2023 MOC Alliance Workshop

We are excited to announce the first in-person opportunity for our community to gather since the start of Covid: the MOC Alliance Workshop! The workshop will take place March 20th and 21st at Boston University’s George Sherman Union.

The MOC Alliance provides a structure for a set of interrelated projects that have grown up around the Mass Open Cloud (MOC) and Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC).  These projects include production cloud services (NERC, NESE, OSN) for domain researchers that are operated and facilitated by university research IT, a national testbed for cloud research (OCT), projects to enable scientific and medical researchers (Biogrids, ChRiS), projects to engage the open source (OI labs, Operate First) and system research (Red Hat Collaboratory, i-Scale) communities.

The workshop will bring together our unique community of Research IT, researchers, users, and industry to celebrate what has been accomplished and help define the MOC Alliance strategy moving forward. In addition, it will showcase how the Alliance is so much more than the sum of its parts. Sessions will cover research that was motivated by experience with a real cloud, the impact research has already had on upstream open source projects, and how some of these projects are starting to impact services that are part of the Alliance.  

A conference schedule, registration form, and travel details can be found below. This is a hybrid event, so please make sure you’re selecting relevant responses if you plan to attend virtually! This page will be updated with new details as we get closer to the event, so make sure to check back for exciting announcements!

Thank you to everyone who attended! Please take a few minutes to complete survey here.

Livestream: https://www.youtube.com/@MassOpenCloudAlliance

Schedule (subject to change):

Monday, March 20

  • 8 am – 9 am: Check-in, Breakfast & Networking
  • 9 am – 10:30 am: Welcome and MOC-A Updates
    • Introductory Remarks – Gloria Waters, Boston University
    • History and Future of the MOC Alliance – Orran Krieger, Boston University & Peter Desnoyers, Northeastern University
    • Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) – John Goodhue, MGHPCC
    • Open Cloud Testbed (OCT) – Mike Zink, UMass Amherst
    • New England Research Cloud (NERC) & Other Services – Wayne Gilmore, Boston University & Scott Yockel, Harvard University
    • Colosseum – Abhimanyu Gosain, Northeastern University
    • Workshop Overview – Orran Krieger, Boston University
  • 10:30 am – 11 am: Break & Networking 
  • 11 am -11:35 am: Keynote
    • Sharron Wall, Mass Tech Collaborative 
  • 11:35 am – 1:15 pm: Micro-talks I
    • OPE/ Interactive Books – Jonathan Appavoo, Boston University & Danni Shi, Red Hat
    • Workforce Development – Sarah Coghlan, Red Hat & Damien Eversmann, Red Hat
    • Elastic Secure Infrastructure (ESI) Research & Development – Apoorve Mohan, IBM & Tzu-Mainn Chen, Red Hat
    • AI for Cloud Ops – Ayse Coskun, Boston University & Heidi Dempsey, Red Hat
    • ChRIS – Máirín (Mo) Duffy, Red Hat & Rudolph Pienaar, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
    • Unikernel Linux (UKL) – Larry Woodman, Red Hat & Eric Munson, Boston University
    • LSVD/ D4N – Matt Benjamin, Red Hat & Amin Mosayyebzadeh, Boston University
    • Hypervisor Fuzzing – Manuel Egele, Boston University & Bandan Das, Red Hat
    • Kernel Tuning with Machine Learning – Sanjay Arora, Red Hat & Han Dong, Boston University
    • Hardware/ Software CoDesign – Sahan Bandara, Boston University & Ahmed Sanaullah, Red Hat
  • 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm: Lunch & Poster Session
  • 2:45 pm – 3:20 pm: Keynote
    • Blake Shiver, Red Hat
  • 3:20 pm – 3:45 pm: Keynote
    • Jon Stumpf, Two Sigma
  • 3:45 pm – 4:15 pm: Break & Networking
  • 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm: Discussion, Software Diversity on the NERC
    • Will Tomlinson, Software & Application Innovation Lab (SAIL)
    • David Boas, BIDS/BIDS-fNIRS 
    • Naomi Caselli, ASL-LEX
    • Douglas Densmore, DAMP Lab
    • Hank Fien, NCIL 
    • Milson Munakami, Harvard University 
  • 5:15 pm – 5:30 pm: Closing Remarks
    • Michael Daitzman, MOC Alliance

