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Bridging the gap between research and IT: Enhancing science in public clouds

Speaker: Dr. Jarunan Panyasantisuk

Cloud services are available at our fingertips. They are convenient, they strengthen collaboration, and they help us work more efficiently. However, complexity also increased for both users and organizations. For example, user identity on cloud applications may not be manageable if not set up correctly. Data location is not always explicitly stated. And resource usage needs to be monitored and costs controlled. To clarify such questions, ETH founded the Cloud Service Center (CSC) with the goal to enable and support ETH members to use cloud infrastructure andservices.  As a cloud engineer at CSC with a scientific background, I have an exciting task to bridge the gap between research and IT by supporting researchers to make use of public cloud platforms for their scientific applications. To this end, I try to understand the requirements in each use case, coordinate between research institutes and public cloud providers, and troubleshoot inadministrative and technical issues. In this talk, I would also like to share my journey inengineering and IT. I have taken part in increasing the diversity at the workplace by being myself, and by being a working parent.

Speaker bio

Dr. Jarunan Panyasantisuk is a cloud engineer at the Cloud Service Center (CSC) at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. She is the main contact point for ETH researchers and cloud providers regarding scientific use cases. She aims to help researchers find the optimal use of thecloud for their science. Before joining CSC, she worked as a scientific computing expert at ETH Scientific IT Services (SIS). She specialized in HPC applications, code optimization and code parallelization. She was the organizer of the Minisymposium "Scalable Distributed Deep Learning" and a speaker at PASC2019. She was an outreach coordinator at SIS and the producer of the SIS advertising film. She is a founding member of IT-Women@ETH, a network of female staff working in IT at ETH. The network aims to increase visibility of women in IT and attract more women to work in this field. She completed her PhD in computational biomechanics at theUniversity of Bern, Switzerland. Her research focused on optimizing model parameters of thetrabecular bone and integrating the trabecular fabric into the proximal femur model. She received an Erasmus Mundus full scholarship to pursue a European joint master degree in computational mechanics at Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Spain and Ecole Centrale de Nantes inFrance, and spent 5 months at Electricité de France in Paris.



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