First ESnet User Meeting to Focus on the Future of Scientific Networking

Hybrid event to take place Oct. 12-13 in Berkeley, Calif.

August 30, 2022
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The Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) will host its first-ever user meeting on Oct. 12-13 in Berkeley, Calif. The event will be hybrid, with virtual access for participants who can’t attend in person.

Dubbed Confab22, the meeting is an opportunity for scientists from all domains and around the world to learn about cutting-edge networking technology, share scientific data mobility needs, and help co-design the future of scientific networking. The two-day event will feature presentations by scientists who use ESnet daily to perform real-time data analysis, leverage multiple supercomputers in parallel for large-scale simulations, and collaborate with colleagues on experiments as if side by side while thousands of miles apart. The focus of discussion will center on the Integrated Research Infrastructure program being discussed within the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science, with Dr. Benjamin Brown, Director, ASCR facilities division, giving one of the keynotes on that topic.

Attendees will include scientists from many disciplines who use or wish to learn more about ESnet, network engineers from national labs, and peers from research networks who serve science efforts in partnership with ESnet.

The meeting will also introduce the new ESnet6 network and its exciting enhancements for science users, including greatly increased capacity, improved security and monitoring, near-real-time provisioning of network resources to support science data movement, a programmable data plane that will provide high precision telemetry, and other innovative science services.

“ESnet has a 35-plus year history of pioneering network architectures, tools, and services in support of data-intensive science,” said Inder Monga, executive director of ESnet. “ESnet6 represents a transformational change in the way science networks operate, not just with massive capacity but with sophisticated tools to intelligently manage network services with a high degree of security, automation, and customization for science workflows. We look forward to co-designing the next generation of solutions through meetings such as Confab, and look forward to engaging with our science community.”

»Visit the Confab22 website to learn more and register.

ESnet is a high-speed computer network serving U.S. Department of Energy scientists and their collaborators worldwide. It is managed by staff at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.