Cyberinfrastructure deployments on public research clouds enable accessible Environmental Data Science education

Tyler L. Mcintosh, Erick Verleye, Jennifer K. Balch, Megan E. Cattau, Nayani T. Ilangakoon, Nathan Korinek, R. Chelsea Nagy, James Sanovia, Edwin Skidmore, Tyson L. Swetnam, Ty Tuff, Nathan Quarderer, Carol A. Wessman

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Modern science depends on computers, but not all scientists have access to the scale of computation they need. A digital divide separates scientists who accelerate their science using large cyberinfrastructure from those who do not, or who do not have access to the compute resources or learning opportunities to develop the skills needed. The exclusionary nature of the digital divide threatens equity and the future of innovation by leaving people out of the scientific process while over-amplifying the voices of a small group who have resources. However, there are potential solutions: recent advancements in public research cyberinfrastructure and resources developed during the open science revolution are providing tools that can help bridge this divide. These tools can enable access to fast and powerful computation with modest internet connections and personal computers. Here we contribute another resource for narrowing the digital divide: scalable virtual machines running on public cloud infrastructure. We describe the tools, infrastructure, and methods that enabled successful deployment of a reproducible and scalable cyberinfrastructure architecture for a collaborative data synthesis working group in February 2023. This platform enabled 45 scientists with varying data and compute skills to leverage 40,000 hours of compute time over a 4-day workshop. Our approach provides an open framework that can be replicated for educational and collaborative data synthesis experiences in any data- and compute-intensive discipline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPEARC 2023 - Computing for the common good
Subtitle of host publicationPractice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450399852
StatePublished - Jul 23 2023
Event2023 Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing, PEARC 2023 - Portland, United States
Duration: Jul 23 2023Jul 27 2023

Publication series

NamePEARC 2023 - Computing for the common good: Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing


Conference2023 Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing, PEARC 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • cyberinfrastructure
  • digital equity
  • open science
  • team science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science


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