Research Projects


CAMERA stands for Community Cyberinfrastructure for Advanced Marine Microbial Ecology Research and Analysis. The aim of this project is to serve the needs of the microbial ecology research community by creating a rich, distinctive data repository and a bioinformatics tools resource that will address many of the unique challenges of metagenomic analysis. Larry is the Principal Investigator on this project, funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation which awarded a 7-year, $24.5-million research grant to the CAMERA project, beginning in Jan 2006.


The OptIPuter, so named for its use of Optical networking, Internet Protocol, computer storage, processing and visualization technologies, is an envisioned infrastructure that will tightly couple computational resources over parallel optical networks using the IP communication mechanism. The OptIPuter exploits a new world in which the central architectural element is optical networking, not computers - creating "supernetworks". This paradigm shift requires large-scale applications-driven, system experiments and a broad multidisciplinary team to understand and develop innovative solutions for a "LambdaGrid" world. The goal of this new architecture is to enable scientists who are generating terabytes and petabytes of data to interactively visualize, analyze, and correlate their data from multiple storage sites connected to optical networks. Larry is the Principal Investigator on the OptIPuter project which was developed under a multi-campus NSF grant, which I was PI for, from October 2002 to October 2009. There are currently over 50 OptIPortals deployed worldwide, forming the basis for an OptIPlanet Collaboratory.


The GreenLight Instrument Development will enable 5 communities of application scientists, drawn from metagenomics, ocean observing, microscopy, bioinformatics, and the digital media, to come to understand, through this instrumentation, how to measure and then minimize energy consumption, to make use of novel energy/cooling sources coming online at UCSD, and employ middleware that automates optimal choice of compute/power strategies. This will enable domain application researchers to continue to exploit the exponential improvements in silicon technology, and compete globally. This is a National Science Foundation Major Research Equipment grant with Calit2's Tom DeFanti as Principal Investigator; Larry is the co-PI.