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  • Many of the experimental and research products SPoRT provides are intend for use in a decision support system of a specific end user (e.g. AWIPS for the NWS). Some SPoRT products are also available in image (picture) form on the SPoRT web page, or in specific formats on public HTML or FTP sites. There is an increasing desire for access to SPoRT products by end users that are outside the NWS, including Agencies involved in responding to natural and man made disasters. This is being facilitated by the use of open source data formats and tools to serve data and products in a more useful way. The image to the right presents a screen shot of a web-based tiled mapping service recently developed to provide NASA data and products to the emergency management community for Hurricane Sandy. Any computer running Javascript with internet access can access this data and use the tool to examine the disaster area. Access to these data resources by responders and emergency management decision makers in the field is key to providing the best possible us of the data. A prototype “app” for the IPhone and Android supported devices is shown below.
  • SPoRT has been proactive in the use of NASA data and research technologies to support disaster response activities. Most recently the low light level band of the VIIRS instrument on the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite (called the Day Night Band, or DNB) has been used to monitor power restoration in the wake of the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy last month. The low light channel senses reflected moonlight from clouds and surface features and also detects emission from light sources such as lights from cities and towns, ships, and evening fires burning on the ground. The VIIRS DNB image from (August 31, 2012) the month before the hurricane hit the region shows the glowing lights from the cities along this portion of the East Coast of the U.S. The next image of the same region on November 4 th , a few days after Hurricane Sandy devastated the region shows a significant reduction in light coming from the cities, particularly on Long Island and the New Jersey coastal area. SPoRT has further refined this data, combining the before and after imagery into a red-green-blue composite image to highlight the regions where power (lights) have not returned as of November 4 th (shown in yellow). White colors represent regions where power (lights) were on in both before and after images. The blue colors indicate features present in the after image but nor before. SPoRT continuously made a suite of products available to the USGS data based used by emergency management agencies to support relief efforts. The image on the right highlights the use of our products by the Army’s Northern Command (responsible for coordinating ground support relief efforts for Sandy) to create their own value added product to monitor power recovery in the region.
  • In summary, access to and use of high performance computational resources and advanced dissemination and visualization methods have helped SPoRT successfully transition experimental and research data to the operational weather community.
  • SPoRT has been an early user of “cloud” resources for a number of different applications. These configurable systems provide additional computer resources that can be leveraged to support specific projects or continuous ongoing projects. SPoRT developed and demonstrated various applications of cloud resources using both the NASA Code I Private Cloud and Amazon cloud capabilities. In the example at the right, a tailored configuration of the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model for applications in Mesoamerican (in support of the SERVIR project) is run daily with output disseminated to the SERVIR Web Mapping Service for access by their user community. The example shows a 6 hour precipitation forecast from August 28 when Hurricane Isaac was bearing down on the Gulf Coast region. NASA cloud resources were also used to support the tornado damage track analysis following the April 27, 2011 Southeast U.S. tornado outbreak (lower left image). While most of Northern Alabama was without power for 10 days following the tornados, SPoRT scientists supported local NWS forecast offices in helping to identify regions damaged by tornados with high resolution satellite imagery by processing large volumes of satellite data in the cloud. The link highlights a blog post on the activity.
  • There is a continuing need for the development of new visualization capabilities for NASA satellite data in support of various SPoRT activities. In its new Visualization and Collaboration Lab (VCL), a multi-display hyperwall is being installed to facilitate these new capabilities. The hyperwall will not only be used for display of scientific results, but will enable new scientific discovery through the use on interactive display capabilities. The hyperwall in the VCL will be used to support various SPoRT end user training activities and product development workshops hosted by SPoRT. It will also serve as an operations center for disaster response and support.
