CENIC’s mission of providing the benefits of advanced networks to the eleven million Californians that use CalREN every day allows us an excellent opportunity to function as a nexus of next generation networking technology within California and beyond. After all, CENIC seeks to promote advanced networking for all of research and education within the Golden State, and often the best way to achieve this is to promote the kind of cutting-edge innovation that drives demand for such connectivity.
Through various invited workshops, CENIC has brought together many of the top movers and shakers in the world of advanced networking for research and education for one- to two-day programs of presentations, demonstrations, and the brainstorming needed to turn today’s cutting-edge technology into tomorrow’s research and education innovations.
National Research Platform (NRP) Workshop:
The First National Research Platform (NRP) workshop was held at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana in August, 2017. The purpose of the workshop was to bring together representatives from interested institutions to discuss implementation strategies for deployment of interoperable Science DMZs at a national scale. The viewpoints of administrators, campus IT managers, ESnet, CENIC, Internet2, XSEDE, and the National Science Foundation were presented. Sessions of the NRP workshop were also devoted to science-driver application researchers, describing their needs for high-speed data transfer, including their successes and frustrations. Discussions focused on requirements from the domain scientists and the networking architecture, policies, tools and security necessary to deploy a 200-institution National Research Platform. Chairs: Larry Smarr, UC San Diego and Jim Bottum, Internet2.
The Intersection of Two Networks: Human and Technological
The NRP is committed to necessary social engineering among a diverse group of science, R&E network, and IT leaders, as well as to provide proven end-to-end networking. Scientists need to do publishable science, not delve into networking/IT support. Therefore, an effective national partnership will need cyberinfrastructure experts working with scientists at their interface and understanding the desired scientific outcomes, rather than viewing the technology as an end to itself. Means for the NRP to work with science teams will be reported. Identifying common functionality that can be leveraged between science applications (like science notebooks, containers, etc.) to make the NRP partnership more efficient and effective and prioritize high-performance access to supercomputer centers is key. Desirability for the NRP to host an ongoing forum, to cooperate with technical meetings, and to hold yearly workshops will be among the conclusions sought.
Learn more about past workshops:
Big Data, Big Network
100G and Beyond: Ultra High Performance Networking for California
CalREN-XD/High Performance Research Workshop