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Panel: SaSS for Science: The Path to Reality for “Research in the Cloud"
    Wednesday July 18, 2012 3:45pm - 5:15pm @ Camelot 3rd Floor

    Abstract: With the world moving to web-based tools for everything from photo sharing to research publication, it’s no wonder scientists are now seeking online technologies to support their research. But the requirements of large-scale computational research are both unique and daunting: massive data, complex software, limited budgets, and demand for increased collaboration. While “the cloud” promises to alleviate some of these pressures, concerns about feasibility still exist for scientists and the resource providers that support them. 

    This panel will explore the capacity of Software as a Service (SaaS) to transform computational research so the challenges above can be leveraged to advance, not hinder, innovation and discovery. Leaders from each constituency of a scientific research environment (investigator, campus champion, supercomputing facility, SaaS provider) will debate the feasibility of SaaS-based research, examining the delta between current and desired state from a technology and adoptability perspective. We will explore the delta between where we are – and where we need to be – for scientists to reliably and securely perform research in the cloud.

    Panel Moderator: 
    - Ian Foster, Computation Institute, University of Chicago and Argonne

    Panel participants:
    - Nancy Cox, University of Chicago
    - Brock Palen, University of Michigan
    - J. Ray Scott, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
    - Steve Tuecke, University of Chicago



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