Big Data Management for Science - Joint ESnet and Globus Online webinar

August 22, 2013 at 6:00 PM CDT
  • TBA

Who should attend:

  • Researchers dealing with big data
  • Managers of campus research computing centers
  • Network and system administrators of national computing facilities

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  • Steve Tuecke, Globus Co-Founder and Deputy Director, Computation Institute at University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory
  • Brian Tierney, Group Leader, Advanced Network Technologies Group, ESnet
  • Yasmin Carter, Anatomy and Cell Biology researcher at University of Saskatchewan
  • Andrew McElrone, Adjunct Assistant Professor, USDA-Agricultural, University of California, Davis

We invite scientists in all disciplines to join us for this high-level session on the cutting-edge tools and best practices for managing data. As science becomes more computation- and data- intensive, there is an increasing need for researchers to move and share data across institutional boundaries. Managing massive volumes of data throughout their lifecycle is rapidly becoming an inhibitor to research progress, due in part to the complex and costly IT infrastructure required – infrastructure that is typically out of reach for the hundreds of thousands of small and medium labs that conduct the bulk of scientific research. Globus Online is a powerful system that aims to provide easy-to-use services and tools for research data management – as simple as the cloud-hosted Netflix for streaming movies, or Gmail for email – and make advanced IT capabilities available to any researcher with access to a Web browser. Globus Online provides software-as-a-service (SaaS) for research data management, including data movement, storage, sharing and publication. ESnet is high-performance network that connects the Department of Energy research community for data-intensive science. ESnet provides expert engineering consolations to scientists to improve their site connectivity, and provides backbone services. ESnet’s engineers provide consulting services for improved network performance, as well as assistance in creating Science DMZs. We will describe how researchers can deal with data management challenges in a simple and robust manner. Globus Online makes large-scale data transfer and synchronization easy by providing a reliable, secure, and highly-monitored environment with powerful and intuitive interfaces. New functionality includes data sharing, simplifying collaborations within labs or around the world. We will present use cases that illustrate how Globus Online is used by campuses (e.g. University of Michigan), supercomputing centers (e.g., Blue Waters, NERSC), and national cyberinfrastructure providers to facilitate secure, high-performance data movement among local computers and HPC resources. We will also outline the simple steps required to create a Globus Online endpoint and make the service available to all facility users without specialized hardware, software or IT expertise.