Three Questions with Jay Stewart

Three questions with a new staff member!

Jay was born in Cambridge (UK) but moved, when he was four, to the United States. Jay grew up in Brookhaven National Laboratory’s backyard, Long Island, and attended school at Suffolk University in Boston where he received a degree (BS) in Marketing with a minor in Information Systems. Jay became keenly interested in computers when a parent’s colleague gifted him a CD-ROM with a slew of MS-DOS-based games. It was through the immortal wisdom of the game “Ecco the Dolphin” that his wrists became transfixed to the computer desk and they’ve been there ever since. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and learning to live without sleep as he and his wife had their first child in October

What brought you to ESnet?

I came to ESnet as a Network Engineer who had been working for a commercial ISP, Pilot Fiber, based out of Manhattan for the last 3 years. I had joined the ranks of the Service-Provider lifestyle right out of college as a call center technician and googled every term to climb the ranks to Network Engineer. Nick Buraglio had reached out about the position at ESnet. Knowing that I will be following in my father’s footsteps by helping to ensure the highest degree of scientific collaboration made the decision, to join ESnet, an easy one. I’ll be working onsite at Brookhaven National Laboratory whilst helping to ramp up their connections onto ESnet6 and transitioning into my role as site ambassador.

What is the most exciting thing going on in your field right now?

At the highest level, I think Quantum communication is an exciting thing to read about and to try and understand. Seeing that Quantum computing, in general, has the power to move us from the law of Moore’s to the law of Neven’s is thrilling. A more grounded excitement, at least to me, is the work being done with Segment Routing. Think of it like Waze for your packets. It allows granular steering capabilities alongside ensuring a bird’s eye view of your network. The instructions are encapsulated in the header of the packet and get directed/removed at each node in the path in a matryoshka-doll-esque fashion.

What book would you recommend?

I’m a sucker for a futuristic, dystopian book and The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi fits that need nicely.

Attend a Hands-on Workshop for Science DMZs, SDN, and perfSONAR

Join ESnet, Indiana University and Internet2 in an upcoming hands-on workshop! Called the Operating Innovative Networks (OIN) Workshop, the meeting aims to help campus and lab network engineers deploy next-gen research networks that can support data-intensive science.

After the first successful workshop in Washington DC, the next workshop in the series will be held at the CIC Big Ten Conference Center in the Chicago area on October 3-4, 2013 and will be open to 30 attendees with no registration fee.

Only 30 seats are available and there is no registration fee!!

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A few more details:

The workshop will consist of 1.5 days of presentation material along with “hands-on” exercises for building and deploying Science DMZs, Software Defined Networks, perfSONAR and Data Transfer Nodes.  The content will be particularly useful for CC-NIE awardees that are being funded to upgrade their networks with these technologies.  By the end of the event, attendees will have a better understanding of the requirements for supporting scientific use of the network, architectural strategies that can simplify these interactions, and knowledge of tools that can mitigate problems users may encounter.

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