Southern Partnership in Advanced Networking

Workshop 3

University of Central Florida

March 9-10, 2016

Access to distributed data, advanced computing, and cloud infrastructures have become increasingly critical to research and education endeavors in a wide range of disciplines. As campus IT groups around the country build and expand infrastructure components to address the needs of their users, coordination between and across campuses and cloud services has become critical to create successful, sustainable, scalable, and flexible solutions that can be implemented in multiple settings. Tying this infrastructure together is the network, which has become an essential piece of the cyberinfrastructure (CI) ecosystem.

The Southern Partnership in Advanced Networking is an NSF funded project focused on working with colleges and universities across the Southeast to develop or update campus cyberinfrastructure plans in order to address the diverse and ever changing needs of the campus community. SPAN is a partnership between Clemson University, South Carolina State University, Georgia State University, and the University of Georgia that is interested in building a regional community of practitioners across the South that supports next-generation networking. It is our hope that these workshops will be a catalyst for future partnerships and collaborations between colleges and universities across the Southeast.

This first workshop will be two days in length with the first day and a half dedicated to topical discussions and presentations including:

  • Network design principles
  • Network tools and performance
  • Developing a Campus CI Plan
  • Supporting researchers
  • Best practices
  • Advanced computing on the national and regional level
  • Site visits (available by request from schools who attend at least one workshop)

On the afternoon of the second day the following concurrent sessions are scheduled:

  • Grant writing best practices for CI focused proposals
  • Hands-on perfSONAR installation and configuration

The workshop series is aimed at campus IT professionals, researchers, educators, and CIOs who are responsible for the planning, design, implementation and usage of the campus IT infrastructure in support of research and teaching activities.

Limited amount of travel funds are available.