ARDC Nectar Research Cloud 101 for Beginners

Conveners: Dr Glenn Moloney5, Wilfred Brimblecombe1
Presenters: Andy Botting2, Sam Morrison3, Jake Yip4

1Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) (built from ANDS, Nectar, RDS), wilfred@nectar.org.au
2Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) (built from ANDS, Nectar, RDS), andrew.botting@unimelb.edu.au
3Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) (built from ANDS, Nectar, RDS), sam.morrison@unimelb.edu.au
4Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) (built from ANDS, Nectar, RDS), jake.yip@unimelb.edu.au
5Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) (built from ANDS, Nectar, RDS), glenn.moloney@nectar.org.au

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Half day workshop
  • Includes a hands-on component
  • Maximum of 30 people

DESCRIPTION

This workshop will provide an introduction to using the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) Nectar Research Cloud.  It  is for people who have no or limited experience in setting up and using Virtual Machines (VMs) in any cloud environment.

The workshop will have a “hands on” component so please bring your laptop.

The following topics/activities will be covered:

  1. What is the ARDC Nectar Research Cloud and how does it compare with commercial offerings (at technical usage level only – will not go into cost comparisons etc.) 20 minutes
  1. What is the Research Cloud good for? And what it is not good for? 10 minutes
  1. Access to the Research Cloud – How to get some of the Nectar Research Cloud. 20 minutes
    1. How to request access
    2. How to request resources
    3. How to request support to help you deploy and use your VM’s
  1. Exercise – Spin up a VM and install some software on it using Nectar Research Cloud. 120 minutes

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Researchers or research support people who have perhaps heard of cloud computing or of the Nectar Research Cloud and would like an introduction.

WHAT TO BRING

Bring your laptop.  Required prerequisite knowledge – Moderate understanding of Unix or any other software development environment.  If you are not from an Australian or New Zealand University you will need an AAF account to gain access for the hands-on component.


BIOGRAPHIES

Andy Botting – Senior Engineer at the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), Nectar Research Cloud.  I’m a cloud-native Systems Engineer with a background in Linux, HPC.  Specialities: Linux, Android, Puppet, OpenStack and AWS.

Wilfred Brimblecombe – ICT Manager at the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), Nectar Research Cloud, is an IT management veteran with over 20 years of leadership experience across various organisations.

Sam Morrison – Senior Engineer at the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), Nectar Research Cloud.  Specialties: Linux system administration, Python/Django web programming, Security, Openstack cloud technologies.

Jake Yip – DevOps Engineer at Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), Nectar Research Cloud. Specialities: Puppet, OpenStack, Networks, DevOps and Security.

 

About the conference

eResearch Australasia provides opportunities for delegates to engage, connect, and share their ideas and exemplars concerning new information centric research capabilities, and how information and communication technologies help researchers to collaborate, collect, manage, share, process, analyse, store, find, understand and re-use information.

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