Presentation on theme: "NWS Virtual Laboratory"— Presentation transcript:
1 NWS Virtual Laboratory Connecting People – Enabling innovationStephan SmithMeteorological Development LabOffice of Science and TechnologyNational Weather ServiceMain Idea: How to help empower creative people across the country and across many different organizations to work together to carry out R2O for Weather Ready Nation
2 Private Sector and Universities NWS R2ONWS OperationsPrivate Sector and UniversitiesNWSFieldInnovationNOAA andOther FederalR&DR&D SourcesR2O InfrastructureMain Idea: The NWS recognizes a number of challenges facing its internal R2O effortsGrass roots innovation takes too long to be integrated enterprise-wideDifferences between R&D and operational environments act as an impediment to transitionLack of adequate funding at each stage of transition increases risk and lengthens the scheduleThe lack of dedicated transition funding makes resourcing R&D portfolio problematicEven if one-time transition funding is available for specific projects O and M sustainment is often not.NWS operational systems are not sufficiently agile to respond to so-called disruptive technology advances and thus cannot easily take advantage of rapid innovationIn an era of level or decreasing budget, greater focus is needed on identifying “what can be replaced” versus “what can be just improved” in order to afford an enhancement
3 NWS Virtual Laboratory The Virtual Laboratory (VLab) is a service and IT framework which enables NWS employees and their partners, including those who are not co-located, to share ideas, collaborate, engage in software development, and conduct applied research.Main Idea: VLab allows NWS to better leverage the innovation and creativity of all our R&D partners
4 Implementation of the VLab: Reduces the time and cost of transitions of NWS field innovations to enterprise operations,Minimizes redundancy and leverage complementary, yet physically separated, skill sets,Forges scientific and technical solutions based on a broad, diverse consensus, andPromotes an R2O culture based on collaboration and trustMain Idea: In addition to improving R2O efficiency and lowering costs, VLab will result in better solutions
5 Guiding Principles Teamwork Flexibility Responsiveness Accountability TransparencyTeamworkFlexibilityResponsivenessAccountabilityMain Idea: Putting the IT Framework together is the easy part. Living up to the Guiding Principles is much harder. Collaboration is all about people.Historically transparency has been lacking both internally within NOAA and to the broader U.S. Weather Enterprise.
6 Scope VLab is open to all NOAA employees* The VLab supports both informal collaboration and prototyping as well as formal, structured developmentThe VLab development is targeted to the following operational systems: Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS)Weather and Climate Operational Supercomputing System (WCOSS)NWS Internet Dissemination System (NIDS)*External users can be granted access by request from a NOAA partner
7 https://nws.weather.gov/innovate/ Main Idea: Eye Candy - Innovation Web Portal – Science Sharing/Document Library open for businessOpen For Business!https://nws.weather.gov/innovate/
8 VLab Services Collaboration Services Development Services Communities Wiki-Blogs-Forums-WorkFlowScience SharingYou Make the CallDevelopment ServicesRedmine – Project ManagementGit /Subversion – Software RepositoryGerrit – Code ReviewJenkins – Continuous IntegrationMain Idea: VLab offers common services for a wide spectrum of R&D projects. Lowers costs by offering a sustained enterprise solution for all developers.
9 Services Coming Soon All AWIPS-II Baseline Development NRAP VLab Adjunct PositionsShare Your ExpertiseShare Your Project aka “Push Your Project”VLab Consultation ServicesMain Idea: VLab offers common services for a wide spectrum of R&D projects. Lowers costs by offering a sustained enterprise solution for all developers.
10 AWIPS Development Community AWIPS-IIProgramManagementAWIPS-IIProgramDevelopersSEC/ASDTGSDMDLRaytheonTestbeds andProving GroundsNationalCentersVirtualLabForecastOfficesIn the backup slides, provided some information on the check point analysis conducted back in 2004, we agreed to focus on Software.More detail in backup slide __Benefits of AWIPS IISpeeds integration of new science into NWS forecast operationsEnables NWS to deliver products and services to partners, key decision makers, emergency managers, etc. with flexibility of format.Reduces the software development lifecycle timelineSaves development time - developers can reuse existing servicesSaves testing time by focusing on changes onlyShortens install time and complexityIntegrator(Raytheon)ExternalPartnersProcess OrientationBottom-Up Top-Down
11 Common QuestionsWhen might I consider establishing a VLab community for a collaboration?Why can’t I just collaborate using other tools outside of VLab?Why might I consider establishing a VLab project?How does using VLab help NWS?Main Idea: VLab offers common services for a wide spectrum of R&D projects. Lowers costs by offering a sustained enterprise solution for all developers.