CHASE-CI Workshop and CineGrid Spotlight: AI (May 14 - May 15)

CHASE-CI Workshop  May 14, 2018, UCSD - Qualcomm Institute
CineGrid Spotlight: AI   May 15, 2018, UCSD - Qualcomm Institute
Co-sponsored by the Pacific Research Platform (PRP) &
The CHASE-CI Workshop was an all-day event, which took place on Monday, May 14th. Many of the computer scientists across the University of California and Cal State campuses, as well as other CHASE-CI grant research partners, gathered to discuss the status of the CHASE-CI roll-out of FIONA8-based Machine Learning (ML) systems, best practices for development with Kubernetes, and the status of their ML and AI research projects, among their peers.  David Arbuckle, the engineering director for Comcast's on-demand video services, presented on Comcast's implementation of Kubernetes, as the basis of their dev/ops environment.  The presentation was well received, because it emphasized that Kubernetes is implemented in commercial, mission-critical media applications.
The CineGrid Spotlight: AI event on the morning of Tuesday, May 15th, (9:00AM - 1:00 PM) featured presentations and panels from technical leaders in the Media and Entertainment (M&E) community, highlighting the use of AI/ML in optimizing global VFX pipelines (Jean Bolot - Technicolor AI Lab); broadcast sports (Jerry Gutierrez - IBM Cloud); research in visual perception (Tomáš Izō - Google Research) and new proposed architectures for content-centric networks (Michelle Munson - Eluvio).  
A panel, moderated by Jeffrey Weekley - UC Merced, was held including these presenters, David Arbuckle and Falko Kuester, a UCSD professor of Virtual Reality and re-creation of archeology sites using 3D immersive environments.
The CineGrid Spotlight attendees who arrived on the morning of May 14th, had the opportunity to sit in on the afternoon CHASE-CI workshop sessions. and learned more about the various ML-enhanced CHASE-CI scientific research projects, using the CHASE-CI FIONA8 AI servers.  Everyone attended the evening wine & cheese reception, which featured the latest demonstrations in the 500 Megapixel 70-GPU walk-in virtual environment called the SunCAVE, tours of the VROOM display and Drone Lab.
Detailed agendas for each day, bios of the presenters, as well as links to the streaming videos, are below:
DAY ONE: CHASE-CI Workshop (May 14)
Pacific Research Platform
Co-sponsored by Pacific Research Platform (PRP) and
Hosted by Calit2's Qualcomm Institute at UC San Diego
Location: QI auditorium, 1st Floor, Atkinson Hall, UCSD, La Jolla, California
AGENDA: CHASE-CI Workshop – Monday, May 14, 2018
8:00-9:00 Registration and coffee at Atkinson Hall, UCSD campus 
9:00-9:45 Welcome and PRP/CHASE-CI Overview: Larry Smarr and Ken Kreutz-Delgado, UCSD 
9:45-10:30 Comcast's Implementation and Scaling of Kubernetes: David Arbuckle, Comcast
10:30-11:30 PRP's Use of Kubernetes to Manage FIONAs and Ceph in Detail: John Graham, UCSD
11:30-12:00 CHASE-CI GPU-centric Use of Kubernetes, in Detail: Dmitry Mishin, SDSC
12:00-14:00 Lunch Break
12:00-14:00 Optional Hands-on Deep Dive into Containerization: CHASE-CI Members Only
Location: VROOM (Registration closed)
(Note: Lab participants are strongly urged to bring their code to containerize, or show interest in working with sample code in our Jupyter notebook)
14:00-17:15 CHASE-CI Member Research Presentations
14:00-14:20 FIONA8s & Kubernetes for Thousands of Students in Instructional Labs: Adam Tilghman, UCSD 
14:20-14:40 Deep Learning Astronomical Survey Data: Shaw Dong, UCSC
14:40-15:00 Land Cover Maps from Satellite Imagery on CHASE-CI: Mai Nguyen, SDSC; Jessica Block, UCSD/Calit2; Daniel Crawl, SDSC; Ilkay Altintas, SDSC/UCSD
15:00-15:15     An Open Source Library for Large Scale Biologically Detailed Spiking Neural Network Simulation: Jeffrey Krichmar, UCI
15:15-15:30 Hyperparameters - The Bane of Current (Deep) Machine Learning: Robert L. Logan IV and Padhraic Smyth, UCI
15:30-15:45     FIONA8 Kubernetes Modifications for Computer Graphics and Vision: Alexandr Kuznetsov, and Ravi Ramamoorthi, UCSD
15:45-16:00 Interpretable Deep Learning Models for Genomics: Anna Shcherbina and Anshul Kundaje, Stanford University
16:00-16:15 Short Break 
16:15-16:30 GPU-Enabled Kubernetes for VR/Visualization and Point Clouds: Vid Petrovic, UCSD Calit2
16:30-16:45 Using Multicore Computing for Model-Free Point Prediction and Interval Estimation on Locally Stationary Time Series: Srinjoy Das and Dimitris Politis, UCSD
16:45-17:00 Embedded Learning on Neuromorphic Systems - Towards a Unified Computing Network: Emre Neftci, UCI
17:00-17:15 The Explainable AI Project's Experience Running on CHASE-CI GPUs: Jürgen Schulze, UCSD 
17:15-19:00 Wine and Cheese Reception/Demos
Wine & Cheese reception for registered participants, featuring: Jürgen Schulze, Falko Kuester, Tom DeFanti, Joel Polizzi, Eric Lo, Vid Petrovic and Chris McFarland, leading demonstrations in the SunCAVE, DroneLab and VROOM
AGENDA: CineGrid Spotlight: AI (May 15 - Half Day)
Co-sponsored by the Pacific Research Platform (PRP) &

