Research on AWS – Accelerating Time to Science Workshop

Dr John Hildebrandt1

1Amazon Web Services, Barton, Australia


There are many common technology challenges emerging in science and research, especially when doing research at scale. Some of these challenges include but are not limited to; capturing, storing and analyzing increasingly massive data sets.

Access to on-demand, highly reliable, secure and scalable services and platforms to perform these tasks means researchers can often dramatically reduce time to a research outcome, and drive exciting scientific discoveries.

AWS as a research platform reduces the cost of trying new ideas; provides massive scale storage, compute, database, HPC and other platform services immediately to researchers, which in turn fosters and encourages experimentation and innovation.

This workshop, is focused on enabling you to work with large scientific datasets in a meaningful way and will also include hands on lab time with a few common data processing tools in the sciences domain.

This workshop is designed to teach you how to:

  • Efficiently move scientific data into and out of the AWS cloud.
  • Use the deep security models provided by AWS to ensure security and privacy of your data.
  • Establish patterns for approaches for doing high performance compute on AWS, especially when processing large datasets.

This Workshop is intended for:

  • Researchers wishing to understand how AWS might enable them to perform their data processing tasks faster and more effectively
  • Scientific Computing users interested in how AWS helps solve HPC and HTC challenges

Please note that this workshop requires you to bring your own device and an AWS account.


John has over 30 years’ experience in the Computer Science, Enterprise Information Technology and Research areas. His experience includes the areas of solutions architecture, technology strategy, application architecture, distributed systems, image databases, and image analysis.

John has extensive Public Sector, Defence and Intelligence experience over 30 years.

John worked in the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) as a Senior Research Scientist leading teams undertaking cutting edge Image Analysis and Distributed Systems research.

Before joining AWS he had senior roles at Microsoft and IBM providing Architectural advice to Federal Government.John is currently employed as a Solutions Architect with Amazon Web Services (AWS) in Canberra. He was the first employee for the growing ANZ Public Sector team and has been active in growing the team.

John assists Public Sector customers envisage Cloud solutions. John has trained hundreds of customers on AWS and has presented at Australian and International Summits.




AeRO is the industry association focused on eResearch in Australasia. We play a critical coordination role for our members, who are actively transforming research via Information Technology. Organisations join AeRO to advance their own capabilities and services, to collaborate and to network with peers. AeRO believes researchers and the sector significantly benefit from greater communication, coordination and sharing among the increasingly different and evolving service providers.

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