Ian Foster to Keynote ESnet6 Unveiling Ceremony

Ian Foster, director of Argonne National Laboratory's Data Science and Learning Division, will speak at the ESnet6 unveiling.

August 18, 2022

By Rae Pendergrass

On October 11, 2022, Dr. Ian Foster will keynote the unveiling ceremony for ESnet6, the US Department of Energy's (DOE) next-generation network supporting large-scale scientific data movement.

Foster is the director of Argonne National Laboratory's Data Science and Learning Division, Argonne senior scientist and distinguished fellow, and the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Computer Science at the University of Chicago. He was the director of Argonne's Computation Institute from 2006 to 2016.

“ESnet is absolutely delighted that Ian Foster will come and share his thoughts on the future of scientific data management and networking,” said Inder Monga, the executive director of ESnet and division director for Scientific Networking at Berkeley Lab. “Ian has made tremendous contributions to national capabilities in high-performance computing, data discovery, distributed system design, and many other research areas,” Monga said.

Foster's research contributions span high-performance computing, distributed systems, and data-driven discovery. He has published hundreds of scientific papers and eight books on these and other topics. Methods and software developed under his leadership underpin many large national and international cyberinfrastructures.

“We have built ESnet6 to meet the needs of current and future scientific research, and we look forward to hearing Ian's insights on what that future will look like, and how our next-generation network will enable discovery,” Monga said.

The ESnet6 unveiling will be broadcast online to the public on October 11, 2022, through YouTube and our online event platform. In addition to Foster's keynote, the event will feature a keynote from Internet pioneer Vint Cerf, as well as talks and demonstrations from scientists illustrating the importance of high-performance networking.

For more information on the ESnet6 unveiling or other events planned as part of #ESnet6Week, visit our event website.