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Demystifying the Science Requirements Review Process for Networking (Separate registration required)

Time 09/25/16 08:00AM-12:00PM

Room Flagler

Session Abstract


The Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) provides network connectivity and services for DOE/SC Labs to communicate with science collaborators around the world. To support this mission, ESnet conducts regular network requirements reviews (http://www.es.net/science-engagement/science-requirements-reviews/) to determine the current and future science networking requirements from our user community. The purpose of these reviews is to accurately characterize the near-term, medium-term and long-term network requirements of the science conducted by each program office.

The reviews attempt to bring about a network-centric understanding of the science process used by the researchers and scientists without asking technical questions directly, and to derive network requirements from that understanding. The collected requirements, along with their science context, are captured in formal reports, which are made available to the general public.

We propose to offer a half day tutorial on the ESnet network requirements review process in the context of the Research and Education (R&E) networking community. The goal is to outline a process that can be adopted by the R&E community to advance the mission of science engagement and fully realize the investments made in networking and personnel by agencies such as the National Science Foundation.

The tutorial will be structured as follows:

Introduction to Science Engagement
Reviewing the goals of the tutorial
Discussing the intersection between network support and research and scientific needs
Gathering Network Requirements via Technology
The role of network monitoring and reporting
Determining technology triggers via scientific needs
Gathering Science Requirements via Social Engineering
The importance of Case Studies
Conducting Requirements Interviews
Collaboration between Technology and Science
Determining Trends
Reviewing Case Study and Interview Trends
Drafting Long Term Support strategies
Discussion with academic early adopters of the requirements review process
Examples of campus network requirements reviews
Motivation, benefits, challenges, lessons learned, future planning
Dedicating personnel for the process as part of a campus CI-plan


Speaker Jason Zurawski ESnet (DOE Office of Science - Energy Sciences Network)

Speaker Kathryn Mace ESnet (DOE Office of Science - Energy Sciences Network)

Primary track Advanced Networking

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