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MAGIC Containerization and Virtualization Speaker Series

April 30, 2018

The Middleware and Grid Interagency Coordination Team (MAGIC), an open team under NITRD's Large Scale Networking Interagency Working Group, meets monthly to discuss current and future technologies and collaboration activities in the distributed computing. See for more information on MAGIC.

MAGIC is composed of experts from academia, industry, and government, and led by federal co-chairs, Richard Carlson, Program Director, Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Office of Science, Department of Energy and Rajiv Ramnath, Program Director, Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, National Science Foundation.

MAGIC is conducting an in-depth examination of the impact of and opportunities for virtualization and containerization technologies and services on computing ecosystems. The effort was divided into 4 sessions: (1) various packages that are in common use; (2) adoption and usage of container technologies in science communities; (3) adoption and deployment by resource providers; and (4) discussion of research and operational deployment challenges.

On February 7, 2018, MAGIC kicked off the series with talks on current containerization and virtualization technologies... Read more.

Recent Highlights of the NITRD Program

April 23, 2018

Under the current Administration, the NITRD Program has enhanced Federal R&D and community engagement across NITRD’s broad portfolio of information technology R&D through interagency reports, community presentations, information portals, and expert convenings. Read more.

NITRD NewsLetter - April 2018

April 16, 2018

View Full Text: NITRDNewsletter04162018.pdf

Welcome to the April 2018 issue of the NITRD Leads IT quarterly newsletter of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program.

"Artificial intelligence (AI) has arrived - driverless cars, home and mobile assistants, real-time traffic routing, advising systems for everything from stock markets to healthcare, helpdesk chatbots, and more. Rapid AI advancements are enabled by technologies that NITRD agencies helped create, including powerful and pervasive networked computing and sensors, big data, and machine learning (ML) algorithms..." - Dr. Bryan Biegel (Director of the National Coordination Office for Networking and Information). Read more.

Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity - Matthew Barrett

April 3, 2018

About the Speaker:

Mr. Barrett and his team are responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with both private and public sector (Cybersecurity) Framework stakeholders. Mr. Barrett works through those relationships to provide perspective and guidance, as well as gather input on use and evolution of the Framework. To fulfill stakeholder needs, Mr. Barrett also collaborates with a variety of NIST cybersecurity programs.

Matt is known for his leadership of NIST's Security Content Automation Protocol program and support of the Office and Management and Budget's Federal Desktop Core Configuration initiative (predecessor to U.S. Government Consensus Baseline). Owed to that work, Matt was a recipient of a Department of Commerce Gold Medal Award for distinguished achievement in federal service.

Previous to NIST and over the past decade, Matt has served in various executive roles including roles such as president and chief executive officer.


With increasing reliance on technology, businesses are increasingly transitioning from trust to digital trust models. This transition has been hindered by the lack of a common language for understanding, managing, and expressing cybersecurity risk inside and outside of organizations. The Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (“The Framework”) was published in February 2014 to provide a common cybersecurity risk management language, as well as a common approach. The Framework can be used to help identify and prioritize actions for reducing cybersecurity risk, and is a tool for aligning policy, business, and technological approaches to managing that risk.