e-Infrastructure for the Australian Research Community
Towards an Australian Research Data Cloud
5 September 2017 - Canberra
The distributed RDS storage environment, federated Nectar research cloud, and the ANDS discovery services are established tools used by both Institutions and researchers daily. They provide a significant component of the Australian eResearch infrastructure, but are by no means the entire picture. There are many other services and providers that are critical to research outcomes including Universities, publicly funded research agencies (PFRA), NCRIS capabilities, eResearch Organisations and commercial providers.
The “e-Infrastructure for the Australian Research Community” workshop is being arranged in Canberra for 5 September 2017. It will support information gathering and planning for the next generations of Australian eResearch Infrastructure, concentrating primarily on the "hard" infrastructure layers of storage, cloud/compute, networks, and identity services.
We invite interested parties to sessions of brain-storming, discussion, strategy development, and communication around these foundation technologies which touch every researcher in multiple ways.
Who should attend: This would best suit the CIO, CTO and/or senior technical leadership from eResearch organisations, institutions, NCRIS capabilities, discipline communities, PFRAs and commercial providers.
The workshop is a joint initiative of RDS, Nectar, ANDS, and AeRO.
Coffee on arrival
Welcome - By RDS, Nectar, ANDS, AeRO
Presentation - Towards a National Research Data Cloud - Rob Cook
Discussion Sessions: lightning talks to surface key themes, followed by facilitated audience discussion and reflection
Session 1 | Infrastructure & Platforms as a Service - Facilitator: Luc Betbeder (University of NSW)
The design, development, delivery and operations of prioritised, scalable and sustainable eResearch infrastructure
Paul Coddington (Nectar) - The national research cloud
Neil Stringfellow (Pawsey Supercomputing Centre) - The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre
Steve Quenette (Monash University) - Running a private OpenStack cloud for research IT infrastructure
Ben Cornwell (University of Wollongong) - Outsourcing eResearch infrastructure
Brendan Dalton (or John Zic) (CSIRO) - eResearch infrastructure at CSIRO
Session 2 | Software as a Service - Facilitator: Peter Elford (AARNet)
Supporting research communities with appropriate tools and resources
Glenn Moloney (Nectar) - Integration: Data-enhanced VL's and Research Data Clouds
Win Woo (Google) - Google Genomics: the power behind Google Search to securely store, process, explore genomic datasets
Helen Morgan (The University of Queensland) - UQ's Research Data Manager Service: Bringing research data management to life
Adrian Burton (ANDS) - Foundation technologies: ANDS discovery & DOI services
Wojtek Goscinski (Monash University) - Building capability through binding the Characterisation Virtual Lab to Monash's MASSIVE HPC infrastructure
Brendan Davey (TPAC) - R-studio as a virtualised app across multiple Science Clouds
Session 3 | Professional Services - Facilitator: Brendan Dalton (CSIRO)
Providing researchers with appropriate services throughout the research lifecycle (inc. development, support, training, skills, consultancy)
Malcolm Wolski (Griffith University) - Institutional eResearch services (analysts, support and training)
Frankie Stevens (Intersect) - State-based eResearch services (analysts, support and training)
Karen Visser (ANDS) - National eResearch capability building program
Steve Manos (University of Melbourne) - Skills development and career path of software developers
Jo Morris Griffith (QCIF) - National user support helpdesk
Summary, Next Steps, Close
The conversation on this day will provide valuable input to developing strategies for dealing with emerging research needs, and guiding in the establishment of a sustainable portfolio of services and associated delivery and support mechanisms.
It will also address communications; how to ensure the wider community is aware of what is available where, from whom, and how. Outcomes from Day One will also provide useful input and questions for the wider community to tackle.
We hope you are able to attend this meeting and can share, contribute, and communicate the needs, plans, and ideas of your communities and the services you provide. We hope the final report of the meeting will provide valuable input into both your local and the national planning processes.