ESnet’s Inder Monga Brings High Performance Networking to Maker Faire


ESnet Interim Director Inder Monga was among the many representatives from the Department of Energy’s national laboratories, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy and the Office of Technology Transitions on hand at DOE’s “Make | ENERGY Pavilion” at the Bay Area Maker Faire held May 20-22 at the San Mateo County Event Center.

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ESnet’s Inder Monga chats with attendees at the Bay Area Maker Faire.

Up to 150,000 people were expected to attend the event. On the last day, the DOE pavilion received a “Best in Class” award.

In addition to answering questions about DOE’s high performance scientific network, Monga also led a hands-on demonstration of perfSONAR (PERFormance Service Oriented Network monitoring ARchitecture ). Co-developed by ESnet, perfSONAR is a network monitoring and measurement tool to help network and IT staff understand and visualize packet loss and throughput problems on network connections through active testing and publishing of the data.

The demo used Raspberry Pi computers to simulate a worldwide network of severs and participants used the free and open-source perfSONAR software to troubleshoot bottlenecks. The display was created by Sowmya Balasubramanian, a software developer in ESnet’s Advanced Network Technologies Group, and Mary Hester of ESnet’s Science Engagement Team.

“It was great chatting with so many intellectually curious kids and adults at DOE’s first official presence at the Maker Faire, the whole experience was personally very satisfying. The audience appreciated the engineering done by ESnet, DOE’s High Performance Network facility, and our solutions for dealing with big data science,” says Monga.

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s presence in the Make | Energy Pavilion was coordinated by the lab’s Innovation and Partnerships Office. DOE was one of five sponsors of the event.

Science Node Newsletter Talks Science DMZs with Larry Smarr


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Science Node, a newsletter based in the U.S. and Europe that looks at the real-world impact of advanced computing and networks, just posted an interview with Larry Smarr about the importance of Science DMZs in advancing research. Developed by ESnet, the Science DMZ is a scalable network design model for optimizing science data transfers. The model has been endorsed by the National Science Foundation, which funds programs to build Science DMZs on university campuses.

 

Smarr, founding director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a UC San Diego/UC Irvine partnership, and the Harry E. Gruber professor in Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego, said in an ESnet article that ESnet  “defined the Science DMZ and took it to the DOE science community. NSF has now cloned this approach through the CC-NIE program over the past three years. It’s been built out on over 100 campuses and these Science DMZs are all based on ESnet’s approach.”

Smarr is also the PI for the Pacific Research Platform, which will the Science DMZs of most of the research universities on the West Coast (the 10 University of California campuses, San Diego State University, Caltech, USC, Stanford, University of Washington) via three advanced networks: ESnet, CENIC’s California Research & Education Network (CalREN) and Pacific Wave.

From Beirut to Berkeley, Melissa Stockman is Newest Member of ESnet’s Tools Team


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Melissa Stockman is the newest addition to the ESnet Tools Team.

After living for 18 years in Beirut, Lebanon, where she was director of IT infrastructure and support at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Melissa Stockman returned to the U.S. and was looking for a new position when she saw a posting for a job with the ESnet Tools Team to develop network automation tools.

“My first thought was that it looked so interesting and was a combination of my background in machine learning and networking,” Stockman said. “I had experience in both of those areas.”

So, she applied to see what would happen. She sent her resume and was contacted the next day for a number of phone interviews, then flew out from the Princeton area for an intense day of meeting and talking with ESnet staff. It took a couple of months but she finally heard back with a job offer.

“I liked the people and was struck by how nice they are,” she said, “and the weather was so much nicer than New Jersey. I think California’s a better place for me.”

Since she joined ESnet earlier this year, she’s been developing software in two different areas, one to perform network analytics and the other to assist in network automation. Her current analytics project involves storing large amounts of router data in the cloud for later analysis. On the network automation side, she is working on a tool to check, verify and automatically update ESnet’s point-to-point router information that can become out of synch when devices are changed.  Finding and fixing such problems now has to be done manually, but Stockman’s software will do the task automatically each day.

Read more.

