2020 Open Cloud Workshop

A 2020 Vision on Cloud Computing

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The Open Cloud Workshop (formerly MOC Workshop) will be held on March 2-3, 2020 at Boston University.  This year, given exciting developments associated with the MOC, the OC Workshop will convene the MOC community with key stakeholders of the Open Cloud Testbed (OCT), OpenStack Foundation (OSF) Open Infra Labs (OIL) project, New England Research Cloud (NERC).

The OC Workshop welcomes users of the MOC, CloudLab, and associated projects, researchers and startups interested in cloud computing, industry partners, members of the OpenStack Foundation, and students. The workshop is designed to engage all parties across a range of experience with these efforts – it does not matter if you have been a part of the development from the start, have recently gotten involved, or are just interested in learning more.

This year, the Open Cloud Workshop will include two segments of Micro- talks.  This is an open call – additional details on the areas of focus and the criteria are available on the 2020 Open Cloud Workshop Talk and Poster Proposal Form. (The call for proposals is closed)

Register here to secure your space at the workshop. The agenda is currently being developed and exact dates and times are not yet assigned for the segments.  Please check back regularly for updates.  

March 2 – 3, 2020

Boston University
George Sherman Union
Metcalf Ballroom (second Floor)
775 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA


Please note additional details will be added. Exact times for segments may be shifted.

Monday, March 2

8:00 – 9:00 AM: Check-in, Breakfast and Networking

9:00 – 10:30 AM: Welcome and Overview of Mass Open Cloud, Open Cloud Testbed, New England Research Cloud (NERC), OpenInfra Labs and Operate First

10:30 – 11:00 AM: Break and Networking

11:00 – 11:45 AM: Keynote – Chris Wright, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Red Hat

11:45 – 12:30 PM: Micro-talks (details to be announced)

12:30 – 2:00 PM: Lunch, Posters, and Networking
* A closed meeting of the OCT Advisory Board will be held over lunch

2:00 – 3:30 PM: Industry Luminaries Panel

3:30 – 4:00 PM: Break and Networking

4:00 – 5:30 PM: Micro-talks (details to be announced)

5:30 – 7:30 PM Closing Remarks and Reception (*suggested time for Birds of a Feather meetings)

Tuesday, March 3

8:00 – 9:00 AM: Breakfast and Networking

9:00 – 9:45 AM: Keynote – Giovanni Pacifici, Vice President of Hybrid Cloud, IBM

9:45 – 10:30 AM: Open Cloud Testbed: Developing a Testbed for the Research Community Exploring Next-Generation Cloud Platforms

10:30 – 11:00 AM: Break and Networking

11:00 – 12:30 PM: Infrastructure for Cloud Computing Research Panel

12:30 – 2:00 PM: Lunch, Posters, and Networking

2:00 -3:30 PM: Micro-talks & Deep Dives (details to be announced)

3:30 – 4:00 PM: Break and Networking

4:00 – 5:30 PM: Micro-talks & Deep Dives (details to be announced)

5:30 – 6:00 PM: Closing Remarks

Additional Events and Details

  • Breakfast and lunch will be served on both days
  • On Monday, March 2 (Day 1), the day will conclude with a reception open to all workshop attendees, allowing additional time to discuss talks and posters, as well as opportunities for networking
  • Upon request, attendees can reserve a room to work in private (space limited and subject to availability)
  • Some attendees may be invited to closed meetings – communications on these meetings will be sent to invitees directly via email

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 the George Sherman Union, 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. The George Sherman Union is at “BU Central” (the third stop after Kenmore)
  • 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.