GreenLight allows researchers to carry out quantitative explorations into energy-efficient cyberinfrastructure and train the next generation of energy-aware computer scientists. In addition to Computer Science researchers, GreenLight has enlisted dozens of energy-alert domain scientists and large numbers of their graduate students from five disciplinary projects. The hope is that others with similar projects will follow in explicitly exposing the energy requirements of computing, storing, and transmitting data, initiating a new era of energy-aware cyberinfrastructure.

Minority Serving Institutions (MSI)
By engaging with more than 335 minority-serving institutions, the Minority Serving Institutions Cyberinfrastructure Empowerment Coalition (MSI-CIEC) educates science students and faculty about the frontiers of green cyberinfrastructure and the hardware, software and middleware of the GreenLight Instrument. The hands-on MSI-CIEC summer workshops feature lectures and working groups that enable participants to provide feedback on the project's development and outreach plans. Geoff Fox, Director of the Community Grids Laboratory at Indiana University, and Heidi Alvarez of Florida International University ensure that the workshops are connected to UCSD courses via videoconferencing, and participants are also engaged in the research process via mentored net access.

National Science Foundation Global CyberBridges Program
NSF Global CyberBridges (GCB) is spearheaded by co-principal investigators Heidi Alvarez of Florida International University and Tom DeFanti of the University of California, San Diego. GCB supports three primary outreach areas:

  • Fostering a science and engineering graduate student exchange with China and Brazil.
  • Enabling cultural, experiential and educational outreach with China and Brazil.
  • Enhancing science and engineering research projects through the application of High Performance Networking, (Grid) Computing, and Visualization.