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Focused Technical Workshop Summary 2013

Posted on Aug 01, 2013 by Meredith Lovelace
Tags: Member Update, Workshops & Webinars


The Department of Energy’s ESnet and Internet2 hosted a Focused Technical Workshop “Network Issues for Life Sciences Research” at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in July 17.

The meeting brought together network engineering experts together with members of the life science research community to discuss network and computing challenges and requirements, with the purpose of developing next steps for supporting this data-intensive science community. The full agenda is available here. The workshop included keynotes from Jay Keasling, Berkeley Lab’s associate laboratory director for Biosciences and chief executive officer of the Joint BioEnergy Institute; George Komatsoulis, chief information officer of the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute; and Adam Arkin, computational biologist and director of Berkeley Lab's Physical Biosciences Division, and principal investigator for the Kbase project.

The workshop, which was formatted specifically to enable lively, interactive discussions between the invited speakers and attendees, explored four main topic areas:

  1. Network Infrastructure Issues and Architectures
  2. Cloud and Storage Architectures
  3. Workflow Engines, Portals and Gateways
  4. and Data Movement Architecture and Tools

A report is being developed and will be posted and announced when completed; until that time, publicly viewable notes and action items from the workshop are available.

For More Information: To identify members of our communities interested in learning more about this and other upcoming workshops, we ask that they please subscribe to our mailing list. Announcements about other upcoming technical events will be sent exclusively to that list. Information about Calls for Proposals/Participation will be emailed to that list ONLY.

Future Workshops: We are hoping to coordinate Focused Technical Workshops (of between 50-100 people each) several times each year on a variety of topics; we encourage you to apply to as many of these workshops as you feel are of interest to your organization. Also, if you would like to host a workshop on an issue area that you think fits with the theme of the FTW series, please contact us at