This workshop was featured on the opening day of PEARC20, July 27, 2020 in a virtual delivery format, and was well attended and received. Later in August 2020, a full video of the day-long event will be made available by the ACM, and a link to it will be provided when it is available on this page. Please see details below, including a link to the presentations given by the participants.
This workshop explores the role of humans in making cloud computing useful in research settings. Cloud computing is a type of cyberinfrastructure (CI), defined as comprising “computing systems, data storage systems, advanced instruments and data repositories, visualization environments, and people, all linked together by software and high-performance networks to improve research productivity and enable breakthroughs not otherwise possible.”
This workshop will focus on the "people" part of cyberinfrastructure, particularly the role of people in supporting the use of commercial cloud resources in research.
The workshop is a joint effort of the Humans Advancing Research in the Cloud (HARC) program based in the Pervasive Technology Institute at Indiana University and the Science and Technology Research Infrastructure for Discovery, Experimentation, and Sustainability initiative based in the National Institutes of Health (STRIDES).
The overall goal of this workshop is to share information about best practices, successes, and challenges in supporting research use of commercial clouds. To accomplish this, we will:
- Provide detailed, concrete examples of the effective use of cloud computing, comparing and contrasting use of cloud resources with traditional campus/premise-based and national infrastructure alternatives.
- Provide a forum for a free exchange of ideas, challenges, and best practices in support of the use of commercial cloud computing in advancing research across many disciplines.
- Foster networking amongst attendees and broaden the impact of efforts to put greater emphasis on the human component of cyberinfrastructure, which includes Campus Champions, the Campus Research Computing Consortium (CaRCC), and Humanware, a new effort led by IU that is working to build a larger and more effective community of experts.