Middleware and Grid Interagency Coordination Team DevOps Series

September 7, 2018

The NITRD Middleware and Grid Interagency Coordination Team (MAGIC) is conducting an in-depth examination of the impact of and challenges related to DevOps. The effort was divided into 4 sessions: (1) Definition of DevOps; (2) the significance of DevOps in the Scientific community; (3) discussion of and operational and (4) DevOps in scientific facilities.

On July 11, 2018, MAGIC began the series with talks on the definition and challenges of DevOps.

On August 1, MAGIC's deeper dive into DevOps in the Scientific Community featured presentation by:

  • "DevOps in ATLAS", Kaushik De, Professor of Physics, University of Texas at Arlington
  • "What is DevOps", James Burke, Senior Security Architect/Engineer, Valiant Solutions
  • "Education and Research Computing in DevOps", Gregor Von Laszewski, Assistant Director of the Distributed Systems Lab, Adjunct Associate Professor of the Intelligent Systems Engineering Department, Indiana University

On September 5, MAGIC's third session on DevOps focused on the operational challenges of DevOps, and featured speakers from both the federal government and private industry:

  • Leonel Garciga, Chief Technology Officer, DoD Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization
  • "Perspectives on DevOps at CGI", Venkat Kodumudi, Director, Innovation & Outreach, Emerging Technologies Practice, CGI Federal
  • "Enterprise to Cloud: Operational Challenges", Marshall Lamb, Distinguished Engineer and CTO, Watson Supply Chain Watson Customer Engagement Division, IBM Corporation

The fourth and final DevOps Session will focus on the role of DevOps in scientific facilities and will take place on October 3 (12 noon ET). Confirmed speakers are:

To participate in the October 3 session, please check the MAGIC website or contact Joyce Lee at (

MAGIC is an open team under NITRD's Large Scale Networking Interagency Working Group that meets monthly to discuss current and future technologies and collaboration activities in the distributed computing. MAGIC is 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. See for more information on MAGIC. To be notified of future MAGIC activities, please contact Joyce Lee at (