BoF: The Role of End-user Engagement for Scientific Networking Save to my Google calendar

20/05/2014 19:00-21:30
Lecture Theatre C
Target Audience:
* NREN and campus specialists that interface with networking users
* Scientific and Research staff that have encountered difficulties in using networking technology
* TERENA community interested in enabling global use of networking resources

Networking technologies continue to advance the limits of what is possible in terms of speed and reach. Often it is the case that scientific end users of this technologies, including those that represent such fields as astronomy, biology, and chemistry, are unaware of the proper ways to interact with the network to guarantee success. As an example, the selection of software and hardware to accomplish a task related to data mobility (a now common requirement for all scientific users), can become challenging for a user that is unaware of the technical nuances of protocols such as TCP, operating system variables on their end machine, or even the behavior in the litany of choices in the application space.

This BoF will introduce the idea of "Science Engagement", a process that ESnet has introduced to bridge the gap between networking technology, and end users looking to use the network in the most effective and performant manner. Examples will be presented that outline some of the technical challenges in this space, along with a set of solutions that have worked for researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy. The end-goal of this discussion is to have a discussion, on an international level, that can lead to better coordination and cooperation in supporting international science.

Draft Agenda:

- Introduction of presenters & participants
- Motivation: how ESnet has integrated science engagement into the process of networking
- Case Studies: several examples that ESnet has participated in with positive outcomes
- Discussion: participants are encouraged to speak freely about what is used at their institutions, and ways this works or does not work well
- Conclusions: summary of any actions or future work that was proposed