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  • Report to the NAC

    1. 1. Information Technology Infrastructure Committee (ITIC) Report to the NAC November 29, 2012 Larry Smarr Chair ITIC
    2. 2. ITIC Committee MembersMembership Dr. Larry Smarr (Chair), Director- California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology, UC San Diego Dr. Charles Holmes (Vice-Chair), Retired- NASA HQ Heliophysics Program Mr. Alan Paller, Research Director- SANS Institute Dr. Robert Grossman, Professor- University of Chicago Dr. Alexander Szalay, Professor- Johns Hopkins University ---------------------------------------------------------------New Members Dr. Mark Boster; President-ImpaQ Solutions, LLC Hon. Mark Forman, former associate director of IT and e-government, OMB Mr. Joel Mambretti, Director, Intl. Center for Advanced Internet Research, NW Univ. Dr. Ed Lazowska, Gates Professor & Chair , Dept of Computer Science, UWash Dr. Pete Beckman, Dir., Exascale Technology and Computing Institute, Argonne NL Mr. John Muratore, former NASA engineer & Program Manager, now with Space X Mr. Jason Gillis (Exec Sec), Special Assist. to CIO, NASA
    3. 3. ITIC Committee Briefing Topics NON-FACA, Morning Session at Marshall SFC♦ Welcome and Introduction to MSFC • Patrick Scheuermann; Center Director • Jonathan Pettus; MSFC CIO • Sharon Cobb; SLS♦ Chandra Astronomy Mission • Martin Weisskopf♦ SPoRT • Gary Jedlovec♦ MSFC Office of the CIO • Jonathan Pettus - Overview • Carol Bryant - High Performance Networking • Jane Maples – Mobile Applications♦ Human Space Flight Operations At MSFC • Jay Onken
    4. 4. ITIC Finding #1 Mar. 2012♦ To enable new scientific discoveries, in a fiscally constrained environment, NASA must develop more productive IT infrastructure through “frugal innovation” and “agile development” • Easy to use as “flickr” • Elastic to demand • Continuous improvement • More capacity for fixed investment • Adaptable to changing requirements of multiple missions • Built-in security that doesn’t hinder deployment Two Good Examples From NAC ITIC Fact-Finding Trip to Marshall Space Flight Center Presented to NAC March 2012
    5. 5. Web Services to Support Disaster ApplicationsNeed for access to data and products supporting disasterapplications “anytime and from any place”SPoRT Web Services•tiled imagery for a “GoogleEarth” roam and zoom•web-based applications -tiled web service link•Android and IPhone “apps” Tiled web service for Hurricane Sandy
    6. 6. VIIRS DNB Detects Power Outages City Lights – 8-31-2012 City Lights – 11-04-2012RGB composite image indicating extent of area affected by power outage (yellow) U.S. Army North Command uses SPoRT products to monitor power recovery
    7. 7. SPoRT Success Due (In Part) toAccess to Advanced Information Technology External high performance computer systems allow for model development, benchmarking, and case study analysis and frees up local resources Local high performance systems allow special configurations of regional models to be provided in a timely fashion to end users Web services support dissemination of data to a broad user community Cloud computing resources provide configurable assets for regular or infrequent applications Hyperwall capabilities allow for advanced product training and real-time disaster support
    8. 8. Code I Private CloudSPoRT uses “cloud” computing resources to support ongoing and specific partnering projects• configurable “images” in NASA Code I Private Cloud and at Amazon• regular execution of pre-configured weather model runs requiring unique resources - SERVIR Mesoamerica forecasts 6hr precipitation forecast for SERVIR (Hurricane Isaac) • pre-configurations for infrequent applications in support of disaster applications - used during MSFC 10 day power outage from April 27, Image processing for tornado 2011 tornado outbreak ASTER link damage tracks.
    9. 9. SPoRT Visualization and Collaboration LabLab under development, will host a large hyperwall display•visualization for demonstrations showing scientific results•scientific discovery through interactive analysis and display•end user training and development workshops•disaster response and supportHyperwall display at NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS)
    10. 10. A NASA-Wide Mobile Apps Project apps.nasa.govapps@NASA is…A website where NASA employees & contractors candownload mobile apps that access NASA systems. Theseapps enable users to perform critical job functions at anytime from anywhere, via Personal AND NASA mobiledevices. Jane Maples Contact us at:
