ESnet’s Inder Monga Delivers Plenary Talk in New Zealand, Watch the Video

Inder Monga, acting ESnet Director and ESnet Chief Technology Officer, gave an invited talk last month at the eResearch NZ conference in New Zealand. In his talk, Monga Inder_Mongadiscussed established and emerging design patterns in networks.

Monga pointed out that all R&E networks have a shared fate. No one organization is big enough or rich enough to build a global network but scientists want to collaborate with people no matter where in the world they are, so scientific data has to cross each other’s networks all the time.

“We depend on each other. We depend on all networks being excellent,” said Monga. This means we all have to help each other, it’s no good having one excellent network if the networks it connects to aren’t up to scratch.

REANNZ, the Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand, hosted the conference and has posted a blog about Monga’s talk, complete with a video of his presentation at:

Registration Still Open for April 12-13 Workshop on Bioinformatics Data

Registration is still open for a workshop on “Improving Data Mobility & Management for International Bioinformatics” to be held April 12-13 at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif. The workshop is the latest in a series called CrossConnects, run by by ESnet, the Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network. This workshop is also co-sponsored by Indiana University.

Bioinformatics data sets are reaching into the petabyte scale, a trend that will only continue if not accelerate, and many bioinformaticists and data managers already struggle with data mobility and workflow especially as the need for real-time analysis increases. The data is often produced at supercomputing centers and sequencing centers like DOE’s Joint Genomics Institute, then transferred to other research labs and universities for analysis and further study.

In addition to two keynote talks by bioinformaticists, Larry Smarr, the founding director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, a UC San Diego/UC Irvine partnership, professor in computer science and engineering at UC San Diego, will give a talk on the key role that scientific networks, including the Pacific Research Platform, play in bioinformatics. Read the draft agenda.

The workshop aims to bring together leaders in the bioinformatics, computing, and networking communities to discuss the resources, partners, and tools needed to support high performance data transfers, distributed data analysis and global collaboration in precision medicine, precision agriculture and their relevant ties to human and plant microbiomic and metagenomic research.

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Pacific Research Platform Awarded CENIC’s 2016 Innovations in Networking Award for Experimental Applications

The Pacific Research Platform (PRP), an NSF-funded, science-driven, high-capacity data-centric “freeway system” linking universities, national labs and supercomputing centers on the West Coast, has been selected by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) as a recipient of the 2016 Innovations in Networking Award for Experimental Applications.

ESnet is a key technical partner in the PRP, which integrates Science DMZs, developed by ESnet as secure network enclaves for high-speed, data-intensive science, thereby creating a secure, seamless fabric that will enable researchers worldwide to collaborate.

“ESnet is committed to working closely with the Pacific Research Platform to leverage the Science DMZ and Science Engagement concepts to enable collaborating scientists to advance their research,” said ESnet Network Engineer Eli Dart.

The PRP will enable fast and secure data transfers between participating campuses, which include all 10 University of California campuses, Stanford, Caltech, USC, and San Diego State University – all of which are connected via the 100 Gbps CENIC Network. The PRP extends to include the University of Washington, Montana State, the University of Hawaii System, Northwestern University, UIC, and internationally to the University of Amsterdam. Since the PRP was funded, other partners have joined, including the University of Tokyo, and Clemson University. The PRP provides high-speed links to five supercomputer centers (UCSD’s SDSC, LBNL’s NERSC, NCAR, NCSA, and NASA’s NAS) as well as the Open Science Grid and NSF’s Chameleon cloud.

The PRP includes science teams in five research areas, including Astronomy and Astrophysics Data Analysis. Peter Nugent, deputy director for science in Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division, co-leads the team on telescope surveys.

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