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Title: XSEDE Value Added, Cost Avoidance, and Return on Investment

Abstract

It is difficult for large research facilities to quantify a return on the investments that fund their operations. This is because there can be a time lag of years or decades between an innovation or discovery and the realization of its value through practical application. This report presents a three-part methodology that attempts to assess the value of federal investment in XSEDE: 1) a qualitative examination of the areas where XSEDE adds value to the activities of the open research community, 2) a thought model examining the cost avoidance realized by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the centralization and coordination XSEDE provides, and 3) an assessment of the value XSEDE provides to Service Providers in the XD ecosystem. XSEDE adds significantly to the US research community because it functions as a unified interface to the XD ecosystem and because of its scale. A partly quantitative, partly qualitative analysis suggests the Return on Investment of NSF spending on XSEDE is greater than 1.0. indicating that the aggregate value received by the nation from XSEDE is greater than the cost of direct federal investment in XSEDE.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [1];  [3];  [4];  [5]
  1. Indiana University
  2. Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
  3. ORNL
  4. San Diego Supercomputer Center
  5. Texas Advanced Computing Center
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (JICS)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1346659
DOE Contract Number:
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 2015 XSEDE Conference, Saint Louis, MO, USA, 20150726, 20150730
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
XSEDE; Return on Investment; ROI; Value added; cost avoidance; advanced cyberinfrastructure

Citation Formats

Stewart, Craig A, Roskies, Ralph, Knepper, Richard, Whitt, Justin L, Moore, Richard L, and Cockerill, Timothy. XSEDE Value Added, Cost Avoidance, and Return on Investment. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1145/2792745.2792768.
Stewart, Craig A, Roskies, Ralph, Knepper, Richard, Whitt, Justin L, Moore, Richard L, & Cockerill, Timothy. XSEDE Value Added, Cost Avoidance, and Return on Investment. United States. doi:10.1145/2792745.2792768.
Stewart, Craig A, Roskies, Ralph, Knepper, Richard, Whitt, Justin L, Moore, Richard L, and Cockerill, Timothy. Thu . "XSEDE Value Added, Cost Avoidance, and Return on Investment". United States. doi:10.1145/2792745.2792768.
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abstractNote = {It is difficult for large research facilities to quantify a return on the investments that fund their operations. This is because there can be a time lag of years or decades between an innovation or discovery and the realization of its value through practical application. This report presents a three-part methodology that attempts to assess the value of federal investment in XSEDE: 1) a qualitative examination of the areas where XSEDE adds value to the activities of the open research community, 2) a thought model examining the cost avoidance realized by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the centralization and coordination XSEDE provides, and 3) an assessment of the value XSEDE provides to Service Providers in the XD ecosystem. XSEDE adds significantly to the US research community because it functions as a unified interface to the XD ecosystem and because of its scale. A partly quantitative, partly qualitative analysis suggests the Return on Investment of NSF spending on XSEDE is greater than 1.0. indicating that the aggregate value received by the nation from XSEDE is greater than the cost of direct federal investment in XSEDE.},
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place = {United States},
year = {Thu Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2015},
month = {Thu Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2015}
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