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SURF’s Science Engagement WHAT SURF DOES FOR RESEARCH TNC 15 June 18, 2015 Sylvia Kuijpers (SURFnet)
SURFnet 7: connection the institutions • More than 11. 000 km dark fiber, to the institutions • Congestion-free connectivity • 1/10 Gbit/s • IPv 4 and IPv 6 • Unicast and multicast • Lightpaths, 1/10/100 Gbit/s • Cross Border Fibers, GEANT, Nether. Light, AMS-IX, upstream
SURFnet’s connected institutions Connected institutions Universities Percentage of all institutions 14 UMCs Universities 100 % 8 Universities of Applied Sciences 32 UMCs Community Colleges 100 % 40 Research Institutions 32 Libraries Universities of Applied Sciences 7 Other Higher Ed 6 86% Community Colleges Other 58% 28 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%
Changing research environment
Enlighten Your Research www. enlightenyourresearch. net
Happy Few or. . the SURF Value Chain Appliances for the happy few Lot of support needed Tailor made implementations S U P P O R T 0 Long tail Generic/minimal Support Commodity # RESEARCHERS 20. 000+
Happy Few or. . the SURF Value Chain Appliances for the happy few Lot of support needed Tailor made implementations S U P Blueprints & Good practices Training ICT staff P O R T 0 Long tail Generic/minimal Support Commodity # RESEARCHERS 20. 000+
Support 4 research Program • Better facilitate data-intensive research and further integration of our national research infrastructure • Collaboration of SURF operating companies and Dutch Research Institutions and NWO/Zon. Mw/etc. • Better showcase and lower the threshold to (our) ICT solutions • Train local ICT support staff
SURF Support 4 research Outreach Support • Best Practices and documentation - Research service portfolio • S 4 R training program • On-site events for ICT support staff and researchers • Collaboration with local research (ICT) support teams • Community engagement - ICT staff – researchers - ICT staff – ICT staff - Research SIGs • Coordination between NREN, national supercomputer and e. Science centers • Collaboration with national science funding agencies (ICT chapter in funding proposals) • One e-mail address for questions and support for all national infrastructure
What SURF can do for Research www. surf. nl/support 4 research
What are the questions of researchers? And what do the institutions want? PERFORM MY CALCULATIONS IN 1 DAY INSTEAD OF 3 MONTHS SECURELY STORE MY DATA TRANSFER MY DATA FAST AND SECURE TO COLLEAGUES ELSEWHERE PERFORM PARALLEL CALCULATIONS ? LINK DIFFERENT DATA SOURCES LOG IN WITH MY INSTITUTIONAL ACCOUNT OBTAIN MORE INSIGHT IN MY DATA, UNRAVEL COMPLEX PATTERNS
What are the questions of researchers? And what do the institutions want? PERFORM MY CALCULATIONS IN 1 DAY INSTEAD OF 3 MONTHS SECURELY STORE MY DATA TRANSFER MY DATA FAST AND SECURE TO COLLEAGUES ELSEWHERE ICT dept. PERFORM PARALLEL CALCULATIONS ? LINK DIFFERENT DATA SOURCES COMPUTE Collaboration STORAGE AUTHENTICATION LOG IN WITH MY INSTITUTIONAL ACCOUNT OBTAIN MORE INSIGHT IN MY DATA, UNRAVEL COMPLEX PATTERNS ? ? ? INTEGRATION SUPPORT LIGHTPATHS VISUALIZATION
The data life cycle transfer data giving access to data ingest, store, preserve, share data integrate data visualize data processing data
Mastering the data life cycle with SURF services Light Paths Bandwidth on Demand Nether. Light transfer data giving access to data Communities e. Science center: Integration support integrate data Remote clusters & GPU Collaboratorium Support visualize data Authentication Authorization (3 rd party) collaboration tools Supporting the Research Data Life Cycle Supers GRID HPC HADOOP ingest, store, preserve, share data Long/Short term, Disk/Tape Trusted Digital Repository Beehub/SURFdrive B 2 SAFE/B 2 SHARE/PID services (EUDAT) DANS/3 TU datacentrum processing data
SURF-research service portfolio Overview COMPUTE: high-end solutions 1000 times more powerful than your PC DATA SERVICES: easily accessible storage on disk or tape VISUALIZE: advanced solutions and support to create visualisations CONNECTIVITY: fast end-to-end connections tailored to your research needs COLLABORATION INFRA: single sign-on access to many services INTEGRATION SUPPORT: dedicated integration support by experienced scientists MARKET: reseller of content, cloud solutions, software and hardware (via partnershops)
Results to date • SURF operating companies are committing • Dutch Research Institutions want to collaborate with S 4 R • Research collaborations are finding us for support - ALS project - O 2 building project - Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions - And more!
To summarize • Offer an integrated solution • Collaboration is key! • Communicate; Make sure you understand the researcher’s problem, before you start with the implementation • Get everyone around the table (and keep everyone around the table) • Manage expectations • Make clear what you want from the researchers
Forward looking goals for S 4 R Continue: • Collaboration with SURF operating companies • Collaboration with institutions (incl. institution visits) and research projects • Collaboration with Dutch Research Funding Agencies • Publish Best Practices on surf. nl/support 4 research • Improve integration SURF-research service portfolio on (institution) websites • SURF services for research workshop – 24 -25 September • Improve S 4 R-training program
Future opportunities? Problems: scalability, continuity, sustainability, costs etc. Can we be more efficient by joining forces (globally)? • Is Support 4 research Global a possibility (or is it a must)? - If yes, how should we go about this? What is needed? - NSF plus “European Science Foundation” plus other “NSF’s”? • What do we need to be able to ask from our CEO’s to make this happen? - Time, money, support etc? • Can we do this with only the NRENs? Or should we include our national HPC centers?
Future opportunities? • What about setting up a mailing-list for science engagers of NRENs in the world? - What are your initiatives? What can we learn from you? • What about making MOOCs together about what e. Infrastructure can do for Science?