This article is published in the September 2021 issue.

CRA-Industry Virtual Roundtable on Best Practices on Using the Cloud for Computing Research – September 15

RoundtableThe CRA-Industry Committee invites you to attend the Virtual Roundtable on Best Practices on using the Cloud for Computing Research.

A major focus in computing research across industry, academia, and government is to advance the frontiers of computing by experimenting with leading-edge compute platforms.  This was initially at odds with early instances of cloud/warehouse computing that focused on deploying commodity rather than state-of-the-art systems.  However, cloud computing platforms have advanced significantly during the last two decades to the point where there are now many notable examples of their use in research.  Further, the cloud’s “pay as you go” model has proved attractive for research related to machine learning and data analytics that benefit from elastic provisioning of resources. It is noteworthy that NSF has extended its CloudBank portal with a CloudBank Catalog with links to commercial cloud services that can be paid from NSF grants. Hence, increased use of the cloud for computing research could offer new revenue opportunities to cloud providers, in addition to joint research across industry and academia. There will also likely be a crossover from the use of cloud computing for research to its use in teaching, thereby making future generations of computing professionals more accustomed to cloud platforms.

The purpose of this roundtable is to discuss best practices on using the cloud for computing research and the resulting synergistic opportunities across industry, academia, and government.  Some of the discussion topics will include:

  • Use of cloud computing to broaden the set of institutions that can gain access to large-scale resources for computing research
  • Fostering research collaborations across industry, academia, and government (also enabled by data sharing and open-source software)
  • Preparing students to be consumers of cloud computing in their future careers
  • Enabling computing researchers to be creators and early adopters of leading-edge cloud technologies, while looking under the hood and customizing the systems being used
  • Demystifying and capping costs incurred when using the cloud for research.

Intended audience: Computing researchers in academia and industry, cloud providers, research sponsors

September 15, 2021
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM Eastern Daylight Time
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Central Daylight Time
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Mountain Daylight Time
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Pacific Daylight Time

Virtual – Zoom link will be provided closer to the event date.

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Please let us know whether or not you plan to attend by registering here by September 14. If you know of anyone who may be interested in attending this roundtable discussion, please feel free to provide them with this registration link:

Fatma Ozcan, Principal Software Engineer, Google
Vivek Sarkar, Professor and Chair, School of Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology

David Culler, Distinguished Software Engineer, Google
Ed Lazowska, Professor, University of Washington
Margaret Martonosi, CISE AD, National Science Foundation
Giovanni Pacifici, Vice President of Cloud, IBM Research
Raghu Ramakrishnan, CTO for Data, Microsoft

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