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First National Research Platform Workshop Scheduled for August 2017

Apr 25, 2017, by Ana Hunsinger
Tags: Big Data, Events, Frontpage News, Recent Posts, Research

Toward A National Big Data Superhighway


Larry Smarr, UC San Diego

Internet2 is proud to announce that Larry Smarr of UC San Diego and Jim Bottum of Internet2 will be leading the first National Research Platform (NRP) workshop 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.




Jim Bottum, Internet2

Jim Bottum, Internet2

The Pacific Research Platform (PRP) is a 5-year NSF cooperative agreement to improve the end-to-end high-speed networking data transfer capabilities in collaborative, big-data science. The main focus of the PRP project is to build, test, and coordinate a researcher-defined and data-focused network whose requirements are driven by direct engagements between campus technical engineers and multi-campus science teams chosen from the fields of particle physics, astronomy, biomedical sciences, earth sciences, and computer science and engineering. The PRP is a partnership of more than 20 institutions, including four National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and NASA supercomputer centers.  


Scaling from Regional to National

As part of the PRP cooperative agreement, NSF requires that the ensemble of PRP technologies be extensible across other scientific domains and to other regional and national networks. In response, the PRP Principal Investigator, Larry Smarr, and Internet2’s Jim Bottum will co-chair the First National Research Platform (NRP) Workshop, sponsored by PRP/NSF, in which the input from many multi-state networking organizations (I2, Quilt, ESnet) will be sought and recorded on how the PRP model might be extended to a national scale. The PRP leadership will communicate its successes and lessons learned to date. The Workshop will then focus on whether, how, and when the Science DMZ practice can be extended 10-fold to ~200 US universities and labs, thousands of researchers, and to their colleagues abroad. 

Registration, Conference Logistics, and for More Information

Toward A National Big Data Superhighway

August 7 & 8, 2017
@ Montana State University
Bozeman, Montana and