ESnet Organizes Panel on Superfacilities, Talks at Combined Networking Meeting

September 23, 2015

Berkeley Lab staff will give a panel presentation on “Creating Super-facilities: a Coupled Facility Model for Data-Intensive Science” at a combined meeting of networking experts on Sept. 30. Pioneered at Berkeley Lab, a superfacility is two or more facilities interconnected by a high performance science network and linked together using workflow and data management software such that the scientific output of the connected facilities is greater than it otherwise could be.

Speakers are Craig Tull of the Computational Research Division, who led a DOE science data pilot project last year, creating a superfacility comprising the Advanced Light Source, ESnet, NERSC and the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility; NERSC’s David Skinner, who was part of a project demonstrating a superfacility between NERSC, ESnet and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; and Rune Stromsness, head of LBLnet, Berkeley Lab’s internal network.

The panel discussion, organized by ESnet’s science engagement team and moderated by team lead Lauren Rotman, will be presented at a meeting of The Quilt, a national coalition representing 36 of advanced regional networks for research and education, and networks across the country. The Quilt meeting is co-located with the National Science Foundation’s Campus Cyberinfrastructure PI Workshop and the ESnet Site Coordinators Committee (ESCC). The meeting will be held Sept. 28 – Oct. 1 in Austin, Texas.

Also at The Quilt meeting, ESnet network engineer Eli Dart will discuss “Future Directions of Science DMZ” and Robin Sommer, an affiliate of CRD’s Data Science and Technology Department, will talk about “Security in a Science DMZ.”

As part of the NSF workshop, Dart will give a presentation on “100G Capable Equipment Procurement Strategies.” Jason Zurawski of ESnet’s Science Engagement Team will be on a panel discussing “Leveraging National Research Resources.”

For the ESCC meeting, ESnet staff members will give updates on the network and a number of projects, software tools and research areas. Read the agenda.