Converged IT Summit

The Converged IT Summit is designed for professionals involved with strategic planning and implementation of IT technologies to support science. The goal is to deliver solutions to scientists that give them the freedom to discover.

Featured Speakers:

  • Vivien Bonazzi, National Institutes of Health
  • James Cuff, Harvard University
  • Chris Dagdigian, BioTeam, Inc.
  • Warren Kibbe, National Cancer Institute
  • Patricia Kovatch, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Carol Rohl, Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Matthew Trunnell, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
  • Nancy Wilkins-Diehr, San Diego Supercomputer Center


Monday, October 24

Morning Workshop | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

WORKSHOP 1: Designing Storage Solutions for Life Sciences

During the Information Age, discoveries in our physical world began feeding an abstract electronic data universe. Consequently, scientifc breakthroughs and achievements now trigger the formation of vast digital oceans with exponentially rising tides. There is no end in sight. Within this data abundance, a transition to the Analytics Age has begun, where advancements in Data Science promise to drive innovation and discovery for the foreseeable future. The speed of this transition has left most IT and research support organizations unprepared and unable to keep their storage and data management practices relevant. Most are in survival mode. Organizations that thrive in this new era will learn to understand their data’s true value and balance traditional storage best practices with targeted innovation. This comprehensive BioTeam workshop begins by framing the problem, highlighting needs, and outlining use cases for storage in life sciences. It next provides a thorough review of storage types, fle systems, networking considerations, and compute interactions. After covering service, management, and policy issues, this workshop will conclude with an interactive discussion.

Ari E. Berman, Ph.D., Vice President and General Manager of Consulting Services, BioTeam, Inc.
Aaron Gardner, Senior Scientifc Consultant, BioTeam, Inc.

Course Introduction by: Jeff Tabor Sr., Director, Product Management and
Marketing, Avere Systems

Afternoon Workshop | 1:30 – 4:30 pm

WORKSHOP 2: Foundational Services for Bioinformatics in the AWS Cloud

Cloud is quickly becoming the new normal for Bio-IT. Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a wide array of products that can be pieced together to support diverse workloads for scientifc computing. This workshop covers the foundational AWS products of compute, storage, and databases necessary for research workfows. We will dive deep into Amazon Elastic Compute
Cloud (EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), and what to use when for research computing. Finally, we will cover High-Performance Computing on AWS and introduce the CloudFormation provisioning and orchestration service. This workshop will be hands-on with self-paced tutorials as well as live demos as time permits.

Adam Kraut, Senior Scientifc Consultant, BioTeam, Inc.

Course Introduction by: Michelle Munson, President, CEO & Co-Founder, Cloud,
Aspera, an IBM Company

*separate registration required
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Main Conference

Monday, October 24, Opening Session

Convergence, Culture, and the Acceleration of Cancer Research

Matthew Trunnell, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

Exascale Opportunities for Healthcare

Patricia Kovatch, Associate Dean for Scientific Computing, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Tuesday, October 25

A Space Odyssey: One Decade of Scaling Research Computing from 200 to Over 60,000 Processors

James Cuff, Assistant Dean and Distinguished Engineer for Research Computing, Harvard University

Cyberinfrastructure Architecture: Designing a Framework for Science Progress

Dan Stanzione, Ph.D., Executive Director, Texas Advanced Computing Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Science Gateways and Today’s Research Landscape

Nancy Wilkins-Diehr, Associate Director, San Diego Supercomputer Center

Both Sides, Now: Joni Mitchell Had It Right Almost 50 Years Ago

Ruth Marinshaw, Chief Technology Officer, Research Computing, Stanford University

Atomistic Simulations Open Up New Vistas into Biomolecular Function and Rational Drug Design

Markus Dittrich, Senior Scienti c Consultant, BioTeam, Inc.

High Performance Analysis Tools for Whole Genome Sequencing: Integrating Systems from the Bench to the Clinic

Shawn Levy, Faculty Investigator, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

Harvesting Knowledge: Opportunities & Challenges for Big Data to Address Food Security Sustainably

Doreen Ware, Computational Biologist, USDA Agricultural Research Service

Scientific Computing in the Cloud: Speeding Access for Cancer Drug Discovery

Bret Martin, Principal Research Computing Architect, Data Science and Information Technology, H3 Biomedicine
Jeff Tabor Sr., Director, Product Management and Marketing, Avere Systems

NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence: Cybersecurity Resources for Scientific Research

James Marsteller, Security Officer, Pittsburgh Super Computing Center

Accelerating the Analysis of High-Throughput Sequencing

Ketan Paranjape, General Manager, Life Sciences, Health and Life Sciences, Intel

Wednesday, October 26

Trends from the Trenches

Chris Dagdigian, Co-Founder and Principal Consultant, BioTeam, Inc.

The NIH Data Commons – Digital Ecosystems for Using and Sharing Biomedical FAIR Data at Scale

Vivien Bonazzi, Ph.D., Senior Advisor for Data Science Technologies, National Institutes of Health

Time for Better Things: How to Spend Less Time Transferring Research Data

Michelle Munson, President, CEO & Co-Founder, Cloud, Aspera, an IBM Company

Making Scientific Data 100x Easier to Use: Transforming Pharmaceutical R&D with Scalable Approaches to Data Stewardship and Data Integration

Carol Rohl, Ph.D., Executive Director, Scientific Information Management, Merck & Co., Inc.

Data Bloat Spectrum Disorder: Home Remedies and Alchemy for Life Sciences

Ari Berman, Vice President & General Manager, Consulting Services, BioTeam, Inc.

iRODS, Data Commons, and Converged IT

Charles Schmitt, CTO & Director of Informatics, RENCI

NCI Genomic Data Commons, Cloud Pilots, and FAIR

Warren Kibbe, Director, NCI Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT), National Cancer Institute

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