Pushing the Boundaries and Testing the Limits of Big Data Transfer

Across disciplines, the amount of research data being collected continues to grow. With this growth comes a challenge of managing, distributing and storing that date. This session will explore some case study examples of big data projects that are pushing the boundaries and testing the limits of traditional data transfer capabilities.


Ian Gable, Technical Manager, High Energy Physics Network Canada (HEPnet Canada)

Ian is a science High Performance Computing and networking specialist. He is currently the Technical Manager for High Energy Physics Network Canada(HEPnet Canada), an organization responsible for supporting High Energy Physicist’s networking needs throughout Canada.

Presentation Topic:
At the SuperComputing 2011 (SC11) conference in Seattle in November, an international team from UVic and Caltech transferred data in opposite directions at a combined world record rate of 186 gigabits per second (Gbps) in a wide-area network circuit. The 100 G circuit was established from the UVic Enterprise Data centre via BCNet and CANARIE to Seattle. In this talk Ian will discuss the network, end-system, and software technologies the team used to achieve these very high data rates. He present the team’s results and show how the demonstration progressed throughout the Super Computing week. Reference:http://supercomputing.uvic.ca/

David Schade, Group Leader, Canadian Astronomy Data Centre, National Research Council, Government of Canada

David Schade develop an interest in astronomy at the age of 25 stimulated by his mother’s acquisition of a telescope upon her retirement. After a couple of years of dabbling with astro-photography on his visits home and enduring frigid nights in the Canadian Rockies, the desire to understand more about the universe became overwhelming and he abandoned his career as a blues guitarist to begin university at the age of 27. He obtained his doctorate in 1990 from the University of Victoria and moved with his wife and children to England to work at Cambridge University on the Hubble Space Telescope Medium Deep Survey project. After three years, Dr. Schade moved to the University of Toronto to analyse HST imaging of faint galaxies in the Canada-France Redshift Survey with Prof. Simon Lilly. In 1996 Dr. Schade accepted a position with the National Research Council of Canada as a staff member of the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre in Victoria, where he is currently the Group Leader.


Individual Presentations

Intended Audience 

General: Staff, Faculty and Students

Session Duration

60 minutes

Session Schedule

Tuesday, May 1st
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Terasen Theatre (1800)