The scientists and engineers who use OSC find interaction in the research community to be central for the advancement of computational methods within and between disciplines. To ensure a productive environment for research, an active Statewide Users Group (SUG) provides the director with program and policy advice. SUG meets twice a year and is headed by a chairperson elected yearly from the SUG membership. The SUG has established Allocations, Software and Activities, and Hardware and Operations standing committees to assist in providing advice and direction to the Center.
All principal investigators on OSC projects can be SUG members and committee members.
The SUG Allocations Committee oversees a peer-review grant process that allocates system resources to all academic users of the Center and abides by the policies set forth by OSC. Peer review through an on-line form followed by peer panel review guarantees access by all eligible principal investigators and guarantees the State of Ohio that the research conducted at the Center meets nationally recognized standards. This group also reviews proposals from the Software and Activities Committee for system access to support their programs.
The SUG Hardware and Operations Committee advises the OSC director on user needs and priorities for hardware configuration and acquisitions. It reviews roadmaps, and proposals for all major hardware acquisitions for public OSC services. The committee is also responsible for discussing policy, procurement, and operational issues.
One responsibility of SUG is to advise the OSC staff on acquiring application software and HPC software development tools as requested by the user community for supporting their research activities. This committee is focused on that activity and reviews software license acquisition (initial, as well as renewals). Software purchased and deployed on our clusters is reviewed for impact to community, license terms, and suitability for the resource.