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UF Community Discusses Challenge of Moving Big Data

Elias Eldayrie Welcome Speech at RC Day

On October 29, faculty, research staff, and network engineers convened for the Fall 2012 Research Computing Day. The theme was big data and the issues related to storing and moving enormous (potentially quintillions of bits) data produced by the research community.

The agenda included a presentation on the Gator Cloud by Andy Li, associate professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering. The Gator Cloud infrastructure enables high-impact research and collaboration at UF. Other topics discussed include GENI and Software Defined Network/OpenFlow and networking advances at the University of Florida and Florida LambdaRail in support of big data.

“The University of Florida is taking a big leap forward in building infrastructure to support research that involves large data sets as well as broad collaborations,” notes Erik Deumens, director of UF Research Computing. “Such research projects require the ability to move large amounts of data, to store data safely and reliably, and to process it quickly. To make this work, it is important that the communities of researchers and network engineers meet to learn about the new technologies and capabilities to be deployed in the next few months.”

All presentations from Fall 2012 Research Computing Day are now available online. For more information about UF’s research computing capabilities, visit the High Performance Computing (HPC) Center Web site, or email the HPC staff.