Past and Future Collaborative Expedition Workshops    (419D)

Collaborative Expedition Workshop #80, February 9, 2009, at NSF    (419E)

Draft Title: Leveraging SOA: Advancing Cyberinfrastructure Capabilities for High-Performing Distributed Communities    (419F)

A. Workshop Purpose    (419M)

This workshop will explore the emerging cyberinfrastructure landscape for robust, collaborative organizing, that recognizes the importance of infrastructure metrics and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) to advance the performance capacity, reliability, and resilience of advanced networks. Today advanced network federation is fundamental to the high-performance of distributed communities at national and global levels and a SOA framework for performance measurement and analysis is a key element.    (41EA)

In this workshop, participants will explore the evolution of SOA-based approaches to extending the real-time discovery capacity for discernment around the parts/ whole performance profile and behavior of multi-institutional and heterogeneous networks intended to work well with one another. By defining and provisioning for a more granular level of performance measurement data through standards-based messaging services, the functioning of this complex web of network components can be understood and leveraged toward improvements that reflect cooperation and contributions across "autonomous" providers. To achieve effective evolution across a "whole" system that is fully owned and controlled by no party, sufficient performance data must be available to advance credible commitments and foresight from multiple forms of expertise. Such commitments, expressed in open standards, enable coherent, yet comprehensive data performance flows.    (41EB)

"Scientific experiments routinely send data over networks owned and operated by several different administrative domains. Isolating performance problems in this multi-domain environment is a challenging and time-consuming problem. A common framework that defines a suite of XML-based messaging services that allows the secure sharing of measurement and monitoring data is required to resolve this problem. The perfSONAR (PERFormance Service Oriented Network monitoring ARchitecture) framework provides a starting point for resolving these problems and will support future growth in this area." (Excerpt from Large-Scale Networking and Joint Engineering Team Performance Measurement Initiative draft white paper)    (41D9)

This half-day organizing workshop will open up dialogue to facilitate "bootstrapping" among multiple communities and institutions whose individual and collective contributions to shared design challenges will shape our national and global experience of networking capabilities for years to come. The impact of open standards frameworks for national and global capacity building at both strategic and solution levels will be highlighted by examining the forces, timing, and artifacts by which transformative standards emerge. Workshop finding and results will contribute to future Expedition Workshops in the coming year.    (419R)

It is likely that how we design our cyberinfrastructure (including stewardship and knowledge-sharing environments that influence policy-making, innovation, and agility) will play a pivotal role in the continued vitality and creativity of our 21st century democracy.    (419T)

Building on best practices from mature distributed science communities, participants will have the opportunity to learn and contribute to unprecedented challenges of scale and complexity, that impact not only scientific discovery and innovation, but also multi-institutional "virtual organizations" forming to address national challenges    (41EC)

This workshop will provide an example of how to set conditions by which groups that may not have regular opportunities to share information outside of their agency boundaries and jurisdictions can be brought together. This will support the development of a broader vision among stakeholders engaged in virtual organization challenges, from clean energy innovations to climate change mitigation strategies and beyond.    (419S)

In addition, this workshop will demonstrate an organizing process that can be employed anytime a purpose cuts across organizational boundaries. This is timely for workshop participants who have come to appreciate that building trusted relationships is the essence of eGovernment. How people design the organizing process for potentially “collaborative” settings, existing beyond traditional boundaries, can spell the difference between “multiplicative power” and “no power” arising to achieve high performance results that matter to all.    (419U)

In addition, as "reducing our carbon footprint" moves from slogan to global imperative, collaboration augmented by "silicon-based" collaborative work environments offers significant dividends. The "physical" carbon-based movement of people, goods, and services exacts a much higher carbon cost, than the "virtual" silicon-based movement of people's artifacts and intents - including ideas, knowledge, and requests/ acknowledgements around goods and services available through the World Wide Web. "Virtual Organizations" are poised to amplify effectiveness and timely results, including greater "buy-in" than is obtained through traditional ways of organizing.    (419O)

