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Building the Pacific Research Platform: A Workshop Towards Deploying a Science-Driven Regional “Big Data Freeway”

by John Graham published Oct 15, 2015 09:16 PM, last modified Oct 15, 2015 09:18 PM
Calit2, San Diego Supercomputer Center, and CITRIS
When Oct 14, 2015 10:00 AM to
Oct 16, 2015 05:00 PM
Where La Jolla
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Building the Pacific Research Platform

Save the Dates: October 14-16, 2015

A Workshop Towards Deploying a Science-Driven Regional “Big Data Freeway”

Calit2's Qualcomm Institute and SDSC, UC San Diego

Calit2's Qualcomm Institute, UC San Diego's San Diego Supercomputer Center, and CITRIS invite you to participate in a workshop to discuss deployment of a science-driven regional “Big Data Freeway,” the Pacific Research Platform. Funded by the National Science Foundation, this 2.5-day workshop at UCSD will bring together CIOs and their staff, scientists and their technical staff, and the network architects and implementers from 20 regional institutions to discuss the opportunities and challenges for data-intensive collaborative science.

Many research disciplines are increasingly multi-investigator and multi-institutional, and need ever more rapid access to their ultra-large heterogeneous and widely distributed datasets. In response to this challenge, the Department of Energy’s ESnet has developed the Science DMZ model, defined as “a portion of the network, built at or near the campus or laboratory's local network perimeter that is designed such that the equipment, configuration, and security policies are optimized for high-performance scientific applications rather than for general-purpose business systems or ‘enterprise computing.’” NSF has funded over 100 U.S. campuses through CC-NIE/IIE grants over the past 3 years to aggressively upgrade their network capacity for enhanced science data transport.

The next logical step is to build on the NSF campus investments and establish a science-driven high-capacity data-centric “freeway system.” The Pacific Research Platform (PRP) partnership will extend the campus Science DMZ model to a regional model for data-intensive networking, enabling researchers to move data to/from their labs and their collaborators’ sites, supercomputer centers or data repositories, enabling the data to traverse multiple, heterogeneous networks without performance degradation. The PRP’s data-sharing architecture, with end-to-end 10-100Gb/s connections, will enable region-wide virtual co-location of data with computing resources.

The October workshop at UCSD will address interoperability of Science DMZs at a regional level. Participation is expected from all 10 campuses of the University of California and its medical centers, as well as the major California private universities, four supercomputer centers, several leading universities outside California, CENIC, National Labs, and other key implementers. The workshop will demonstrate a working prototype of the PRP, enabling researchers across the platform to move large datasets rapidly to where they work.

Acknowledging that campuses operate with a variety of constraints and technical implementations of the Science DMZ model, the workshop will identify methods to achieve high-performance interoperability across heterogeneous Science DMZ implementations. The workshop will focus on this regional set of partners and a specific set of driving scientific applications to serve as initial use cases.

Support for this Workshop has been received  from National Science Foundation awards  ACI-1246396, ACI-1540112 and ACI-1541349, and the University of California Office of the President.

 

Please register for the days you wish to attend and indicate any dietary restrictions athttp://pacific-research-platform-2015.eventbrite.com. There are no registration fees. If you have questions, please email Johnny Nguyen, jnguyen@eng.ucsd.edu.

The Program:

Thursday, October 15, 10:00 to 6:00, will be devoted to researchers and technical experts in science-driver applications describing their needs for high-speed data transfer, and their successes and frustrations. Sessions will be held in UC San Diego's Atkinson Hall. 

Friday, October 16, 8:40 to 4:30, will provide time for network engineers to describe their plans for deploying the 20-institution Pacific Research Platform, also in Atkinson Hall.

The program also includes an optional session on Wednesday morning, October 14, from 10:00 to 12:00, to introduce the Pacific Research Platform to partner campus IT managers. Wednesday afternoon will feature SDSC’s combined 30th anniversary and Comet launch celebration, to which all workshop attendees are invited. 

Parking information will be sent to registered attendees by October 7. 

 

FAQs

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Johnny Nguyen, jnguyen@eng.ucsd.edu

 

Is there parking information available?

Parking information will be sent to registered attendees by October 7.  

 

Additional Documents

DOWNLOAD: Directions to the PRP Workshop - Wednesday, October 14

  

DOWNLOAD: Workshop Program - Wednesday, October 14

DOWNLOAD: Workshop Program - Thursday, October 15

DOWNLOAD: Workshop Program - Friday, October 16

 

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