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Thursday, June 3
 

10:00am CDT

Opening Welcome
This is the Opening Session and Welcome for the main conference portion of the GPN 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting.  We start this session with a greeting from James Deaton, Executive Director of the Great Plains Network, and information on the virtual meeting. He will recognize our sponsors and provide information on the Sponsors Office Hours that take place on Thursday and Friday of the meeting. James will also provide brief instructions on how to navigate between the Main Room and the Breakout Session Rooms and about the use of Sched to organize and manage your conference schedule.

Speakers
avatar for James Deaton

James Deaton

Executive Director, Great Plains Network
The Great Plains Network (GPN) is a non-profit consortium aggregating networks through GigaPoP connections while advocating research on behalf of universities and community innovators across the Midwest and Great Plains who seek collaboration, cyberinfrastructure and support for big... Read More →


Thursday June 3, 2021 10:00am - 10:15am CDT
.Main Room

10:15am CDT

State of the States Research Panel
Research computing directors across the region will present information on the state of their research cyberinfrastructure.

Moderators
avatar for James Deaton

James Deaton

Executive Director, Great Plains Network
The Great Plains Network (GPN) is a non-profit consortium aggregating networks through GigaPoP connections while advocating research on behalf of universities and community innovators across the Midwest and Great Plains who seek collaboration, cyberinfrastructure and support for big... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mark Bookout

Mark Bookout

Director, IT Research Support Solutions, Missouri S&T
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Henry Neeman

Director, OU Supercomputing Center for Education & Research (OSCER), University of Oklahoma
Henry Neeman is founding Director of the OU Supercomputing Center for Education & Research (OSCER), Executive Director of Research Computing, Associate Professor of Engineering, and Adjunct Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Oklahoma (OU). He received his... Read More →
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Kevin Brandt

Assistant Vice President for Research Cyberinfrastructure, South Dakota State University
DC

David Chaffin

Assistant Professor and Director AHPCC, University of Arkansas
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Pratul Agarwal

Assistant Vice President for Research Cyberinfrastructure, Oklahoma State University
Dr. Pratul Agarwal is the Assistant Vice President of Research for Cyber-Infrastructure and is also the Director of High Performance Computing Center at OSU. He has over 15 years of experience in high performance computing and scientific research. He previously held positions at University... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson

Director of Research Computing, University of South Dakota
avatar for Riley Epperson

Riley Epperson

IT Associate Director, University of Kansas
Riley Epperson has been with the University of Kansas since 2012. He has experience in Petabyte scale storage systems, high-throughput networking, high performance clusters, and enterprise class data centers.
avatar for Hongfeng Yu

Hongfeng Yu

Interim Director, Holland Computing Center; Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Hongfeng Yu is an associate professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Currently, he also serves as the interim director of Holland Computing Center. He received his B.S. degree and M.S. degree in Computer Science from Zhejiang University... Read More →



Thursday June 3, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
.Main Room

11:15am CDT

Sponsors Lightning Talks
During this session, each of the conference's sponsors are offered an opportunity to give a ten-minute lightning talk, which can be on any topic that they wish to share with the GPN audience.

Telia Carrier:

Cisco Systems: "Routed Optical Networking - RON"

Juniper Networks:  

Moderators
avatar for James Deaton

James Deaton

Executive Director, Great Plains Network
The Great Plains Network (GPN) is a non-profit consortium aggregating networks through GigaPoP connections while advocating research on behalf of universities and community innovators across the Midwest and Great Plains who seek collaboration, cyberinfrastructure and support for big... Read More →


Thursday June 3, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm CDT
.Main Room

12:45pm CDT

State of the State Networks Panel
A feature of every GPN Annual Meeting is the State of the State Networks Panel during which representatives from each of the state networks that make up the Great Plains Network give a brief presentation on the activities, plans, or other topics of interest regarding their networks and members.  This is a great time to see what all kinds of new and interesting things are going on within our region and in the individual states.

