SC is the International Conference for
High Performance Computing, Networking,
Storage and Analysis

SCHEDULE: NOV 12-18, 2011

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SaaS-Based Research: The Path to Reality for “Research in the Cloud”

SESSION: SaaS-Based Research: The Path to Reality for “Research in the Cloud”


TIME: 8:30AM - 10:00AM


Panelists:Vas Vasiliadis, Raimond L. Winslow, Ian Foster, Deepak Singh, David Skinner


With the world moving to web-based tools for everything from wage reporting to soccer scheduling, it’s no wonder scientists are now seeking online technologies to support their research. But the requirements of high-performance computational research are both unique and daunting: massive data, complex software, limited budgets, and demand for increased collaboration. While “the cloud” promises to alleviate some of these pressures, concerns about feasibility still exist for scientists and the HPC facilities where they compute. This panel will explore the capacity of Software as a Service (SaaS) to transform computational research so the challenges above can be leveraged to advance, not hinder, innovation and discovery. With panelists representing each constituency of a potential online research environment (researcher, supercomputing center, SaaS provider, and cloud provider) we will debate the delta between where we are – and where we need to be – for scientists to reliably and securely perform research in the cloud.

Moderator/Panelist Details:

Ian Foster (Chair) - Argonne National Laboratory & University of Chicago

Vas Vasiliadis (Moderator) - Computation Institute

Raimond L. Winslow - Johns Hopkins University

Ian Foster - Argonne National Laboratory

Deepak Singh - Amazon

David Skinner - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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