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2017 National Research Platform Workshop Agenda and Presentations

by Molly Wofford published Aug 16, 2017 02:54 PM, last modified Sep 11, 2017 02:44 PM

Held August 7–8, 2017


The First National Research Platform (NRP) workshop was held at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana and brought together representatives from interested institutions to discuss implementation strategies for deployment of interoperable Science DMZs at a national scale. Administrators, campus IT managers, ESnet, CENIC, Internet2, XSEDE, and the National Science Foundation all gave presentations expressing their viewpoints on the topic. The workshop included special sessions devoted to science-driver application researchers who described their needs for high-speed data transfer, including their successes and frustrations. Discussions focused on requirements from the domain scientists and the networking architecture, policies, tools and security necessary to deploy a 200-institution National Research Platform.

Following is the final agenda of talks and PowerPoint presentations:


7:30 a.m. -- 8:25 a.m.          Breakfast

8:30 a.m. -- 8:50 a.m.          Keynote:  NSF Cyberinfrastructure Investments and Opportunities (Speaker:  Irene Qualters)

8:50 a.m. -- 9:25 a.m.          Keynote:  The Pacific Research Platform:  Leading Up to the NRP (Speaker:  Larry Smarr)

9:25 a.m. -- 10:00 a.m.        Keynote: Next Generation Integrated Architecture: An SDN Ecosystem for LHC and Exascale Science

                                             (Speaker:  Harvey Newman)

10:00 a.m. -- 10:20 a.m.      Break

10:20 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.      Session One:  Scaling Science Communities:  Lessons Learned and Future Plans (Chair:  Ruth Marinshaw)

                                            Advanced Cyberinfrastructure -- Research and Educational Facilitation (ACI-REF):  Campus-based Computational

                                            Research Support (Speaker: Tom Cheatham)

                                            Scaling Science Communities:  Lessons Learned by and Future Plans of the Open Science Grid

                                            (Speaker: Frank Wuerthwein)

                                            Strategies for Scaling Science: an ESnet View (Speaker: Inder Monga)

                                            Software Infrastructure for a National Research Platform (Speaker: Ian Foster)

                                            SLATE:  Services Layer at the Edge (Speaker:  Rob Gardner)

                                            Q & A

12:00 p.m. -- 2:00 p.m.       Lunch and Optional Deep Dive Sessions

12:00 p.m. -- 1:00 p.m.       Deep Dive One:  Roles of Regionals, QUILT, LEARN, NYSERNET, FLR, MREN, PNWGP, and Others

                                           (Moderators:  Ron Hutchins and John Moore)

12:00 p.m. -- 1:00 p.m.       Deep Dive Two:  Scaling and Security: Not at the App Level, Please!

                                            (Moderators:  Philip Papadapoulos and Von Welch)

1:00 p.m. -- 2:00 p.m.         Deep Dive Three:  Opportunities in Research Cyberinfrastructure at NSF (Moderator: Amy Walton)

1:00 p.m. -- 2:00 p.m.         Deep Dive Four:  How Does PRPv1 Work?  An Explanation of DMZs, DTNs, etc. (Moderator: Celeste Anderson)

                                           Speakers:  Eli Dart, John Graham, John Hess, and Thomas Hutton

2:00 p.m. -- 3:40 p.m.         Session Two:  What Scaling Means to the Researcher (Chair:  Patrick Schmitz)

                                           Cyberarchaeology, Immersive Visualization, and the UC Catalyst Project (Speaker: Chris Hoffman)

                                           OSIRIS:  Scalable, Computable, Collaborative Storage (Speaker:  Shawn McKee)

                                           Necessity Is the Mother of Invention:  An End User's Quest to Scale Up the Cyberinfrastructure Needed to Move and

                                           Process Exabytes of Complex Genetic Systems Data (Speaker:  Alex Feltus)

                                           SciDAS Underneath (Speaker:  Claris Castillo)

                                           Scaling Up Water Science Research (Speaker:  Ray Idaszak)

3:40 p.m. -- 4:00 p.m.         Break

4:00 p.m. -- 5:40 p.m.         Session Three:  Engaging Communities of Researchers (Chair:  Thomas DeFanti)

                                           ESnet Science Engagement (Speaker: Eli Dart)

