ESnet Staff Participate in First Global Research Platform Workshop

Nearly 100 People from 13 Countries Attend Inaugural Event

September 26, 2019
Inder GRP keynote copy

ESnet Director Inder Monga presented a keynote address on “ESnet6 as an International Science DMZ Fabric” at the recent Global Research Platform workshop.

The Global Research Platform (GRP) is an evolving effort focused on design, implementation, and operation strategies for next-generation distributed services and network infrastructure on a global scale, with the goal of facilitating data transfer and accessibility for international scientific research initiatives. Toward this end, the GRP held its first workshop September 17-18, 2019, in San Diego, Calif.

The GRP Workshop brought together nearly 100 researchers, scientists, engineers, and network managers from 13 countries to share best practices and advance the state of the art. Topics included science drivers and their requirements, high-performance data fabrics, distributed cyberinfrastructure, and advanced networks customized to support scientific workflows.

ESnet Director Inder Monga presented a keynote address on “ESnet6 as an International Science DMZ Fabric.” Senior Advisor Bill Johnston participated in a panel discussion on GRP Cyberinfrastructure, where he discussed the Large Hadron Collider open network environment; and John MacCauley of ESnet’s Planning and Architecture Group gave a talk on “ESnet SDN-enabled for Big Data Science.” In addition, Anna Giannakou, a post-doc in the Berkeley Lab Computational Research Division’s Integrated Data Frameworks Group, gave a presentation on her research and participated in a panel discussion on Data Movement Services, where she talked about machine learning for networking.

The GRP is an outgrowth of several National Science Foundation funded efforts, including the Pacific Research Platform and the National Research Platform. The GRP also collaborates with the evolving planning efforts by the Asia Pacific Research Platform and other emerging regional, national, and continental efforts.

Following the GRP meeting, ESnet staff are participating in National Science Foundation’s Campus Cyberinfrastructure PI meetings, National Research Platform workshop and the Quilt member meeting. More on outcomes from those meetings will be shared in a following story. In addition, there will be a Birds of a Feather session, “Global Research Platform (GRP): Creating Worldwide Advanced Services and Infrastructure for Science,” at SC19 on Tuesday, Nov. 19.