ability and to ensure that it is meeting the diverse needs of the combustion community. Such sources could include professional societies, industrial participants, and direct charges for the use of some of its facilities.

Recommendation 6: A fairly large short-term investment is required to achieve the benefits of a unified combustion cyberinfrastructure. Ongoing operations of this CI will require significant continuing funds. A failure to secure a continuing funding stream to maintain the CI will likely lead to the failure of the whole project.

The NSF, in its study Investing in America’s Future, identified four goals to meet the national scientific needs: discovery, learning, research infrastructure, and stewardship. The combustion CI proposed in this report contributes to all of these goals; but, in particular, it addresses NSF’s research infrastructure goal to “develop a comprehensive integrated cyberinfrastructure to drive discovery in all fields of science and engineering” (NSF, 2006, pp. 26-27). The development of a community-wide CI for combustion is a unique opportunity for the combustion community to reshape its structure and traditional modes of operation and thereby to achieve higher levels of integration and productivity. Such a community-wide CI is expected to drive a transformation of the combustion research community from a fragmented group of researchers and engineers characterized by light infrastructure and small research teams to an integrated community characterized by networked infrastructure and multidisciplinary research teams that function throughout the community. In the past, such a transformation toward a community-level integrated framework has been typically observed in research communities that share a large brick-and-mortar infrastructure (for instance, in the particle physics community, a community connected by the common need to use large-scale facilities such as particle accelerators). It is expected that a community CI will drive a similar transformation in the combustion research community; the drive and connections will, in that case, be provided by the common need to share data, software tools, computing resources, and personnel as well as the desire to bridge the gap between basic sciences and engineering applications.


NSF (National Science Foundation). 2003. Revolutionizing Science and Engineering Through Cyber Infrastructure: Report of the National Science Foundation Blue-Ribbon Advisory Panel on Cyberinfrastructure. Arlington, Va.: National Science Foundation. Available at http://www.nsf.gov/cise/sci/reports/atkins.pdf. Accessed December 10, 2010.

NSF. 2006. Investing in America’s Future. Arlington, Va.: NSF.

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