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Supporting Data-Intensive Research Workshop

Peter Elford, RDSI, Brian Tierney, ESnet, Jake Carroll, QCIF, Jason Andrade, QCIF, David Wilde, AARNet, Chris Myers, Versi.

0900-0930Introductions and
The eResearch Big Picture
Peter Elford, RDSIContext for day, what is in/out scope
0930-1030Science DMZ (1)Brian Tierney, ESnet 
1030-1100Morning Tea
 1100-1230 Science DMZ (2) Brian Tierney, ESnet Motivation for and key elements of Science DMZ
 1330-1430 Node Network Architecture Jake Carroll, Jason Andrade, QCIF Case Study: QCLOUD – Example of an RDSI Node, integrated with NeCTAR Research Cloud
 1430-1500 Workshop + Discussion Peter Elford, RDSI (Moderator) Open Forum discussion on how Science DMZ can be deployed within a Node based on previous talks, what issues need to be resolved ?
 1500-1530   Afternoon Tea
 1530-1600   AARNet 4 + RDSI David Wilde, AARNet How the AARNet 4 VPN/virtualisation capabilities will be implemented to support RDSI Nodes
 1600-1630 Science DMZ Pilot Chris Myers, Versi Report on Science DMZ Pilot
 1630-1700Next Steps
Target Audience:

Technical staff that provide support to the research community, particularly those involved in projects or activities related to deploying Big Data and high

performance/high volume network and compute services such as those funded by RDSI and NeCTAR.

Ideally suited to anyone involved in an RDSI/NeCTAR Node, but extremely relevant to staff at individual institutions as well.


The Big eResearch Picture (30 min, including introductions)

Science DMZ (3 hours)

  • Aim: Motivation, key elements, security concerns
  • Method: Before and After Science DMZ Workshop
  • Results: How this will be deployed as part of DaShNet; how institutions can participate


NeCTAR Research Cloud and RDSI-Funded Storage Infrastructure Integration – QCLOUD Case Study (1 hour)

  • Aim: Articulate the supporting nature of NeCTAR and RDSI funded infrastructure to provide services
  • Method: Deep dive explanation of QCLOUD
  • Results: Working model, discussion

Authorisation and Authentication and Research (1 hour)

  • Aim: Articulate the AA problem; highlight a possible staged implementation approach
  • Method: Proof of Concept and solution demonstrations
  • Result: Clear(er) approach to identity

Data Access (1 hour)

  • Aim: Highlight breadth of data access techniques
  • Method: Use discipline based case examples of different approaches
  • Result: Mapping between data access solutions and discipline needs/approaches


Peter Elford's Biography


Brian Tierney's Biography

Brian L. Tierney is a Staff Scientist and group leader of the ESnet Advanced Network Technologies Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), and is PI of ESnet's 100G Network Testbed Project. His research interests include high-performance networking and network protocols; distributed system performance monitoring and analysis; network tuning issues; and the application of distributed computing to problems in science. Mr. Tierney has an M.S. in Computer Science from San Francisco State University, and a B.A. in physics from the University of Iowa. Brian has been at LBNL since 1990.

Jake Carroll's Biography
Jake Carroll is the IT manager for one of the largest neuroscience institutes in the world (the Queensland Brain Institute). Jake is also currently the internal architect for the Queensland RDSI node and NeCTAR Research Compute cloud node. Jake has a background in computer science, but would rather spend his time helping researchers break the speed of light barrier with solid state storage arrays and alien beta hardware than squiggle computational complexity metrics on a white-board. Jake is nothing if entertaining and unusual to watch on stage, regularly coming close passing out through exhaustion by the end of the talk. Jake lives in Brisbane, Australia, with his wife, child and two cats. 

Jason Andrade's Biography
Jason Andrade has worked for research organisations, an NREN, Australian universities and technology startups helping solve problems and deliver IT infrastructure to research, enterprise and technology groups as a system administrator, storage architect, CTO, consultant and project manager.

David Wilde's Biography
David Wilde began his career in computer networks at the University of New South Wales, and has since worked in various technical and managerial roles for commercial telecommunications operators and service providers across Australia and Europe. Prior to joining AARNet he was founder and CTO of a boutique Cisco Certified network integrator in France.

He joined AARNet's Infrastructure Development Group in November 2010 based in Melbourne, and took over responsibility for Network Architecture during 2011. David's primary focus is on developing the new architecture and driving the rollout of the “AARNet4” project, upgrading AARNet’s transmission and IP networks to 100Gbps capabilities. He has a particular interest in ensuring that AARNet rides at the forefront of technology, engaging with both vendors and other NRENs across the world, in order to better support the R&E activities and services required by AARNet's customers, both present and future.

David holds a B.E.(Hons) and a B.Sc. from Monash University, and has maintained his active CCIE certification since 2001.