    11. 11. Mobile Dev Center at apps@NASA♦Software Library • Framework Libraries • Example applications♦Documentation Library • Getting started documents • Development standards • Technical instructions • Coding How-To’s♦Instruction Videos • Getting started videos♦Development Forums • Development discussions Jane Maples Contact us at:
    12. 12. Critical AppStore success factors♦ Executive Sponsorship♦ Clearly Defined AppStore Scope • What apps are to be hosted (internal, external, COTS, GOTS)? • Who are the users (govt employees, contractors, public)? • What are the Rules of Engagement for hosting?♦ Coordination with IT Security and Identity, Credential, and Access Management teams♦ Scalable Infrastructure♦ Agile architecture to quickly support existing and emerging mobile platforms (i.e., iOS, BlackBerry, Android, MS, etc.)♦ Marketing and Communication Strategy♦ Dedicated team (manager, developers, customer relationship manager, graphics designer)♦ Pilot group of mobile users for initial rollout and future enhancements Jane Maples Contact us at:
    13. 13. NASA OCIO Support forHigh Performance Networking November 28, 2012 Briefing for the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) Information Technology Infrastructure Committee (ITIC)
    14. 14. Current CSO WAN BackboneRegional Sites: 50 ms failover: Core Sites:Dual, diverse connectivity to: Fast ReRoute (FRR) •4 NASA Centers•Core NASA Center and vs. SONET •5 carrier hotels•Carrier hotel GRC Chi, IL WFF JPL ARC DC HQ GigE SF IV&V DFRC GSFC in dev’t Bay LaRC Atl, GA Dal, JSC MSFC 10 Gbps lambda TX 2.5 Gbps lambda SONET OC12 (622 Mbps) SONET OC3 (155 Mbps) WSC WSTF SSC MAF KSC
    15. 15. Example: Accelerated Implementation of Requirements 1.8 Gbps LaRC ACES desktop backup data peak replication to MSFC NDC Provisioning of new requirement 5 Gbps Testing for new total requirement capacity Original> 0.2 Gbps utilization previous utilization 15
    16. 16. Incorporate Commercial Cloud Services TeraGrid (XD) Microsoft Cloud Amazon EC2Open Science Grid UW Digital Well Science Cloud NASA Data Centers Public and Private clouds (existing) NASA Portal - Inside and Public (existing) 16
    17. 17. NAC Committee on IT Infrastructure Recommendation #1 Mar. 2012♦ Recommendation: To enable NASA to gain experience on emerging leading-edge IT technologies such as: − Data-Intensive Cyberinfrastructure, − 100 Gbps Networking, − GPU Clusters, and − Hybrid HPC Architectures, we recommendation that NASA aggressively pursue partnerships with other Federal agencies, specifically NSF and DOE, as well as public/private opportunities. We believe joint agency program calls for end users to develop innovative applications will help keep NASA at the leading edge of capabilities and enable training of NASA staff to support NASA researchers as these technologies become mainstream. Adopted by NAC March 2012
    18. 18. Partnering Opportunities with DOE:ARRA Stimulus Investment for DOE ESnet National-Scale 100Gbps Network Backbone Source: Presentation to DOE ESnet Policy Board
    19. 19. 100 Gbps Consortium for Petascale Science♦ NASA Goddard♦ International Center for Advanced Internet Research at NW Univ.♦ Mid-Atlantic Crossroads♦ Laboratory for Advanced Computing at the Univ. Chicago♦ Johns Hopkins University♦ Naval Research Laboratory♦ StarLight Communications Exchange Facility♦ Metropolitan Research and Education Network Consortium support comes from:DOE’s ESnet Advanced Network Initiative, Ciena, and Sidera Networks Other key demonstration partners are:SCinet, NLR, Internet2, Brocade, Fujitsu, cPacket, Arista, and Force10 Update to ITIC NAC Report Aug 2012
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    21. 21. 98.4 Gbps sustained Across the Country! Essentially 100x Large Flows on Shared COSSupercomputing 2012 Salt Lake City, UT NASA’s High Performance Network Innovators: Bill Fink, Paul Lang, and HECN Team High End Computer Networking (HECN) Science and Exploration Directorate, GSFC
    22. 22. ITIC Finding #1 Nov. 2012♦ While the CSO appears to be doing an amazing job managing the communications requirements and responsibilities for the agency, it may be time for them to develop the business case for acquiring dedicated fiber-optic pathways in support current and future high data-volume traffic: e.g. interfacing to NASAs supercomputers.
    23. 23. ITIC Finding #2 Nov. 2012♦ The ITIC is encouraged by the multi-center collaborations involved in engineering activities to upgrade Marshalls Huntsville Operations Support Center (HOSC) and Payload Operations and Integration Center (POIC).♦ Not only with the traditional Human spaceflight centers such as JSC and KSC, but also engineering expertise and tools from GSFC, ARC, JPL, etc, are being incorporated into this activity.
