2019 Data Mobility Workshop

The following is an agenda for the planned workshop that is occurring on Monday, Sept 23rd 2019, at the CC* PI Meeting.  All materials can be found at

Time Topic Instructor(s) Expected Outcomes      Materials      
1:00pm Arrivals, Informal Discussion
1:00pm - 1:15pm Welcome & Introduction All Set context for day/event PPTX 
1:15pm - 1:45pm Science DMZ Architecture/Security & Context Eli Dart Background on scientific network use requirements and approaches PPTX or PDF
1:45pm - 2:15pm TCP & Performance Monitoring Jason Zurawski TCP, performance testing, and how it relates to DMZs PPTX or PDF
2:15pm - 3:15pm Data Transfer Hardware Jason Zurawski Construction/use of data movement infrastructure  PPTX or PDF
3:15pm - 3:30pm Program Break (30 min)
3:30pm - 4:15pm Globus Functional Overview Vas Vasiliadis Targeted more toward early users, with some down level information PPTX or PDF
4:15pm - 4:45pm Overview of the Globus Platform Vas Vasiliadis Emphasis on the CLI and automation (e.g. instrument data egress) PPTX 
4:45pm - 5:15pm Building Modern Research Data Portals (MRDPs) Vas Vasiliadis Emphasis on Auth and integrating Globus and other custom services, e.g. in a data distribution use case PPTX 
 5:15pm - 5:30pm Discuss Data Movement Exhibition Jason Zurawski  Talk about the purpose and expected outcomes PPTX 
5:30pm Adjourn


Introductory Workshop Session (Monday Sept. 23, from 1pm to 3:45pm)

The basics of CI support are still in the nascent stages of implementation and operation for a large population of funded CC* awardees. This workshop will offer the basic knowledge to establish the concepts of a Science DMZ, data transfer components, and network monitoring. Attendees will work with community leaders to better understand, build, and support CI to support scientific use cases. CC* awardees that are new to the research community are encouraged to attend.

Advanced Workshop Session (Monday Sept. 23, from 3:15pm to 5:30pm)

Once a site has established the basics of technology to support science, usability by the target user communities is the next step. New hardware and software are only useful if they can be integrated into the workflow of the groups that populate a campus environment. This workshop will build upon the concepts introduced in the introductory material to fully integrate notions of the Science DMZ and data transfer into functional scientific infrastructure to benefit campus users. Attendees will learn, and create, the components of a modern research data portal (MRDP) – a set of software components that operate on top of capable CI hardware.

CC* Community-Wide Data Mobility Exhibition (Aug 2019 through Sept 2020)

All community members, not just those participating in the workshop components, are encouraged to participate in an exciting and beneficial data mobility exhibition. Using reference data sets, and existing campus CI components, participants will download, measure, and potentially improve their scientific data movement capabilities. This event will begin in August of 2019, and will extend for a full year (through the CC* 2020 PI meeting). Prior to the 2019 CC* PI meeting, participants will:

  • Describe their network and data architecture 
  • Perform a series of downloads of reference science data sets
  • Register their results with the workshop organizers
  • For those that want to accelerate their results, 1:1 assistance, via the Engagement and Performance Operations Center (EPOC) is available: [email protected]

At and after the 2019 NSF CC and CICI PI meeting, through Sept of 2020, participants will:

  • Continue to perform the steps/activities above
  • Discuss results and strategies via the CI Engineering list: [email protected] 
  • Assist in writing a report for the 2020 CC and CICI PI Meeting

For more information, see this explanation.