2020 Open Cloud Workshop

A 2020 Vision on Cloud Computing

March 2 – 3, 2020

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

Thank you for attending the 2020 Open Cloud Workshop.

Please check back as we update this page with slides and video

The Open Cloud Workshop (formerly MOC Workshop) was held on March 2-3, 2020 at Boston University.  This year, given exciting developments associated with the MOC, the OC Workshop convened 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 welcomed 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 was designed to engage all parties across a range of experience with these efforts.

This year, the Open Cloud Workshop included multiple segments of Micro- talks.  Proposals were submitted via an open call – additional details on the areas of focus and the criteria was available on the 2020 Open Cloud Workshop Talk and Poster Proposal Form.


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 Firstslidesvideo

10:30 – 10:50 AM: Break and Networking

10:50 – 11:30 AM: Keynote – Chris Wright, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Red Hatslidesvideo

11:30 – 12:30 PM: Micro-talks Isegment video (all talks in segment)
  • The Open Cloud FPGA Testbed – Supporting Research on Emerging Datacenter Configurations – Martin Herbordt, BU, and Miriam Leeser, NU – slidesvideo
  • Programming FPGAs – The Open Source Way – Ahmed Sanaullah, Red Hat – slidesvideo
  • Leveraging Distributed Research Cloud Infrastructures for Domain Science Research and Experimentation – Anirban Mandal, RENCI – slidesvideo
  • Strategic Management of Shared Cloud Resources –  Jonathan Chamberlain and Zhenpeng Shi, BU slidesvideo
  • Secure and Customized Hypervisor with Qemu – Daniele Buono, IBM – slidesvideo
12:30 – 2:00 PM: Lunch, Posters, and Networking (location: large ballroom)
* A closed meeting of the Open Cloud Testbed Advisory Board will be held over lunch (location: GSU 312)

2:00 – 3:30 PM: Industry Luminaries Panelsegment video

3:30 – 4:10 PM: Keynote – Matthew Adiletta, Senior Fellow and the Director of the Systems Innovation Lab, Intel

4:10 – 4:30 PM: Break and Networking

4:30 – 5:30 PM: Micro-talks II – Testbeds and Deployments
segment video (all talks in segment)
  • Harvard Data Commons  – Merce Crosas, Harvard – slidesvideo
  • RSpace electronic lab notebook: an inter-operable active data management tool forming part of the Harvard Data Commons, and plans for a pilot on NERC – Rory Macneil, RSpace – slides videoposter
  • The Open Storage Network, John Goodhue, MGHPCC – slidesvideo
  • What is FABRIC?  – Paul Ruth, RENCI – slidesvideo
  • Where is Ironic, and where is it going? – Julia Kreger, Red Hat – slidesvideo
Video from Q&A from Micro-talks I and II

5:30 – 7:30 PM Closing Remarks and Receptionclosing remarks video

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 CCRI slidesOverview slidessegment video

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

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

12:30 – 2:00 PM: Lunch, Posters, and Networking
(location: large ballroom)

2:00 -3:10 PM: Deep Dives & Micro-talks III
3:10 – 3:30: Deep Dives & Micro-talks Q&A/Discussion – video

3:30 – 4:00 PM: Break and Networking

4:00 – 5:10 PM: Deep Dives & Micro-talks
IV 5:10 – 5:30 PM: Deep Dives & Micro-talks Q&A/DiscussionDiscussion from talks

5:30 – 6:00 PM: Closing Remarks

Additional Posters

Birds of a Feather Discussion Groups

Throughout the workshop we provided space and resources for Birds of a Feather discussion groups. These were less formal than Deep Dives. Additional information on these sessions can be found on Birds of a Feather Groups Sign Up and Details spreadsheet.


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