Update: Insight Application

Greg Cole, Director, Center for International Networking Initiatives, The University of Tennessee, the Principal Investigator and Director, GLORIAD, passed these links along about the Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development:

Overview Movie: .mov (214 MB, download first, then play)

Former NSF Director, Subra Suresh speech re: GLORIAD Egypt launch: .mp4 (205 MB)

Former NSF Director, Subra Suresh talk re: GLORIAD and other efforts in India: .mp4 (39 MB)

AMCOST New GLORIAD Egypt/Africa effort: .mov .m4v Desktop Provides overview shots of the Africa Union Ministerial Meeting for Science and Technology, from March 7-10, 2010

GLORIAD/Tata Movie: Youtube

UT-produced Video re: GLORIAD: Youtube Greg Cole comments on GLORIAD’s role and potential

US NSF Press Release (Taj)

US State Dept Article

UT Quest Article

US NSF Press Release

GLORIAD dvNOC “click on GLORIAD-EARTH” tab to see live display of science applications using the network (updated every 10-15 seconds):

Recent GLORIAD newsletter from recent trip to India: (pdf)

Recent GLORIAD presentations

Zeeba, the Social Network Connecting the World of Science and Cyberinfrastructure


US Ignite Tutorial on CloudLab.US

I’m reviewing the US Ignite Tutorial on CloudLab.US, featuring an OpenStack Juno on Ubuntu 14.10 instance with a controller, network manager, and one compute node. This profile runs on either x86 or ARM64 nodes. It takes advantage of Vanilla Apache Hadoop, Hortonworks Data Platform, Apache Spark, etc.

CloudLab is a leading-edge laboratory for exploring and applying new computer cloud architectures at scale. The CloudLab infrastructure consists of three new clusters at U. Wisconsin, Clemson U., and U. Utah augmenting the existing Emulab and GENI (Global Environment for Network Innovations) distributed computing facilities. Each of the new clusters is aimed at providing hardware support for a different point in the cloud design space, and together they represent an extraordinary flexibility for computer scientists to try new ideas and for domain scientists to match CloudLab infrastructure to their applications.

CloudLab is a project of the University of Utah, Clemson University, the University of Wisconsin Madison, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Raytheon BBN Technologies, and US Ignite. CloudLab is part of the National Science Foundation’s NSFCloud program. To design and build the CloudLab facility, we’re partnering with three vendors: Cisco, Dell, and HP. Seagate has also provided a generous donation of hard drives.

Another similar project is Chameleon. Some videos here.

UPDATE: see also this additional recently announced project: Cornell to Lead NSF-Funded Cloud Federation for Big Data Analysis By David Raths 11/04/15

Tennessee Big Data Science

Tackling Big Genomics Data

Data Logistics Toolkit (DLT) [Indiana University; University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Vanderbilt University] @NSF Grant Number OCI‐1246282

Two UT Researchers Win Fifth Annual IDEA Awards

2010 Internet2 Driving Exemplary Applications (IDEA) Award for their work in developing a network storage infrastructure that will aid the nation’s researchers and educators in transferring large amounts of data and research quickly and easily for collaboration.

REDDnet: Enabling Data Intensive Science in the Wide Area


Update: (ht Ben White via Facebook)
40 maps that explain the internet

Internet2 Sessions

08:45 AM
10:30 AM
01:15 PM

Monday General Session: Global Innovation

Sponsored by Juniper Networks
Netcast sponsored by 2014 GS – Cisco

ROOM: Plaza Ballroom A/B/CSPEAKERS: Patrick BurnsAnthony Frank

01:15 PM- 02:30 PM

Keynote Speaker: Chris Vein

Chris Vein leads the implementation of the World Bank’s ICT strategy, ICT policy and engagement dialogue with internal and external clients, and global ICT knowledge and expertise sharing with client countries. Prior to joining the World Bank, Vein was the Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer for Government Innovation in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he focused on making government more open, entrepreneurial, and lean; creating new and innovative opportunities for delivering government products, services and processes; and incubating innovation capacity in the civic, technology and civic society arenas.

