Blake Shiver

Vice President, Cloud Partners
Red Hat, Inc.

Blake currently leads the global Cloud Partners organization for Red Hat, Inc, with a mission to continue to drive Red Hat’s ambitious hybrid cloud strategy. Blake most recently served as Chief of Staff for the President and CEO of Red Hat. Prior to that, Blake led Sales Strategy and Planning for the global Sales and Customer Success organization, assisting with the design and operationalization of our global GTM transformation. Throughout his career at Red Hat, Blake has been a key partner to the sales leadership team, supporting Red Hat’s strategic presence with customers and ecosystem partners, as well as internally leading strategic programs that range from technology acquisitions, designing and implementing the business operations to support the Red Hat and IBM merger, and the build out of our multi-product sales growth program that dates back nearly a decade. Blake has a passion for technology, business, and strategy and he is energized by opportunities to innovate through open source collaboration models.

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Jon Stumpf

Group Head of Infrastructure Engineering, Two Sigma

Jon Stumpf has been managing enterprise-wide, large-scale infrastructure for over two decades. Prior to leading Infrastructure Engineering at Two Sigma, he was responsible for running the global infrastructures of Johnson & Johnson, Moody’s, and AIG. Over his career, Jon has been a change agent, stabilizing organizations and transforming the way businesses derive value from them, with a strong focus on operational resilience and efficiency. To that end, he has led the pragmatic adoption of open source, IT Service Management, and public cloud within the organizations that he has run.

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Máirín “Mo” Duffy 

Senior Principal Interaction Designer, Red Hat Linux Engineering

Máirín is the founding member of Red Hat’s Community Design Team; her specialty is design engagement with upstream open source teams using open source tooling and processes. She has been involved in the UX design of ChRIS for over 5 years.

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Damien Eversmann

Chief Architect for Education, Red Hat

As Chief Architect for Education at Red Hat, Damien serves the role of bridging the gap between the mission and the business of education and the technologies and solutions that support it all. He has a penchant for teaching and demonstration and anything else that gets him in front of people to share the message of Continuous Learning, DevOps Culture, Innovation through Automation and IT Modernization.

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Tzu-Mainn Chen

Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat

Tzu-Mainn Chen is a Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat. He’s been working on Elastic Secure Infrastructure for the past few years, and would be delighted to talk your ear off about the project! 

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Sharron Wall

Portfolio Direction, Research and Development Fund
Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech)

MassTech is a state economic development agency that strives to strengthen the competitiveness of the tech and innovation economy by driving strategic investments, partnerships, and insights that harness the talent of Massachusetts.

Working at the intersection of State, Industry, Academia, Nonprofit and other key stakeholder communities, the Innovation Institute supports growth of priority industry clusters within the technology and innovation sectors of the economy in Massachusetts.

In her role as Portfolio Director of the R&D Fund, at the Innovation Institute, Sharron overseas fund investments in both the Research and Development Matching Grant Program and Technology & Innovation Ecosystem Awards Program to strengthen the economic development outcomes, support sector advancing research and leverage the capital investments for outgoing benefits as well as aligning programs and resource commitments with the Fund portfolio.  

Prior to Joining MassTech, Sharron has held leadership positions at BC/BS of MA, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (pwc) and UMass Memorial Healthcare.  

For more information, visit     

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Seeking Developers to Help Our Community Cope with the COVID-19 Crisis

The MOC and MGHPCC are launching Computing against COVID-19 (CAC19), a website that connects people with projects to fight the coronavirus pandemic and we need your help!

Computing against COVID-19 facilitates connections between groups developing and deploying applications to fight the pandemic and expert developers, architects, and operators willing and able to provide help and support. Please visit to join the fight!
To launch our site, Computing against COVID-19 is excited to join with BU Spark! on The Resiliency Challenge, a nine-week, virtual challenge, with three-week sprint challenges aimed at catalyzing innovation in response to the unprecedented situation facing colleges and communities in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Resiliency Challenge is seeking engineers that are interested in facilitating agile development teams and are committed to providing sustainable and scalable solutions that meet the needs of its users. Visit the site for more information.
Special thanks to all of the partners who have contributed to launching this effort: Northeast Cyberteam, WPI, UNH, Boston University, Intel, and Red Hat.

Related News

– ECE is Helping Fight Coronavirus With Computing (Boston University, Edmonds, Colbi, 4.10.20)

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MOC’s Michael Daitzman to Keynote at Open Infrastructure Summit

Boston University’s Michael Daitzman, Director of Engineering and Product, Mass Open Cloud (MOC), will be giving a keynote on OpenInfra Labs (OIL) – a new OpenStack Foundation (OSF) project launched in collaboration with the MOC – at the virtual Open Infrastructure Summit, hosted by the OSF, October 19 – 23.  The Summit features keynotes from open source leaders and innovators and over 100 sessions developed and facilitated by users from research institutions and global enterprises building and operating open infrastructure at scale, providing opportunities for participants to engage and collaborate. Thousands of attendees representing 30+ open source communities and more than 110 countries are expected to join. View the full Summit schedule and register for free today!

Alibaba Cloud, AT&T, China Mobile, CERN, European Weather Cloud, GE Digital, OpenInfra Labs, Volvo Cars and Workday are among the open infrastructure use cases featuring Airship, Kata Containers, Kubernetes, OpenStack, Zuul and over 30 other open source technologies that will be presented at the virtual Summit. 

The complete schedule related to OpenInfra Labs can be found below!