Moderators
avatar for James Deaton

James Deaton

Executive Director, Great Plains Network
The Great Plains Network (GPN) is a non-profit consortium aggregating networks through GigaPoP connections while advocating research on behalf of universities and community innovators across the Midwest and Great Plains who seek collaboration, cyberinfrastructure and support for big... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cort Buffington

Cort Buffington

Executive Director, KanREN
Custom World-Class Services & SupportKanREN is a perfect example of a successful public-private partnership as we leverage relationships with service providers to build fiber optic infrastructure for our members. KanREN purchases raw connectivity building blocks, converting those... Read More →
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Andrew Buker

Assistant Vice President, Infrastructure Services, University of Nebraska
Andrew Buker is the Assistant Vice President for Infrastructure Services in the office of Information Technology Services at the University of Nebraska.  He provides leadership in support of systems, networks, telecommunications, and data centers.  His teams also partner closely... Read More →
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Paul Kern

Chief Information Security Officer, South Dakota Board of Regents
Paul is an information security professional with over twenty years’ experience in IT. Since 1995, Paul has worked in the telecommunications and financial industries as well as in secondary and post-secondary education.
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Scott Ramoly

Chief Technology Officer, Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network
Chief Technology Officer – ARE-ON Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network
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John Hennessey

Executive Director & Higher Education CIO, OneNet
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Hank Niederhelm

Director of Infrastructure, MOREnet
Hank has the been Director of Infrastructure since 2005. His areas of responsibility include Network Services, Systems Administration, and Development.
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Steve Schallehn

Sr. Network Engineer, Iowa State University



Thursday June 3, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm CDT
.Main Room

2:45pm CDT

Day 1 Wrap-up
James Deaton will review the day's activities and highlight sessions coming on Day 3 of the GPN Annual Meeting.  He will also invite attendees to join in at 9:00 AM on Friday for the Sponsors Office Hours during which attendees can meet with three more of the sponsors of the conference.  We will also be announcing the winners of the daily photo contest and the most popular Lightning Strike comment posted on the GPN Slack channel.

Speakers
avatar for James Deaton

James Deaton

Executive Director, Great Plains Network
The Great Plains Network (GPN) is a non-profit consortium aggregating networks through GigaPoP connections while advocating research on behalf of universities and community innovators across the Midwest and Great Plains who seek collaboration, cyberinfrastructure and support for big... Read More →


Thursday June 3, 2021 2:45pm - 3:00pm CDT
.Main Room

3:00pm CDT

NSF CC* BoF
This is an open-ended Birds of a Feather (BoF) session designed for anyone from a GPN state network or member university who is considering, submitting, or has been awarded a proposal to the NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) Program.  CC* invests in coordinated campus-level networking and cyberinfrastructure improvements, innovation, integration, and engineering for science applications and distributed research projects.  The program's requirements are science-driven and comprise the primary motivation for any proposed activity.  Learning and workforce development (LWD) in cyberinfrastructure are explicitly addressed in the program.

Moderators
JS

Jennifer Schopf

Director, International Networks; Director, Engagement and Performance Operations Center, Indiana University

Speakers
HA

Hans Addleman

Senior Architect for IN@IU/EPOC, Indiana University, International Networks


Thursday June 3, 2021 3:00pm - 4:30pm CDT
.Main Room
 
Friday, June 4
 

10:00am CDT

Welcome Day 2
This is a short welcoming session for Day Two of the general conference.  James Deaton will provide a brief summary of the day’s events.  Don’t forget to participate in the photo contest and to post a Lightning Strike, which is a notable or favorite comment heard during the day, on the meeting’s Slack channel

Speakers
avatar for James Deaton

James Deaton

Executive Director, Great Plains Network
The Great Plains Network (GPN) is a non-profit consortium aggregating networks through GigaPoP connections while advocating research on behalf of universities and community innovators across the Midwest and Great Plains who seek collaboration, cyberinfrastructure and support for big... Read More →


Friday June 4, 2021 10:00am - 10:15am CDT
.Main Room

10:15am CDT

GP CyberTeam, Women in HPC, & GP-ARGO
In the past two years, universities across the region have collaborated on new projects supporting research cyberinfrastructure. In July of 2019, an NSF proposal led by the University of Missouri and including the research computing directors across five states resulted in the creation of the Great Plains CyberTeam.

One year later, in July of 2020 under the leadership of Kansas State University, even more universities came together with another NSF proposal titled Great Plains Augmented Regional Gateway to the Open Science Grid (GP-ARGO). Its goal is to expand the computing capabilities across the region and to help participating universities contribute to the Open Science Grid, a national pool of research computing resources.

Most recently as we entered 2021, a new Women in HPC chapter was created and began a series of engaging speakers and open discussions.

Leaders within each of these initiatives will provide updates and answer questions from the community.



