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Helping Build a 4+ Terabit/Second Network in One Week

Time 12/11/19 04:00PM-04:50PM

Room Oak Alley (4th)

Session Abstract

The Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) program was developed in 2015** as a means for addressing the prevalent gender gap in IT particularly in network engineering and high performance computing.

Each year, over 200 expert volunteers from academia, government, and industry come together to design, construct, and operate SCinet, a unique multi-terabit-per-second network built to support SC attendees’ HPC demos, a hallmark of the SC conference.

WINS funds 5-8 qualified female candidates in their early- to mid-career to join the SCinet volunteer workforce. Selected candidates, reviewed by an expert panel, receive full travel support to participate in the construction of SCinet. SCinet takes a year to plan, a month to build, a week to operate, and just one day to tear down.

Comprised of more than 15 teams, SCinet provides an ideal “apprenticeship” for engineers and communications experts looking for direct access to the most cutting-edge network hardware and software. Participants are matched with a team and mentor based on their skillset and area of interest and work side-by-side with these world leading network, software, and systems engineers.

For this panel discussion, four WINS alumni, who have ascended to team leadership roles within SCinet, will share technical details on the unique areas of the network they have helped to build since their first experience with SCinet via WINS. Topics range from Wide Area Networking, Routing, Edge, Cybersecurity, and Fiber installation and maintenance. The speakers will also discuss the arc of their skill and management growth vis a vis their SCinet experience.

For SC18, which hosted over 13,000 attendees, SCinet provisioned 4.02 Terabits per second of bandwidth, deployed over 300 Wireless access points, laid approximately 65 miles of fiber optic cable within the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. 40 SCinet contributors donated over $52 million in hardware, software and services to create SCinet.

WINS is a joint effort between the Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), the Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER), and University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). Funding is provided through a NSF grant* and through ESnet.


Speaker Angie Asmus Colorado State University

Speaker Julia Locke LANL (Los Alamos National Laboratory)

Speaker Jessica Shaffer Georgia Institute of Technology

Speaker Soledad Toledano Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

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

Presentation Media

Primary track Advanced Networking

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