OpenInfra Labs (OIL) – the new OpenStack Foundation (OSF) project launched in collaboration with the MOC – will be featured in a keynote and several forums during the virtual Open Infrastructure Summit, hosted by the OSF, October 19 – 23, 2020.  The Summit features keynotes from open source leaders and innovators and over 100 sessions developed and facilitated by users from research institutions and global enterprises building and operating open infrastructure at scale, providing opportunities for participants to engage and collaborate. Thousands of attendees representing 30+ open source communities and more than 110 countries are expected to join. View the full Summit schedule and register for free today!

Below is the schedule of events associated with OpenInfra Labs. Whether you’re a member of the OpenInfra Labs community or interested in learning more about the efforts and how to get involved, we encourage you to join as many of these segments as possible.

Please note that times are subject to change – please verify all times on the Open Infrastructure Summit event site (links below go directly to the OIS pages for each segment).

DayUTCEastern Time (ET)Central Time (CT)TypeEvent (click link for description)
Tuesday3:00-5:00 PM11:00AM-1:00PM10:00AM-12:00PMKeynoteKeynote (Open Infra Labs Section ~10:40AM)
Tuesday5:45-6:15PM1:45-2:15PM12:45-1:15PM101Open Infra Labs 101
Wednesday1:45-2:15PM9:45-10:158:45-9:15AMTalkElastic Secure Infrastructure (ESI): I Learned to Share my Hardware; You Can Too!!
Wednesday4:45-5:30PM12:45-1:30PM11:45AM-12:30PMForumElastic Secure Infrastructure (ESI): Q&A and looking forward
Wednesday4:45 – 5:30PM12:45-1:30PM11:45AM-12:30PMForumOpenInfra Labs
Wednesday3:45-4:30PM11:45AM-12:30PM10:45AM-11:30AMForumProject Caerus (Compute-Storage Coordination)
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Fundamentals of Cloud Computing Mentor Request

Students and alumni of Fundamentals of Cloud Computing at BU and Northeastern, (now known as CS/ECE 528 and CS 6620) and members of the MOC Community – Please consider proposing projects for the course starting this fall. Mentors are the backbone of the course, and people that have taken the course have turned out to be some of the best mentors!

Once again we are looking for mentors for our cloud computing course, which is being offered at BU this Fall. We would love the proposals as soon as possible, and definitely before the class starts Sept 3rd. If you’ve done this before, the mentor registration form is here: For those of you who haven’t – Fundamentals of Cloud Computing is a senior/graduate-level class that includes a semester-long capstone-like project, with the projects being proposed and supervised by an industry mentor. The projects are completed in teams of 5-7 students, who are expected to spend 5-8 hours per week on the project over the 13-week term, with presentations to the class every two weeks to ensure they don’t slack off until the end of the term. Although some of the students’ time will be spent learning new technologies, in prior years many teams have achieved significant results, ranging from nice-to-have tools to (typically open-source) product enhancements.We are looking for project proposals for this fall, of a size appropriate for a team of 5-7 students. The goals of these projects are to:

  1. Give students experience in web and/or cloud technologies
  2. Give them real experience as part of an agile development team
  3. (hopefully) Develop a useful artifact with real users

Projects are typically (but not always) open source, and students will share significant details of concept and design with instructors and the class as part of the evaluation process.Students will rank their choice of project, and will be assigned to projects based on preference and a skills survey. As a result, you should expect a team which is motivated, has some (hopefully all) of the skills you have requested, and represents a cross-section of class ability. The students will have substantial course-based experience, but often little experience putting that background into practice when addressing an unknown (i.e. non-classroom) problem. As a mentor your goal will be to help translate this academic knowledge, to help them design and build a real artifact to solve a real problem.Mentors are critical to project success. We will need mentors with the technical expertise to help guide the students – you should have the skills (if not the time) that would be needed to complete the project, and be able to answer technical questions the students ask (even if the appropriate response is often to show them where to look for the answer).

The typical time commitment is about 2 hours/week, although often this can be shared between a technical and non-technical mentor. Meeting times are outside of class hours and are negotiated with students, and mentor/student meetings can (and often are) remote via Skype, Zoom, etc.

Questions? Email Orran and cc: Jen.

Join the Fundamentals of Cloud Computing Course Facebook page.

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MOC User Survey: Action Requested

May 15, 2020

The following message is for all users of the MOC.

Due to the success of the MOC, Boston University and Harvard University are creating a production cloud service, the New England Research Cloud (NERC), supported by the professional Research Computing Services staff from those universities.  We expect that this production service will enable a significant community of users that do not have the technical skills to use the existing, unsupported MOC service and/or were unwilling to assume the risk of using an experimental service.   Our plan over the summer is to focus the larger MOC and NERC team and our collective hardware resources on tasks needed for launching NERC.   In order to minimize disruption during this period, and to understand the needs for the future NERC platform, we are asking existing users to complete the following survey (link below). 

Due to this work, the resources available to the existing MOC OpenStack and Open Shift environments will be significantly reduced, there will be periods of downtime, and we hope by the end of the summer to entirely decommission some of the MOC clusters. 

By Thursday May 21 – Please fill out one survey for each OpenStack or OpenShift project for which you currently use the MOC (so if you are using it for three projects, you will fill it out three times).  If you have many projects and the form is too cumbersome, please email Jennifer Stacy,, and she will send you an excel spreadsheet version.

The short link the survey is here:

As always, if you find projects or other MOC resources you are no longer using please delete them. 

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