This is a pre-conference workshop for the eResearch Australasia Conference , on 10-14 October 2016.
The workshop will give attendees an overview of the Science DMZ architecture, different implementation models and how Science DMZ can help data intensive research and drive data intensive research outcomes.
Attendees will learn the data transfer node (DTN) architecture and implementation requirements of these systems. There will also be a hands on component of high bandwidth network monitoring, and tools that can be used to actively monitor and trouble shoot the Science DMZ environment. The Science DMZ security and use cases will be discussed.
As a bonus, all attendees will leave the workshop with a 1Gbps fully functioning perfSONAR mini server.
The Science DMZ concept was created by the Energy Sciences Network (ESNet) in the US. It is defined as a portion of the network, built at or near the campus or laboratory’s local network perimeter that is designed so that the equipment, configuration, and security policies are optimized for high-performance scientific applications rather than for general-purpose business systems or “enterprise” computing.
Science DMZ helps institutions with the Big DataFlow Problem. An institution with a 10Gigabit per second (Gbps) connection to the AARNet network could potentially transfer 1 Terabyte of data in about 20 minutes. However, using a campus network configuration built to cater for the entire enterprise, rather than large research data flows, and with tools and systems not equipped to cater for transfer over a WAN, the likely reality is that a single data transfer is would be limited to closer to 1-2Gbps, and will subsequently take 2-3 hours… that’s almost an order of magnitude difference, or 10x slower.
Our aim is to help change all that and increase the expectations of researchers from every institution for moving large volumes of data. We need to ensure that our community understands how AARNet4 and a Science DMZ approach can have a profound impact on the research community’s ability to move and access their data.
Network managers, infrastructure managers, researchers
Find out more about the Science DMZ workshop at the eResearch Australasia conference website.