Science Gateways and Portals Minitrack

Science gateways are a community-specific set of tools, applications, and data collections that are integrated together via a web portal or a desktop application, providing access to resources and services for distributed data management and distributed computing infrastructures (DCIs). They offer easy and intuitive access to computing infrastructures and instruments irrespective of their location. The challenges in the area of gateways are manifold: from intuitive user interfaces and security features through efficient data and workflow management to parallelization of applications employing parallel and distributed architectures. In the last decade, quite a few innovations and developments have taken place on user interface layer and services layer and are reflected on DCI level in projects like XSEDE, NeCTAR, and local infrastructures. Diverse mature technologies are available and under active development: from portal frameworks through workflow-enabled grid/cloud portals and workbenches to platforms to ease the development of gateways supporting DCIs and access to data sources. Each approach has its own community and the implementations are designed to meet the specific needs and provide methodologies for analyzing data. We believe that efficient support of communities demands to maintain and further develop the different approaches without re-inventing the wheel. Thus, it is crucial to bring together users, gateway developers and gateway providers to discuss problems and solutions in the area, to identify new issues, to shape future directions for research, foster the exchange of ideas, standards and common requirements and push towards the wider adoption of gateways.

Key areas we will address are:

  • Gateway enabling technologies and development frameworks
  • Ready to use gateways in different areas and disciplines
  • Management of high-throughput data via gateways
  • Portal technology and portal construction methods
  • Usage models and gateway tools in different disciplines
  • Security aspects of gateways
  • Usability studies of gateways
  • Workflows and service composition in gateways
  • Demonstrations/success stories

Minitrack Co-Chairs:

Sandra Gesing (Primary Contact)
University of Notre Dame
Email: sandra.gesing@nd,edu

Nancy Wilkins-Diehr
San Diego Computer Center

Michelle Barker
NeCTAR, Australia

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