Watch recordings of the Mass Open Cloud Alliance Workshop

Mar 31, 2023 | Boston University, Featured News, News

Over 30 Red Hatters attend the 2023 Mass Open Cloud (MOC) Alliance Workshop on March 20 – 21, 2023, at Boston University.  Recordings of each day of the event are available (see below with the schedule – currently unedited), and we will announce in the coming weeks when individual recordings of the talks are available. In addition to several micro talks and other segments, Red Hat’s Blake Shiver, Vice President, Global Cloud Partners gave a keynote on March 20 and Hugh Brock, Director, Red Hat Research, gave a keynote on March 21.

The MOC Alliance provides a structure for a set of interrelated projects that have grown up around the Mass Open Cloud (MOC) and Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC).  These projects include production cloud services (NERC, NESE, OSN) for domain researchers that are operated and facilitated by university research IT, a national testbed for cloud research (OCT), projects to enable scientific and medical researchers (Biogrids, ChRiS), projects to engage the open source (OI labs, Operate First) and systems research (Red Hat Collaboratory, i-Scale) communities.

The goal of the workshop was to bring the community of Research IT, researchers, users, and industry to both celebrate what has been accomplished and help define the MOC Alliance strategy moving forward. In addition, it will showcase how the Alliance is so much more than the sum of its parts. Sessions covered research that was motivated by experience with a real cloud, the impact research has already had on upstream open source projects, and how some of these projects are starting to impact services that are part of the Alliance.  


  • 8 am – 9 am: Check-in, Breakfast & Networking
  • 9 am – 10:30 am: Welcome and MOC-A Updates
    • Introductory Remarks – Gloria Waters, Boston University
    • History and Future of the MOC Alliance – Orran Krieger, Boston University & Peter Desnoyers, Northeastern University
    • Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) – John Goodhue, MGHPCC
    • Open Cloud Testbed (OCT) – Mike Zink, UMass Amherst
    • New England Research Cloud (NERC) & Other Services – Wayne Gilmore, Boston University & Scott Yockel, Harvard University
    • Colosseum – Abhimanyu Gosain, Northeastern University
    • Workshop Overview – Orran Krieger, Boston University
  • 10:30 am – 11 am: Break & Networking 
  • 11 am -11:35 am: Keynote
    • Sharron Wall, Mass Tech Collaborative 
  • 11:35 am – 1:15 pm: Micro-talks I
    • OPE/ Interactive Books – Jonathan Appavoo, Boston University & Danni Shi, Red Hat
    • Workforce Development – Sarah Coghlan, Red Hat & Damien Eversmann, Red Hat
    • Elastic Secure Infrastructure (ESI) Research & Development – Apoorve Mohan, IBM & Tzu-Mainn Chen, Red Hat
    • AI for Cloud Ops – Ayse Coskun, Boston University & Heidi Dempsey, Red Hat
    • ChRIS – Máirín (Mo) Duffy, Red Hat & Rudolph Pienaar, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
    • Unikernel Linux (UKL) – Larry Woodman, Red Hat & Eric Munson, Boston University
    • LSVD/ D4N – Matt Benjamin, Red Hat & Amin Mosayyebzadeh, Boston University
    • Hypervisor Fuzzing – Manuel Egele, Boston University & Bandan Das, Red Hat
    • Kernel Tuning with Machine Learning – Sanjay Arora, Red Hat & Han Dong, Boston University
    • Hardware/ Software CoDesign – Sahan Bandara, Boston University & Ahmed Sanaullah, Red Hat
  • 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm: Lunch & Poster Session
  • 2:45 pm – 3:20 pm: Keynote
  • 3:20 pm – 3:45 pm: Keynote
    • Jon Stumpf, Two Sigma
  • 3:45 pm – 4:15 pm: Break & Networking
  • 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm: Discussion, Software Diversity on the NERC
    • Will Tomlinson, Software & Application Innovation Lab (SAIL)
    • David Boas, BIDS/BIDS-fNIRS 
    • Naomi Caselli, ASL-LEX
    • Douglas Densmore, DAMP Lab
    • Hank Fien, NCIL 
    • Milson Munakami, Harvard University 
  • 5:15 pm – 5:30 pm: Closing Remarks
    • Michael Daitzman, MOC Alliance


  • 8 am – 9 am: Breakfast & Networking 
  • 9 am – 9:15 am: Welcome Remarks
    • David Luzzi, Northeastern University & John Byers, Boston University
  • 9:15 am – 10 am: Center Vision and Capabilities
    • Orran Krieger, Boston University & Peter Desnoyers, Northeastern University 
  • 10 am – 10:30 am: Industry Support Keynotes
  • 10:30 am – 10:45 am: Break and Networking
  • 10:45 am – 11:45 am: IUCRC Presentation
    • Mohan Kumar, National Science Foundation
  • 11:45 am – 1:15 pm: Lunch & Poster Session
  • 1:15 pm – 3 pm: Dual Track
    • MOC Alliance Deep Dives
      • FPGA Tutorial – Suranga Handagala
      • NERC Demonstration – Milson Munakami 
    • IUCRC Research Proposals
      • 1:15 pm Split Processes: Bringing the Process to the Data Cooperman (NU), Desnoyers (NU), Krieger (BU)
      • 1:35 pm Storage as a network: extending distributed tracing to S3 Sambasivan (Tufts), Desnoyers (NU), Krieger (BU)
      • 1:55 pm Real-Time Telemetry and Observability for Cloud Operation and Security Liu (BU), Starobinski (BU) 
      • 2:15 pm Serverless enhancements and file systems Shin (NU), Matta (BU)
      • 2:35 pm Towards high performance and energy efficiency in open-source stream processing Kalavri (BU), Appavoo (BU)
  • 3 pm – 3:15 pm: Break & Networking
  • 3:15 pm – 5 pm: Dual Track
    • MOC Alliance Deep Dives
      • OpenDP Tutorial – Michael Shoemate, Harvard University
      • FABRIC Tutorial – Paul Ruth, RENCI
    • IUCRC Research Proposals
      • 3:15 pm Security and FPGAs in Disaggregated Data Centers Leeser (NU), Zink (UMass)
      • 3:35 pm Interlock: Cloud-scale Data Flow Analyses for User Privacy Egele (BU), Robertson (NU)
      • 3:55 pm Intelligent Operations in the cloud: towards efficiency, security, and resilience Coskun (BU), Stringhini (BU)
      • 4:15 pm Accelerating FHE-based Computing using Custom Accelerators in Cloud Systems Kaeli (NU), Joshi (BU)
      • 4:35 pm Enhancing Programmable Hardware Capability and Usability across HPC, Cloud, and Edge Herbordt (BU), Liu (BU), Mancuso (BU), Athanassoulis (BU), West (NU)
  • 5 pm – 5:05 pm: Closing Remarks
    • Peter Desnoyers
  • 5:05 pm –  5:45 pm: Industry Feedback Session
    • Closed session for IUCRC industry attendees only

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