2016 Technology Exchange

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We hope you’ll consider taking part in one of these great tutorials. All Tutorials occur on Sunday, September 25. Three tutorials start at 8:00am and five more start at 1:00pm. To participate, you will need to REGISTER for the appropriate tutorial(s) as part of your EVENT REGISTRATION (open in JUNE). Space is limited for each of these tutorials so plan to register early!

TUTORIALS with an 8am start:

TUTORIALS/WORKSHOP with a 1pm start:


Building the Modern Research Data Portal - $25 (8am-12N)

New high-speed networks make it possible, in principle, to transfer and share research data at tremendous speeds and scales--but have also proved challenging to use in practice. Two new technologies now allow us to translate this potential into reality: Science DMZ architectures provide frictionless end-to-end network paths; and Globus APIs allow programmers to create powerful research data portals that leverage these paths for data distribution, staging, synchronization, and other useful purposes. In this workshop, we use real-world examples to show how these new technologies can be applied to realize immediately useful capabilities. Examples include the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Research Data Archive, which provides for high-speed delivery of research data to thousands of geoscientists; the Globus data portal, which provides for interactive data staging to/from experimental facilities and computing centers, and the publication of data generated at such facilities and centers; and the Advanced Photon Source data sharing system, used to distribute data from light source experiments.

We explain how the Globus APIs provide intuitive access to authentication and authorization capabilities using existing credentials (e.g. via an InCommon member's identity provider, Google, or other third party IdP). We will also demonstrate how federated identities are used by the Globus to simplify sharing of massive data sets and to support high-performance, secure file transfer over the WAN. We will also demonstrate how the Globus Platform-as-a-Service can be combined with high-speed networks and Science DMZs as a research data platform that enables developers to create entirely new classes of scientific applications.

This tutorial will include a combination of presentation, demonstration, and hands-on exercises. Attendees will develop an understanding of key identity management concepts as they are applied to data management across the research lifecycle, and will be exposed to tools and techniques for implementing these concepts in their own systems.

Demystifying Science Requirements for Networking - $25 (8am-12N)

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.

This half-day tutorial outlines 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 include:

  • Introduction to Science Engagement
  • Gathering Network Requirements via Technology
  • Gathering Science Requirements via Social Engineering
  • Determining Trends
  • Discussion with academic early adopters of the requirements review process
  • Dedicating personnel for the process as part of a campus CI-plan

For a complete description of what is covered, please view the posted tutorial description on the Agenda.

Federated Identity Management For VOs - $50 (8am-5pm)

Virtual Organizations and Collaborations come together to solve complex problems leveraging people and resources from multiple institutions, often spanning the world. Expert in their respective domains, VOs rarely have expertise in the identity management aspects of collaboration. Regardless of VO size, properly designed identity management processes and technologies can help facilitate VO participation by providing access to collaboration tools and services quickly, and removing that access when it should no longer be granted.

This full-day tutorial will provide an overview of the issues in identity management facing and solutions available to VOs, to help them more easily manage access to their resources. Topics covered  include:

  • Understanding the identity management process needs of VOs of any size
  • Leveraging Federated and Social Identity to authenticate VO participant
  • Understanding the complexities of international federation and collaboration
  • Passwords, Certificates, SSH Keys, and other authentication technologies: what works where?
  • Participant lifecycle management using open source identity management solutions, including COmanage, Grouper, and Shibboleth
  • Application Integration and Provisioning, from the shell to the web to the cloud: how to make apps work with identity management infrastructure
  • Interactive demonstrations will be used to provide tangible insight into the capabilities of various solutions.

Base CAMP - $25 (1-5pm)

Base CAMP is a half-day tutorial focusing on issues that affect campus identity and access management infrastructure, processes, and policies. Examples include the advent of interfederation (eduGAIN), Shibboleth IdPv3, multifactor authentication, access and provisioning, and other projects and initiatives. The Base CAMP program will:

  • Give those new to identity management insight into new and emerging technologies and programs related to InCommon, in particular, and trust and identity in general
  • Provide a look at the IAM landscape, focusing on tips for getting started, getting up to speed, and functioning in the trust and identity world
  • Provide immediate value by providing practical examples of policies, processes, and guidelines for successful federation and interfederation
  • Give you the tools to make you feel confident  attending CAMP and Advance CAMP later in the week, including:
    • A parsing of the terminology and acronyms that surround trust and identity
    • An overview of the key open-source identity and access management (IAM) software components Shibboleth, Grouper, and COmanage

Who should attend?

  • Identity and access management professionals, newcomers to the field, or those new to federation who are looking for an overview of the trust and identity landscape
  • Implementers and deployers interested in the potential of Shibboleth, Grouper, and COmanage
  • First-time attendees or those wanting a level-set before starting the track sessions offered by those in the community and/or the Advance CAMP sessions later in the week (which uses an "unconference" format whereby the agenda is set on-site)

Hands-on with the ORCID API - $25 (1-5pm)

ORCID iDs are persistent, unique, person identifiers. Authenticated iDs are being collected by funders and publishers who are propagating them with successful grant and publication submissions. They are being used in repositories and databases throughout the world associated with contributor’s names, to attribute work to the correct person. And research institutions are associating them with faculty and students during onboarding. As of February 2016 nearly 500 organizations globally are members of ORCID, over 60% of which are research institutions that also serve as IdPs.

In February 2016, ORCID enabled IdP SSO for all eduGAIN member institutions, allowing the first direct connection between the systems. More recently, ORCID introduced a process that enables IdPs to request authenticated ORCID iDs and user permissions to access their ORCID record, using a process that requires little programming or custom code for institutions. In this hands-on tutorial each participant will set up such a connection in the ORCID test sandbox site (https://sandbox.orcid.org/signin).

Who Should Participate?

This session is designed for individuals interested in exploring how to collect authenticated ORCID iDs, and use the ORCID API to enable authenticated assertions of affiliation. Each participant will need a computer to participate. While the topics discussed are technical, no programming experience is required. 

For a complete description of what is covered, please view the posted tutorial description on the Agenda.

Performing Arts and Advanced Networking - $25 (1-5pm)

Learn about the emerging trends and technologies in distance learning and remote collaborative performance with one of the leading institutions in the arena, the New World Symphony. Attendees will learn how to implement leading-edge, networked performing arts solutions, including the LOLA remote simultaneous performance platform, the Ultragrid high-resolution video codec, ConferenceXP, H.323 Music Mode, and more. Attendees will learn not only how to configure and deploy codecs but also how to light, shoot, and capture audio to get the most out of these platforms.

R&E Routing Security Best Practices - $25 (1-5pm)

This is an interactive tutorial on the best practices for securing routing in the R&E community. These practices were recently developed within the R&E community and this tutorial demonstrates how to deploy them, and when. For a complete description of what is covered, please view the posted tutorial description on the Agenda.

Winning Strategies for Cyberinfrastructure Funding: Secrets to Success for Grants, Campus CI Plans, and Deployment - $25 (1-5pm)

Join us for an in-depth look at the best ways to develop successful grants and strategic plans for campus cyberinfrastructure, and learn about NSF’s Campus Cyberinfrastucture program in the process.  Topics will include: 

  • funding opportunities
  • overview of NSF cyberinfrastructure programs
  • campus CI strategic planning 
  • campus CI plan development and deployment
  • identification of science drivers and partnerships with researchers and campus IT
  • ways to enhance collaborative partnerships with regional networks and other campuses
  • best practices for writing successful proposals 
  • navigating online portals for proposal submission and award management
  • understanding OMB Uniform Guidelines compliance for grant awards

Check the Agenda for information on SPEAKERS.