DOE: $23.9M for Data Management and Scientific Data Visualization Research

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Sept. 1, 2022 — Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $23.9 million in funding for 10 projects in advanced scientific data management and visualization. The funding lasts up to three years, with $12.1 million in Fiscal Year 2022 dollars and outyear funding contingent on congressional appropriations.

The list of projects and more information can be found here.

Foundational research in data management will address challenges stemming from the increasingly massive data sets produced by scientific experiments and supercomputers. Innovative and intuitive data visualization approaches will support scientific discovery, decision-making, and communication based on that data.

“The new capabilities in data management and visualization these projects develop will help make the most of the deluge of data generated by modern scientific experiments and simulations,” said Barbara Helland, DOE Associate Director of Science for Advanced Scientific Computing Research. “These efforts will enable data to be processed and stored at higher rates across the edge, cloud, and high-performance computing environments, and develop new visualization methods to explore that data, form hypotheses, and convey conclusions to a broad spectrum of audiences.”

Improvements in data management are expected to facilitate discovery in a wide range of fields, from materials science and chemistry to climate modeling and the development of new clean energy sources to new approaches to increasing energy efficiency and reducing energy consumption. Projects include research on optimizing the management of massive amounts of data that must be moved and reproducibly analyzed using sophisticated mathematical techniques, including machine learning, in systems that provide both speed and flexibility. Supported research will also advance innovative techniques that exploit smart storage and networking hardware that may provide breakthroughs that address the data challenges scientists and engineers face.

Advances in visualization techniques will better enable inter-disciplinary collaboration and enhance communication across domains. Projects include research on new techniques and theory needed to aid in the development of informative and interactive visualization of complex scientific data of interest to DOE’s mission space—from those describing cosmological, climate, or Earth systems to those describing advanced manufacturing processes. The development and deployment of visualization tools that incorporate humancentric and interoperable design for scientific computing and simulations is key to avoiding bespoke solutions that limit the engagement of a broader range of domain scientists. Supported advances will address the rapid expansion of data generation and availability, the complexity of data types, new visualization technologies becoming available on the edge, as well as the demand for decisions to be made at the edge.

The projects were selected by competitive peer review under the DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement for FOAs “Management and Storage of Scientific Data” and “Data Visualization for Scientific Discovery, Decision-Making, and Communication.”