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Science Gateways and their Impact on Research and Scholarship Nationally and Internationally

Time 05/07/18 10:30AM-11:45AM

Room Pacific 23-24

Session Abstract

Science gateways, also known as research portals and by other terms are having an increasing impact on the conduct of research today, both nationally and internationally. This diverse panel will feature several perspectives, from those involved in gateway building technologies and data management, to those building gateways in the fields of urban studies and neuroscience to a former CTO initiating campus development activities.


  1. Rick Wagner, Professional Services Manager for Globus, University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory:
    Globus has become a preferred service for moving, sharing, and publishing research data on XSEDE, DOE, and campus computing resources. Globus also is used by Compute Canada, including its Federated Research Data Repository; NeSI, the New Zealand eScience Infrastructure; and hundreds of other international universities and research labs. The Globus software-as-a-service (SaaS) is widely used by researchers to manage their data directly through their web browser, while the Globus platform-as-a-service (PaaS) makes APIs available for developers to use in external applications and services. The platform exposes identity and access management functionality that simplifies access to storage and computing resources using campus logins, and facilitates the integration of XSEDE and other research cyberinfrastructure services into web and mobile applications. Using this developers can build web applications and services that leverage Globus and the Science DMZ to provide a broad range of researchers with access to advanced data management capabilities. We will draw on experiences from this broad user base to highlight the challenges faced in delivering scalable research data management services.

  2. Keith Pezzoli, Director of the Urban Studies and Planning program at the University of California, San Diego:
    The Sustainability Science Gateway for Healthy Cities and Bioregions (S2Gateway), is an initiative aimed at integrating (1) urban/rural data science, geographic information systems, spatial data analytics, data visualization and mapping technologies, with (2) theory and methods for designing, conducting, sharing and archiving civically engaged research in sustainability science, planning and design. The main goal is to build the capacity of mutual interest, university-community collaboratives dedicated to integrating green-cyber-civic infrastructures. Place-based green-cyber-civic infrastructural integration can help make neighborhoods, universities, cities, towns, working landscapes and bioregions regenerative, healthy and just. The S2Gateway is initially focusing its efforts on affordable housing and green infrastructure linkages in disadvantaged communities of the San Diego-Tijuana binational city-region from a land use, coupled human-natural systems and climate change perspective.

  3. Amit Majumdar, Director, Data Enabled Scientific Computing (DESC) division at the San Diego Supercomputer, Principal Investigator, Neuroscience Gateway:
    The Neuroscience Gateway (NSG) facilitates access and use of NSF funded XSEDE High Performance Computing (HPC) resources by neuroscientists. It has been funded by the NSF and is operating since early 2013. It currently has about 560 registered users and is steadily growing. NSG can be accessed through a simple web portal or programmatically using RESTful services. The NSG provides an administratively and technologically streamlined environment for uploading models, specifying HPC job parameters, querying running job status, receiving job completion notices, and storing and retrieving output data. The NSG transparently distributes user's jobs to appropriate XSEDE HPC resources. Based on demand and usage, we have successfully acquired ever larger allocations since 2013 on HPC resources of the XSEDE via the extremely competitive peer review process. Large number of computational neuroscience and brain image processing tools are provided via NSG. In the recent years NSG is becoming a dissemination platform for new neuroscience tools and pipelines that are being developed in the US and other countries, and is also being used for neuroscience education. About 30% of NSG users and tool developers contributing to NSG are located in various international countries such as Belgium, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, UK.

  4. Jim Bottum, Research Professor, Clemson University; Presidential Fellow, Internet2, Principal Investigator Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Research and Education Facilitators (ACI REF); Consortium for Advanced Research Computing on Campuses (CaRC); HBCU Cyberteam EMPOWER:
    Activities are focused on developing and integrating the human element involved in supporting the research communities use of advanced cyberinfrastructure. Activities involve sharing and disseminating best practices, involving various elements of the support communities in common projects, resource sharing including expertise and professional development efforts.

  5. Nancy Wilkins-Diehr, Associate Director, San Diego Supercomputer; Principal Investigator, Science Gateways Community Institute:
    The Science Gateways Community Institute is one of the first two software institutes funded by the National Science Foundation’s Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure. SGCI provides resources, services, experts, and ideas for creating and sustaining science gateways. Science gateways are online interfaces that give researchers, educators, and students easy access to specialized, shared resources that are specific to a science or engineering discipline. They may connect to instruments (such as telescopes or sensors), data collections, specialized software, or high-performance computing. While the use of gateways can improve the productivity of researchers significantly, the process of developing, operating, and sustaining a gateway can prove challenging and time consuming. SGCI aims to fill that gap. The five service areas will be described, as well as our long-standing association with the International Workshop on Science Gateways series and the International Workshop on Science Gateways - Australia series.


Speaker Rick Wagner Globus

Speaker Amitava Majumdar University of California - San Diego

Speaker Jim Bottum Internet2

Speaker Nancy Wilkins-Diehr University of California - San Diego

Speaker Keith Pezzoli University of California - San Diego

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