ESnet’s Science DMZ Model Speeds Flow of Cancer Data at University of New Mexico


Data from the University of New Mexico’s Cancer Center next-generation genome sequencers is now flying across a 10 Gbps link to the university’s Center for Advanced Research Computing, thanks to the Science DMZ model pioneered by ESnet, according to an article posted by UNM.

According to the article, “This point-to-point connection is a first step toward establishing a campus-wide research network at UNM. The connection is based on the “Science DMZ” model formalized by the Department of Energy’s ESnet in 2010. The new link delivers a low-latency, high-bandwidth, unfiltered connection via UNM’s campus network.”

The article states that the new 10 Gbps link enables fast, reliable, and secure transfer of enormous genome sequence files from the UNM Cancer Center for analysis and subsequent data warehouse archiving. And the model may pave the way for greater research collaborations across the state.

“This project is part of UNM’s larger direction to collaborate across campuses and expand network infrastructure for research here and statewide,” said Chief Information Officer Gil Gonzales. UNM IT works closely with departments and Centers at UNM, and with research institutions throughout New Mexico, to provide production, commodity, and research network services.

Read the full story at:http://news.unm.edu/news/unm-establishes-science-dmz-network-link-for-genomics-research

Learn more about ESnet’s Science DMZ architecture at: http://fasterdata.es.net/science-dmz/

ESnet names Inder Monga as Division Deputy, Patty Giuntoli to lead Network Engineering


Patty Giuntoli is the new leader of ESnet’s Networking Engineering Group, taking over for Mike Bennett, who retired earlier this year. Giuntoli will continue to serve as the Area Lead for Networking and Systems.

In announcing her new role, ESnet Director Greg Bell said that Giuntoli has significant experience in project management, process management and global operations, having led WAN networking groups at Oracle Corp. and Kaiser Permanente, adding “She has the perfect skill set for taking on this new position.” Before joining ESnet, Giuntoli was head of the Infrastructure Department in the Lab’s IT Division.

Bell also announced that ESnet’s Chief Technology Officer Inder Monga has been appointed as the Division Deputy overseeing network research and technology. “This is in recognition of the critical role that research, development and innovation play in our ability to improve science outcomes,” Bell said.

In his role as Division Deputy, Monga will continue to oversee the Advanced Networking Technologies Group, the Tools Group and the Office of the CTO. Prior to joining ESnet, Monga worked for Wellfleet Communications and Canadian telecom company Nortel, where he focused on application and network convergence.

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Inder Monga                          Patty Giuntoli

ESnet’s Greg Bell to Discuss Networking, Cybersercurity at Centers for Disease Control  


ESnet Director Greg Bell will give an invited talk on “Cyber Security and Data Mobility in a World of Ultrafast Networks and Data-Intensive Science” to senior IT managers and security staff at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta on Wednesday, June 4. The CDC has just completed the first phase of its “Research Grade Network” upgrade project, which was significantly influenced by ESnet designs and recommendations. Because the CDC has staff in 50+ countries, effective use of global networks is key to its success.

Bell was invited to give the talk by CDC Chief Technology Officer Jaspal Sagoo after they met when Bell gave a keynote talk on “Networking for Discovery” at Scaling Networks Securely and Cost Effectively, a one-day program targeted at government network providers and IT staff on Feb. 20, 2014.

 

Announcing the Keynotes for the Focused Technical Workshop on Climate!


 We are pleased to announce three influential keynote speakers for the upcoming Focused Technical Workshop titled “Improving Data Mobility and Management for International Climate Science”, which will be hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Boulder, CO from July 14-16, 2014.

The first keynote will be delivered by NOAA’s Dr. Alexander “Sandy” MacDonald, Chief Science Advisor and Director of the Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL), who is known for his influential work in weather forecasting and high performance computing at NOAA.

Also from NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) and Princeton University, Dr. V. Balaji, Head of the Modeling Systems Group, will share the importance of bridging the worlds between science and software with workshop attendees.

And finally, Eli Dart, a highly-acclaimed network engineer from the Department of Energy’s ESnet who is credited with co-developing the Science DMZ model, will wrap up the workshop with the final keynote focused on how to create cohesive strategies for data mobility across computer systems, networks and science environments.

Inspired by each of the keynote speaker’s integral roles in climate science, computing and network architectures, the workshop intends to spark lively, interactive discussions between the research and education (R&E) and climate science communities to build long-term relationships and create useful tools and resources for improved climate data transport and management.

We look forward to seeing you in Boulder!

Don’t Forget… Still Time to Register!

Registration is only open to first 100 people!

Register at http://goo.gl/Q8O6td

Registration fee:  $200

Visit the FTW website for more information:

http://events.internet2.edu/2014/ftw-climate/index.cfm

Register Now for Workshop on Improving Climate Data Management


Registration is now open for the Focused Technical Workshop on Improving Data Mobility & Management for International Climate Science to be held July 14 – 16 in Boulder, Colo. The workshop is part of a series sponsored by ESnet and Internet2 and is co-sponsored by Indiana University, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The workshop, hosted by NOAA, brings together network experts with scientists in the domain of international climate sciences to discuss their most pressing network-related issues and requirements. The format is designed to encourage lively, interactive discussions with the goal of developing a set of tangible next steps for supporting this data-intensive science community.

Workshop registration is limited to 100 participants. For registration information, go to: http://events.internet2.edu/2014/ftw-climate/register.cfm. For more information about the

workshop, go to: http://events.internet2.edu/2014/ftw-climate/index.cfm

 

ESnet’s Mike Bennett Retiring after 26 Years of Making Key Connections


Since he started working at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory back in 1988, Mike Bennett has found himself in the middle of a number of interesting transitions. But come April 30, he’ll make his last one – transitioning into retirement.
 
When Bennett started as an engineering technologist at the Bevatron, one end of the control room was filled with analog equipment featuring knobs, dials, oscilloscopes and other devices. At the other end was a computer powered by an Intel 286 CPU.  Since then things have gotten a lot faster and one of Bennett’s more recent projects was connecting Berkeley Lab to ESnet’s 100 gigabit-per-second network backbone.

Along the way, he’s also played a key role in establishing energy-efficiency standards for network equipment, earning recognition from IEEE for his contributions. »Read more.

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               Mike Bennett

100 Gbps Test Link Sets Pace for Faster Trans-Atlantic Data Transfers


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Data transfers from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland to sites in the U.S. have historically taken different paths – 15 in all – via 10 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) links separately managed by three research networks in the U.S. and Europe. So what would happen if those massive datasets were instead transferred using a single 100 Gbps connection?

 That was the thinking behind an experiment that began in early March as the Department of Energy’s ESnet, Internet2, CANARIE, GÉANT, NORDUnet and SURFnet — the leading research and education networks in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Scandinavia – collaborated with CERN to use a leased 100 Gbps connection between Amsterdam (Netherlight Open Exchange) and New York. The four-week test was conducted in collaboration with LHCONE, the LHC Open Network Environment.

The results of the initial test were impressive.

“Using test data, we ran a 10 minute saturation test at 99.9 percent utilization with no loss, no errors,” O’Connor said. “Then we ran a 24 hour test at 50 Gbps, passing over 540 terabytes of data with no loss and no errors. This successful testing will help pave the way to production use of the connection for data from LHC experiments.”

The 100 Gbps link, called the Advanced North Atlantic 100G Pilot project, was launched by the participating organizations last June with the first Transatlantic 100 Gbps demonstrations. The year-long project being used for engineering and testing applications, resources, monitoring techniques and advanced technologies such as software-defined networking.

Read the full story.

 

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