Over the past two decades, Chris Vein has had the honor of serving four U.S. Presidents, thousands of professional association practitioners around the world, for-profit consulting organizations, and local government organizations. Learn more about the World Bank’s Chris Vein at

Photo courtesy of the World Bank.

03:00 PM
04:30 PM
08:45 AM
10:30 AM

Tuesday General Session: Future of the University

Sponsored by 2014 GS – Microsoft
Netcast sponsored by 2014 GS – Cisco

ROOM: Plaza Ballroom A/B/CSPEAKERS: H. David LambertPhilip DiStefanoMichael McRobbieLarry Levine

10:30 AM- 11:45 AM

Keynote Speaker: Shirley Ann Jackson

The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., is the 18th president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, New York, and Hartford, Connecticut, the oldest technological research university in the United States. With a focus on Rensselaer as a top-tier technological research university with global reach and global impact, her tenure has been marked by a successful $1.4 billion capital campaign, the hiring of over 300 new faculty, a tripling of research awards and a tripling of applications to the freshman class, the construction of state-of-the art research platforms, and innovations both in the curriculum and student life. Dr. Jackson is a director of several major corporations, including FedEx and IBM. She serves on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), the White House Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee 2.0, the U.S. Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Secretary of Energy Advisory Board.

01:15 PM
03:00 PM
04:30 PM
08:45 AM
10:30 AM
10:30 AM- 11:45 AM

Keynote Speaker: Larry Peterson

01:15 PM
03:00 PM
04:30 PM
08:45 AM
10:30 AM

David Foster, CERN: Implementation of a European e-Infrastructure for the 21st Century

Please find below a pointer to a recently published paper entitled “Implementation of a European e-Infrastructure for the 21st Century”.

The objective of the implementation plan is to put in place the e-infrastructure commons that will enable digital science by introducing IT as a service to the public research sector in Europe.

The rationale calls for a hybrid model that brings together public and commercial service suppliers to build a network of Centres of Excellence offering a range of services to a wide user base. The platform will make use of and cooperate with existing European e-infrastructures by jointly offering integrated services to the end-user. This hybrid model represents a significant change from the status-quo and will bring benefits for the stakeholders: end-users, research organisations, service providers (public and commercial) and funding agencies.

Centres of Excellence can be owned and operated by a mixture of commercial companies and public organisations. Their portfolio of services, starting with those listed by eIRG and the High Level Expert Group on Scientific Data, will be made available under a set of terms and conditions that are compliant with European jurisdiction and legislation with service definitions implementing recognised policies for trust, security and privacy notably for data protection. A funding model engaging all stakeholder groups is described. The ability to fully exploit the potential for knowledge and job creation that is locked-up in the datasets and algorithms to be hosted by the Centres of Excellence will require the nurturing of a new generation of data scientists with a core set of ICT skills.

A management board where all the Centres of Excellence operating organisations are represented will provide strategic and financial oversight is coupled with a user forum, through which the end-users themselves, in a cross-disciplinary body collaborate to define requirements and policies for the services. A pilot service is proposed that can be rapidly established by building on the existing investments. The pilot service will demonstrate the feasibility of the e-infrastructure Centres of Excellence model for a range of scientific disciplines and evaluate the suitability for the ESFRI Research Infrastructures, that are currently under-development and represent Europe’s future “big data factories”. Implementation will start in 2014, initially offering a limited set of services at a prototype Centre of Excellence.

This is the third in a series of documents by the EIROforum IT working group on the future of e-infrastructures. The documents from the EIROforum IT working group are seen as starting-point for an inclusive activity that will bring together a number of e-infrastructures into a public-private ecosystem where the value of the whole is far greater than an individual component.

We welcome your feedback on these documents, to improve the concept, its relevance and implementation. The intention is to revise the documents based on the feedback received.

