2020 Open Cloud Workshop

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March 2 – 3, 2020

Boston University
George Sherman Union
Metcalf Ballroom (second floor)
775 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA

The Open Cloud Workshop (formerly MOC Workshop) was held on March 2-3, 2020 at Boston University.  This year, given exciting developments associated with the MOC, the OC Workshop convened the MOC community with key stakeholders of the Open Cloud Testbed (OCT), OpenStack Foundation (OSF) Open Infra Labs (OIL) project, New England Research Cloud (NERC).

The OC Workshop welcomed users of the MOC, CloudLab, and associated projects, researchers and startups interested in cloud computing, industry partners, members of the OpenStack Foundation, and students. The workshop was designed to engage all parties across a range of experience with these efforts.

This year, the Open Cloud Workshop included multiple segments of Micro-talks.  Proposals were submitted via an open call – additional details on the areas of focus and the criteria were available on the 2020 Open Cloud Workshop Talk and Poster Proposal Form.

Materials from Workshop

Monday, March 2

Welcome and Overview of Mass Open Cloud, Open Cloud Testbed, New England Research Cloud (NERC), OpenInfra Labs and Operate First slidesvideo
Keynote: Chris Wright, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Red Hat slidesvideo
Micro-talks Isegment video (all talks in segment)
Micro-talks I: The Open Cloud FPGA Testbed – Supporting Research on Emerging Datacenter Configurations – Martin Herbordt, BU, and Miriam Leeser, NUslides – video
Micro-talks I: Programming FPGAs – The Open Source Way – Ahmed Sanaullah, Red Hatslides – video
Micro-talks I: Leveraging Distributed Research Cloud Infrastructures for Domain Science Research and Experimentation – Anirban Mandal, RENCIslides – video
Micro-talks I: Strategic Management of Shared Cloud Resources –  Jonathan Chamberlain and Zhenpeng Shi, BUslides – video
Micro-talks I: Secure and Customized Hypervisor with Qemu – Daniele Buono, IBMslides – video
Industry Luminaries Panelsegment video
Keynote: Matthew Adiletta, Senior Fellow and the Director of the Systems Innovation Lab, Intel
Micro-talks IIsegment video (all talks in segment
Micro-talks II: Harvard Data Commons – Merce Crosas, Harvard Universityslides – video
Micro-talks II: RSpace electronic lab notebook: an inter-operable active data management tool forming part of the Harvard Data Commons, and plans for a pilot on NERC – Rory Macneil, RSpaceslides – videoposter
Micro-talks II: The Open Storage Network, John Goodhue, MGHPCC slides – video
Micro-talks II: What is FABRIC?  – Paul Ruth, RENCI slides – video
Micro-talks II: Where is Ironic, and where is it going? – Julia Kreger, Red Hatslides – video
Closing Remarks closing remarks video

Tuesday , March 3

Keynote – Giovanni Pacifici, Vice President of Hybrid Cloud, IBM
Open Cloud Testbed: Developing a Testbed for the Research Community Exploring Next-Generation Cloud PlatformsCCRI slidesOverview slidessegment video
Infrastructure for Cloud Computing Research Panelsegment video
Micro-talks III: Challenges and Opportunities for AI Industrialization – Hui Lei, Futurewei slides – video
Micro-talks III: Bayesian Learning for Online Parameter Tuning of Complex Scientific Applications–  Rohan Basu Roy, NU
Micro-talks III: Hybrid Cloud Storage – Emine Ugur Kaynar, BUslides – video
Micro-talks III: Impact of OS Design and Hardware Configuration on the Power Performance Tradeoff –  Han Dong, BUslides – video
Micro-talks III: Using ESI in (De)-Centralized Environments: Why and How? – Sahil Tikale, BU, and Apoorve Mohan, NUslides – video
Micro-talks IV
Micro-talks IV: Providing fast and meaningful insights into enterprise datacenters- John Liagouris, BUslides – video
Micro-talks IV: A Just-in-Time Framework for Tracing Distributed Cloud  Applications – Emre Ates, BUslides – video
Micro-talks IV: Workflow motif: an  abstraction for debugging  distributed systems – Mania Abdi, NUslides – video
Micro-talks IV: Challenges and opportunities in large-scale stream processing – Vasiliki Kalavri, BUslides – video
Micro-talks IV: Fuzzing Virtual Devices in Cloud Hypervisors – Alexander Bulekov, BUslides – video
Deep Dive: The Open Cloud *FPGA* Testbed – Martin Herbordt, Boston University & Miriam Leeser, Northeastern University
Deep Dive: Open Data Hub Demo and discussion focused on Research Computing Facilitators and Researchers – Sherard Griffin, Red Hat 
Deep Dive: OpenStack on CloudLab Demo and Tutorial – David Irwin, UMass Amherstslides
Hybrid Cloud Storage – Peter Desnoyers, Northeastern University
Deep Dives & Micro-talks Q&A/Discussion Discussion from talks

Additional Posters

Opportunities and Challenges of a Low-Cost HPC in a Bare-Metal Marketplace – PI: Gene Cooperman, NU
OpenInfra Labs: An OSF Project – OpenStack Foundation
DIBBS: Northeast Storage Exchange – PI: Saul Youssef, BU; Co-PIs: Scott Yockel (Harvard), Chris Hill (MIT), John Goodhue (MGHPCC), Devesh Tiwari (NU), Mike Zink (UMass)

Birds of a Feather Discussion Groups

Throughout the workshop we provided space and resources for Birds of a Feather discussion groups. These were less formal than Deep Dives. Additional information on these sessions can be found on Birds of a Feather Groups Sign Up and Details spreadsheet.


Please contact Jennifer Stacy with any questions or to be added to the mailing list to receive updates on the Workshop and future events.


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