Speakers
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Natasha Pavlovikj

Graduate Research Assistant, Holland Computing Center & Nebraska Food for Health Center, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
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Daniel Andresen

Professor, Computer Science, Kansas State University
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Grant Scott

Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Missouri
CR

Christina Roberts

University of Missouri


Friday June 4, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
.Main Room

1:00pm CDT

Intra-State Collaboration Panel
This is a panel discussion with representatives from the research community within the Great Plains Network about current and planned collaborative efforts between institutions across the GPN region.

Moderators
JE

Jeremy Evert

Associate Professor, Computer Science, Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Computer Science Education, High Performance Computing Education, Research Outreach at a small teaching university

Speakers
avatar for Don DuRousseau

Don DuRousseau

Director of Reseach Computing, University of Arkansas
Don DuRousseau is the Director of Research Computing at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville. He has more than 25 years of scientific research and development experience in signal processing, data informatics, cyberinfrastructure and cybersecurity. He was responsible for operation... Read More →
PK

Paul Kern

Chief Information Security Officer, South Dakota Board of Regents
Paul is an information security professional with over twenty years’ experience in IT. Since 1995, Paul has worked in the telecommunications and financial industries as well as in secondary and post-secondary education.
avatar for Daniel Andresen

Daniel Andresen

Professor, Computer Science, Kansas State University
MB

Marcus Bond

Professor, Department of Chemistry and Physics, Southeast Missouri State University
avatar for Henry Neeman

Henry Neeman

Director, OU Supercomputing Center for Education & Research (OSCER), University of Oklahoma
Henry Neeman is founding Director of the OU Supercomputing Center for Education & Research (OSCER), Executive Director of Research Computing, Associate Professor of Engineering, and Adjunct Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Oklahoma (OU). He received his... Read More →


Friday June 4, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
.Main Room

2:15pm CDT

Attendee Lightning Talks
Member lightning talks are brief five-minute presentations that any attendee at the conference can volunteer to make.  Topics can range from technical to personal where the presenter can provide insights into something he or she is doing that will help us all to get to know each other better.  Sign up to be one of the presenters.

Moderators
avatar for David Merrifield

David Merrifield

Interim Executive Director, Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network

Speakers
avatar for Cort Buffington

Cort Buffington

Executive Director, KanREN
Custom World-Class Services & SupportKanREN is a perfect example of a successful public-private partnership as we leverage relationships with service providers to build fiber optic infrastructure for our members. KanREN purchases raw connectivity building blocks, converting those... Read More →
avatar for Kyle Hutson

Kyle Hutson

HPC System Administrator, Kansas State University
JE

Jeremy Evert

Associate Professor, Computer Science, Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Computer Science Education, High Performance Computing Education, Research Outreach at a small teaching university
TF

Terrance Figy

Assistant Professor, Wichita State University



Friday June 4, 2021 2:15pm - 3:00pm CDT
.Main Room

3:00pm CDT

Day 2 Wrap-up
James Deaton wraps up the conference with a few words of thanks to all our presenters and sponsors, and especially for all the attendees who took time out of their busy schedules to participate in the GPN 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting.  James will also announce the winners of the daily photo contest and the most popular Lighting Strike comment posted on the GPN Slack channel.  Stick around to find out if you have won a prize!

Speakers
avatar for James Deaton

James Deaton

Executive Director, Great Plains Network
The Great Plains Network (GPN) is a non-profit consortium aggregating networks through GigaPoP connections while advocating research on behalf of universities and community innovators across the Midwest and Great Plains who seek collaboration, cyberinfrastructure and support for big... Read More →


Friday June 4, 2021 3:00pm - 3:15pm CDT
.Main Room

3:15pm CDT

Women in HPC BoF
The Great Plains Network-Women in HPC (WHPC) chapter invites everyone to a BoF/Happy Hour!  Bring your discussions and preferred refreshments.  Learn about this new chapter and learn how high performance computing can further your research.  Across the disciplines from humanities to chemistry, applications to support computational research are happening at our institutions. We look forward to our discussion! This session is a Birds of a Feather session with the open ended topic of Women in High Performance Computing.

Moderators
avatar for Kim Owen

Kim Owen

Program Manager Information Technology, North Dakota State University
Bio:  Kim Owen, PhD, Division of Information Technology,  North Dakota State University -- Kim currently serves as Program Manager for Research and Education Network Resources for the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology at North Dakota State University. Her... Read More →

Friday June 4, 2021 3:15pm - 4:15pm CDT
.Main Room
 
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