Before you dive into the white paper, however, be sure to plan on watching President of NYSERNet, Tim Lance, this Thursday, November 13th 2014 at our customer and partner networking and education event, MarketplaceLIVE in San Francisco. He will be joined on stage by Telx CEO, Chris Downie, Clifford A. Lynch, Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information, and Bill Woodcock, Founder & Research Director, Packet Clearing House. They will be talking about the Research and Education community’s dependency on strategic exchange points like Telx’s NYC3 as leverage to scale and assess issues that are larger than us.
Tackling Global Challenges Together
Data from the worldometers site reveals that population and resource distribution, and contributions to global stressors like carbon dioxide, vary widely by country. Though still high per capita, conversion from coal to natural gas plus greater overall efficiency have decreased CO2 emissions by the United States. China’s and India’s will continue their rapid rise, and climate energy distribution means that expression of carbon excesses occurs worldwide. The world population growth rate, dropping since 1963, is estimated to continue its sharp decline. But that very slowing, necessary for the planet, means that an aging population will present every nation with new challenges.
The problems described above subsume any single institution, discipline, or sector. The data-intensive research effort to understand and try to solve them necessitates unprecedented cooperation and collaboration. Researchers in the NYSERNet community work jointly with each other and with companies like IBM, GE, and Corning. In January, 2008, distinguished researchers and technologists, academic administrators, representatives from government (Ed Reinfurt, Executive Director of NYSTAR, New York’s Division of Science, Technology, and Innovation and his senior staff) and industry (Dr. John E. Kelly III, Senior Vice President and Head of IBM Research and his senior staff) met at the New York Academy of Sciences (http://www.nysernet.org/pub/nyas) to grapple with boundary-crossing, collaboration, and integration of the many technologies that fundamental hard problems require. The high performance computing consortium (https://hpc2.org/) and a deeper, broader discussion that continues to this day can both be traced directly to that meeting.
How do we respond going forward? We know that we cannot dictate the pace of change, that advances in genomics, data on carbon load, heat and carbon sequestration and a host of other factors suggest its acceleration. Moreover, growth in data seems to be outstripping advances in technology, including networking, computing, and storage. And we must understand as a seamless tool the end to end performance of all the technologies required to attack a problem.