The 2018 NSF Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2) Principal Investigator (PI) workshop will be held on Monday April 30 and Tuesday May 1, 2018 at the The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center, 1400 M Street NW, Washington, DC, 20005. This year, the workshop will be co-located with the 18th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud, and Grid Computing (CCGrid’18).

Important Dates

Workshop Registration: 29 March 2018
Poster Submission: 23 April 2018
Lightning Talk Submission: 23 April 2018
Workshop dates: 30 April and 1 May 2018

Workshop Report


Title and Theme: Towards a National Software Ecosystem

Monday Apr 30, 2018 (Room: Ballroom B)
Time Event Speaker
7:15am Breakfast with Jim Kurose**
7:30am Breakfast and Registration
8:30am Welcome Address Frank Timmes
8:45am NSF CISE and OAC Directions Jim Kurose and Amy Friedlander
9:30am Coffee Break
10:00am Accessing Commercial Potential of Deep Technology Innovation Cindy R. WalkerPeach
10:05am Lightning Talks #1 assignments Moderator: Frank Timmes
10:50am Posters Session #1 assignments
noon Lunch SI2
1:00pm Network for Computational Nanotechnology Cyber Platform Gerhard Klimeck Moderator: Frank Löffler
1:30pm SI2 Institutes: Science Gateways Software Institute Nancy Wilkins-Diehr
2:00pm SI2 Institutes: Molecular Science Software Institute Daniel Crawford
2:30pm Industry Highlight: Approaching Sustainability and Industry: A Longest but not Last Mile Mike Zentner
3:00pm Coffee Break
3:15pm Lightning Talks #2 assignments Moderator: Kyle Niemeyer
4:00pm Posters Session #2 assignments
5:00pm Reception: finger food, with vegetarian options, and a cash bar

** For selected PIs only.

Tuesday May 1, 2018 (Room: Monticello Ballroom)
Time Event Speaker
7:30am Breakfast and Registration
8:30am Conceptualization: Geospatial Software Institute Shaowen Wang Moderator: Rafael Ferreira da Silva
9:00am Conceptualization: Scientific Software Innovation Institute For High Energy Physics Peter Elmer
9:30am Conceptualization: Conceptualizing a US Research Software Sustainability Institute Karthik Ram
10:00am Coffee Break
10:15am Lightning Talks #3 assignments Moderator: Paul Bauman
11:00am Posters Session #3 assignments
noon Lunch
1:00pm SSI Highlight: STORM: A Scalable Toolkit for an Open Community Supporting Near Realtime High Resolution Coastal Modeling Joannes Westerink Moderator: Sandra Gesing
1:15pm SSE Highlight: Fast Dynamic Load Balancing Tools for Extreme Scale Systems Mark Shephard
1:30pm REU Highlight: NCSA's INCLUSION (Incubating a New Community of Leaders Using Software, Inclusion, Innovation, Interdisciplinary and OpeN-Science) REU Site Dan Katz
1:45pm SSI Highlight: Distributed Workflow Management Research and Software in Support of Science Ewa Deelman
2:00pm SSE Highlight: Making Software Engineering Work for Computational Science and Engineering: An Integrated Approach Jeff Carver
2:15pm Software Security: Selecting engineering and security practices to enable robust CI and trustworthy science Von Welch
2:30pm Coffee Break
2:45pm Lightning Talks #4 assignments Moderator: Frank Timmes
3:30pm Posters Session #4 assignments
4:30pm Panel Discussion and Combining Software and Data Programs
Ewa Deelman, Boyce Griffith, DK Panda, Abani Patra, and Haiying Shen
Moderator: Vipin Chaudhary
5:00pm Closing

Poster presentation

PIs are expected to present a poster on their project. We will again use Figshare to host and share the posters digitally. Please follow these steps to upload your poster by 23 April 2018:

1. Create or log into your Figshare account.
2. Follow steps from "My Data" -> "Create a new item" to bring up the content upload form.
3. Fill in the appropriate metadata (authors, title).
4. Set the "Item type" to poster, and at the keyword stage put "NSF-SI2-2018" as one of the chosen keywords. (Hit return/enter to separate keywords.)
5. You may also want to add your NSF award # to the "Funding" section.
6. For license, we recommend selecting "CC BY" (which should be the default).
7. Please also add a brief abstract describing your project.
8. Hit publish!

