When it comes to IT needs, a 6,500-employee national laboratory is effectively a small city. Computation’s enterprise computing–focused divisions provide technical support and customer service for LLNL’s vast inventory of desktop computing hardware/software, servers, mobile devices, as well as other IT services fulfilling Livermore’s requirements in communication, collaboration, and cyber security.

The National Laboratories Information Technology (NLIT) Summit is a valuable annual event for LLNL’s IT professionals. The Summit is sponsored by the NLIT Society, which facilitates the exchange of best practices and IT advancements within the Department of Energy (DOE) complex, strengthens the IT infrastructure, and reduces costs within the DOE laboratory system.

This year’s Summit will take place on May 28–31, 2019, in Boise, Idaho. Sue Marlais, Livermore’s deputy Chief Information Officer, states, “It’s great to see how participation in this conference has grown. When the Summit started many years ago, it was a very small group from LLNL, LANL, and SNL in a small conference room at Sandia’s New Mexico campus. NLIT is an important conference for IT professionals to learn how other labs are delivering IT services and applications.”

Livermore’s presentations are concentrated on Wednesday and Thursday of the four-day Summit. Times are listed below in Idaho’s time zone, Mountain Daylight Time. Sessions are organized into 13 technical tracks across a range of DOE-relevant topics, including Cloud, Data Analytics, Scientific Computing, User Experience, Networking/Telecommunications, and Cyber Security. The complete agenda with session abstracts and presenter biographies is available online.

Wednesday, May 29

  • 10:00am – 10:40am | Cloud track | Anthony Ghilarducci | Cloud Native Architecture for the DOE Enterprise
  • 2:00pm – 2:40pm | User Experience track | Chelle Clements | Five Things We Wish Users Would Stop Doing
  • 2:45pm – 3:25pm | Networking/Telecommunications track | Brian Moraca | Network Automation and What Doesn’t Work
  • 2:45pm – 3:25pm | User Experience track | Neal Mackanic and Karl Albrecht | MyPass Service (YubiKey) Delivers Secure and Hassle-Free Logins at LLNL
  • 4:00pm – 4:45pm | Cyber Security track | John Donaldson | Scalable Automated Malware Analysis using AssemblyLine
  • 4:45pm – 5:25pm | Community Interest track | Brenda Ianiro with INL and LANL colleagues | School of Phish

Thursday, May 30

  • 10:00am – 10:40am | Infrastructure and Operations track | Marc Stearman | Leveraging Change Management in ServiceNow to improve Operational Stability
  • 10:45am – 11:25am | Infrastructure and Operations track | Don Mendonsa | Virtual Desktops, Myths, Assumptions, Considerations: A Model for All Size Organizations
  • 11:30am – 12:10pm | Policy and Governance track | Louella Panaga | Revamping Your Service Catalog
  • 1:15pm – 1:55pm | Industrial Control Systems/Operational Technology track | Ash Ansari | Architecting IOT Capabilities as a Cloud-Based Institutional Service at LLNL
  • 2:45pm – 3:25pm | Cloud track | Lee Neely | Moving to the Cloud - It's a FedRAMP World or Is It?
  • 4:45pm – 5:25pm | Community Interest track | Lisa Belk with SNL, INL, PNNL, and LANL colleagues | Navigating Your IT Career at a National Laboratory

Like LLNL, other DOE labs are often known by the acronyms used above: Idaho (INL), Los Alamos (LANL), Pacific Northwest (PNNL), and Sandia (SNL). FedRAMP is the U.S. Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, which provides standards for usage and monitoring of cloud services.