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US Ignite And Partners Organize NSF Cloud For Everyone Workshop

US Ignite partnered with Georgia Tech, Jackson State University the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, the National Science Foundation and the two NSF Cloud Facilities, CloudLab and Chameleon, to organize the successful NSF Cloud For Everyone Workshop in Atlanta, GA, November 10-11, 2016. The NSF Cloud’s experimental facilities are designed to allow the US Computer Science and Cyberinfrastructure communities to experiment on and invent new and innovative Cloud technologies for education and research. These facilities offer the promise of revolutionizing undergraduate education in the Cybersecurity, Cloud, Operating Systems, and High-Performance Computing areas by permitting students and faculty to experiment on the foundations of modern Cloud technology, at any institution in the United States with Internet access. The workshop’s goal was to make the NSF Cloud experimental facilities accessible to all undergraduate students, particularly at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).

With participation from the leadership of both the CloudLab and Chameleon teams, and with over 25 faculty attendees, primarily from HBCUs and HSIs, the workshop explored the syllabi, classroom and laboratory materials, and support organizations needed to make CloudLab and Chameleon an asset for undergraduate and graduate laboratory and classroom instruction. A new organization, the Cloud Educators, was formed with a Github repository for slides, code, and papers. Nine participants committed to using the NSF Cloud facilities in their undergraduate classes in 2017.

Workshop participants found the workshop a success, with all attendees in a followup survey requesting ongoing workshops on this topic next year.

An short workshop report can be found as a Google Doc here. The full workshop report (PDF, 191 pages, 37 MB) can be found here.