Tuesday, March 21

  • 8 am – 9 am: Breakfast & Networking 
  • 9 am – 9:15 am: Welcome Remarks
    • David Luzzi, Northeastern University & John Byers, Boston University
  • 9:15 am – 10 am: Center Vision and Capabilities
    • Orran Krieger, Boston University & Peter Desnoyers, Northeastern University 
  • 10 am – 10:30 am: Industry Support Keynotes
    • Hugh Brock, Red Hat & Larry Rudolph, Two Sigma
  • 10:30 am – 10:45 am: Break and Networking
  • 10:45 am – 11:45 am: IUCRC Presentation
    • Mohan Kumar, National Science Foundation
  • 11:45 am – 1:15 pm: Lunch & Poster Session
  • 1:15 pm – 3 pm: Dual Track
    • MOC Alliance Deep Dives
      • FPGA Tutorial – Suranga Handagala
      • NERC Demonstration – Milson Munakami 
    • IUCRC Research Proposals
      • 1:15 pm Split Processes: Bringing the Process to the Data Cooperman (NU), Desnoyers (NU), Krieger (BU)
      • 1:35 pm Storage as a network: extending distributed tracing to S3 Sambasivan (Tufts), Desnoyers (NU), Krieger (BU)
      • 1:55 pm Real-Time Telemetry and Observability for Cloud Operation and Security Liu (BU), Starobinski (BU) 
      • 2:15 pm Serverless enhancements and file systems Shin (NU), Matta (BU)
      • 2:35 pm Towards high performance and energy efficiency in open-source stream processing Kalavri (BU), Appavoo (BU)
  • 3 pm – 3:15 pm: Break & Networking
  • 3:15 pm – 5 pm: Dual Track
    • MOC Alliance Deep Dives
      • OpenDP Tutorial – Michael Shoemate, Harvard University
      • FABRIC Tutorial – Paul Ruth, RENCI
    • IUCRC Research Proposals
      • 3:15 pm Security and FPGAs in Disaggregated Data Centers Leeser (NU), Zink (UMass)
      • 3:35 pm Interlock: Cloud-scale Data Flow Analyses for User Privacy Egele (BU), Robertson (NU)
      • 3:55 pm Intelligent Operations in the cloud: towards efficiency, security, and resilience Coskun (BU), Stringhini (BU)
      • 4:15 pm Accelerating FHE-based Computing using Custom Accelerators in Cloud Systems Kaeli (NU), Joshi (BU)
      • 4:35 pm Enhancing Programmable Hardware Capability and Usability across HPC, Cloud, and Edge Herbordt (BU), Liu (BU), Mancuso (BU), Athanassoulis (BU), West (NU)
  • 5 pm – 5:05 pm: Closing Remarks
    • Peter Desnoyers
  • 5:05 pm –  5:45 pm: Industry Feedback Session
    • Closed session for IUCRC industry attendees only
  • 5:05 pm – 6:30 pm: Poster Session
  • 6:30 pm – 8 pm: Reception (17th Floor, 665 Comm Ave)

Wednesday, March 22 

  • 8 am – 8:30 am: Breakfast and Networking 
  • 8:30 am – 10 am: Industry Feedback Session
  • 10 am – 11 am: NSF Session with Industry
    • Industry and NSF Representatives Only 
  • 11 am – 11:30 am: IUCRC Closing Remarks


Boston University George Sherman Union
775 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215

Accessible by the MBTA Green Line – “B” Line to Boston College, get off at Boston University Central.

Paid parking available at 766 Commonwealth Ave.

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