Doing something interesting in the Internetworking space? Submit a paper and be in to win a trip to Singapore.
The NZNOG organising committee invites papers for its 12th annual conference, to be hosted at the Mercure Hotel, Wellington, New Zealand from 21 – 25 January 2013. There will be three days of Workshops (21 – 23 January), a day of tutorials (23 January) with the main conference on 24 – 25 January.
The NZNOG conference, workshops and tutorials are a once-a-year opportunity for individuals and organisations involved in Internet operations to meet and share the latest in Internet operations, technologies practises and receive high quality training.
The event is unique in New Zealand and attracts technical, skilled individuals with a genuine interest in Internet operations and Internetworking technologies.
Presenters are invited to submit abstracts of their paper for consideration by Monday 5 November. The best national paper – as judged by a selection of members from the organising team – will win return flights from New Zealand, accommodation, and conference fees to the next APRICOT conference in Singapore.
More details on paper submission can be found at http://www.nznog.org/call-for-papers.
How can the nation’s eScience Infrastructure benefit your research?
Join our partners, the New Zealand eScience Infrastructure team, at their roadshow around New Zealand.
Learn how your research can benefit from high performance computing (HPC) facilities. NeSI provides HPC and other services for researchers. The team will explain what services are available, how they help and how to access them.
For more information, or to contact the NeSI team see their website.
The REANNZ team will also be joining the roadshow, if you have any questions, or would like to meet us, please email.
Science DMZ workshop at the eResearch Symposium
Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) hosted the 2012 eResearch Symposium which attracted researchers, IT specialists and educationalists from across the country and abroad.
In a dedicated workshop, REANNZ and NeSI presented the Science DMZ concept. The Science DMZ is a network architecture that separates the large data traffic flows that high-performance science generates, from “business as usual” traffic. The REANNZ team presented an 8Gb/s data transfer using the REANNZ Network from Wellington to Auckland.
Whilst the Science DMZ network design implemented for the Symposium demonstrated you can divert traffic uninhibited onto, and across the REANNZ Network, a tool capable of sending large files is also required. The NeSI team presented the final piece of the jigsaw: the use of gridFTP via the Globus toolkit, an offering by NeSI. The NeSI team transfered large data sets from Auckland internationally to the ESnet gridFTP node at Lawrence Berkley Laboratories in the US .
Approximately 50 attendees not only watched 45 minutes of Science DMZ presentations, but asked thought provoking questions for an additional 30 minutes.
An important component of the Science DMZ is the measurement and monitoring infrastructure. This was also demonstrated through-out the symposium at the REANNZ booth. We are installing perfSONAR nodes across our network and are recommending that our community do the same. We are offering our community the opportunity to source from us perfSONAR nodes. Further information about perfSONAR and our offer can be found on the REANNZ website.
Due to the significant interest in the Science DMZ approach, REANNZ is offering additional on site presentations for those who are considering implementing the Science DMZ to aid in their processes of science. To discuss this, or to talk about a presentation at our site, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
REANNZ and NeSI together bringing you the Science DMZ
We are sometimes faced with datasets too large to email. We resort to saving large datasets on hard drives to courier across the country, rather than sending them across the network. This is increasingly unnecessary, and is easily resolved. Institutions that adopt contemporary network configurations and data transfer services, are able to reap the benefits of high speed research networks to quickly transfer large datasets.
REANNZ and NeSI will demonstrate the effect of carefully configured data transfer services atop a well tuned research network at the eResearch Symposium VUW 4-6th July. You will see the differences that can easily be made to data transfer performance, and even learn how to optimise your institutes network connection for large data transfers. However this is only part of the picture – gain access to large data transfer tools and learn more about the data transfer services available, including programmable transfers, and easy to use tools available today researchers in NZ.
For those technically minded, the network approach we’re demonstrating is a prototype of a Science DMZ network architecture and uses a performance-testing tool, perfSONAR, to identify bottlenecks. Atop this, we’re working with GridFTP and GlobusOnline for data transfers. Come talk to the engineers involved from both REANNZ and NeSI to learn more.
If you are attending the Symposium please come along to our booth or workshop, we look forward to seeing you there.
If you are not able to get to Wellington for this, please contact us and we’ll be happy to talk with you.
Less than one week until the biggest eResearch Symposium yet!
There is a diverse and engaged range of delegates spanning discipline, seniority and geographic origin. It will be a fascinating week in Wellington.
