The objective of RAPIDS is to assist Office of Science (SC) application teams in overcoming computer science and data challenges in the use of DOE supercomputing resources to achieve science breakthroughs. To accomplish this objective, the Institute will solve computer science and data technical challenges for SciDAC and SC science teams, work directly with SC scientists and DOE facilities to adopt and support our technologies, and coordinate with other DOE computer science and applied mathematics activities to maximize impact on SC science.
RAPIDS will be organized around four primary thrust areas. The cornerstone of the project is the application engagement and community outreach thrust area. A rigorous plan for engagement through direct interactions, as well as outreach to connect with the broader community, will allow us to have the greatest and most immediate impact. Software technologies for computation, information, and data science are central to the success of SciDAC and SC science on leadership computing platforms. Our three technology thrust areas — data understanding, platform readiness, and scientific data management — focus on key challenges in these areas, bringing to bear mature technologies and enhancing these technologies to adapt to new science requirements and new platforms. Technology thrust area participants will engage directly with application teams to deploy these technologies and to glean insights on how to further improve these tools.
Participating institutions include: ANL, BNL, LBNL, HDF Group, University of Delaware, Kitware, LANL, LLNL, Northwestern University, ORNL, Ohio State University, University of Oregon, Rutgers University, and University of Oregon.
In addition to the OLCF staff mentioned, other members of the ORNL Computer Science and Mathematics Division also participate in RAPIDS.