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Thursday, September 19 • 13:30 - 15:00
#6W6a - Oracle Workshop (part 1)

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1.30 – 2.30 Session 1: “Creating scalable, heterogeneous Clusters in the Cloud” 
Presented by: Dr Matt Williams & Dr. Christopher Woods - University of Bristol
Abstract: Learn how you can launch a scalable, heterogeneous Cluster in the Cloud in Oracle's cloud which only charges you for what you use. This workshop will walk you through the steps from getting your cloud account up to running jobs on a familiar batch environment. Discover how to monitor the status of the cluster and how to shut the whole thing down at the end.

2.30 – 3.00 Session 2 (part 1): “Fast Queries with Huge Datasets - using SQL, Graphs and advanced database techniques to crunch large data sets” 
Presented by: Rich Pitts & Mike Riley
Abstract: The Oracle database has a reputation for high performance resilient transaction processing. It has wide ranging capabilities which are perhaps not always considered by the scientific and research communities.
This presentation will provide an introduction to its capabilities that might be of interest - High performance text searches, integration of R statistical tools, and innovation of graph technologies and explain how you can get access to a demonstrator cloud environment.

3.00 – 3.30 Refreshments

3.30 – 4.00 Session 2 (part 2): “Fast Queries with Huge Datasets - using SQL, Graphs and advanced database techniques to crunch large data sets” 
Presented by: Rich Pitts & Mike Riley

4.00 – 5.00 Session 3: “Kubnernetes and Fn Project - creating large distributed workloads without owning a HPC cluster” 
Presented by: Thom Leggett
Abstract: Serverless technology such as Functions-as-a-Service platforms enable research teams to focus on solving their domain problems without having to be an IT infrastructure expert. Their unique pay-as-you-go model allows you to then run these workloads at large scale without having to maintain a cluster of your own. In this workshop we will build and run a large distributed workload using the Fn Project and Oracle Functions. We will discuss when using a serverless platform is appropriate and when you might need something with more capabilities. We will then take a look at how Kuberenetes can help you meet those more demanding needs.

This agenda covers both this workshop session and the following Oracle Workshop  (part 2).

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Christopher Woods

Research Software Engineer, University of Bristol
I'm the Head of the Research Software Engineering Group (HoRSE) at the University of Bristol and am one of the first cohort of EPSRC RSE Fellows. I've been involved with the RSE community for many years now, and am Talks Chair for RSE19. Obviously I'm biased, but I think this will... Read More →
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Matt Williams

Research Software Engineer, University of Bristol
Matt works at the University of Bristol in the JGI as a Research Software Engineer. Matt joined the University in 2016, coming from the University of Birmingham where he provided support for the LHC's world-wide computing platform. He worked to support the synthetic biology community... Read More →
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Thom Leggett

Engineering Director, Oracle
Thom works on serverless computing at Oracle, specifically the open source Fn Project. He and team design, develop, test and operate Oracle's Functions-as-a-Service (FaaS) platform. He has spent his career to date delivering on global-scale consumer-facing apps and infrastructure-as-a-service... Read More →
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Mike Riley

Mike Riley works as a Solution Engineer within the Oracle technology Presales team in the UK.He has worked for Oracle for over 20 years within Technical Roles focusing primarily on the database. He graduated from North Staffordshire Polytechnic (when it was still a Polytechnic) with... Read More →
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Rich Pitts

Rich Pitts is a Solution Architect within the Oracle technology Presales team in the UK Initial career was a Research Scientist at York University, then engaged on projects in Belize, Saudi Arabia, and Kenya. He then moved into main stream IT with real time and database systems. He... Read More →

Thursday September 19, 2019 13:30 - 15:00 BST
4. Aston Webb, Room WG12 Aston Webb Building