    24. 24. Internet Connectivity to ISS•IP Encapsulationexpands the use ofstandard internetprotocols to access ISSresources beyond filetransfer•Puts user at payloadexperiment•Control Center monitorsuser traffic; does notallow unsecure protocolsnor unauthorized access NASA MSFC Mission Operations Laboratory
    25. 25. 3D HDTV Camera on ISS♦ Joint project with Panasonic to demonstrate functionality and 3DA1 on usefulness of all-in-one 3D HDTV bogen arm camera • Cameras for flight and training provided at no cost by Panasonic♦ Panasonic 3DA1 3D HDTV camera was carried to the ISS on STS-135 and returned on SpaceX-1 • Proved all-in-one stereoscopic camera can provide useful 3D HDTV video • First experience with file based video workflow • After 19 months on orbit there were no visible pixel defects − Currently analyzing camera to determine actual number of dead pixels − Dead pixels masked by in-camera pixel correction algorithm NASA MSFC Mission Operations Laboratory
    26. 26. External HDTV Camera Project♦ Recently approved by NASA International Space Station Program Manager♦ Attach a HDTV camera to the side of existing ISS external analog camera housings • Saves having to develop a new pan & tilt system • Use external wireless communication system for camera control and video transmission♦ Minimum requirements • Will include Zoom lens • 1280 x 720 progressive @ 60 frames-per-second • H.264 video encoding • Use commercial-off-the-shelf cameras − Camera selection process is underway − May use more than one commercial camera NASA MSFC Mission Operations Laboratory
    27. 27. Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN)♦ DTN “adapts” Internet Protocols for in-space application • Store-and-forward improves automation, throughput, latency • For LEO missions automates AOS/LOS type disruptions • For deep space missions, fixes the IP problems with long signal delays♦ NASA has two activities – MSFC/MOL performs in both: • NASA DTN Project – under SCaN at NASA HQ • International DTN Standards – under CCSDS, SCaN/AES♦ Current ISS DTN system has three nodes • Onboard ISS Bioserve payload • HOSC • CU-Boulder (Payload operations)♦ MOL developed the HOSC DTN node to support other payloads with DTN services when they request it♦ MSFC/MOL is engaging ISS to encourage more extensive deployment of DTN onboard NASA MSFC Mission Operations Laboratory
    28. 28. NASA’s Current ISS-based InternationalDTN Flight Test and Demonstration Activities TDRS JAXA DTN on ISS testing (on hold) ESA-DTN: Future DTN ICU “QuickStart-a” gateway studies and “OPSCOM- (JAXA (JSC) 1” DRTS) DTN on SPHERES Ongoing (ARC, JSC) JAXA DTN 24x7 ISS DTRS testing Payload (delayed by operations ISS-DRTS (CU/CGBAs) DTN OPS-LAN terminal gateway: proxy failure and by SWRDFSH file for legacy ISS NASA funding handling upgrade applications issues) to CFDP and DTN (JSC) (JSC) Key: Other JAXA funding SN SN DTN Project funding DTN HOSC Internet ISS Gateway Payloa JAXA-SSIPC (MSFC) d Users Tsukuba MSFC JSC Ad-hoc testbeds CU ARC DTN Protocol Validation ESA JAXA NASA MSFC Mission Operations Laboratory
    29. 29. The Expressome as the “Telescope for Life Sciences” High Content Screening: as platform for high density/high throughput life science utilization of ISS • Transcriptome • mRNA transcription • Proteome • Protein expression Transcriptome • Intron/exon editing Proteome • Protein activity control • Signaling Metabolome • Phosphorolation • Nitroslylation + Epigenome • Metabolome =Expressome • Substrates, intermediates, & products for enzyme pathways Human Exploration & • Epigenome Operations Mission • Changes in DNA & histone chemistry Directorate: Division Director: D. Marshall Porterfield
    30. 30. geneLAB Science Campaign Platform Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate Division Director: D. Marshall Porterfield
    31. 31. multi-investigator utilizationgeneLAB open source science innovation Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate Division Director: D. Marshall Porterfield
    32. 32. ITIC Finding # 3 Nov. 2012♦ There are multiple opportunities for ITIC to work with the Human Exploration and Operations Committee on IT innovations within the ISS program & the HOSC/POIC upgrades♦ Topics Could Include: • Bioinformatics Infrastructure • Human-Robotic Information Integration • Advanced Media Technologies • Laser communications • Solar System Internet
    33. 33. NAC Committee on IT Infrastructure DRAFT* Recommendation #2♦ Recommendation: NASA should formally review the existing national data cyberinfrastructure supporting access to data repositories for NASA SMD missions. A comparison with best-of- breed practices within NASA and at other Federal agencies should be made.♦ We request a briefing on this review to a joint meeting of the NAC IT Infrastructure, Science, and Education committees within one year of this recommendation. The briefing should contain recommendations for a NASA data-intensive cyberinfrastructure to support science discovery by both mission teams, remote researchers, and for education and public outreach appropriate to the growth driven by current and future SMD missions. * To be completed after a joint meeting of ITIC, Science, and Education Committees in July 2012 and the final recommendation submitted to July 2012 NAC meeting