BER Requirements Review 2012


The goal of this review is to accurately characterize the networking requirements of science funded by the BER Program Office. These requirements will serve as input to the ESnet architecture and planning processes, and will help ensure that ESnet continues to provide world-class support for scientific discovery for DOE scientists and their collaborators. The tangible outcome of the review will be a document that includes both the network requirements and a supporting narrative.


The review will be a 1.5 day event - all day Thursday November 29th 2012, and the morning of Friday November 30th, 2012.  

Review Registration

The review is by invitation only - no registration is required.

Quick Links

Attendee List
Documents and other background materials

Review Report

This review will generate a network requirements document for the BER Program Office. This document will be composed of the network requirements input from the workshop attendees.

Review attendees should review the case study template document and other background materials on the documents page. Please also review the pages on the ESnet public web site. Please then use the background materials in combination with your own knowledge and experience to generate a narrative describing your scientific research, instrument, facility or other scientific endeavor. Examples of science narratives with their accompanying requirements matrices can be found in the reports from previous reviews. Case studies (both the narrative and the corresponding data table) must be submitted to the review organizers (Eli Dart -, Brian Tierney -, and Lauren Rotman - by November 16, 2012.

At the review we will review the documents and speak with the attendees to ensure that we understand the science being done insofar as it has an impact on networking. We will also make sure that we capture the timelines for upgrades, new facilities, changing collaborations, and other coming events that will change the way in which the network is used.

The review format is much closer to a round-table discussion rather than a series of PowerPoint presentations. If you feel that you really need to give a formal presentation we can accommodate that, but we have found that these review are more productive if there is a simple discussion and exchange of ideas rather than a formal presentation format.





The review will be held at the Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg.

Please make sure you use the group code below when making your reservation - this will ensure that your reservation is applied to the room block.

Hotel Address:
620 Perry Parkway
Gaithersburg, Maryland. 20877
(301) 591-9594

Hotel reservation web site: There is a dedicated web page for the review on the hotel web site.  Rate and other information is available.

Group name: BER/ESnet Program Requirements Review
Group code:

Reservation deadline:  Please make your reservtation before the group deadline of November 15, 2012 to receive the group rate.

Cancellation policy:  Be sure to verify the hotel's cancellation and early departure policies when making your reservations.





Thursday, November 29, 2012

8:30AM Arrivals, informal discussions
9:00AM Introductions, Workshop outline presentation (Eli Dart, ESnet and Vince Dattoria, ESnet Program Manager)
9:30AM ESnet overview (Eli Dart, ESnet)
10:00AM BER Program Office research directions (BER program)
10:30AM Break
10:45AM Case Study discussion (Attendees)
Noon Working lunch, continued discussions on presented case studies
1:00PM Case Study discussion (Attendees)
3:00PM Break
3:15PM Case Study discussion (Attendees)
4:45PM Wrapup
5:00PM Adjourn for the day


Friday, November 30, 2012 

8:30AM Arrivals, informal discussions
9:00AM Summary of previous day's discussions (Eli Dart, ESnet)
9:15AM Case Study discussion (Attendees)
10:30AM Break
10:45AM Case Study discussion (Attendees)
Noon Working lunch, continued discussions on presented case studies
1:00PM Case Study discussion (Attendees)
2:00PM Adjourn