The CineGrid Spotlight: AI seminar on the morning of Tuesday, May 15th includes presentations and panels from technical leaders in the Media and Entertainment (M&E) community, highlighting the use of AI/ML in optimizing global VFX pipelines; broadcast sports; film restoration and machine learning for efficient, just-in-time content distribution.  One goal of this CineGrid Spotlight event is to expose those in the scientific community to the AI/ML research being implemented, across a wide range of M&E applications, share expertise and experiences from these varied disciplines, and identify AI/ML research topics of mutual interest.

As part of the CineGrid 2.0 initiative, another objective of this CineGrid Spotlight: AI event, is to identify the key AI/ML research areas, where CineGrid members would add significant value and foster collaborative research projects among the science, data science and creative media communities.
AGENDA: CineGrid Spotlight: AI – Tuesday, May 15, 2018
All lectures are in the QI Auditorium in UCSD's Atkinson Hall
8:00-9:00 Registration and coffee, tea
9:00-9:10 Introduction and Overview: Louise Ledeen, - Moderator 
9:10-9:40 Welcome: The Synergy between CHASE-CI and CineGrid: Larry Smarr, Director, Calit2-UCSD/UI
9:40-10:00    Accelerating the VFX Pipeline Through Predictive Forecasting: Jean Bolot, Vice President, Research and Innovation - Technicolor AI Lab
10:00-10:20     Cloud-based AI & Cognitive Analytics in Sports Broadcasting: Jerry Gutierrez, Global HPC/AI Solution Leader, IBM Cloud
10:20-10:40 AI: Finding Aids for Archival Film - Using the New to Find the Old: Jim Lindner, Chief Investigator, FILMIC Project
10:40-11:00 Machine Learning for Efficient, Just in Time Content Distribution:  Michelle Munson, CEO and Co-Founder, Eluvio 
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-11:45 CineGrid Spotlight Presenters: Q&A Session
11:45-12:45 Panel: The Confluence of AI/ML Research in the Sciences & Media and Entertainment
Moderator: Jeffrey Weekley - Director of Cyberinfrastructure & Research Computing, UC Merced
Panelists: CineGrid Spotlight presenters and: Tomáš Ižo, Engineering Director, Machine Perception Group, Google Research; Falko Kuester, Calit2 Professor of Visualization & Virtual Reality, UCSD; Ravi Ramamoorthi, Ronald L. Graham Professor of Computer Science and Director, Center for Visual Computing, UC San Diego
12:45-13:00  Closing Comments: Tom DeFanti, UCSD
13:00 Adjourn
13:00-14:00      Box Lunch for registered participants (optional)

