Matthew Arrott Joins UCSD Division as E-Sciences Program Manager

6.28.2005 -- As a result of technological advances made by the Web Services and Grid Computing communities, Calit2 is establishing an E-Sciences program and has hired Matthew Arrott to build it.

The mission of the program is to orchestrate construction of a coherent federated resource framework that supports secure and reliable dynamic marshalling of resources on national and international scales. These resources will include physical assets (e.g., networks, compute and storage grids), retrospective informatics and analytic services, and real-time sensing networks with predictive modeling services.

Matthew Arrott
Matthew Arrott

In this new role, Arrott will work with faculty, researchers, and other technical experts at UCSD, UCI, and nationally to refine the program’s goals, identify required resources, and develop a Calit2 cyberinfrastructure to support a variety of existing and proposed large-data e-science projects.

Said Arrott, “This position is a wonderful opportunity to influence the shape and quality of the national cyberinfrastructure in support of emerging collaborative E-Science. The importance and implications of an effective national cyberinfrastructure reach beyond the domain of science, directly affecting the economic engine of the 21st century.”

The challenge going forward, says Arrott, is not limited to the movement of bits but extends to the rate at which people can deconstruct and reconstruct their models of understanding. Agility in this environment derives from one’s ability to effectively leverage and reconfigure relationships between institutions, applications, and the resources that support them.

To be effective, national cyberinfrastructure must address the inherent brittleness of interoperability solutions employed today among systems, applications, and institutions. The foundations for this infrastructure are being laid by the Web and Grid Services communities. Arrott believes that, as with the Internet and the Grid, an effective cyberinfrastructure will be established within the scientific community before industry follows.

Arrott’s first effort relates to LOOKING, which stands for Laboratory for the Ocean Observatory Knowledge INtegration Grid. This is an NSF Information Technology Research grant to research the design and develop the cyberinfrastructure to create a permanent, integrated, interactive capability within ocean basins. Such an infrastructure will support simultaneous and continuous measurements of physical, chemical, biological, and geological properties through major portions of the earth-ocean-atmosphere system across a confederation of instrument networks. Co-PIs on the grant include Calit2 director Larry Smarr and Calit2 participant John Orcutt, deputy director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Arrott’s career has spanned art to engineering, and individual contributor to executive manager. As vice president of Currenex, Inc., he oversaw design and development of the first-to-market, Internet-based, multi-lateral global currency trading service.

Prior to that, he worked with the artists and management of DreamWorks, SKG’s Feature Animation division, leading the design and delivery of the ground-breaking scene composition application “Exposure.” This was their primary scene design and camera choreography application used in Prince of Egypt (1998) and Road to El Dorado (2000).

In the 1990s, Arrott was a founding member of the Scientific Visualization program at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications that pioneered the definition and promotion of computer graphic imagery to explore and present complex scientific numerical modeling. While there, he envisioned and led execution of “A Study of the Evolution of a Numerically Modeled Severe Storm,” which produced imagery more commonly known as the “NCSA thundercloud” and which came to symbolize NCSA’s graphics efforts for many years.