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Wednesday, April 17 • 9:00am - 9:45am
How NSA & CERN are Using OpenStack

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In this session, we will hear directly from NSA and CERN about how research and government organizations are benefitting from OpenStack. Mark Collier will make a brief introduction, followed by two presentations from an NSA cloud architect and physicist at the University of Victoria:

OpenStack at the National Security Agency (NSA) 
Speaker: Nathanael Burton, NSA 

What does "cloud" mean at NSA and a discussion of how OpenStack fits into the NSA ecosystem. How a small team drove massive process and efficiency change to become one of the NSA's largest hosting platforms. Fostering an environment where creativity and development risk are balanced within the bounds of existing enterprise processes and priorities. Methods for avoiding the "tragedy of the commons". 

Clouds in High Energy Physics
Speaker: Randall Sobie, Institute of Particle Physics and University of Victoria

The presentation will describe the motivation for using cloud computing in high energy physics research.  In particular, the talk will focus on the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) located at the CERN LCEaboratory in Geneva which recently found evidence for the Higgs boson.  We will highlight the challenge of analyzing the LHC data using computing resources distributed around the world.   We will show that clouds can be used in a number of ways in high energy physics and describe our experiences in this rapidly changing field of computing.


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Mark Collier

Chief Operating Officer, OpenStack Foundation
Mark has spent his career working on technologies that disrupt industries, from "a computer on every desk", when he worked at Dell in the 90's as a product manager, to the digital music shift as Senior Director of Business Development at Yahoo! Music, to the cloud computing era, where as VP of Business Development at Rackspace he led the effort to embrace an open source development model and build an ecosystem and community around it, resulting... Read More →

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Nathanael Burton

Computer Scientist, National Security Agency
Nathanael Burton is a Computer Scientist at the National Security Agency. He has worked for the Agency for over 10 years working on distributed systems, large-scale hosting, open source initiatives, operating systems, security, storage, and virtualization technology.
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Randall Sobie

Institute of Particle Physics Research Scientist & Professor, University of Victoria
Randall Sobie is a Research Scientist of the Institute of Particle Physics of Canada and Professor of Physics at the University of Victoria.  He is a member of the ATLAS Project at the CERN Laboratory in Geneva which recently discovered a new particle that may be the Higgs Boson, a key missing component in our understanding of the universe.  He is also involved in the BaBar Project at Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre and the Belle II... Read More →

Wednesday April 17, 2013 9:00am - 9:45am
Oregon Ballroom Oregon Convention Center

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