Please note that you are expected to print out and bring a physical copy on your own; we will not be printing any posters. Collaborative projects (including across multiple institutions) should only bring one poster.

Lightning Talks

Each project will also give a brief, one-minute lightning talk to introduce their poster. This is an opportunity to drive meeting participants to your poster. To avoid any technical issues and minimize delays, lightning talk slide(s) will need to be submitted by 23 April 2018. As for the posters, we will use Figshare to gather your 1 slide pdf files. Follow the instructions given above for the posters but use the keyword "NSF-SI2-2018-Talk" as one of the chosen keywords. Your pdf slide will be shown during your 1 minute Lightning Talk.


Frank Timmes (Chair)

Arizona State University

Sandra Gesing

University of Notre Dame

Paul Bauman

University at Buffalo

Frank Löffler

Louisiana State University / Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany

Kyle Niemeyer

Oregon State University

Rafael Ferreira da Silva

University of Southern California

Past Meetings

2017 SI2 PI Meeting

Arlington, VA – 21-22 Feb 2017

  Website      Report

2016 SI2 PI Meeting

Arlington, VA – 16-17 Feb 2016

  Website      Report

2015 SI2 PI Meeting

Arlington, VA – 17-18 Feb 2015

  Website      Report

2014 SI2 PI Meeting

Arlington, VA – 24-25 Feb 2014

  Website      Report

2013 SI2 PI Meeting

Arlington, VA – 17-18 Jan 2013

  Website      Report

Code of Conduct

The 2018 NSF SI2 PI Meeting is an interactive environment for listening and considering new ideas from a diverse group, with respect for all participants without regard to gender, gender identity or expression, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious belief, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities, veteran status, or any other aspect of how we identify ourselves. It is the policy of the NSF SI2 PI Meeting that all participants will enjoy an environment free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

Definition of Sexual Harassment:
Sexual harassment refers to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Behavior and language that are welcome/acceptable to one person may be unwelcome/offensive to another. Consequently, individuals must use discretion to ensure that their words and actions communicate respect for others. This is especially important for those in positions of authority since individuals with lower rank or status may be reluctant to express their objections or discomfort regarding unwelcome behavior.

Sexual harassment does not refer to occasional compliments of a socially acceptable nature. It refers to behavior that is not welcome, is personally offensive, debilitates morale, and therefore, interferes with work effectiveness. The following are examples of behavior that, when unwelcome, may constitute sexual harassment: sexual flirtations, advances, or propositions; verbal comments or physical actions of a sexual nature; sexually degrading words used to describe an individual; a display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures; sexually explicit jokes; unnecessary touching.

Definition of Other Harassment:
Harassment on the basis of any other protected characteristic is also strictly prohibited. This conduct includes, but is not limited to the following: epithets, slurs, or negative stereotyping; threatening, intimidating, or hostile acts; denigrating jokes and display or circulation of written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group.

Definition of Discrimination:
Discrimination refers to bias or prejudice resulting in denial of opportunity, or unfair treatment regarding selection, promotion, or transfer. Discrimination is practiced commonly on the grounds of age, disability, ethnicity, origin, political belief, race, religion, sex, etc. factors which are irrelevant to a person's competence or suitability.

Definition of Retaliation:
Retaliation refers to taking some action to negatively impact another based on them reporting an act of discrimination or harassment.

Reporting an Incident:
Violations of this code of conduct policy should be reported immediately to one of the five Organizing Committee Members. All complaints will be treated seriously and be investigated promptly. Confidentiality will be honored to the extent permitted as long as the rights of others are not compromised. Sanctions may range from verbal warning, to ejection from the 2018 NSF SI2 PI Meeting, to the notification of appropriate authorities. Retaliation for complaints of inappropriate conduct will not be tolerated.