2014 Internet2 Global Summit

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SaaS and the Transformation of Research

Time 04/09/14 03:00PM-04:00PM

Room Governor's Square 10

Session Abstract

We have made much progress over the past decade toward effective distributed cyberinfrastructure. In big-science fields such as high energy physics, astronomy, and climate, thousands benefit daily from tools that enable the distributed management and analysis of large quantities of data. Exploding data volumes and powerful simulation tools mean that most researchers will soon require similar capabilities, but they often do not have the resources or expertise to build and maintain the necessary IT infrastructure. Faced with a similar problem in industry, companies have adopted the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model to "free" themselves from IT complexity. We see the same shift occurring in the academic research world over the next decade - indeed, many of us use SaaS services such as Google Docs and Dropbox on a daily basis as an integral part of our research workflow. Vas will describe a vision for the next generation of research cyberinfrastructure, and work that the University of Chicago has embarked on to further empower investigators and enable them to access new capabilities beyond the boundaries of their campus.


Speaker Vas Vasiliadis University of Chicago

Primary track Building the Global Platform

Secondary tracks Internet2 NET+ Services Advanced Network Services and Leadership Building the Global Platform Cloud, Trust, Identity and Middleware Applications Research Strategies Cloud Services Cyberinfrastructure

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