Central Support for Cloud Services Workshop 2017-09-14

This workshop followed the HPC-SIG meeting on Wednesday 13 September 2017 at the University of Hull around the broad theme of how, or indeed if, cloud services, which may be on premises or public cloud, integrate into a central Research Computing service.


The agenda was:

  • 09.30 – Registration and coffee
  • 10.00 – Welcome, Background to the day
  • 10.15 – A private cloud to meet researcher requirements that are not addressed by traditional HPC – Paul Hatton, UoBham. Paul will describe the motivation for, and pitfalls of, developing an on-premises cloud service alongside the traditional HPC and data services offered in the Research Computing service at the University of Birmingham
  • 11.00 – Engaging researchers with the public cloud – Miguel Oliveira, Francis Crick Institute. The Francis Crick Institute have some ongoing engagements between some researchers and public cloud providers, supported by their applications team. This talk will discuss the issues and benefits that arise from supporting researchers who are engaging with the public cloud
  • 11.45 – Comfort break
  • 12.00 – Managing/sharing anonymised data in a private cloud – Bruno Silva, Francis Crick Institute
  • 13.00 – Lunch
  • 14.00 – Cloudy with a chance of meatballs – Owen Thomas, Red Oak Consulting
  • 15.00 – Comfort break
  • 15.15 – discussion/panel session
  • 16.30 – wind-up

The workshop was followed by refreshment and lively discussion in a local hostelry to which all were welcome.