APRP Track
Asia Pacific Research Platform

Date: 26 February 2020, Wednesday
Time: 1.30PM – 6PM
Venue: Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, Level 3


Research Platforms and ScienceDMZ

 The Research Platform and ScienceDMZ concepts were originally developed by ESnet to respond to the needs of researchers as only a minority of them were interested or able to set up VLANs and fine tune high speed connections which are rarely their areas of interest. They insisted on concentrating on their research and expected communications, and remote access as a Service; they are highly sensitive to security as well as network and service availability and efficiency. They expect ease of use with API based high speed secure connections to work with their remote peers and collaborators, as well as tools and instruments in their respective areas of research, observation and experimentation.

 California’s PRP (Pacific Research Platform) led by Profs. Larry Smarr and Tom Defanti was the first incarnation of this ScienceDMZ concept connecting around thirty Universities and Research Institutes across California Using CENIC’s very high speed Research and Education Network.

 In the same vein, The Asia Pacific Research Platform (APRP) was conceived as a project to create a transnational ScienceDMZ on an Asia Pacific level to facilitate collaboration between scientists, researchers and academia in an effective, user friendly, secure and affordable environment.


APRP : The road to Research at the Speed of Thought

APRP affects every aspect of human endeavours where collaboration is essential. Examples include access to and sharing of High Power Computing and Storage as well as instruments such as genetic sequencers, high power microscopes, optical telescopes, VLBI arrays, sensor networks for seismic and weather data, satellite observation data, wind tunnels, synchrotons, high energy physics experiments,  as well as remote teaching and preservation, and sharing of the world’s heritage including remote access to digitized museum collections



 The APRP track was first organized in SCA18 following a proposal tabled at the closing plenary of the APAN44 meeting in Dalian, China in 2017. The interest generated resulted in the creation of the APRP Working Group which is now an integral part of the APAN (Asia Pacific Advanced Network) Association activities. The APAN APRP WG is chaired by Jeonghoon Moon of KISTI, South Korea and co-chaired by Andrew Howard of ANU (Australia National University). 

The third APRP track at SCA20  will be chaired by Yves Poppe of NSCC and feature an update of the APRP activities by Jeonghoon Moon of KISTI  followed by presentations Prof. Cees Delaat of the University of Amsterdam and Rod Wilson of CIENA who have both played key roles in pushing the limits of vey high speed communications.  Kevin Sale of KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) will update on the upcoming 100Gbps connectivity between KAUST and Singapore, as well as KAUST to Europe and their active role in the development  APRP and a Global Research Platform (GRP).

The second part of the APRP session will be dedicated to the results of the DMC20 (Data Mover Challenge). Following the success of DMC19, the DMC20 now cover a truly worldwide network and active participation of numerous partners. Prof. Francis Lee, Chair of the DMC20 project will present the strategic context and the importance of the Data Mover Challenge in the context of evolving ScienceDMZ’s and Research Platforms. Andrew Howard of ANU, chair of the Judging Committee, will enlighten us on the major challenges, obstacles and lessons learned during this exciting DMC20. The concluding and widely anticipated presentation will be by a representative by the as yet unannounced winning team of the DMC20 challenge. To terminate some time will be set aside for a final discussion on the way forward.



  Time Topic Presented by:  
13:30 – 14:00 Welcome and Intro to APRP   Mr. Yves Poppe, Consultant,
  Intercontinental SuperComputing
  Networking NSCC and, 
  Dr. Jeonghoon Moon,
  Leader of Network Development Team of
14:00 – 14:30 ICT to support the transformation of Science in the Roaring Twenties   Prof. Dr. Ir. Cees de Laat,
  University of Amsterdam
14:30 – 15:00 Geomesh Networks, Connecting Continents and Connecting Schools on a Global Scale   Mr. Rodney G. Wilson,
  Chief Technologist, Research Networks,
  CTO Group, Research Labs, Ciena
15:00 – 15:30 Bridging the gap   Mr. Kevin Sale,
  Network & Communications Manager,
  King Abdullah University of Science and
  Technology (KAUST)
15:30 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 16:30 Data Mover Challenge Overview and Acknowledgement of Partner   Prof. Francis Lee, Director,
  International Network, National
  Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore
16:30 – 17:00 Data Mover Challenge Judging, Reflections and Award Announcement   Mr. Andrew Howard,
  Cloud Team Manager,
  National Computational Infrastructure
  Canberra Australia
17:00 – 17:30 Presentation   Data Mover Challenge 2020 Winner
17:30 – 17:40 Closing


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