You can provide feedback for the documents via the open access repository (you will need to login with a CERN or EGI account, alternatively you can create a CERN lightweight account:

A Vision for a European e-Infrastructure for the 21st Century:


Science, Strategy and Sustainable Solutions, a Collaboration on the Directions of E-Infrastructure for Science:


Implementation of a European e-Infrastructure for the 21st Century:


In addition an email list has been created, to which you can subscribe and pose questions of a more general nature (to subscribe simply send an email request to the list).

Activities will now focus on putting in place the structures defined in these documents, notably the User Forum, for which Jamie Shiers will be leading the preparation for its first meeting. The prototype e-infrastructure Centre of Excellence described in the implementation plan is being established by the IT department at CERN and a dedicated email list for subscription and questions has been created: (to subscribe simply send an email request to the list).

David Foster, CERN

Today’s Sample GLORIAD Flows

Application “Test”: 115.61 Mbps flow from ESnet, Berkeley, US to Institute of High Energy Phyics, CAS, Beijing, CN via @gloriadus #viz

Application “Test”: 21.62 Mbps flow from the Chinese University of Hong Kong to University of California Santa Cruz Genome Bioinformatics via @gloriadus #viz

Application “Test”: 7.68 Mbps from US NIH National Library of Medicine, Bethesada, US to Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore via @gloriadus #viz

Application “Test”: 7.66 Mbps Nanyang Technological University, Center for IT Services in Singapore to University of California San Diego via @gloriadus #viz

Community. Innovation. Transformation. Fall 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting, Philadelphia, PA September 30-October 4, 2012

Calls for Participation

Listed below are links to a variety of calls for participation for the Fall 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting. Please carefully review the information and requirements for each call prior to submitting a proposal or response.

Call for Session Proposals

The theme for the Fall 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting will build upon concepts that were introduced at the spring meeting: “Community. Innovation. Transformation.”

The meeting program will focus on all three aspects of this triad that is further defined as follows:

  • Community:  Understanding and embracing our community’s ability to innovate and transform research, education and economies
  • Innovation: A deeply programmable, bandwidth-abundant innovation platform creating an environment for next-generation service delivery
  • Transformation: Community developed services and applications that transform global research and education

While the four Areas of Interest will remain the same as the spring meeting, the content of the sessions will be expanded to include examples of what we are learning as we move along the innovation platform continuum and demonstrations of the progress we are making in transforming service models. Full explanations and examples of related topics, as well as the submission form, are provided in the Call for Proposals web page.

Submission deadline: June 25, 2012

Selection notification: July 2, 2012

Call for Working Meetings

One of the many benefits of member meetings is the opportunity to hold working meetings (e.g. working groups, BoFs, SIGS, etc.) in conjunction with the other meeting activities. In order to accommodate the requests for these working meetings, we will reserve incremental hotel space at times outside of the program sessions. To aid us in handling and filling your requests for these additional meetings, we are issuing this call with a deadline of June 25, 2012.

Meetings will be accepted based on space availability and we will attempt to accommodate all requests on a first come, first serve basis. Your flexibility with day/time and meeting duration requests will assist us in accommodating your meeting needs. Submit your meeting request.

Please Note: These meetings should be open to all Internet2 Member Meeting attendees. If you need to schedule an invitation-only or closed meeting, Internet2 will reserve a room for you. However, you will be responsible for notifying people about the meeting yourself and you must provide your email address so others can contact you.

Submission deadline: June 25, 2012

Call for Sponsors

Internet2 Member Meeting Sponsorship Opportunities offer your organization unmatched visibility and alignment with your most important constituencies. The Spring 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting hosted over 800 information technology decision-makers and high-level influencers from the nation’s top universities, government and scientific research organizations. As a sponsor, your organization automatically earns a benefit package containing special privileges not available by any other means. No other vehicle can single your organization out so effectively before this important audience. Sponsorships are limited in number and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Deadline to secure a sponsorship package: August 10, 2012

Sponsorship Package details will be posted soon. Please contact Ryan Bass, Internet2 Marketing Manager at: or 202.331.5342 to reserve your sponsorship and/or plan your organization’s entire 2012 participation at all Internet2 events.