 

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: https://reannz.co.nz/news/inder-monga-eresearch-nz-established-and-emerging-design-patterns/

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.

For more information, click here.
To register, click here.

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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.

Read the full announcement at: https://madmimi.com/p/0ef667?fe=1&pact=34212-130239009-7330936569-63c0a0407a00656d229b32d6ff674b1184a843f1

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Register Now for April 12-13 Workshop on Improving Data Management for Bioinformatics


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Registration is now 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 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, and 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.

For more information, click here.
To register, click here.

Subscribe to the fasterdata-events@es.net mailing list to receive announcements about future workshops.

ESnet Will Miss Ciena’s Jim Archuleta


The entire ESnet team was saddened to learn about the unexpected passing of Jim Archuleta of Ciena. We’ve lost a good colleague and a true friend and extend our deepest sympathy to Jim’s family and co-workers.

Operating a successful network like ESnet makes us reliant on our vendors like Ciena and it’s important that we establish good working relationships with them – it’s the way we do business. But it was different with Jim. Jim was not just a vendor rep but a true partner and collaborator. Through our work together with Jim, we’ve been able to transform the network resources available to scientists around the world.

Jim knew his stuff, he knew what we needed and he knew how to work with our unique community. He even stepped up as a running partner on occasion.  Our community has lost a valued contributor and we will truly miss him.

Here is Jim’s obituary from the Dallas Morning News on Jan. 21, 2016.

James Gerald “Jim” Archuleta, Jr. passed away Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Fort Worth. Service: 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, in Greenwood Chapel, with a reception immediately following in the Greenwood Live Oak Room. Memorials: In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Trinity Valley School Endowment Fund; 7500 Dutch Branch Rd., Fort Worth, Texas 76132. Jim was born Oct. 30, 1966 in Denver, Colo. He graduated from SMU with an Electrical Engineering degree in 1990, and later earned his MBA from SMU in 1996. Since 1991 he has worked for Ciena Communications, a networking and fiber-optic company based in Maryland. While working for Ciena he relocated to Fort Worth, Texas in 2013 in order to be closer to family and friends. Jim brought joy and laughter to all who had the privilege to know him and will be missed greatly. Jim was preceded in death by his brother, William “Bill” Archuleta. Survivors: Wife, Caroline; daughter, Sydney; son, Nate; parents, Evelyn and James G. Archuleta Sr.

ESnet, CENIC Announce Joint Cybersecurity Initiative


The Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network, or ESnet, and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) have announced a partnership in developing cybersecurity strategy and research.

Sean Peisert of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Computational Research Division will be director of the new CENIC/ESnet Joint Cybersecurity Initiative. Peisert, who was also recently named as the chief cybersecurity strategist for CENIC, is a noted security expert who has worked extensively in computer security research and development.

Although the defense of information systems and networks is critical for all modern enterprises, scientific research organizations like ESnet and CENIC face particular challenges: support of open science and, increasingly, big-data science; diverse research portfolios; openness to experimentation across intellectual domains; openness to collaborations within and across institutions – regionally, nationally and internationally; and the need for seamless access to remote data sources, scientific tools and computing resources.

Read the full story.

Kate Petersen Mace Brings Extensive Experience to ESnet’s Science Engagement Team


Kate Petersen Mace, who most recently served as director of External Partnership Management at Clemson University, is the newest member of ESnet’s Science Engagement Team.

In addition to her work at Clemson, Mace also served as chair of SCinet at the SC14 conference. The position was a two-year volunteer commitment to manage a diverse team of more than 100 network engineers from around the world to design and deploy a network to make the conference the best-connected site on Earth – for a week, until it’s all taken down.

“One of the most important qualifications Kate brings to the position is the breadth of her experience,” said Lauren Rotman, leader of the Science Engagement Team. “She has earned the respect of the technical community through her frontline experience in engineering and administering networks, including network architecture design and deployment. Kate has also proven herself to be an effective collaborator, forming partnerships and serving as an advocate for new technology in the community.”

Read the full story.

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Kate P. Mace, center in gray, led the SCinet team at SC14 in New Orleans.