BER Requirements Review 2015



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.

Previous BER Reviews

  • Eli Dart, Brian Tierney, editors, “Biological and Environmental Research Network Requirements Workshop, November 2012 - Final Report””, November 29, 2012, LBNL-6395E. Download File: BER-Net-Req-Review-2012-Final-Report.pdf
  • Eli Dart, Brian Tierney, editors, “Biological and Environmental Research Network Requirements Workshop, April 2010 - Final Report”, ESnet Network Requirements Workshop, January 1, 2010, LBNL-4089E. Download File: BER-Net-Req-Workshop-2010-Final-Report.pdf


The review will be a 2 day event, Thursday September 17th and Friday September 18th, 2015.  The review will be held in the Washington, DC area.  As hotel and other logistical information becomes available, it will be placed in the Logistics section below.

Review Registration

The review is by invitation only.

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, including the case studies.

Review attendees should examine 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 -, Mary Hester -, and Jason Zurawski - by Friday September 4th, 2015.

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 will be held Thursday, September 17th and Friday, September 18th in the Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg, 620 Perry Pkwy, Gaithersburg, MD 20877. A block of rooms has been reserved for review participants.

Reservations can be made online by clicking here or calling 1-800-445-8667. Please refer to the block name "EsNet BER Network" when making reservations. The reservation deadline is Wednesday, August 26th, 2015.

It is imperative for all BER Requirements Review 2015 participants to make sleep room reservations using the hotel reservation block provided.

Hotel Address:

Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg, 620 Perry Pkwy, Gaithersburg, MD 20877. 1-800-445-8667

Hotel Cancelation Policy:

If necessary, please ensure that you are aware of the hotel's cancelation policy, and that it meets your requirements.





Thursday, September 17, 2015

8:30AM Arrivals, informal discussions
9:00AM Introductions, Workshop outline presentation (Eli Dart, ESnet and Vince Dattoria, ESnet Program Manager)
9:30AM ESnet overview (Greg Bell, ESnet)
10:00AM BER program perspective (Jay Hnilo / Pablo Rabinowicz)
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
3:45PM Case Study discussion (Attendees)
4:45PM Wrapup
5:00PM Adjourn for the day


Friday, September 18, 2015

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 Lunch
1:00PM Case Study discussion (Attendees)
3:15PM Break
3:30PM Wrapup
4:00PM Adjourn