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Workshop on Cloud Federation: Enabling Intercloud Interoperability and Support for Scientific Research Collaboration


Colleagues,

We are looking forward to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Federated Cloud Workshop to be held at the Holiday Inn in Gaithersburg, MD on March 20th and 21st 2018.

As the Open Research Cloud Alliance (ORCA) effort is highly aligned with the NIST initiative, ORCA collaborated towards the development of this workshop and its agenda and will be discussing their federation efforts. The federation of research clouds is essential and necessary enabling technology for the development and translation of innovations in IoT, high-performance computing, distributed big-data analytics, and global scientific collaboration. These highly aligned efforts will be spotlighted at this unique two-day workshop that will provide participants with an update on the cloud federation and applications of federation within the global scientific research community.

The NIST Cloud Computing Program (NCCP) recognized, in the USG Cloud Computing Standards and Technology Roadmap (NIST SP 500-293), the importance of advancement and development of frameworks to support the seamless implementation of federated community cloud environments. In August 2017, the NCCP Public Working Group (PWG) on Federated Cloud (PWGFC) initiated a collaborative effort with the IEEE P2302 group, Standards for Intercloud Interoperability and Federation (SIIF), to advance Federated Cloud through the development of a conceptual architecture and a vocabulary. The IEEE P2302 will develop a standard based on the NIST model. Additional information can be found at https://collaborate.nist.gov/twiki-cloud-computing/bin/view/CloudComputing/FederatedCloudPWGFC

ORCA is a collaboration of the international community supporting scientific research computing toward a cloud-agnostic approach to federate all sorts of clouds with a focus on the federation of data, identity, security, shared compute and storage; and an interoperable cloud services management platform. Additional topics of discussion include relative focus on policy vs. technical capabilities; dealing with concerns about loss of control and lock-in; data ownership/sovereignty and security; protocols for access and authorized use (across multiple political jurisdictions); shared use, interoperability, mobility and provisioning; and addressing the combination of cultural and technical barriers to effective collaboration.) ORCA had its third congress meeting at the OpenStack summit in November 2017 in Australia, following a first in Boston in May and then in September in Amsterdam. Through its effort, the ORCA learned about the cloud interoperability initiatives underway, discussed use-cases and highlighted the need for collaboration across clouds. Further details on the effort can be found at http://www.openresearchcloud.org/

The agenda for our meeting will cover a discussion of NIST/IEEE P2302, the ORCA initiative and the work of data management groups as well as how those efforts align with NIST/IEEE P2302. The conversation will also cover identity federation, security, auditing, governance and other technical and policy aspects. During the workshop, we will have expert panels, working groups, discussions on alternative deployment models and developing an initial scope of a demonstration pilot that leverages previous and will inform our understanding of cloud federation requirements and in particular in the global research space.

We have some selected presenters but would welcome anyone who would like to contribute to the various panels to join in – ultimately, the workshop is intended to be highly interactive and open and importantly, to reflect the interests and views of the user and research community. Through this workshop, we want to collect new insights on the challenges facing federation efforts and to validate the scope of coverage through use-case conversations on interoperability and federation.

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The workshop will be held at the Holiday Inn Gaithersburg located at 2 Montgomery Village Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20879. The hotel is offering workshop participants a discounted rate of $125 per day. To register, call the hotel at 301 948-8900 and mention the “NIST Federated Cloud Conference”.

Sponsorship

ORC welcomes sponsors willing to contribute towards additional costs of the event. Recommended event sponsorship levels/amounts are: Bronze: $2,000; Silver: $5,000; Gold: $8,000; and Platinum: $15,000. Please contact the organizers if you wish to sponsor. Of course, any and all contributions are welcome.

Coverage and Content

1. Overview of NIST/P2302 Initiatives

2. Overview of ORCA and other federation initiatives and their alignment with NIST/P2302

3. Technical and Policy Area Panel Discussions:

Identity and Access Federation at Global Scale

Data Federation at Global Scale

Resource Federation at Global Scale

Federation Governance and Audit

Security

Networking and the role of National Research and Education Networks (NRENs)

4. Deployment Models

Enabling federation and interoperability

Potential Pilot Initiatives


Day 2 will include working group sessions that will engage participants and deeper dives into the policy and technical challenges for federation and development of the scope of the proof-of-concept pilot.


Looking forward to your participation in this unique opportunity to contribute to our collective understanding of cloud federation.


With very best regards,


Dr. Robert Bohn (NIST), IEEE P2302 Chair

John Messina (NIST), Chair, NIST PWGFG

Dr. Khalil Yazdi (Yazdi and Associates, LLC), ORCA Chair

Dr. Craig Lee (The Aerospace Corporation), Vice Chair, NIST PWGFG

Dr. Martial Michel (Data Machines Corp), IEEE P2302 Vice Chair and ORCA Vice Chair


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