NIF has a geographically disperse user base. The need to travel to NIF to carry out experimental plans could be reduced with proven, commercial technology that provided the ability to execute and monitor many of the tasks associated with conducting experiments at remote sites. Remote implementation of experiments could reduce personnel time commitment and travel costs and make using NIF easier and more transparent.
NIF is in the process of fielding a cloud-based User Portal to allow users to easily access experiment information without logging into NIF applications via Virtual Private Network. The initial deployment will simplify the solicitation and entry of campaign and experiment proposals. Future releases will provide such features as experiment lifecycle visibility, review status, and platform information.