Since its beginnings as the CI CoE Pilot, CI Compass' experts have engaged successfully with NSF Major Facilities to find cyberinfrastructure solutions.

Read below what some of our former engagements have to say about working with us.


“We appreciate CI Compass' input on the streaming database technology for the LIGO project. CI Compass' insights on performance evaluation solutions helped us make the decision on the technology that best fits our needs.”

– Jameson Rollins, LIGO Caltech, Testimonial given: November 2022



"I was invited to join the NSF CI Compass Cloud Infrastructure Working Group, which advises the NSF Major Facilities on Cloud Use Cases and Considerations. Cloud computing will play a major role in scientific computing in the coming decade, yet understanding the technical and financial implications of this disruptive technology remains a complex endeavor. This Group has proven immensely valuable in bringing together experts in cloud computing from various disciplines to share expertise and foster collaborations. The NSF Major Facilities will benefit greatly from the Group’s  collective advice as they consider the use of platforms."

– Bruce Berriman, Caltech, IPAC NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI), Keck Observatory Archive (KOA), Testimonial given: November 2022



"Overall, the CI CoE was very proactive in enabling and advancing constructive conversations during the development of the NCAR-NEON cyberinfrastructure technical plan and in providing feedback that improved the quality of the plan. The CI CoE facilitated weekly telecons among NCAR, NEON, and the CI CoE to discuss the proposed project and to provide guidance. Discussions during the telecom were mostly high level, helping to identify needs and priorities for the cyberinfrastructure collaborations, but also identifying gaps in the technical plan as well as providing overviews of various alternative implementation strategies. The discussions were always constructive, collaborative, and respectful of all participants. The CI CoE also undertook written feedback on the technical plan at several stages of development. Again, the comments were constructive and improved the quality of the final document. The CI CoE’s engagement was critical to preparing the final technical plan, in part because of the CI CoE’s familiarity with NEON’s data cyberinfrastructure, but also as external computer science experts familiar with the computational needs of the modeling (NCAR) and the data (NEON) and serving to bridge the two different areas of expertise."

– Gordon Bonan, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Engagement concluded: October 2021




"The CI CoE had four types of profound influence on NEON developers. First, as we transitioned from construction to operations, our developers benefited from greater awareness of the wider NSF CI community practices. Second, deep engagement with CI CoE experts produced three major technologies insertions into NEON CI, remarkably within 6 months. Third, open dialog and prototyping with CI CoE experts affirmed our workflow-based sensor message handling strategy and built our confidence to invest in this novel method. NEON's CI and Data Sciences team mission includes advancing methods and ecological science; interaction with CI CoE nudged our efforts ahead significantly through community workgroup involvement, presentations and publications."

– Tom Gulbransen, NEON, Engagement concluded December 2021



Jeff Glatstein

"CI CoE has been a valuable resource for the Ocean Observatories Initiative CI function. Their topics are relevant to our needs and have provided beneficial input to help us reach our goals. I look forward to working with them in the future to continue to meet the unique challenges facing research computing."

– Jeff Glatstein, OOI, Engagement concluded: August  2020 








"During the 2020 U.S. Academic Research Fleet Identity Management (IdM) Engagement with CI CoE Pilot, I participated from a customer perspective looking for help solving a complex and custom Identity Management problem on behalf of the fleet. The CI CoE Pilot was able to provide access to subject matters expertise for consulting and testing. During the engagement we were able to successfully assess the problem scope, draft a recommended solution, and proof of concept test several components of that solution. Following the engagement we have been able to leverage the recommended solution and newly established relationships from the engagement to write a proposal that would implement a Federated Identity Management solution for the U.S. Academic Research Fleet. Our engagement with CI CoE Pilot has been instrumental in accelerating efforts to realize this much needed service."

– John Haverlack, College of Fisheries and Ocean Science, University of Alaska Fairbanks, U.S. Academic Research Fleet, Engagement concluded August 2020