Nancy Wilkins-Diehr

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Nancy Dec 1 2016, Dao

Hi all,

I am on leave from the University of California, Irvine until December 12th, 2016. Please send your email related to Social Sciences Computing Support to If you would like to contact me, please use my other email address

Thank you, Dao

Dear Doug,

First, how are you? I hope very much that you are well. I’m writing to conduct a PI interview. We do these at the conclusion of each 12-month period of ECSS support. I'd like to schedule a 15-minute phone call within the next two weeks to discuss your experience with ECSS support in the project entitled “Extended Collaborative Support for UC Complex Social Science (COSSci) Supercomputer Gateway". The ECSS staff members were Eric Blau and Stu Martin (U Chicago). If the staffers primarily interacted with others in your group, it would be good if they could participate in the call. I have attached the project workplan.

Please let me know the best way to schedule this call, e.g. by sending me a phone number and a set of acceptable times. While I would prefer a conversation, you might choose instead to respond in e-mail to the questions below.

Here are some of the things I would like to discuss:

   How was your working relationship with ECSS staff? Was the staff member knowledgeable? courteous?
      Were there any difficulties (attitude, language, anything else)?
   Was the effort in developing the workplan worthwhile? Did it set expectations appropriately?
   Can you quantify the contribution of the ECSS support- e.g. by saying by how much the code was improved,
      or any other measure you have?
   Had you not had ECSS support, can you estimate how many person months it would have taken
      to get to the same stage that your project achieved with the ECSS support?
   Are the results still in use? Can you point to increased science that resulted from the ECSS support?
   Did the staff member suggest future directions? If so, were they pursued?
   Please characterize your satisfaction with the ECSS support on a scale of 1-5 (5 being best).
   When you talk about this work, do you mention the ECSS support? Did the staff member’s work rise
      to the level of becoming a co-author on publications?
   How would you rate the impact of the ECSS support on your entire project, again on a 1-5 scale?
   In layman’s terms, can you briefly summarize any scientific insights that have emerged from your XSEDE work?
   What capabilities would you have liked to see within XSEDE?
   Do you have any other comments or suggestions for the ECSS program?
   Can we quote you by name?

I look forward to your reply.

Best regards,


Hi Doug,

Great to see you today. Right now your allocation for compute time on Comet is set to expire on 4/5/16. Typically requests for time are due 3 months prior to expiration. So the next writing deadline to shoot for would be 4/15/16 for a 7/1/16 start. After several years of a startup, you would be moving to the peer-reviewed XRAC allocation process. There are quarterly windows during which you can submit XRAC requests.

The main page for the allocation process Duran is listed as the PI, so it’d be easiest if he put in the request. If you like though, we could change the PI back to you for this project.

Again, great to see you looking so well today.

Nancy and

Nancy SDSC UCSD - LEG-5118


  • 2004-present Area Director for Science Gateways, TeraGrid
Responsible for implementation of revolutionary community interfaces to NSF's cyberinfrastructure resources
  • 2004-2007 Director of Consulting, Documentation and Training, San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego
Responsible for supporting thousands of researchers on SDSC and TeraGrid high performance computing systems
  • 2001-2004 Associate Director, Scientific Computing Division, San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego
Responsible for supporting thousands of researchers on SDSC's high performance computing systems

Direction of five groups within the Scientific Computing Division - Scientific Computing Applications, Scientific Computing Services, Grid Applications, Data Applications, Visualization Services

  • 2002-2004 Co-Chair, User Services working group, NSF TeraGrid project
Responsible for user support across the nine sites in the cutting-edge production scientific grid project
  • 1998-2001 Project Manager, National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure, San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego
Project management for multidisciplinary projects spanning 30 institutions with an annual budget of ~$35M.
  • 1998-2003 Chair, Resources Working Group, National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure, San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego
Coordinate national HPC activities across four academic institutions.
  • 1993-1998 Associate Staff Programmer/Analyst, Scientific Computing, San Diego Supercomputer Center, General Atomics
Led and participated in providing HPC support services to the national academic research community.
  • 1991-1993 Senior Engineer, Fluid Systems Branch, General Atomics
Evaluated passive decay heat removal concepts for gas-cooled nuclear reactor designs.
  • 1988-1991 Engineer, Aerodynamics Group, General Dynamics Convair Division
Performed computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis on a wide range of configurations including wind tunnels, cruise missiles and hypersonic vehicles.

And head contributor of SDSC allocation staff to ACCCR project How to Turn Your Project into a Science Gateway