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.

Greg Bell talks with HPCwire about running the fastest science network


Intrigued by the growing role of networking as an instrument of discovery, Tiffany Trader of the online newsletter HPCwire recently interviewed ESnet Director Greg Bell about what it takes to operate DOE’s international network.

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ESnet Director Greg Bell

In the article, Greg talks about the range of expertise ESnet’s staff brings to the table —  “the network engineers on call 24-7, a cybersecurity team, storage experts, data collection and data analysis activities, and efforts engaged in building out the network.  There is a team of people who build software tools to help the network be less of a black box. Then there is another team focused just on science engagement, helping scientists make the best possible use of the network and raising expectations about the network capabilities.”

“We are trying to raise everyone’s expectations and let them know that networks can do much more than they could just a few years ago. In fact, the great vision that we have for networks is not only as a scientific instrument in their own right, but that they can glue together big scientific instruments like a particle accelerator or a light source and a computational facility, for example, a DOE supercomputer center. This enables a scenario where we can take data in real-time from the source and move it at high-speed over the network and process it in real-time at the supercomputer center so the scientists can get immediate feedback about the experimental parameters that they have chosen and then adjust them in real-time.”

Read the full article.

 

ESnet staff help mentor WINS participants at SC15


In addition to being connected to the world at 1.6 terabits per second, the recent SC15 conference in Austin provided powerful networking opportunities for five up-and-coming women network experts through the NSF-supported Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) program. The program is aimed at training and mentoring women faculty and staff from institutions across the country by having them participate in SCinet, the ultra-high bandwidth network created each year to support SC.

Jason Zurawski, a member of ESnet’s Science Engagement Team and longtime SCinet member, mentored  WINS participants Sana Bellamine from CENIC and Megan Sorensen from Idaho State University.  Nick Boraglio of ESnet’s Network Engineering Team worked with Debbie Fligor from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as members of the SCinet Routing Team.

Read the NSF blog about WINS.

Find Out What’s New, What’s Cool at ESnet at SC15


Find Out What’s New, What’s Cool at ESnet at SC15

ESnet staff will be presenting talks and demos at the SC15 conference being held Nov. 15-20 in Austin. Here’s a quick look at some of your opportunities to find out what’s new with the Energy Sciences Network:

Tuesday, Nov. 17
ESnet Chief Technologist Inder Monga will hold a demo on “ESnet’s Network Operating System: An SDN Platform to Handle Big Science” from 10-11 a.m. in the DOE booth 502.

Jon Dugan of the Tools Team will host a demo on ESnet’s Network Visualization Tools from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., followed by a roundtable discussion. Both will be in the DOE booth #502.

Wednesday, Nov. 18
ESnet Chief Technologist Inder Monga hosts a mini-panel presenting “The Future of DOE Networking: A Tasting Menu” served up at 1:45 p.m. in the DOE booth #502.

Monga will give a demo on “ESnet’s Network Operating System: An SDN Platform to Handle Big Science” from 4-5 p.m. in the DOE booth 502.

Ongoing
ESnet’s Inder Monga and Eric Pouyoul will demonstrate “Software-Defined Networking” in the Corsa Technology booth# 364. Corsa and ESnet will be demonstrating ENOS (ESnet Network Operating System) running on the 100G SDN ESnet Testbed. ENOS includes all components that are needed for automating complex network provisioning and optimization and it will control the Corsa SDN switch in real-time. The demo will be offered from 7 – 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 17 – 18, and 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19.