2018 MOC Annual Workshop & Tutorials

Thank you for attending the Fourth Annual Mass Open Cloud (MOC) Workshop, held on October 30-31, 2018 at Boston University. The MOC workshop welcomed over 150 users of the MOC, researchers, and startups interested in cloud computing, students, and industry partners.  The workshop provided an opportunity for the MOC’s growing and active community to learn about the latest MOC developments, and help shape the priorities of the project moving forward and kick-off new collaborations.

October 30, 2018 – Main Workshop

George Sherman Union
Metcalf Audtorium (2nd floor)
Boston University
775 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
7:30 AM – 7:00 PM

Agenda and Schedule 

7:30 – 8:00  Check-in and Breakfast 
8:00 – 8:50
Welcome and Overview slides
  • Introductory Remarks –  Gloria Waters, Boston University video
  • Keynote: Scaling Challenges at Two Sigma – Mark Astley, Head of Reliability Engineering, Two Sigma Investments slides  video
  • Overview of the Day – Orran Krieger, BU/MOC, and Peter Desnoyers, NEU/MOC slides
8:50 – 10:25 Micro-talks: What’s Coming on the MOC
10:25 – 10:55
10:55 – 12:05 Micro-talks: Research in an Open Cloud
12:05 – 1:05 Lunch & Networking  – Special thanks to Two Sigma for sponsoring this year’s MOC Workshop lunch!
1:05 – 1:20 Lunch & Viewing of ChRIS Project Videos
  • During the final 15 minutes of lunch, we will share videos on the ChRIS project.
1:20 – 2:35  Micro-talks: Elastic Hardware and Security
2:35 – 3:40 Micro-talks: Research on an Open Cloud
3:40 – 4:10 Break
4:10 – 4:55 Roundtables (Attendees will pick one to attend)
4:55 – 5:10 Break  (Roundtable leads prepare report outs)
5:10 – 5:30 Roundtable Report Outs
5:30 – 5:40 Closing Remarks
5:40 – 6:45 Reception – Special thanks to Red Hat for sponsoring this year’s MOC Workshop reception!
  • Please note the details above are subject to change.  Additional information will continue to be added as it becomes available.

October 31, 2018 – Tutorials and (Invitation-Only) 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: Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering, 610 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215

Tutorial Sessions 

Open to all interested parties that register in advance


  •  9:00 – 9:55 AM           Open DataHub – Sherard Griffin, Red Hat
  • 10:00 – 10:55 AM        OpenShift led by Robert Baron, BU/MOC and Dan McPherson, Red Hat
  • 11:00 – 11:55 AM        OpenStack led by Hannah Gibson, Red Hat

Hariri Institute for Computing
111 Cummington Mall
Seminar Room (in suite 180)
Boston, MA 02215

In Advance of the Tutorial
Sign up for an MOC account here.

A laptop if you would like to follow along and create an account/set up a VM.

If you are interested in learning more before the Tutorials (NOT required)
Only if you want, take a look at the “Getting Started” part of the wiki, to review what will be covered during the OpenStack tutorial:

Three sessions will be offered back-to-back in the same room.  You are welcome to come attend as many of the sessions as you’d like and you are welcome leave and return.

Session Descriptions and Materials

  • Open DataHub: The Mass Open Cloud and Red Hat have partnered up to provide the Open Data Hub, an open source AI as a Service platform.  Users will access the Data Hub for artificial intelligence and machine learning research.  In this tutorial you will learn how to upload data to the Data Hub, use JupyterHub to create models using machine learning libraries, and store the results.
  • MOC OpenShift: 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/deployment capabilities built in. This tutorial will introduce you to the essentials of the OpenShift offering that’s been available in the MOC for the past year.  OpenShift Tutorial slides
  • 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 Big Data environments (Hadoop, Spark, Pig etc.). This tutorial will show you how to get started using this environment.

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

The MOC Workshop is made possible by the generosity of our Core Partners


Please continue to check this page for updates.  To add your name to the MOC Workshop Mailing list either register or email Jennifer Stacy.