2015 Internet2 Global Summit

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Research Enablement Overview

Time 04/28/15 04:30PM-05:30PM

Room Mount Vernon B

Session Abstract

The use of cloud services to support and enable research is becoming increasingly pervasive across higher education. This session will explore examples of where cloud service providers and the R&E community are working together to drive value and leverage economies of scale.

In order to address a growing collection of requirements for storage and custom computing platforms, UAB IT's research computing support group extended traditional HPC services with a private cloud solution based on OpenStack and Ceph. The approach leverages the economic commodity compute hardware and operations models from the HPC domain to scale storage and compute resources, beginning with a half petabyte of storage which can scale to many petabytes and cloud compute node that give researchers space to experiment. Our campus cloud became operational quickly through vendor partnership with Dell and Inktank and gave us confidence through their professional support. Making the research cloud a reality touches on many aspects of the IT enterprise, from traditional infrastructure services to business operations. It also requires deep engagement with the research community and an open attitude to developing solutions in partnership with research. This session will share experiences gained since cloud deployment for the research enterprise; provide insight into the requirements that led to this solution; and outline ongoing and future work to enhance the fabric.

Johns Hopkins University and Cisco Systems, will discuss the implementation and deployment strategies as well as the functional benefits of an Intercloud Fabric-based hybrid cloud. Intercloud Fabric provides universities with a unified policy and management platform across a variety of private and public clouds. Performance, security, and data policies remain consistent across and between cloud platforms providing seamless transitions between clouds and burstability to clouds. JHU is a beta site for Cisco Intercloud fabric and will have insights on best practices for deployment as well as business impact for the university. JHU is working closely with the Cisco business units and will be able to provide unique insights and perspective to the operational world of hybrid cloud.

Through the NET+ Azure program, faculty and researchers have worked together to develop strategies and approaches to manage “big data” and support their interest in exploring the use of cloud infrastructure for research. This session will present different perspectives on research workloads in the cloud from those who participated in the NET+ Azure workshop series on Genomics, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Genomic Biodiversity.


Speaker John-Paul Robinson University of Alabama - Birmingham

Speaker David Rayner Cisco Systems

Speaker Vince Kellen University of Kentucky

Primary track Cloud Services

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