2012 Events

New Jersey Big Data Alliance


The Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2) and the Rutgers Office of Economic Development initiated the New Jersey Big Data Alliance to encourage New Jersey government, academia and industry to address, in a strategic and coordinated manner, the significant and immediate challenges posed by the proliferation of data sources and the resultant deluge of digital data.  This unprecedented alliance brings together universities and colleges from across the state, and has the overarching goals of identifying common challenges and areas of synergy, developing joint programs, and ultimately nucleating an effective alliance that will increase our research competitiveness and drive economic development within New Jersey.

Planning Meeting

A list of attendees can be found here.

A list of key outcomes and  next steps can be found here.


NJ Big Data Alliance in the News

February 4th, 2013:  "Big Data Alliance - Big Deal for Economic Growth in New Jersey."  


"Digital Horizons: Working at the Boundary Between Biology and Computing"

 Lunch Lecture:

"Digital Horizons: Working at the Boundary Between Biology & Computing"
By Dr. Terry Yoo
Office of High Performance Computing & Communications, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Tuesday November 27, 12-1pm,
Room 601 Core Building, Busch Campus

Light Lunch will be served. For more information, please contact psminfo@dceo.rutgers.edu, or go to http://psm.rutgers.edu/content/digital-horizons-working-boundary-between-biology-and-computing


RDI2 Seminar: "Exploring Application Paradigms with Montage"

Dan Katz, Program Director, National Science Foundation

Date:  Friday November 9nd, 2pm

Location:  CoRE 701


This talk will use Montage, an astronomical image mosaicking application that is a toolbox of independent components, to explore various application paradigms on parallel and distributed systems, as the Montage components can be used in a variety of settings, including on a single system, on a parallel system, or on a set of distributed systems, including grids and clouds. Montage, which was built to use MPI in parallel, and Pegasus/DAGman on distributed systems, has also been used as an exemplar many-task computing (or workflow) application by a number of other tool and system developers.  In this talk, a variety of work with Montage will be discussed, including the use of multiple types of  infrastructure/middleware, the use of scripting to allow a user to easily customize their use of the Montage components, and overcoming data management issues.

About Dan Katz:

Daniel S. Katz is a Program Director in the software cluster in the Office of Cyberinfrastructure at NSF, and is also a Senior Fellow in the Computation Institute (CI) at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, an affiliate faculty member at the Center for Computation and Technology (CCT), Louisiana State University (LSU), and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at LSU. His NSF interests include issues related to sustainable software, such as open source community governance, metrics, attribution, and reproducibility.  His research interests include:  numerical methods, algorithms, and programming applied to supercomputing, parallel computing, cluster computing, distributed computing, and embedded computing; and fault-tolerant computing.


RDI2 Financial Industry Advisory Panel Reception and Poster Session


The Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute would like to invite Rutgers faculty and researchers to a reception and poster session to meet the leaders, visionaries and decision makers that make up our Financial Industry Advisory Panel.  The reception will take place in the Winants Hall Assembly Room from 3pm - 4pm on Friday, October 19th.  Parking is available in Lot 1.  Hors D'oeuvres will be served.

Representatives from the following companies/organizations will be in attendance:

  • ADP
  • Distributed Intelligence
  • Edison Ventures
  • IBM
  • JPMorgan
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Xerox

We look forward to seeing you there.



Matteo Turilli, Senior Research Associate, Oxford e-Research Centre

Date:  October 16th, 2012, 2:00 - 3:30pm
Location:   CoRE 701


A growing number of research communities are looking at cloud computing and its underlying economic and technological models as a way to obtain cheap, scalable and easy to access computational  resources. Several cloud initiatives have cropped up across Europe following this demand, both in the private and public sector. The talk presents the cloud activities of the European Grid Initiative (EGI) and focuses on the model of federation that has been chosen to deploy an EGI pan-European cloud test bed. Several use cases are reviewed to show how user communities intend to benefit from cloud computing and what kinds of capabilities a federation of clouds should offer.  Different models of federation are introduced and a detailed analysis  of the model chosen by EGI is offered. The implementation of the EGI  federation test bed is discussed with attention to i) cloud standards,  brokering and clients; ii) how cloud resources are integrated within a  pre-existing infrastructure; and iii) how they compare to other ways  to share and distribute computing and data resources to the research communities.

About Matteo Turilli: 

Matteo Turilli is a Senior Research Associate at the Oxford e-Research Centre. He holds a DPhil (PhD) in Computer Science from the University of Oxford and is involved in several projects concerning the research  and development of Cloud Computing. Matteo's main research interest is in parallel and distributed computing, specifically as it relates to  ethical and security requirements. Currently, Matteo is the leader of  the EGI-InSPIRE Task on Federated Clouds and member of the Oxford  Cyber Security Centre and of the Oxford Requirement and Foundations Group.