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Susan Baldwin, Executive Director of Compute Canada, presented these slides as part of the Cybera Summit 2010 session "The Nexus of Science Policy and ICT Policy: Implications and Outcomes". For more ...

Susan Baldwin, Executive Director of Compute Canada, presented these slides as part of the Cybera Summit 2010 session "The Nexus of Science Policy and ICT Policy: Implications and Outcomes". For more information, visit http://www.cybera.ca/nexus-science-policy-and-ict-policy-implications-and-outcomes

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Nexus of Science Policy and ICT Policy: Implications and Outcomes - Susan Baldwin, Compute Canada Presentation Transcript

  • 1. The  Nexus  of  Science  Policy  and  ICT   Policy:  Implica9ons  and  Outcomes   September  21,  2010   Susan  Baldwin   Execu9ve  Director   Compute  Canada   susan.baldwin@computecanada.org  
  • 2. Vision    To  advance  research,  support  and  accelerate   innova4on  and  excellence,  develop  highly   qualified  personnel,  and  enable  compe44ve   advantage,  economic  prosperity  and  well-­‐ being  for  all  Canadians  through  the  effec4ve   use  of  high  performance  compu4ng  
  • 3. Mission    To  create  a  na4onal  plaBorm  of  shared  world-­‐ class  high  performance  compu4ng  and  data   resources  and  personnel,  accessible  by   researchers  in  all  disciplines  independent  of   resource  or  researcher  loca4on  and  to   promote  high  performance  compu4ng   na4onally  and  interna4onally  
  • 4. Enabling  Canadian  Research   Focus  is  on  ensuring  the  ability  of  the  Canadian   researcher  to  do  beKer  research  by:   –  Using  the  right  facility  (wherever  in  the  country)   –  Using  the  right  methods   –  Using  the  right  amount  of  compute  cycles   –  Having  the  HQP  support  they  need   –  Knowing  HPC  capacity  will  grow  in  lock  step  with   their  research   This  requires  predictability  and  sustainability  
  • 5. Digital  Infrastructure   •  A  dynamic  shared  plaBorm  for  advanced  educa9on,   science,  and  discovery   •  Digital  infrastructure  includes:   –  Repositories  of  complex  data  sets   –  Network-­‐accessible  research  equipment   –  Digital  devices  and  distributed  sensors   –  High-­‐speed  networks   –  Related  tools  and  services   –  Rapidly  increasing  compu9ng  capacity   –  Support  and  research  experts  (HQP)  
  • 6. Digital  Infrastructure   •  HPC  is  one  of  the  components  of  digital   infrastructure  –  essen9al  to  crea9ng  new  knowledge   •  Digital  Infrastructure  is  not  a  project;  Canada’s  HPC   pla[orm  is  not  a  project   •  Science  policy  must  differen9ate  between  projects   and  shared  infrastructure  –  and  fund  them   differently  
  • 7. Integrated  Science  Policy   •  Is  there  close  collabora-on  between  policy-­‐makers   and  those  whose  work  supports  advanced  educa-on,   science,  and  discovery?     –  Digital  Economy  Consulta-on  –  did  they  listen?   –  There  is  a  “great  divide”  and  a  “digital  divide”     –  Canadian  Science  Policy  Conference  –  trying  to  reach   policy-­‐makers   –  NSERC  asked  for  advice  –  and  took  it,  but  will  there  be  a   policy  from  Government?   –  And  the  rest  of  the  world?  
  • 8. Integrated  Science  Policy   •  How  do  we  ensure  that  these  policies  are  integrated,  forward-­‐ thinking,  and  designed  to  support  common  outcomes?   –  Must  find  a  way  to  make  our  voices  heard  with  a  common  message   –  Are  common  outcomes  desirable?   •  Outcomes  =   –   new  knowledge   –   new  applica9ons   –   new  products   –   new  rela9onships   –   new  advantages  –  compe99ve,  social,  well-­‐being   These  are  not  necessarily  predictable  
  • 9. Integrated  Science  Policy   •  An  integrated  science  policy  must  set  the  framework   for  the  people  and  the  shared  infrastructure,  thereby   enhancing  the  value  proposi9on  of  Canadian   educa9on,  research  and  discovery