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HPC Midlands - JANET(UK) Enabling the UK's e-Infrastructure


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Dr David Salmon, Research Support Unit Manager at JANET(UK), sets HPC Midlands into the context of the UK's national e-Infrastructure programme, and discusses potential models for industrial …

Dr David Salmon, Research Support Unit Manager at JANET(UK), sets HPC Midlands into the context of the UK's national e-Infrastructure programme, and discusses potential models for industrial connectivity to JANET to facilitate greater co-operation and collaboration. For more information, please see

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  • 1. Janet- connecting e-InfrastructureLoughborough – 20th March 2013David
  • 2. Janet• Janet – UK‟s NREN (National Research and Education Network)• Higher Education (Universities)• Publically funded research organisations – Research Council Facilities – STFC, EPSRC, NERC, BBSRC, MRC, ESRC, AHRC• Further education (post 16) & specialist colleges• Schools (via external aggregation networks – not direct)• ~1000 directly connected organisations• Up to 18M users
  • 3. Funding• Funding Agencies – Higher Education – Further Education – England, Scotland, (Wales), Northern Ireland• “Top sliced” model – Agencies fund Janet to implement services – Amounts derived from organisations‟ funding statistics• Formal channels – Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) – through Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)
  • 4. Company Structure• JISC – now a legal entity - charity (1st December 2012) – Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG)• JISC collections and Janet Limited (1st December 2012) – CLG – Formed from merger of: • JNT Association Ltd. (Janet) • JISC collections Ltd.• JISC is the Holding company• JISC Collections and Janet Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary• So – Now all one...., but business as usual for service delivery• Funding models and structures under review and likely to change over coming years
  • 5. Network Services• High capacity, High Quality IP service – “Internet” – IPv4, IPv6, Unicast, Multicast..• University access 1-10Gbit/s+, resilient in some cases – STFC RAL – around 100Gb/s across all services• 100Gbit/s backbone• Interoperation with GEANT (Europe) and other R&E networks worldwide• Lightpath (Circuit) service – Point to point dedcicated links – Typically high capacity – 1-10Gbit/s• VPN service in future• Janet Aurora – Dark fibre R&D platform
  • 6. Other Services• Videoconferencing• Eduroam wireless• Router management• DNS hosting....• Not comprehensive list...• Janet Brokerage – Promote and provide a mechanism for take up of externally provided services – Storage, compute, email, cloud....
  • 7. Research support• Research Communities – Particle Physics – Astronomy & Radio Astronomy – HPC – Bioinformatics – Natural Environment – Atmosphere, Weather and Climate – Network research – Testbeds & overlays• Layer 2 services enabling national and International collaboration• e-Infrastructure...
  • 8. Janet - Current Initiatives• New Janet backbone – Janet6 – Optical Fibre footprint – Optical transmission equipment• e-Infrastructure funding
  • 9. Janet6
  • 10. Janet6: Core Fibre and BackboneResilience• Similar topology to SJ5.• Two north-south paths• New east-west path from Birmingham to Nottingham – Erdington to Lowdham• New PoP in Acton, West London
  • 11. Current Status
  • 12. Lighting the fibre• Multi-wavelength optical transmission equipment• „Native‟ capacity on the core to be 100Gbit/s per wavelength • Theoretically up to 80 channels/waves• Roadmap towards 400Gbit/s and 1Tbit/s per wave during network lifetime• Will be more reconfigurable than SJ5 – Flexible optical engineering• Coherent regional and backbone optical engineering – one network with edge-to-edge optical services• Janet will manage the network directly (not outsourced) – Optical, Layer2, IP
  • 13. e-InfrastructureNetworking
  • 14. Janet – e-Infrastructure networking• £26M With HEFCE – Announced Autumn 2011Breakdown• £10M Contribution to Janet6 backbone• £12M Network provision within “classic” Janet community, including key locations which may need additional fibre access• £4M “Industry connection”
  • 15. e-Infrastructure programme support• Janet CTO Bob Day on e-Infrastrcuture Leadership Council (ELC)• Paul Lewis secondment to BIS programme Office – ELC secretary – 8 months• STFC secondment – Michael Wilson – ELC secretary – funded from Janet’s e-Infrastructure allocation
  • 16. e-Infrastructure Strategic Sites• Identify additional fibre / capacity requirements• Work with organisations to understand strategic requirements• Build cases for provision• Integrate provision with deployment of Janet6
  • 17. Requirements – derive from Patterns of use• Data movement – working patterns – How much – data volume ? • Beware Bytes vs. bits ! – How quickly ? – How often ? – Where to ? – National & International• Network engineers need bit-rates !• Working with research communities to understand emerging/evolving/strategic requirements
  • 18. Norwich Bioinformatics Cluster• The Genome Analysis Centre • Institute for Food Research - TGAC • University of East Anglia• The Sainsbury Laboratory • Norwich Research Park• John Innes Centre
  • 19. Hinxton Genome Campus• European Molecular Biology Laboratory - European Bioinformatics Institute• The Sanger Centre• Babraham Institute
  • 20. Exeter & locale• Met Office • Weather & Climate research• University of Exeter • Monsoon HPC – NERC & M.O.
  • 21. Broaden scope of Janet’s fibre infrastructure• Complementary & integrated with Janet6• Thames Valley regional fibre – new transmission equipment – Harwell PoP (STFC RAL etc.), Oxford
  • 22. Industry access to academic e-Infrastructure• “Access” – Access to Janet community knowledge & expertise – Access to community systems & resources connected to Janet – Network connections • Through existing provision & peerings • Direct to Janet• Evaluate what is appropriate
  • 23. Industry connecting to Janet• Possible for many years – “bona-fide” Industry/Academic R&D collaboration – Industry funds connection (marginal cost) plus an access fee – NOT a general “Internet” connection – Must have a separate connection for normal business• More recently – Janet Business & Community Engagement Policy (BCE) • Academic site hosts a connection • SME / Startup • Share a portion of their access capacity • Local decision – Consider costs & state-aid issues
  • 24. e-Infrastructure – Janet activities• HPC consortia discussions – Specific / preferred Industry partners ?• Clarify state-aid issues – Understand boundaries – What can & can’t be done – Andrew Cormack – Janet’s Chief Policy Adviser • Plus Consultancy – Broader European dimension • e-Infrastructure reflection Group (e-IRG)• Discussions – Technology Strategy Board (TSB) – Catapult Centres
  • 25. Case Studies• Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) – Connection being established – 1 Year – Evaluate benefits• HPC Consortia – Pilot connections with a selected Industry partner ? – Approach being considered• Generic connections issue within Janet – Industry – Academic OK – Industry – Industry is the challenging area – Policy study will clarify • Perhaps “pre-competitive” notions will help
  • 26. Access Management and Authentication• Important issues for use of computing facilities• Strong interest in greater uniformity/integration within UK HPC community – Janet promoting a more versatile technology – Single sign-on, not web based – Project Moonshot • UK Technology pilot • Case studies – May help with Industry access – Janet supporting from e-Infrastructure funding
  • 27. Summary• Janet – Very capable national infrastructure – Very well connected internationally• Enabler for collaboration• e-Infrastructure support – exploring policy position – encourage better academic/industry collaboration & use/access to facilities • additional network connections where appropriate – Access management