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Open Science Data Cloud PIRE

Providing training in data intensive computing using the Open Science Data Cloud.

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OSDC-PIRE Fellowship Information session

Dr. Heidi Alvarez recently led an OSDC PIRE information session. Watch it here.

The Open Science Data Cloud PIRE project provides international research and education experiences through training and study at universities and research institutes around the world with leading scientists in the field of computing.  Our goal is to increase the participants with expertise in managing and analyzing data.  The creation of a strong cadre of students with a global perspective on scientific data management will support research endeavors in many other areas vital to the US.

One of the important goals of this project is to develop a globally distributed cyberinfrastructure for managing scientific datasets, including distributed datasets. Our strategy is to achieve this by splitting the development of the OSDC facility and the education and outreach activities between US and international partner sites.  The transformative technology developed by this project is broadly applicable to any scientific project in which the investigator is struggling to manage and analyze the data produced.

The Open Science Data Cloud PIRE team has been helping develop large-scale distributed computing capabilities to provide long-term, persistent storage for scientific data. The team has also been developing state-of-the-art services for integrating, analyzing, sharing and archiving scientific data with partners in the United States, the United Kingdom, Brazil, the Netherlands, Japan, and China.  This program will provide US Citizen or Permanent Resident graduate students and early career scientists with international research and education experiences and increase the virtual international engagement of the U.S. institutions via distributed research collaborations, courses with transcontinental participation, global web discussions, and focused social networking forums.  Please note, you must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident (green card holder) to participate in the program. The Open Science Data Cloud is supported in part by a five year grant from the National Science Foundation.  Here is a short article about the project that appeared in HPC in the Cloud.


  • You must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident (green card holder) in order to participate.
  • Must be a graduate student, senior undergrad, postdoc, early career faculty.
  • Must be actively conducting research in Computer Science, Engineering, or relevant data intensive science to benefit from a summer research experience consistent with the goals of the OSDC PIRE project.
  • Must have strong academic qualifications.
  • Complete application here.
  • Curriculum Vitae of applicant submitted with online application, 2 page limit.
  • A 1 page statement of interest and experience submitted with online application.
  • A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s adviser emailed directly to pire(at)

For more information, please contact pire(at)