NYSERNet, EPOC and UofSC Partner on Networking Workshop for Research and Education Community

On April 5 and 12, 2022, the New York State Education and Research Network (NYSERNet), Engagement and Performance Operations Center (EPOC) and University of South Carolina (UofSC) partnered to conduct a virtual hands-on Networking Topics workshop that generated over 400 registrations among the research and education community. The two-day, four-hour sessions were targeted to IT educators and professionals, such as system administrators, network engineers and practitioners.

This free, hands-on workshop introduced tools and techniques for the design, implementation and monitoring of high-throughput networks and science demilitarized zones (Science DMZs). Each attendee had full control of equipment pods emulating internetworks and tools to learn and test TCP-related issues and perfSONAR nodes distributed across networks. The workshop also provided hands-on experience on the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), which is the de facto standard inter-AS routing protocol in today’s Internet.

This workshop proved successful with over 250 attendees combined on April 5 and April 12. The sessions were recorded, and registrants and attendees received access to the recordings following the event.

The sessions offered six breakout rooms, including:

  • Monitoring: perfSONAR and other tools
  • Data Mobility
  • Science DMZ: Data transfer nodes (DTNs), switches, TCP
  • Routing Policy: BGP
  • Network Security
  • Programmable Switches: P4, custom codes, ASICs

The breakout rooms provided attendees the opportunity for deeper discussion, ability to network with each other and ask questions in smaller groups. For more information regarding the agenda, topics covered, presentations, and recording of the event, please visit: http://ce.sc.edu/cyberinfra/workshop_2022.html

About NYSERNet

NYSERNet is a nonprofit organization advancing the research and educational missions of our members by delivering a full range of customized, progressive, and affordable end-to-end data and networking technology solutions. NYSERNet also offers community opportunities to collaborate and improve through professional development trainings, conferences, and events.

About the Engagement and Performance Operations Center

The Engagement and Performance Operations Center was established in 2018 as a collaborative focal point for operational expertise and analysis. Jointly led by Indiana University (IU) and the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), EPOC provides researchers with a holistic set of tools and services needed to debug performance issues and enable reliable and robust data transfers. By considering the full end-to-end data movement pipeline, EPOC is uniquely able to support collaborative science, allowing researchers to make the most effective use of shared data, computing, and storage resources to accelerate the discovery process.

About UofSC

The University of South Carolina is the flagship institution in South Carolina (SC). The Cyberinfrastructure Lab (CI Lab), hosted by the College of Engineering and Computing, is a leading laboratory in developing virtual labs for cyber-training. These include virtual labs targeting workforce development and research, such as P4 programmable data plane, Software-defined Networking, Routing Protocols (e.g., Border Gateway Protocol, Open Shortest Path First.), Open vSwitch, perfSONAR, Zeek Intrusion Detection, and others. For further information regarding CI Lab cyber-training, please visit http://ce.sc.edu/cyberinfra/.