The First National Research Platform Workshop: Toward A National Big Data Superhighway

The First National Research Platform (NRP) workshop will be held at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana on August 7 & 8, 2017. The purpose of this workshop is 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 will be presented. Sessions of the NRP workshop will also be devoted to science-driver application researchers, describing their needs for high-speed data transfer, including their successes and frustrations. Discussions will focus on requirements from the domain scientists and the networking architecture, policies, tools and security necessary to deploy a 200-institution National Research Platform. All participants will be encouraged to ask questions and share their thoughts on the topics under discussion. 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.

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