ESnet Director Inder Monga’s keynote talk is among the events highlighted in a new video recapping the events at “Netwerkdag 2017 (Network Day 2017)“, a daylong meeting organized by SURFnet, the national research and education (R&E) network of the Netherlands. The event was held Dec. 14, 2017 in Utrecht under the theme of making connections.
In his talk about the future of R&E networking, Monga talked about the vision for next-generation networks that includes the increasing importance of software/software expertise in building networks, security and increasing the telemetry and analytics capability (including research in machine learning for networking) to tackle the growth in data as well as number of data producing devices.
Like most areas of research, the bioinformatics sciences community is facing an unprecedented explosion in the size and number of data sets being created, spurred largely by the decreasing cost of genome sequencing technology. As a result there is a critical need for more effective tools for data management, analysis and access.
Adding to the complexity, two major fields in bioinformatics – precision medicine and metagenomics – have unique data challenges and needs. To help address the situation, a workshop was organized by the Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) in 2016 at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Organized as part of a series of CrossConnects workshops, the two-day meeting brought together scientists from metagenomics and precision medicine, along with experts in computing and networking.
One driver for publishing the report was the realization that although each of the two focus areas have unique requirements, workshop discussions revealed several areas where the needs overlapped, said ESnet’s Kate Mace, lead author of the report. In particular, the issue of data management loomed largest.