The IRIS Delivery Board, comprised of the partners, is the body that sets the strategy of the IRIS Collaboration, monitors progress and approves (hardware) Resource Allocations. The principle officers of IRIS are: Pete Clarke (Scientific Director) Andrew Sansum (Technical Director) Philip Jackson (Project Manager) John Kewley (Project Secretary)
This is in the remit of the user activity science sectors. Each activity needs to find the resource for its activity specific software stack as an integral part of that activity. We all understand that such may be poorly resourced in some domains at present, and that is a chronic problem that is consistently pointed out up the chain. Of course, IRIS can and will lobby that such software staff are as essential to a project as a physical instrument (e.g. the proposal for a set of RSEs) but it has no magic wand (resources) in this area.
IRIS does coordinate its partners to have a common approach to sInfrastructure where it makes sense to do so, but it is only the partners themselves which can actually do any work and provide software services. So, the answer to this question is domain specific. Some examples are given below: Facilities: SCD and ALC Particle Physics: GridPP AstroParticle: These have some project funding, and some are making use of the Grid and so are supported indirectly through GridPP Diamond Light Source (DLS): The Diamond Compute Group We appreciate that some domains (particularly Astronomy projects) are not yet effectively resourced for common sInfrastructure, and IRIS will continue to lobby on their behalf.
IRIS has no means to do this as it is not a computing project. IRIS funds it partners and others to provide hardware to meet the needs of its user activities, but that hardware has to be made available to users by the user activities themselves. Again, we appreciate this is more difficult in some domains due to no historical support. IRIS will continue to provide evidence needed to back any request you need to make.
This is the 4 year award made to the STFC Scientific Computing Division (SCD) from the 2018 BEIS Capital Challenge Round. It is for capital only and includes both the procurement hardware and the provision of Digital Assets. Its main intention is to help the STFC communities provide a baseline common physical eInfrastructure for STFC Research and Innovation. The grant is administered by SCD and allocations of IRIS4x4 resources are made by the IRIS Delivery Board.
Details will be given on the IRIS web site (www.iris.ac.uk) as soon as possible. Briefly,
If in doubt, please seek advice from your “scientifically closest” DB member of from the Project Directors.
It is essentially a Project Office that is overseen by a Collaboration of partners.
IRIS does not:
Cases have already been submitted to STFC for both of the above.