Event date:
Dec 10 2021 5:00 pm

Zero Trust Security Model Implementation Challenges for High-Performance Computing

Dr. Sadaf Alam
Recently, the adoption of zero-trust security model and architecture has accelerated due to a number of factors such as prevalent usage of off-premises cloud technologies, diversity of IT devices and diffusion of IoT (Internet of Things). The model is based on concepts of multiple layers of trust and verification for users, devices, applications, and networks that are always assumed to be untrusted. High performance computing (HPC) has unique architectural aspects when it comes to applications, systems, networks, and data access, to deliver close-to-metal performance and to achieve scalability. Increasingly however, scientific workflows require end-to-end access to distributed resources, from edge to cloud to HPC and supercomputing systems. In this talk, I present defining characteristics of HPC applications and systems, and discuss key challenges in adopting a zero-trust security model within HPC ecosystems. I will highlight ongoing activities that can bridge gaps and identify topics for future development work.

Dr. Sadaf Alam will be talking about “Zero Trust Security Model Implementation Challenges for High-Performance Computing” on Friday, December 10, 2021 at 5pm PKST. 

To join please use this Zoom meeting link: https://lums-edu-pk.zoom.us/j/92523801204?pwd=dlpPSUZyRWRKZXNubWhhS01ld0VqUT09 

About the speaker:

Sadaf Alam is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano, Switzerland. Dr. Alam studied computer science at the University of Edinburgh, UK, where she received her Ph.D. in 2004. Until March 2009, she was a computer scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA. In her role as the CTO, she ensures end-to-end integrity of HPC systems and storage solutions and leads strategic projects at the centre. She has held different roles at CSCS including group lead of future systems, chief architect, and head of operations. She is a member of ACM, ACM-W, SIGHPC and Women in HPC.