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February 08, 2007

Vouk & Scientific Data Management Center Receive DOE Funding

Dr. Mladen Vouk has been awarded $885,000 by the Department of Energy (DOE) to fund his research proposal titled “Scientific Data Management Center for Enabling Technologies.” 
This is the second round of funding provided by the DOE in support of the Scientific Data Management (SDM) Center.
The award will run from November 15, 2006 through June 30, 2011.
Research Abstract - With the increasing volume and complexity of data produced by ultra-scale simulations and high-throughput experiments, understanding the science is largely hampered by the lack of comprehensive, end-to-end data management solutions ranging from initial data acquisition to final analysis and visualization. The SciDAC-1 Scientific Data Management (SDM) Center succeeded in bringing an initial set of advanced data management technologies to DOE application scientists in astrophysics, climate, fusion, and biology.  Equally important, it established collaborations with these scientists to better understand their science as well as their forthcoming data management and data analytics challenges.
Building on our early successes, we will improve the SDM framework to address the needs of ultra-scale science. Specifically, we will enhance and extend our existing tools to allow for more interactivity and fault tolerance when managing scientists’ workflows, for better parallelism and feature extraction capabilities in their data analytics operations, and for greater efficiency and functionality in users' interactions with local parallel file systems and remote storage. These improvements will prepare the SDM framework for the scalability and complexity challenges presented by hardware and applications at ultra scale, and are complemented by our targeted data management efforts under partnerships with application and computer scientists.

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