"It is probably true quite generally that in the history of human thinking the most fruitful developments frequently take place at those points where two different lines of thought meet. These lines may have their roots in quite different parts of human culture, in different times or different cultural environments or different religious traditions: hence if they actually meet, that is, if they are at least so much related to each other that a real interaction can take place, then one may hope that new and interesting developments may follow." Werner Heisenberg    (419V)

"Creativity is a process that can be observed only at the intersection where individuals, domains, and fields intersect." Csikszentmihalyi, 1999    (419W)

"Architecture is the thoughtful making of space." Louis Kahn    (419X)

"Information is the currency of democracy." Thomas Jefferson    (419Y)

"Design is the currency of the 21st century." American Institute of Architects    (419Z)

Workshop planning provides an opportunity to experience shared stewardship around broad mission goals that include:    (41A0)

B. Draft Workshop Questions    (41A5)

General Questions for Workshops in 2009    (41AX)

C. Agenda    (41AY)

9:00 a.m. - Check-in and Coffee    (41AZ)

9:15 a.m. - Welcome and Introductions    (41B0)

SusanTurnbull, GSA and Co-chair, Emerging Technology Subcommittee and Co-Chair, Social, Economic and Workforce Implications of IT CG    (41B1)

RichardSpivack, NIST and Co-chair, Emerging Technology Subcommittee    (41B2)

Vince Dattoria, DOE and Co-chair, Joint Engineering Team, Large-Scale Networking CG    (41DB)

9:30 a.m. - Who is Here and Who is Missing? What is your Sense of Purpose in Relation to the Overall Workshop Goals?    (41B3)

10:10 a.m. - Case Study and Introduction to Perfsonar: Service Oriented Architecture for Multi-Domain Networks [audio ].... [slides ]    (41B4)

RichCarlson, Internet2    (41D3)

10:55 a.m. - Break Out Sessions: Establishing Governance Principles and Framework for a Data-Driven Approach to Shared Understanding and Joint Action on Network Performance Challenges    (41D4)

12:00 - Report out from Break Out Sessions and Discussion    (41BH)

12:20 pm - Wrap-up    (41BI)

12:30 noon - 1:30 p.m. - Networking Lunch    (41BJ)

D. Draft Resources    (41BK)

1. Collaborative Development of Cyberinfrastructure Capabilities: Evolving Large-Scale Networks and Distributed Computing    (41EH)

Presentation on Cloud Computing with NIMBUS, Kate Keahey, Scientist, Mathematics and Computer Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory and Computation Institute fellow, University of Chicago, [audio].. [slides]    (41GO)

2. Transitioning to Virtual Organizations    (41BQ)

3. Open Standards Toward Performance Measurement and Monitoring of Cyberinfrastructures    (41C9)

E. Collaborative Expedition Workshop Series Background    (41CY)

Purpose and Audience: GSA's USA Services/ Intergovernmental leads monthly Collaborative Expedition workshops to advance the quality of citizen-government dialogue and collaborations at the crossroads of intergovernmental initiatives, Communities of Practice, Federal IT research and IT user agencies. The workshops seek to advance collaborative innovations in government and community services such as emergency preparedness, environmental monitoring, healthcare and law enforcement.    (41CZ)

Each workshop organizes participation around a common purpose, larger than any institution, including government. By learning how to appreciate multiple perspectives around potentials and realities of this larger “purpose”, subsequent actions by individuals representing many forms of expertise, can be better expressed in their home and collaborative settings. By centering around people and the "whole system" challenges they organize around, IT design and development processes can mature with less risk and greater national yield of breakthrough performance.    (41D1)

Joint workshop sponsors in addition to GSA, include the Emerging Technology Subcommittee of the Architecture and Infrastructure Committee and Coordinating Groups of the Subcommittee on Networking and Information Technology Research and Development, including, Social, Economic and Workforce Implications of IT and IT Workforce Development CG, Large-Scale Networking CG, High End Computing CG, High Confidence Software and Systems CG, Software Design and Productivity CG, and Human-Computer Interaction and Information Management CG. These organizations value this “frontier outpost” to open up quality conversations, augmented by information technology, to leverage the collaborative capacity of united, but diverse sectors of society, seeking to discover, frame, and act on national potentials.    (41D2)