Researchers invited to Amazon Web Services colloquium May 1

Virginia Tech researchers are invited to join Amazon Web Services (AWS) for a colloquium about AWS research initiatives available to researchers for their work.

Sanjay Padhi, who leads AWS’s federal initiatives with the National Science Foundation, will be the featured presenter at the AWS colloquium on Monday, May 1, 2017, from 10 a.m. to noon in 1100 Torgersen.

This talk will provide an overview of AWS infrastructure, advanced services such as machine learning, data analytics, streaming analytics, and high-performance computing for research computing.

With recent collaboration with the national funding agencies, these cloud-related services will provide researchers access to cutting-edge technology in order to accelerate science. A few examples will be drawn from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the AWS Open Data program, and NASA’s Desert research.

The AWS Research Initiative with funding agencies such as the NSF in the domains related to foundation and innovative track will be discussed. The NIH Commons program for cloud credits and the AWS Research Credit program will also be outlined.

This event is open to all Virginia Tech researchers. Eligible participants in the colloquium will receive 2 NLI credits. Event registration is required. Register at

Padhi, currently an adjunct associate professor of physics at Brown University, leads AWS’s federal initiatives with the NSF and global HEP-related activities. Padhi has more than 15 years of experience in large-scale distributed computing, data analytics, and machine learning. He is the co-creator of Workload Management System (glideinWMS) and co-founded the ZEUS Computing Grid project at Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron, Germany.

AWS will also offer private, 30-minute meetings with Padhi from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. These one-on-one sessions are reserved for faculty members, although their research students may attend.To reserve a spot, please contact Christopher Goodson at

This event is hosted by the Division of Information Technology.

For more information about the AWS procurement process for Virginia Tech departments and units, please contact Marc DeBonis, the director of Collaborative Computing Solutions, at