2017 Massachusetts Open Cloud Annual Workshop and Tutorials

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Please join us on October 3-4, 2017 for the Third Annual Massachusetts Open Cloud (MOC) Workshop. The MOC workshop welcomes users of the MOC, researchers and startups interested in cloud computing, students and our industry partners. The MOC has become a growing and active community of users and a broad set of industry/academic research projects.

The workshop is designed to engage all parties with any interest in the MOC – it does not matter if you have been a part of the MOC\u2019s development from the start, or are just hearing about it and want to learn more. The segments are described below:

October 3

  • The day kicks off with a overviews on the MOC vision and orients users with the latest on the MOC technologies and offerings.
  • Over the course of the day, 10-minute Ted-style talks will be given in three Micro-talk Sessions. These talks are designed to give the audience a high-level overview of a given topic.
  • Throughout the conference space there will be posters designed by talk presenters. Anyone interested in exploring the content covered in a talk on a deeper, more technical level is encouraged to find the accompanying poster to engage with the speaker.
  • Two Topic Roundtable Sessions will provide additional opportunities for all attendees to explore MOC-related topics on a deeper level. These sessions, which are facilitated by MOC staff and collaborators, provide an opportunity for open dialogue. Please indicate the topics you would be interested in participating in during your registration and/or write in additional topics. The MOC considers the input from these discussions for planning.
  • The success of the MOC hinges upon its strong partnerships. During the Industry Partner Panel, attendees will hear from the MOC\u2019s industry partners who will discuss their relationship with the MOC and the value their companies are deriving from this unique partnership.
  • The event closes with a reception, allowing additional time to discuss talks and posters, as well as opportunities for networking.
  • An invitation only dinner will be held following the reception.

October 4 (Morning)

  • The MOC Leadership, Academic Advisory Board and Core Partners will meet to discuss strategic and business related initiatives. (Invitation only)
  • Tutorials sessions focused on OpenStack, MOC OpenShift and Big Data/Cloud Dataverse will be offered. Please sign up for one of the limited slots via registration. Descriptions on the sessions can be found below. These are open to all interested parties who register in advance.

October 3, 2017 – Main Workshop

Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering
Boston University
610 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor
Boston, MA 02215

7:30AM – 8:00AM – Registration and Breakfast
8:00AM – 5:30PM – Workshop
5:30PM – 6:30PM – Reception
6:30PM – 9:00PM – Dinner (Invitation only; additional information will be confirmed to invitees via email)

Agenda (times and additional details to be added)

  • Check-in and Breakfast
  • Welcome & Overview
    • Brief opening remarks and overview of the day.
  • Micro-Talks Session I: MOC User Stories
    • The MOC today supports a growing and diverse community of users. This session highlights some of the current uses of the MOC (e.g. education, geo-spacial analytics) as well as some of the user stories (e.g., radiology in the cloud, elastic HPC) that are driving our evolution.
  • Micro-Talks Session II: Cloud Infrastructure Research
    • The MOC has created an open platform that enables cloud research and innovation. During this session we will hear from several research teams about their research and its connections to the MOC.
  • Topic Roundtables Session I
    • Topic Roundtables provide an opportunity to participate in a deeper open discussion on a specific topic.
  • Lunch and Posters
    • Posters will be on display throughout the floor. Attendees are encouraged to find speakers to ask questions or go deeper than what was covered in the talk.
  • Micro-Talks Session III: Core MOC Development & Services to Support Users
    • Over the past year there have been significant advances in the core MOC development. Talks during this session will provide technical detail on those advances as well as the new services and enhancements that support MOC users.
  • Micro-Talks Session IV: Related Initiatives
    • This session will focus on initiatives with connections to the MOC.
  • Keynote
    • Tim Connelly, Executive Director, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Bio
  • Topic Roundtables Session II
    • Topic Roundtables provide an opportunity to participate in a deeper open discussion on a specific topic.
  • Industry Partner Panel
    • Industry partners have been integral to the success of the MOC. This panel will feature participants from the MOC partner network discussing their work with the MOC and the value it has brought to their companies.
  • Closing Remarks
  • Reception
    • All attendees are welcome to attend the reception.
  • Academic Advisory Board and Core Partner Dinner (Invite-Only)

