Global Research Platform Workshop

September 17 - 18, 2019 | Atkinson Hall - UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA

International scientific initiatives collaborate on building, accessing and analyzing data from one-of-a-kind advanced instruments in unique locations around the globe, connected to remote computational, data storage, and visualization systems at speeds of Gigabits and Terabits per second. The Global Research Platform (GRP) is an evolving effort focused on design, implementation, and operation strategies for next-generation distributed services and network infrastructure, including interoperable Science DMZs, on a global scale, to facilitate data transfer and accessibility.

The GRP Workshop will highlight global science drivers and their requirements, high-performance data fabrics, and distributed cyberinfrastructure, including advanced networks customized to support scientific workflows. This Workshop will bring together researchers, scientists, engineers, and network managers from U.S. and international research platform initiatives, to share best practices and advance the state of the art.

Details about the Workshop as well as registration and hotel information will be announced in early June.

The Global Research Platform is an outgrowth of several U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) funded efforts, including the "The Pacific Research Platform" (NSF award #OAC-1541349) and "Toward the National Research Platform" (NSF award #OAC-1826967) to UC San Diego, and the "StarLight Software Defined Networking Exchange” (NSF award #OAC-1450871) to Northwestern University. The GRP also collaborates with the evolving planning efforts by the Asia Pacific Research Platform and all other emerging regional, national, and continental efforts.

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The Global Network Advancement Group (GNA-G) is a new organization resulting from the merger of GLIF and the GNA Tech initiative, to be effective July 1, 2019. The GNA-G is planning to hold a meeting immediately following the GRP Workshop, on September 19-20.

The Third National Research Platform (3NRP) Workshop will be held on September 24-25, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and will focus on building and deploying an interoperable cyberinfrastructure in the U.S. on regional and national scales.


The PRAGMA 37 Workshop will be held at UC San Diego the week before GRP, from September 11-14, 2019.

The eScience Conference will be held at UC San Diego the week after GRP, from September 24-27, 2019.



Senior Advisor and Host
Larry Smarr, Calit2/UC San Diego

Joe Mambretti, Northwestern University

Maxine Brown, University of Illinois at Chicago

Local Arrangment Chair
Tom DeFanti, Calit2-QI/UC San Diego

Local Administrator
Charles Erwin, Calit2/UC San Diego

Program Committee
Joe Mambretti, Northwestern University, U.S. (chair)
Buseung Cho, KISTI, KREONET, Korea
Cees de Laat, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Andrew Howard, Australian National University, Australia
Francis Lee, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Marek Michalewicz, University of Warsaw, Poland
Inder Monga, Department of Energy, ESnet, U.S.
Yves Poppe, National Super Computing Centre, Singapore

(Hotel links with UC San Diego Rates below map - must call in):

La Jolla Estancia

Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines

Hyatt Regency La Jolla At Aventine

La Jolla Shores Hotel