                                           NCAR Climate Data Creation, Storage, Analysis and Distribution Engagement Strategies (Speaker: Marla Meehl)

                                           Engaging Communities of Researchers:  Experience from the PRP (Speaker:  Camille Crittenden)

                                           CHASE-CI:  Building a Community of Machine Learning Researchers on the PRP (Speaker:  Thomas DeFanti)

                                           Q & A

6:00 p.m. -- 9:00 p.m.         Dinner at Museum of the Rockies (Host:  Jerry Sheehan)



7:30 a.m. -- 8:15 a.m.         Breakfast

8:20 a.m. -- 8:55 a.m.         Keynote:  The Need for Big Data, Networking, Storage, and Machine Learning (Speaker:  Alexander Szalay)

9:00 a.m. -- 9:45 a.m.         Special Session:  High-speed Equipment (Chair:  John Hess)

                                            Science DMZs Behind Firewalls:  Heresy? (Speaker:  J.J. Jamison)

                                            Arista Network Equipment Deployment at USC (Speaker:  Azher Mughal)

                                            Software-defined Access:  Enabling the Digital Transformation (Speaker:  Tim Martin)

                                            Q & A 

9:45 a.m. -- 10:00 a.m.        Break

10:00 a.m. -- 12:00 9.m.      Session Four:  NRP Impact on Big and Small Campuses, including MSIs (Chair:  Gil Gonzales)

                                            Supporting the NRP with a Lean Cyberinfrastructure Staff (Speaker:  Jerry Sheehan)

                                            NRP Medical School Challenges (Speaker:  Tracy Futhey)

                                            A Science DMZ in Every Pot? (Speaker:  Von Welch)

                                            What Measurements Can We Report To Show Engagement? (Speaker:  John Hess)

                                            Engaging Tribal Colleges and Universities in R&E Networking (Speaker:  Jason Arviso)

                                            Q & A

12:00 p.m -- 2:00 p.m.         Lunch and Optional Deep Dive Sessions

12:00 p.m. -- 1:00 p.m.        Deep Dive Five:  Creation of Community Data Resources (Moderators:  Jerry Sheehan and  Alexander Szalay)

12:00 p.m. -- 1:00 p.m.        Deep Dive Six:  What's Worked and What Hasn't for High Performance Networking (Moderator: Richard Moore)

                                             Speakers:  Eli Dart, Inder Monga, James Barr von Oehsen, Steven Fulkerson

1:00 p.m. -- 2:00 p.m.          Deep Dive Seven:  Strategies for Moving Forward:  How to Build a Network of Regional DMZs

                                            (Moderators:  Jim Bottum and Larry Smarr)

1:00 p.m. -- 2:00 p.m.          Deep Dive Eight:  SC17 Demos (Moderators:  John Graham and Azher Mughal)

2:00 p.m. -- 3:15 p.m.          Session Five:  Towards a Global Research Platform (GRP) (Chair:  Joe Mambretti)

                                            Towards a Global Research Platform (GRP): DMZs in Korea (Speaker:  Jeonghoon Moon)

                                             LSST Scaling Issues and Network Needs (Speaker:  Heidi Morgan)

                                             Pacific Rim Application and Grid Middlewear Assembly (PRAGMA) (Speaker:  Phil Papadopoulos)

                                             International Options:  How Can We Scale? (Speaker:  Jennifer Schopf)

                                             Q & A

3:15 p.m. -- 3:40 p.m.          Break

3:40 p.m. -- 5:00 p.m.          Session Six:  Democratizing Collaboration (Chair:  Maxine Brown)

                                             Network Startup Resource Center (Speaker:  Steve Huter)

                                             Regional Research Platforms (RRPs): A Regional Example, The Virtual Data Collaboratory (Speaker:  Wendy Huntoon)

                                             Democratizing Collaborations:  Equity and Access (Speaker:  Gil Gonzales)

                                             Role of the Regional Networks in Scaling a National Research Platform (Speaker:  Jen Leasure)

                                             Research Collaboration Opportunities in a Global Research Platform (Speaker:  Steve Huter)

                                             Global Collaborative Research Groups (CRGs) (Speaker:  Cees de Laat)

                                             Q & A

5:00 p.m. -- 6:00 p.m.           Closing Session:  What's Next? (Speakers:  Jim Bottum and Larry Smarr)