GLIF 2017 World Map created by NCSA/UIUC and EVL/UIC

GLIF 2017 World Map created by NCSA/UIUC and EVL/UIC, with support from GLIF, NCSA/UIUC, UIC, and the State of Illinois.
05 October 2017 – GLIF, the Global Lambda Integrated Facility, announces the availability of new world maps that showcase the global Research & Education multi-gigabit optical network infrastructure owned by its participating organizations. GLIF is a virtual organization (or facility) that consists of network providers, network engineers, computer scientists and computational scientists.
The map features 60 participating networks representing 34 countries and multi-country organizations. GLIF itself owns no resources, so relies on its participants – from National Research & Education Networks, consortia, institutions and individual research initiatives – to share network resources, information and knowledge. In turn, this provides multidisciplinary research teams with shared cyberinfrastructure on which to cooperatively and collaboratively develop, test and implement new optical networking technologies, middleware and applications of global importance.
GLIF organizations that provide bandwidth have capacity in excess of what is required for production usage, which they make available to global research teams, pending availability. These optical networks interconnect and interoperate at GLIF Open Lightpath Exchanges (GOLEs) and Open Exchanges (OXs), creating a global advanced networking fabric that dynamically connects computing, storage, visualization, and instrumentation facilities at collaborating sites around the globe. Note: The GLIF map does not show international capacity dedicated to production usage.
The GLIF 2017 Map visualization was created by Robert Patterson of the Advanced Visualization Laboratory (AVL) at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), using an Earth image provided by NASA with texture retouching by Jeff Carpenter, NCSA. Data was compiled by Maxine D. Brown of the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Support was provided by GLIF, NCSA/UIUC, UIC, and the State of Illinois.
For more information on GLIF, and to download the world and regional maps in a variety of formats and resolutions, see and
60 Participating Networks Representing 34 Countries and Multi-Country Organizations… AARNet Optical Network (Australia), AARNet-SXTransPORT (Australia), AmLight Express (USA), AmLight Protect (USA), ANA-300G (Nordic countries, Netherlands, Canada, USA), ASGCNet (Taiwan), AtlanticWave (USA), CANARIE (Canada), CATLight-i2CAT (Barcelona), CENI (Canada), CENIC (USA), CERN/TIFR (CERN, India), CERNET (China), CESNET (Czech Republic), CSTNET (China), CUDI (Mexico), ENSTINET-GLORIAD (Egypt), ESnet (USA), Florida LambdaRail (USA), GÉANT (European Union), GRP (USA, Canada), Informica-RUNNet (Russia), Innova-Red (Argentina), Internet2 Network (USA), JGN (Japan), KAUST (Saudi Arabia), KREONET/KREONet2-KRLight (South Korea), Maeen (Saudi Arabia), MiLR (USA), NEAAR (USA), NKN (India), NORDUnet (Nordic countries: Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland), Northern Wave (USA), OMREN (Oman), Pacific Wave (USA), Pacific Wave-WRN (USA), PIONIER (Poland), PIREN (USA), QNREN (Qatar), REANNZ (New Zealand), RedCEDIA (Equador), RedCLARA (Latin and South America consortium), RedCLARA-Innova-Red (Argentina), RedCLARA-RNP (Brazil), RENATA (Colombia), ReTN Optical Rail (Russia), REUNA (Chile), RNP (Brazil), SANReN (South Africa), SINET (Japan), SingAREN-Internet2 (Singapore, USA), SingAREN-TEIN (Singapore, European Union), SingAREN/NSCC-NICT (Singapore, Japan), SOX (USA), SURFnet (Netherlands), TaiwanLight (Taiwan), TransPAC-Pacific Wave (USA), UHnet (USA), UI-ICCN (USA), UltraLight (USA)
21 Participating GOLEs… AMPATH (Miami), CERNLight (Geneva), CzechLight (Prague), HKOEP (Hong Kong), KRLight (Daejoen), LondonOX (London), MAN LAN (New York), MoscowLight (Moscow), MOXY (Montreal), NetherLight (Amsterdam), NOX-HAM (Hamburg), NOX-HEL (Helsinki), Pacific Wave (Seattle, Sunnyvale, Los Angeles), ParisOX (Paris), Poznan (Poznan), SingAREN OX (Singapore), SouthernLight (São Paulo), SoX (Atlanta), StarLight (Chicago), TaiwanLight (Taipei), WIX (Washington DC)

