Morning Workshop | 9:00 am 12:00 pm

WORKSHOP 1: Designing Storage Solutions for Life Sciences - DETAILED AGENDA

During the Information Age, discoveries in our physical world began feeding an abstract electronic data universe. Consequently, scientific breakthroughs and achievements now trigger the formation of vast digital oceans with exponentially rising tides. There is no end in sight. Within this data abundance, a transition to the Analytics Age has begun, where advancements in Data Science promise to drive innovation and discovery for the foreseeable future. The speed of this transition has left most IT and research support organizations unprepared and unable to keep their storage and data management practices relevant. Most are in survival mode. Organizations that thrive in this new era will learn to understand their data’s true value and balance traditional storage best practices with targeted innovation. This comprehensive BioTeam workshop begins by framing the problem, highlighting needs, and outlining use cases for storage in life sciences. It next provides a thorough review of storage types, file systems, networking considerations, and compute interactions. After covering service, management, and policy issues, this workshop will conclude with an interactive discussion.


Ari E. Berman, Ph.D., Vice President and General Manager of Consulting Services, BioTeam, Inc.

Aaron Gardner, Senior Scientific Consultant, BioTeam, Inc.

Course Introduction by: Jeff Tabor Sr., Director, Product Management and Marketing, Avere Systems

Afternoon Workshop | 1:304:30 pm

WORKSHOP 2: Foundational Services for Bioinformatics in

Cloud is quickly becoming the new normal for Bio-IT. Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a wide array of products that can be pieced together to support diverse workloads for scientific computing. This workshop covers the foundational AWS products of compute, storage, and databases necessary for research workflows. We will dive deep into Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), and what to use when for research computing. Finally, we will cover High-Performance Computing on AWS and introduce the CloudFormation provisioning and orchestration service. This workshop will be hands-on with self-paced tutorials as well as live demos as time permits.


Adam Kraut, Senior Scientific Consultant, BioTeam, Inc.

Course Introduction by: Charles Shiflett, Senior Software Engineer, Cloud, Aspera, an IBM Company


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