Cyberinfrastructure Integration Research Center (CIRC)

Creating cyberinfrastructure that benefits scientific communities

The Cyberinfrastructure Integration Research Center (CIRC) (formerly the Science Gateways Research Center) broadens and enhances the use of advanced cyberinfrastructure, including large supercomputers, grids of smaller computers, and advanced data sources.

CIRC’s core mission is to accelerate research, discovery and collaboration through the creation, integration and operation of user-centric cyberinfrastructure that benefits scientific communities. This includes science gateways, campus bridging, and digital object architecture implementations that help make scientific data easier to find and more accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR).

CIRC’s expanded portfolio of services, founded on core open-source software for science gateways, expertise in computing systems, and expertise in FAIR data, gives it a full stack of capabilities to support research organizations at Indiana University and beyond.


Marlon Pierce, PhD


Pierce leads distributed systems research into scalable cyberinfrastructure to support computational and data-driven science.

He investigates the development of science gateway technologies that provide science-centric user services, APIs, and interfaces for advanced computing infrastructure. The focus of this work is to adapt Web- and Cloud-scale distributed systems approaches to the needs of communities of scientific researchers.

Pierce has served as Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator on numerous NSF, NASA, and NIH-funded projects. His Google Scholar profile provides further background on his research work.

Pierce received his Ph.D. from Florida State University in 1998 in computational condensed matter physics. He is a member of the Apache Software Foundation.