What is CaRCC?

CaRCC – the Campus Research Computing Consortium – is an organization of dedicated professionals developing, advocating for, and advancing campus research computing and data* and associated professions. Current focus areas include connecting the broader research computing and data ecosystem, professionalization and workforce development, and defining stakeholders and shared value propositions for the community at a time of accelerating change.

How to get involved?

Simply volunteer to work with one of the current working groups, noting that this does not require formally joining with a CaRCC institutional membership… To volunteer, e-mail committee chairs or help@carcc.org.

* Research computing and data” involves people, scholarship, and resources supporting the needs of researchers and research leveraging compute, data, networking, and software, broadly defined, including the professionals who execute and support these efforts. Whereas entities supporting research computing and data historically emerged from operating and supporting high performance computing, the needs, capabilities and technologies have sufficiently broadened the scope of research information technology to include virtualization, support for the cloud, containers, middleware, workflows, data management, data movement, compliance and security, user training, support of instruction using advanced research computing and data, on-boarding into new technologies, and deep engagement (“facilitation”) to help guide researchers.

CaRCC also refers to:

    • The funded NSF RCN award OAC-1620695 (PI: Jim Bottum) “RCN: Advancing Research and Education through a national network of campus research computing infrastructures – The CaRC Consortium”, which begot the consortium.
    • An extension of the ACI-REF** experiment, a group of campuses who have banded together in an attempt to figure out how to sustain and maintain the massive growth in demand for research computing on our campuses by sharing, collaborating, working together and developing best practices.
    • A virtual organization of committed people working to provide products that help to advance research computing and data, such as helping to define the profession, to bring communities together, and to understand the common challenges and future needs of research computing and data, broadly defined.

CaRCC is still defining itself, continuing to evolve and open to new ideas. Volunteer to help us! Current areas of high priority, based on survey results and discussions among participants, include the following areas:

    • CI workforce development and professionalization.
    • Developing the people network of CI, research computing and data professionals while promoting various facing roles, such as researcher-facing, systems-facing, stakeholder-facing, and software/data-facing.
    • Defining stakeholders and value propositions for the CI, research computing and data communities, broadly defined.
    • Understanding the current state and future roadmap for advocation, support, and sustainability of research computing on campuses and beyond.

If you want to help shape the evolution of our CI, research computing and data ecosystem, or learn more about our current efforts, please contact us at help@carcc.org!  For more information, see the 2018-2019 committees, and be on the lookout for working groups emerging in 2020!

CaRCC Logistics Team

The Logistics Team develops, coordinates, distributes, and supports the infrastructure of people and resources (email lists, Google Docs, calendars) that enable various CaRCC efforts. If you have questions about CaRCC or would like to learn more e-mail us at help@carcc.org

As of early 2020, the Logistics Team includes:

  • Dana Brunson, Internet2 (original Council Member, People Network co-Coordinator and on several Working Groups)
  • Tom Cheatham, University of Utah (CaRCC Council Chair elected in 2017)
  • Rich Knepper, Cornell University (co-Coordinator of the Emerging Centers track in the People Network and on several Working Groups)
  • Gail Krovitz, Internet2 (on several Working Groups)
  • Ruth Marinshaw, Stanford University (original Council Member and on several Working Groups)
  • Lauren Michael, UW-Madison (original Council Member, People Network co-Coordinator and on several Working Groups)
  • Patrick Schmitz, Semper Cogito (original Council Member and on several Working Groups)
  • Scott Yockel, Harvard University (original Council Member and on several Working Groups)
** ACI-REF refers to the NSF OAC-1341935 “Advanced Cyberinfrastructure – Research and Educational Facilitation: Campus-Based Computational Research Support” award (PI: Bottum) that supporting building best practices and a network of facilitators support research computing on six campuses (Clemson U, Harvard U, U Wisconsin at Madison, U Southern California, U Utah, and U Hawaii). For more information about ACI-REF, see the WWW page at: http://aciref.org.