to provide seamless experiences across a high-performance, innovative array of national computational resources.
How ACCESS is Organized
- allocation services
- innovative pilots
- a service model
- general user assistance
- allocation and utilization assistance
- end-user training
- a computational science support network
Subawardees include the Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center, the Ohio Supercomputer Center, University of Kentucky and the University of Southern California.
- operational support
- data and networking support
- cybersecurity support
- monitoring and measurement operations
- service model
- data analytics framework
Led by PI John Towns, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the ACO provides coordination and support services, and staffing for top-level coordination and communications among the ACCESS awardees and with the public. This includes:
- support for top-level inter-awardee governance
- coordination of an external advisory board to the ACCESS awardees
- maintenance of the main ACCESS website
- coordinated community-building activities
The ACO itself doesn’t have a direct role in the management of the other projects and overall project execution, but facilitates and supports a model of shared governance. Subawardees include the San Diego Supercomputer Center and Georgia Tech.