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NEREN Spring Seminar

When: April 5, 2019
8:30 AM- 3:30 PM
Where: Providence Marriott
One Orms Street
Providence, Rhode Island 
United States
Contact: Laurie Robinson

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NEREN Seminar:

“Bridging the Gap:  Sharing Computing Resources

Across Campuses”


Sponsored by Intel, Red River, Dell

Mainline Information Systems and

Partners Juniper and Cohesity


Friday, April 5, 2019, 9:30AM– 3:00PM

Complimentary breakfast begins at 9:00 a.m.

(Registration/Breakfast – 9:00AM – 9:45AM)

Complimentary lunch begins at 12 noon

Providence Marriott, 1 Orms Street, Providence, RI 02904



NEREN Seminar –Friday, April 5 2019, 9:00AM-3:00PM

In collaboration with UMass Amherst and the Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC), NEREN presents the sixth in a series of day-long seminars devoted to proposing and advancing ideas for regional collaboration in research computing and networking. By attending in person, you will gain the added benefit of interpersonal networking with peers from across the Northeast region. The finalized agenda will be emailed to you shortly!


Please register by March 25, 2019, to attend in person or remotely by contacting Laurie Robinson, NEREN Program Administrator, at or by phone: 401-523-5107. When registering, please indicate whether you are attending in person or remotely. Also, please contact Laurie if you have questions.  Or register online: AGENDA – Friday, April 5, 2019


9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast/Networking Sponsored by Intel and Red River.


9:45 – 10:00 a.m. Welcoming/Opening Remarks by NEREN, Inc.


Please note that the Webcast/Phone options will be available for the presentations only and not the Working session in the afternoon. If joining by webcast, please use the following link:


10:00 – 10:40 a.m. Presentation #1 –“Eastern Regional Network (ERN) Update”

Presenter:  Dr. James Barr von Oehsen, Associate Vice President of the Office of Advanced Research Computing (OARC) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Presentation Abstract to Follow


10:40 – 11:20 a.m. Presentation #2 –“The GENI Project”

Presenter: Abraham Matta, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Computer Science, Boston University

This talk introduces GENI, the Global Environment for Networking Innovation. GENI is a virtual laboratory that spans compute resources distributed over the United States. It enables research and education in networking and distributed systems, with applications in domain science. The main components of GENI will be introduced, along with use cases to demonstrate its deep programmability for supporting a wide range of research and education efforts.


11:20 – 12:00 p.m. Presentation #3 – “Building Community CI on the Pacific Research Platform: Looking Towards The National Research Platform”    

Presenter by Video: Thomas A. DeFanti, Ph.D., Research Scientist at UCSD’s Calit2/Qualcomm Institute and Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, University of Illinois

The Pacific Research Platform is a NSF project to connect ScienceDMZs in 25 universities and national labs. The first roll out, PRPv1, provided purpose-built ‘FIONA’ rack-mounted PCs that were data transfer nodes (DTNs) tuned to exploit end-to-end 1G, 10G, 40G and 100G connections to CENIC’s 100G HPR and national/international connections. Last year, PRPv2 was launched. It is adding 160-192TB of storage to many FIONAs in campus DMZs. PRPv2 uses Google’s open-source Kubernetes to manage Nautilus, our 14-campus community-based expandable CPU/GPU/Storage/Visualization cluster (as of 3.1.19, 2792 CPU Cores on 75 Hosts with 1.7 PB Storage and 300 GPUs that offer >25M core/hrs/day). Another NSF grant, CHASE-CI, is adding FIONAs with a total so far of 300 GPUs into Nautilus. High-availability computing and secure-storage FIONAs are also offered. Many researchers nationwide and worldwide are adding capability to Nautilus. Recently, Towards The National Research Platform was funded for three years by NSF to replicate and federate PRPv2/Nautilus nationwide via selected regional networks, offering advanced measurement, monitoring, IPv6 and security to resource sharers, as well as orchestrating a merger with The Open Science Grid.


12 noon – 12:30 p.m. Lunch Break


12:35 – 1:15 p.m. – Presentation #4 – “Kafka 101…Exact Title Name to follow”

Presenter:  Paul Earsy, Senior Sales Engineer, Confluent

Presentation Abstract fo Follow

Presenter: Paul Earsy, Senior Sales Engineer, Confluent

In the last few years, Apache Kafka® has been used extensively in enterprises for real-time data collecting, delivering, and processing. In this talk, we’ll dive into some of the key internals that help make Kafka popular including:

- Companies like LinkedIn sending greater than one trillion messages per day to Kafka. Learn about the underlying design in Kafka that leads to such high throughput.

- Many companies (e.g., financial institutions) are now storing mission critical data in Kafka. Learn how Kafka supports high availability and durability through its built-in replication mechanism.

Modern businesses have data at their core, and this data is changing continuously. How can we harness this torrent of continuously changing data in real-time? The answer is stream processing, and Apache Kafka® is a core hub for streaming data.. This talk will provide a brief introduction to Apache Kafka® and describe its usage as a platform for streaming data. It will explain how Kafka serves as a foundation for both streaming data pipelines and applications that consume and process real-time data streams. It will introduce some of the newer components of Kafka that help make this possible, including Kafka Connect, a framework for capturing continuous data streams, and Kafka Streams, a lightweight stream processing library. Confluent, founded by the creators of open source Apache Kafka®, provides the streaming platform that enables enterprises to maximize the value of data. Confluent Platform lets leaders in industries such as retail, logistics, manufacturing, financial services, education, government and technology and media, move data from isolated systems into a real-time data pipeline where they can act on it immediately. Backed by Benchmark, Data Collective, Index Ventures and LinkedIn, Confluent is based in Palo Alto, California.


1:20 – 2:20 p.m.  Breakout Session(s)


2:20 – 3:00 p.m. Closing Remarks Christopher Misra, Interim Vice Chancellor IT and CIO, UMass Amherst


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