DOE announces $23.9 million for research on data management and scientific data visualisation

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The research will advance big data movement and analysis, develop tools for visually exploring data and communicating results.

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $23.9 million in funding for ten projects in advanced scientific data management and visualisation.

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 visualisation approaches will support scientific discovery, decision-making, and communication based on that data.

Barbara Helland, DOE associate director of Science for Advanced Scientific Computing Research comments: ‘The new capabilities in data management and visualisation these projects develop will help make the most of the deluge of data generated by modern scientific experiments and simulations. 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 visualisation 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 optimising the management of massive amounts of data that must be moved and reproducibly analysed 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 visualisation 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 visualisation 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 visualisation 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 visualisation 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 Visualisation for Scientific Discovery, Decision-Making, and Communication.’

Total funding is $23.9 million for projects lasting up to three years, with $12.1 million in Fiscal Year 2022. The list of projects and more information can be found here.