NSF XSEDE: Extending and Sustaining CyberGIS Discovery Environment

The CyberGIS Center and the CyberInfrastructure and Geospatial Information (CIGI) Laboratory have been awarded access to computational resources through the NSF eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) (formerly TeraGrid) program continuously since 2007. We were awarded 9.35 million supercomputing hours for the academic year of 2013-2014 to advance data-rich geospatial sciences and technologies based on the research and development of CyberGIS. A set of high-performance and scalable spatial analysis and modeling methods and services have been developed to fully exploit these high-end computational resources. This project provides access to a rich set of the most powerful supercomputers in the world for open scientific research and, thus, will enable CyberGIS researchers and educators to continue and lead cutting-edge computing and data-intensive geospatial research and education. These resources cover a wide spectrum of supercomputer architectures and parallel computing models. Specifically, our allocated supercomputing time is distributed on seven high-end resources operated by four supercomputer centers. The following research and development projects are supported in this project:

  • Parallel spatial optimization
  • Parallel agent-based modeling
  • Social media analytics
  • High-performance map data processing
  • CyberGIS Toolkit
  • CyberGIS Gateway and outreach