CineGrid International Workshop 2015 Archive and 2016 and 2017 Announcements

The CineGrid International Workshop 2015 was held December 8-10, 2015, at the Qualcomm Institute @ Calit2-UCSD. 
Over 100 international participants enjoyed cutting-edge demonstrations and stimulating presentations at the three-day event.
CineGrid International Workshop 2015 - Class Photo
There will be no CineGrid International Workshop in 2018.  CineGrid International Workshop 2019 is still TBD.
Please watch this page for announcements

15th Annual Global LambaGrid Workshop

Taking a Bohemian view on R&E networking
18 October 2015 -- The 15th Annual Global LambaGrid Workshop was held on 28-30 September 2015 at the Hotel International, Prague, Czech Republic. More than 110 participants from around the world came to discuss the visions for future research and education networking, whilst also honouring the 20th anniversary of the founding of the host organisation CESNET, the Czech National Research and Education Network. The event was sponsored by Ciena, Cisco and Juniper (Gold Sponsors), ComSource and ICS Intercom Systems (Bronze Sponsors), with support also provided by České Radiokomunikace.
After the opening welcome from Jan Gruntorad, Director of CESNET, the keynote was provided by Erik-Jan Bos of NORDUnet who discussed interconnecting research and education networks to facilitate ubiquitous guaranteed bandwidth and best efforts services on a global scale. This include a vision for intercontinental networking architecture building on existing initiatives such as ANA-200G and AmLight based around open exchange points. Jiri Navratil then discussed some practical example of how the GLIF initiative had enabled CESNET to develop very high bandwidth video hardware and utilise that technology in nearly 20 countries round the world. He stressed the importance of experimental networks that could enable applications that could not be supported by existing production networks.
The opening plenary session then heard about other developments in the GLIF community, including from David Wilde (AARnet) who presented on how GLIF was being used in conjunction with SDN and the Openstack Cloud computing platform to support Australian research; and from Jiri Melnikov (CESNET) on the issues of using latency critical applications over long distances. Cees de Laat (University of Amsterdam) then presented the Pacific Research Platform built around interconnected Science DMZs of top research institutes that are designed to create secure enclaves for data-intensive science and high-speed data transport separate from general-purpose network infrastructures.
The following afternoon and morning sessions were devoted to the Technical Working Group. This opened with updates on the new open exchange in Singapore (SLIX), the forthcoming ANA-200G between Europe and North America, the Hawaiki cable between Hawaii, New Zealand and Australia, and the new SDX initiative at Pacific Wave. There were also updates on new deployments in Eastern Europe and the Netherlands.
This was followed by regular meetings of the AutoGOLE, NSI Implementation and Performance Verification Task Forces which are developing the components that support the dynamic provisioning and monitoring of lightpath networks, setting the scene for a discussion the next day on the requirements for Global Open Lightpath Exchange (GOLE) operators and Software Defined Exchanges. The session continued with a more in-depth exploration of the Global Network Architecture topic that was raised during the keynote, considering the requirement for both point-to-point, point to multi-point and overlay services that could reach anywhere in the world, before concluding with a presentation on the RINA architecture (Leonardo Bergesio, i2CAT) which aims to unify networking and distributed computing.
At the end of the first day, several demonstrations were organised at the venue. This included a 4K video of orchestration using SDN driven switching, real-time high-bandwidth data streaming from a remote controlled robotic vehicle, read/write to storage at 100 Gb/s bit rates using control plane signalling to create paths over multiple backbones, and a showcase of international SDXs using extensions to support programmable services over multiple network domains. The ongoing work of the GLIF Automated GOLE pilot that can set-up inter-domain lightpaths on demand was also demonstrated, along with the use of InfiniBand over long distances.
