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SCHEDULE: NOV 16-21, 2014

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ROI from Academic Supercomputing

SESSION: ROI from Academic Supercomputing


TIME: 10:30AM - 12:00PM

Panelists:Greg Newby, David Lifka, Susan Fratkin, Amy Apon, Craig Stewart, Nicholas Berente, Rudolf Eigenmann



Return on Investment or ROI is a fundamental measure of effectiveness in business. In this panel, we will share approaches to assessing ROI for academic supercomputing. The panel will address the challenge that “returns” from supercomputing and other computationally based research activities are often not financial. This is major distinction from other industrial sectors, where product sales, inventions, and patents might form the basis of ROI calculations. How should ROI be assessed for high performance computing in academic environments? What inroads to ROI calculations are underway by the panelists? What are challenges of ROI? Financial outcomes at colleges and universities, notably the receipt of research funding or contracts. However, even when there are financial outcomes, it can be difficult to apportion the revenues due to supercomputing versus other things. Non-financial outcomes are major intellectual products of colleges and universities, and this is therefore a departure from ROI calculations in industry.

Moderator/Panelist Details:

Greg Newby (Moderator) - King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

David Lifka - Cornell University

Susan Fratkin - Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation

Amy Apon - Clemson University

Craig Stewart - Indiana University

Nicholas Berente - University of Georgia

Rudolf Eigenmann - National Science Foundation

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