Improving Data Mobility & Management for International Cosmology

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Improving Data Mobility & Management for International Cosmology

What: CrossConnects Workshop Series: Improving Data Mobility & Management for International Cosmology

Where: Building 66, Auditorium, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Berkeley, CA

When: February 10–11, 2015 (8:00a–5:00p both days)

Hosted by: ESnet and Internet2

Problem: Cosmology data sets are already reaching into the petabyte scale and this trend will only continue, if not accelerate. This data is produced from sources ranging from supercomputing centers—where large-scale cosmological modeling and simulations are performed—to telescopes that are producing data daily. Many cosmologists and data managers struggle with data workflow, especially as the need for real-time analysis of cosmic events increases.

Topics/Speakers: Speakers will explore topics in depth within the context of International Cosmology: Observation and Data Acquisition; Computing (data analysis and simulation); and Workflows. There are many ways in which these topics are related and synergistic. We expect a lively and productive discussion.

Audience: Astronomers and cosmologists (especially those dealing with large-scale data results, or people dealing with staging terabytes and petabytes of data to a destination—e.g. a supercomputing center), data managers (specifically those who work in publishing cosmology data, as they are a key audience that has to work with transferring data), networking experts, software engineers, and project/program leaders. As this is a global initiative, international participation is expected and encouraged.

Expected Outcomes: With the participation of key stakeholders from multiple agencies and programs, we can provide the cosmology community with the knowledge, tools, and partners necessary to improve data transfer performance as data scale continues to increase. By increasing performance to match increased data scale, we hope to help bring about increased scientific productivity for this community. Network providers engage in open discussion with users to learn what the cosmology community requires: what they need to do, what they cannot do, and what they could do if there were no limitations.

Program Committee: Julian Borrill, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, Computational Cosmology Center; Andrew Connolly, University of Washington, Dept. of Astronomy; Salman Habib, Argonne National Lab, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics; Steven Myers, NRAO SKA Program Office; Peter Nugent, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, Computational Cosmology Center; Don Petravick, University of Illinois, NCSA Dark Energy Survey; Rollin Thomas, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, Computational Cosmology Center