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Among the attendees, it was generally felt that processing power was not currently a barrier for the polar science community, and that polar scientists with needs for high performance and distributed computing had access either through their universities or through their national science programs. There was concern that storage of data and model output would become an issue in the near term, but this was not seen as a major bottleneck at present. There was a lot of discussion about challenges in archiving data and data discovery, and a general consensus that highly curated domain specific data repositories were an important and often necessary addition to more general data repositories. The attending data managers noted a very recent trend towards code archiving, including a shift towards archiving code along with virtual environments that would include all necessary dependencies.

There was also large agreement that the majority of polar scientists need to learn good data management skills and data science skills before they can even start moving towards using high performance and distributed computing effectively. In other words, there is a layer of "data science" (e.g., reproducible science, programming, data management, databases, visualization) that should be the immediate focus of training and outreach before we might expect a significantly broader adoption of high performance computing in polar sciences.

The Polar Cyberinfrastructure RCN looks forward to continuing this discussion of international and interdisciplinary perspectives on polar cyberinfrastructure as the network continues its activities.

The community is encouraged to send their suggestions for future training events to Heather Lynch (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The Polar Cyberinfrastructure RCN is currently planning for training events at SCAR OSC 2018 in Davos, and everyone's suggestions and input are welcome.

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