If you are attending the Symposium, come to our workshop to see live large file transfer demonstrations and learn what needs to be done to achieve them. The workshop is on 11-12:15pm Friday 6th July. You can also visit us at our booth during the event.
Register to take part in this exciting event. A full programme is available at www.eresearch.org.nz/nzers2012-programme.
The 3rd New Zealand eResearch Symposium will be held at Victoria University of Wellington, on Wednesday 4th – Friday 6th July, 2012.
In preparation for the Symposium, REANNZ and the University of Auckland are performing tuning activities over the REANNZ international link to Los Angeles (LAX) that will enable large file transfers using gridFTP. Testing will occur over the Los Angeles (LAX) link on Thursday 21st and Monday 25th June from 9:00am. You can watch the progress on the REANNZ Weathermap here.
If you are attending the Symposium come to our workshop to see live large file transfer demonstrations and learn what needs to be done to achieve them. The workshop is on 11-12:15pm Friday 6th July. You can also visit us at our booth.
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION CLOSES NEXT FRIDAY 8 JUNE
Register before 11:59 pm Friday 8 June and you’ll receive the discounted early bird registration rate of $370 for full registration or $125 for students’ full registration.
Full registration includes entry to all symposium sessions on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 July, the Welcome Function on Wednesday 4 July and the Symposium Dinner at The Boatshed on Thursday 5 July. Full details about registration are available online: http://www.eresearch.org.nz/nzers2012-registration
We have an exciting line up of presentations, workshops and posters. Full details including presentation abstracts are available here: http://www.eresearch.org.nz/nzers2012-programme
Three workshops will be held on Wednesday 4 July 2012, at the Kelburn Campus, Victoria University of Wellington. You may register for these workshops as part of your Symposium attendance or register for them separately.
Workshop 1: Building a cyber infrastructure for environmental acoustics research
Workshop 2: NZ HPC Applications Workshop
Workshop 3: Open Research in the New Zealand Context
For further details about each workshop please see here: http://www.eresearch.org.nz/nzers2012-presentations#Workshops
The following keynote speakers have been confirmed:
- Dr Cameron Neylon
- Sayeed Choudhury
- Simon Burrows
- Nicole Coleman
For further details about each speaker please see here: http://www.eresearch.org.nz/nzers2012-keynotes
INFORMATION, COMMUNICATION, ELECTRONIC AND ELECTRICAL TECHNOLOGY AWARD
Initiated in 2005, the New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards are the premier awards for the engineering professionals of New Zealand.
The awards are presented in three major areas:
Awards Recognising People, that recognise leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship and our young engineers;
Project and Product Awards, that recognise achievement in the various industry areas, together with a Supreme Award for the best of the Project and Product winners; and
Practice Awards that recognise a product, programme, project or a person demonstrating the application of engineering knowledge and skills to achieve excellence in safety, environmental protection or community engagement.
Entry is now open for these awards, further information and entry details can be found at www.nzeeawards.org.nz
Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) and REANNZ recognised the growing national interest in Openflow and worked together to provide an opportunity to gain practical hands on Openflow experience in the form of a Bootcamp.
The Openflow Bootcamp was the direct result of an earlier Openflow Workshop where attendees indicated they wanted to participate in a “doing” exercise. Twenty seven people attended VUW on the 7 May and twenty three got their hands dirty, one of the workshop attendees even came over from Australia.
What they did
Josh Bailey of Google led the day and provided an overview of Openflow before taking attendees to the computer lab. The attendees worked in small groups to do everything from configure switches from scratch, to compile, install, troubleshoot and run RouteFlow, to configure Quagga from woe to go. The groups were able to make five openflow controlled switches (one Pronto and four HPs) come up in a full mesh. The first person to successfully bring up a RouteFlow controlled switch was VUW’s Mark Davies.
REANNZ’s Sam Russell gave a talk on pyswitch and explained in great detail the problems with the example code (broken for more than 2 switches by default, etc) and how he fixed it. His talk was at the end of the day and it was very clear the audience were very familiar with the topic and followed Sam’s explanation easily.
Thank you very much to HP for providing the switches (which basically worked with RouteFlow out of the box) and to VUW’s Radek and Mark for setting up the lab. Finally, thank you to those who attended on the day and made the bootcamp such a success. There is now even more interest in Openflow here in NZ………