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Wednesday, July 29 • 11:00am - 11:30am
XSEDE value added, cost avoidance, and return on investment

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In science and engineering, discovery often lags behind research by many years, and the full potential of the research may not be known for decades. Thus large research facilities struggle to quantify a return on the substantial federal investments that fund their often broad scopes of operations. This paper presents a methodology in three parts that illustrates the value from the investment in XSEDE: 1) a qualitative examination of the primary areas where XSEDE adds value to the open research community, 2) a “thought model” examining the savings realized by the NSF through the centralization and coordination XSEDE provides, and 3) an assessment of the value provided to Service Providers within the XSEDE ecosystem. XSEDE adds significantly to the national research community because it functions as one unified interface to the XD ecosystem and because of its scale. It is not possible to put a financial value on this value yet, but anecdotal evidence indicates that this is significant – perhaps greater than the entire cost of XSEDE over five years. It is possible to qualitatively assess the return on investment for XSEDE’s delivery of essential core functions for a national advanced cyberinfrastructure center. An analysis that is partly quantitative, partly qualitative, suggests that the ROI for XSEDE’s delivery of essential core functions to the nation is greater than 1.0. Qualitative arguments considering anecdotal evidence of XSEDE’s value added suggest that XSEDE has an ROI of greater than 1.0 in terms of return to the nation on the NSF investment in XSEDE.

Wednesday July 29, 2015 11:00am - 11:30am CDT
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