ASCR Cybersecurity for Scientific Computing Integrity Workshop
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy,
Office of Advanced Scientific Computing research
Hilton Gaithersburg, 620 Perry Parkway
June 2-3, 2015
ASCR Cybersecurity for Scientific Computing Integrity Report (PDF, 2.52 MB)
ASCR Program Manager: Robinson Pino
The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research will host the ASCR Cybersecurity for Scientific Computing Integrity Workshop AT THE Hilton Gaithersburg in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The meeting will begin on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at 9:00 A.M. and will end on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at 5:00 P.M.
On behalf of Dr. Robinson E. Pino from the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) Division of the Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy, we invite you to submit a one to two page white paper for contribution to our upcoming ASCR Cybersecurity for Scientific Computing Integrity Workshop (June 2-3, 2015) at the Hilton Gaithersburg, 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, Maryland, 20877, USA.
The goal of this workshop will be to define a long term 10 to 20 year fundamental basic research and development strategy and roadmap facing future high performance computing (HPC) and network scientific user facilities following on our recent highly successful ASCR Cybersecurity workshop that was held during January 7–9, 2015, in Rockville, MD, to examine computer security research gaps and approaches for assuring scientific computing integrity specific to the mission of the DOE Office of Science. Basic research challenges included computation and simulations that take place on ASCR computing facilities and networks, as well as network-connected scientific instruments, such as those run by other DOE Office of Science programs. Workshop participants included researchers and operational staff from DOE National Laboratories, as well as academic researchers and industry experts. Participants were selected based on the prior submission of abstracts relating to the topic.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has the responsibility to address the energy, environmental and nuclear security challenges that face our nation. Much of DOE's enterprise involves distributed, collaborative teams; a significant fraction involves "open science," which depends on multi-institutional, often international collaborations that must access or share significant amounts of information between institutions and over networks around the world. The mission of the Office of Science (SC) is the delivery of scientific discoveries and major scientific tools to transform our understanding of nature and to advance the energy, economic, and national security of the United States. The ability of DOE to execute these critical responsibilities depends on the integrity and availability of scientific facilities and computer systems, and of the scientific, engineering, and operational software and data that support its mission.
As we consider the ASCR program's mission within SC and our long history in the research and development of first of its kind HPC systems and facilities, it becomes apparent that we have the unique opportunity to research and explore designed- and built-in security mechanisms that will ensure trustworthy operation, computing integrity, usage, and results from extreme scale simulations and experiments that can be applied to a range of applications important to DOE such as power grid, nuclear, and/or climate modeling and simulation at extreme scales. One important aspect of the workshop will be to leverage ASCR's long-standing research and development relationships within our DOE National Laboratories, scientific community, and computer and software vendors to influence a long term security mindset during product research, development, and prototype delivery. Research white papers are requested in three focused areas: (1) Trustworthy Supercomputing, (2) Extreme Scale Data, Knowledge, and Analytics, and (3) Trust within Open, High-End Networking and Data Centers, for Understanding and Improving Cybersecurity.
White paper submissions are intended to educate and inform ASCR based on your experience, insights, and vision for how cybersecurity will transform Office of Science research best practices. Reviewed and accepted white papers will be invited to contribute to our upcoming workshop. Submission must clearly identify the workshop attendee and include the following information: White paper Title, Name, Email, Organization, Focused Area (1–3, above) and Narrative (in Word or PDF format only). The submission deadline is May 4, 2015, via the workshop website. Questions can be addressed to Dr. Sean Peisert, Dr. Thomas Potok, Dr. Todd Jones, or Dr. Robinson Pino. Dr. Sean Peisert will serve as the General Workshop Chair. We look forward to your submission.
The result of this workshop will be three white papers, one for each technical topic area, outlining potential research priorities, agenda, and strategy roadmap to achieve measurable Scientific Computing Integrity for Understanding and Improving Cybersecurity ASCR mission-relevant, high-performance computing, data center, and networking applications in 10 to 20 years.
Preliminary Plan: https://science.energy.gov/~/media/ascr/ascac/pdf/meetings/20141121/Exascale_Preliminary_Plan_V11_sb03c.pdf (314 KB)
Workshop Organizing Committee
Dr. Todd Jones
Topic Lead: Networks and Data Centers
Staff Scientist, Sandia National Laboratories