Several meetings had been held the day before the workshop, including the Governance Working Group (chaired by Kees Neggers) that approved the budget for 2016, the hosting proposals for GLIF 2016, and the process for selecting a new GLIF Chair. There were also meetings of the OGF NSI Working Group (chaired by Guy Roberts, GÉANT Association), the GLIF Americas Working Group (chaired by Joe Mambretti, StarLight International/National Communications Exchange), and the GLORIAD project (chaired by Greg Cole, GLORIAD) that is a collaboration of several countries and carriers to bring lightpath infrastructure to scientific users.
The closing plenary session saw presentations on the production SDN infrastructure being operated by AmLight (Jeronimo Bezerra, Florida International University); the experiences of the StarLight Software-Defined Networking Exchange (Joe Mambretti, StarLight International/National Communications Exchange); and on the Named Data Networking project (Ramiro Voicu, Caltech) which is running a testbed that changes traditional network paradigms by facilitating the fetching of data identified by a name from the network. This was followed by a presentation on deploying alien wavelengths between the US and Brazil (Chip Cox, AmLight).
This was followed by a lively panel session on the ‘Acquiring Subsea Spectrum' that was moderated by Erik-Jan Bos (NORDUnet) and featured Chip Cox (AmLight), Dale Finkelson (Internet2), Joe Mambretti (StarLight International/National Communications Exchange), David Wilde (AARNet), Rod Wilson (Ciena) and Charles Yun (REANNZ). This discussed the opportunities and challenges of acquiring and operating trans-oceanic lightpaths, an area of networking that has traditionally not been the purview of research and education networks but is increasingly looking to be a requirement as collaborative research acquires a global scope.
The workshop concluded with a closing address from GLIF Chair Kees Neggers (SURF) who thanked CESNET for hosting the workshop as well as Jan Gruntorad’s longstanding contributions to research and education networking over many years. He also announced that he would be standing down as the GLIF Chair as he had now retired from SURF and he felt the role needed someone who was actively involved in research and education networking forums. His successor still needed to be chosen by the community, but he hoped this would happen by the end of the year.
A motion was passed thanking Kees for leading GLIF since its inception, but also for his contributions to the wider development of the Internet. GLIF will continue though, with next year's 16th Annual Global LambdaGrid Workshop (GLIF 2016) being held on 29-30 September 2016 in Miami, USA, hosted by Internet2 and Florida International University and co-located with Internet2 Technology Exchange 2016.
The proceedings of the workshop are available at
About GLIF -- The Global Lambda Integrated Facility (GLIF) is an international virtual organisation of NRENs, consortia and institutions that promotes lambda networking. GLIF provides lambdas internationally as an integrated facility to support data-intensive scientific research, and supports middleware development for lambda networking. It brings together some of the world's premier networking engineers to develop an international infrastructure by identifying equipment, connection requirements, and necessary engineering functions and services. More information is available on the GLIF website at

New World Symphony at CineGrid Brasil 2014

CineGrid Brazil 2014 hosted a bleeding edge demonstration that put together in the same place three musicians from the New World Symphony orchestra and the CineGrid Brasil audience at University of São Paulo (USP). The New World Symphony performed live the soundtrack for and excerpt of fifteen minutes of the 1929 film São Paulo Sinfonia da Metrópole, by Adalberto Kemeny and Rodolpho Rex Lustig ( The performers played live at the New World Symphony in Miami and their image was transmitted in 4K along with a high definition audio system live to the Universidade de São Paulo Medical School Auditorium. The network bandwith that this experiment required something around 10 Gbps and the connectivity between Miami and São Paulo was provided by AMPATH and ANSP. More:

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