Confirmed Speakers (Check back soon for confirmation of slot time)

  • Mania Abdi, MOC and Northeastern University
  • Naved Ansari, MOC
  • Robert Baron, MOC
  • Sourabh Bollapragada, MOC
  • Jim Cadden, Boston University, Enabling fine-grain elasticity through the operating system  Abstract and Bio
  • Ayse Coskun, Boston University
  • Mercè Crosas, Harvard University
  • Jim Culbert, MGHPCC
  • Peter Desnoyers, MOC and Northeastern University
  • Rodrigo Fonseca, Brown University
  • Ellen Grant, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Mohammed Hajkazemi, MOC and Northeastern University
  • Martin Herbordt, Boston University
  • Chris Hill, CSAIL, MIT
  • Emine Ugur Kaynar, MOC and Boston University
  • Orran Krieger, MOC and Boston University
  • Andrei Lapets, Boston University
  • Ben Lewis, Harvard University
  • Dan McPherson, Red Hat
  • Kristi Nikolla, MOC
  • Yangming Ou, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Rudolph Pienaar, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Larry Rudolph, Two Sigma and MIT
  • Piyanai Saowarattitada, MOC
  • Mayank Varia, MACS, Boston University
  • Mike Weintraub, Northeastern University
  • Lucas Xu, MOC
  • Saul Youssef, Boston University


October 4, 2017 – Tutorials and Closed Meeting of the MOC Academic Advisory Board and Core Partners


  • Special Meeting of the Academic Advisory Board and Core Partner Executives
    • 8AM – 1PM
    • Invitation only
    • Location: Boston University, Hariri Institute, Hariri Seminar Room, 111 Cummington Mall, Boston, MA 02215
  • Tutorial Sessions
    • 9AM-12PM
    • Open to all interested parties that register in advance
    • Exact timing and location to be confirmed via email to registrants several days prior to the Tutorial Sessions)
    • Session Offerings
      • OpenStack: The MOC offers an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering based on OpenStack, providing users with self-service access to virtual machines, object storage, and on-demand HDFS environments (Hadoop, Spark, PIG, etc.). This tutorial will show you how to get started using this environment.
      • MOC OpenShift: On top of our OpenStack service, the MOC and Red Hat have just started offering an OpenShift service. OpenShift offers users a self-scaling container platform with support for anything that can be containerized including web frameworks, databases, and messaging queues. In seconds, one can spin up new containers along with rich Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment capabilities built in. This tutorial will introduce you to the essentials of OpenShift and the underlying Kubernetis/Docker technologies upon which it is built.
      • Cloud Dataverse & Big Data: Cloud Dataverse is a collaboration between the MOC and the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) to enable a repository for storing and sharing datasets hosted in a cloud. This tutorial will show users how to access and share datasets using Cloud Dataverse as well as how to spin up different computational tools on those datasets using the MOC.

Getting Around and Staying in Boston

  • Guest Wireless Access
  • Parking – You may park in any public lot on campus.  The Granby and Kenmore Lots are closest to CILSE, but due to capacity, it is possible you may need to park at the Agganis Lot and take the Green Line train inbound to Blandford St/plan for a 20 minute walk.
  • Getting around Boston – General info
  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority – If you will be using the subway, Boston University is located along the “B” route of the Green Line. CILSE is at “Blandford Street” (first stop after Kenmore Square).
  • Accommodations – We did not block space at any specific hotels, but recommend any of the options provided on this page
  • Map of Boston University
  • Both Uber and Lyft operate in Boston, in addition to taxi options.
  • Other Things to do in Boston

Please contact Jennifer Stacy with any questions or to be added to the mailing list to receive updates on the Workshop.

Speakers and Facilitators
Additional information can be found here.