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Amazon Web Services expert to speak with UGA researchers at colloquium

UGA researchers are invited to join Amazon Web Services for a colloquium about research initiatives available to researchers for their work April 18.

Sanjay Padhi, who leads AWS’ federal initiatives with the National Science Foundation, will present at the AWS colloquium from 10 a.m. to noon at the R.C. Wilson Pharmacy Building in the 120 Auditorium.

This talk will provide an overview of AWS infrastructure and 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 to accelerate science. A few examples will be drawn from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, AWS Open Data Program and NASA’s Desert research.

The AWS Research Initiative, with funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation in the domains related to foundation and innovative track, will be discussed. The National Institutes of Health Commons program for cloud credits and the AWS Research Credit program also will be outlined.

Participants in the colloquium do not need to bring devices, as this is presentation style. This event is open to all UGA researchers. Event registration is required by contacting Tracy Crews at

Padhi, currently an adjunct associate professor of physics at Brown University, leads AWS’ federal initiatives with the National Science Foundation and global HEP related activities. With a doctorate from McGill University in high energy physics, 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 (DESY), Germany.

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

This event is hosted by the Georgia Advanced Resources Computing Center, which is a collaborative partnership with the vice president of research and the vice president for information technology at UGA.

More information about the AWS procurement process for UGA departments and units is available at

For questions about the AWS Research Colloquium, contact Guy Cormier, director of the GACRC, at

Source: Enterprise Information Technology Services