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 connectivity to JANET to facilitate greater co-operation and collaboration. For more information, please see http://hpc-midlands.ac.uk

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

  1. 1. Janet- connecting e-InfrastructureLoughborough – 20th March 2013David SalmonDavid.Salmon@ja.net
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 8. Janet - Current Initiatives• New Janet backbone – Janet6 – Optical Fibre footprint – Optical transmission equipment• e-Infrastructure funding
  9. 9. Janet6
  10. 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. 11. Current Status
  12. 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. 13. e-InfrastructureNetworking
  14. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 19. Hinxton Genome Campus• European Molecular Biology Laboratory - European Bioinformatics Institute• The Sanger Centre• Babraham Institute
  20. 20. Exeter & locale• Met Office • Weather & Climate research• University of Exeter • Monsoon HPC – NERC & M.O.
  21. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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