November 6-8, 2017

Event Details

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3rd Open Research CloudCongress

The Open Research Cloud (ORC) is a collaboration of the international community supporting scientific research computing. Having recognized that a number of significant obstacles continue to interfere with the ability of globally dispersed researchers to effectively collaborate. It focuses on the federation of data, identity, security, shared compute and storage; and an interoperable cloud services management platform.

We are looking forward to the Sydney Congress and making further progress on the development of the ORC and the ORC Declaration. Our thanks to NeCTAR and the OpenStack Foundation for sponsoring and hosting this meeting in Sydney. 

We had an excellent meeting in Amsterdam and learned about the cloud interoperability initiatives underway in Europe, heard from some excellent use-cases that highlighted the need for collaboration across clouds and made progress towards understanding the technical challenges that need to understood and resolved.

Please take the opportunity to register (please also register for the OpenStack Summit). As before, we will be supporting remote participation (a link for remote access forthcoming). The registration links are:

As at the Boston and Amsterdam meetings, the agenda reflects our desired coverage and outcomes for the Congress. We have some great presenters but would welcome anyone who would like to contribute to the various panels to join in – ultimately, the Congress is intended to be highly interactive and open and importantly, to reflect the interests and views of the research community. In addition to our continuing work on the drafting of the ORC Declaration, our ambitions for this Congress include:

  • collecting new insights on the challenges facing research clouds -- benefiting from the perspectives, insights, and experience of our Asian colleagues; 
  • validating the scope of coverage – through use-case presentations where increased interoperability and federation are a concern and hearing from our technical colleagues on the development side; and 
  • exploring solution pathways that would support interoperability and allow for the implementation of the Declaration objectives. 

We have revised the agenda for the Sydney meeting to accommodate scheduling conflicts with the OpenStack Summit program. The meeting now will run for two full days, November 8th and 9th. The revised agenda below.

The ORC is looking for individuals to volunteer and to get involved in its Working Groups by committing time to some specific working groups where they feel their expertise will be well utilized. 

Wednesday, November 8, 9:00am-6:00pm (10:00pm - 7:00am UTC)
Difficulty Level: N/A
Experienced executive level consulting, business development and strategic planning for research & education institutions and advising technology companies and service providers supporting the research community, teaching and learning at the higher education and the education vertical. FULL PROFILE
ARDC Nectar, Manager, Research Cloud Operations
Wilfred Brimblecombe, ICT Manager at ARDC (Australian Research Data Commons), Nectar Research Cloud Operations, is an IT management veteran with over 20 years of leadership experience across various organisations, including 10 years as Associate Director Customer Services (ITS) at The University of Queensland. At ARDC Nectar, he liaises with Research Cloud partner operators and manages the core... FULL PROFILE
Enol Fernández works as Cloud Architect for EGI Foundation and leads the EGI Federated Cloud Task Force, coordinating user support, operations and development activities to define the federation and its technologies. He has been involved several e-Infrastructure projects since 2003, first as a middleware developer and more recently giving support to users and communities to use... FULL PROFILE
Infotrend Inc., Chief Technologist
Martial has worked in the distributed computing field for 20 years, starting with designing data serialization algorithms for MPI  (his Ph.D. subject), making multimedia network streams to be used on commercial off the shelf hardware time-synchronized, implementing a job scheduling software, architecting data-driven research evaluation platforms, and lead the team the NIST team using... FULL PROFILE