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null Iaas in Life Science Research
Iaas in Life Science Research
Date: 22.01.2013 9:30 - 23.01.2013 15:00
Location details: -
Language: english-language
lecturers: See the programme.
Price: -

Purpose: Collect experience to improve future IaaS service in the life-science community

Result:  Practical recommended short-term actions for e-Infrastructure to meet the needs of the life-science community. Download report.

The event is reserved for invited participants.

Organisers are CSC, Sara ( and NBIC (

Final Agenda

Day one

9:30 - 10:00 Coffee
Session 1: Provider offerings and user needs
10:00 - 10:05 Welcome, Purpose
10:05 - 10:15 Agenda, ground rules
10:15 - 11:00 Virtual compute infrastructure in Finland (Tommi Nyrönen and Olli Tourunen, CSC)
11:15 - 12:00 Grid, Cloud and Hadoop (Machiel Jansen, Sara)
12:00 - 12:45 Lunch
12:45 - 13:15 Specific technical problems and needs experienced with infrastructure in Chipster (Eija Korpelainen and Aleksi Kallio, CSC)
13:15 - 13:45 Specific technical problems and needs experienced with infrastructure in Molecular Medicine - FIMM (Timo Miettinen, FIMM)
13:45 - 14:00 Coffee break
14:00 - 14:20 Specific technical problems and needs experienced with infrastructure in GoNL (Jan Bot, LUMC)
14:20 - 14:40 Specific technical problems and needs experienced with infrastructure in Translational Medicine (Jeroen Beliën, VUMC)
14:40 - 15:00 Specific technical problems and needs experienced with infrastructure in Biobanking (Morris Swertz, RUG)
15:00 - 15:20 Break
Session 2: Actions
15:20 - 15:30 Introduction to the discussion session, split up in four groups
15:30 - 16:30 Discussion in mixed groups: write draft "Actions" for e-Infrastructure providers.
16:30 - 16:40 Break - reassemble
16:40 - 17:00 Shortly present conclusions from each group (continued on Day 2)
17:00 - 17:15 Parking Lot, Conclusions, Discuss the agenda for Day 2

Transport from CSC to Helsinki city center (Radisson Blue Royal, Kamppi)
Finnish-Russian evening at restaurant Saslik ~19. We meet at 18.30 in front of the hotel lobby. Continued free discussions & introduction to Helsinki by Dr. Oula Silvennoinen (History, Univ. of Helsinki). By default we walk from Radisson Blue Royal to Saslik Neitsytpolku 12 (20-30min). Winter jacket, hat and non-slipping shoes are warmly recommended.

Day two: suggested program, subject to discussion

9:00 - 9:25 Assemble & Coffee
Session 3: Security (tentative)
9:25 - 9:30 Agenda for the day
9:30 - 10:00 (Speaker? Tentative Rob Hooft) Lead in: select discussion topics together based on the results of the Day 1.
10:00 - 11:00 Optional if not changed during Day 1. Two discussion groups: 1. Data privacy 2. IaaS service security, problems and feasible technical solutions.
Attitude: What we can actually do to improve security? Experience and limitations of commercial cloud providers. How do CSC and SARA differ from those providers? Architecture(s) for serving sensitive data access infrastructure services? How academically offered services differ from commercial offerings? Why this is valuable for the biomedical community?
11:00 - 11:15 Break
11:15 - 12:00 Presentation of results from the two discussion groups
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
Session 4: User, Service provider and funder perspectives (tentative)
13:00 - 14:00 (Discussion leader? Tentative Pekka Lehtovuori) Optional if not changed during Day 1. Discussion on financial sustainability of public non-profit infrastructure IaaS cloud. What are the roles of the user, service provider and funder - each must play their part to ensure sustainability of IaaS. National and European viewpoints. Liabilities and contracts. Operational costs like service staff salaries, "consumables" (electricity, rents), hardware investments/leases
14.00 - 15.00 Writing workshop conclusions
15:00 - 15:10 Parking Lot & Filling evaluation form of the meeting
15:10 - 15:30 Plans for followup By 15:30 close the meeting Flight to Amsterdam leaves at 18:05, so meeting ends at 15:30 at the very latest.