GCE: The 9th Gateway Computing Environments Workshop (at SC14)

A morning workshop on Friday, November 21, 2014,
New Orleans, LA

Held in cooperation with SC14: The International Conference on High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis

The workshop proceedings are now available in the ACM Digital Library!

Science Gateway is a community-developed set of tools, applications, and data collections that are integrated through a web portal or a suite of applications. Gateways can provide scalable access to many things: a highly-tuned parallel application running on a supercomputer; a remote instrument like a telescope or electron microscope; a curated data collection; tools to create workflows and visualizations linking these different resources; and collaborative venues to discuss results, share curricula and presentations and more. Gateways enable not only researchers with a common scientific goal but also students and members of the broader community by providing access to top-tier resources.


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There is much that is common in gateway development regardless of the domain area. But gateway developers typically have few venues for exchanging experiences. Gateways are often developed in a hobbyist environment. This workshop series aims to help change that.

"New Orleans" by Todd Hall

“New Orleans” by Todd Hall

About the Workshop

It is the goal of this workshop series to provide a venue for researchers to present pioneering, peer-reviewed work on all topics related to gateways. We hope to provide an interactive forum, including lightning talks, posters, and opportunities to share common experiences. Leveraging knowledge about common tasks can free gateway developers to focus on higher-level, grand-challenge functionality in their discipline.

Our featured keynote speaker will be Charlie Catlett, director of the Urban Center for Computation and Data (UrbanCCD) at the Computation Institute of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. The Center brings scientists from mathematics and computing together with social, behavioral, economic, policy, education, and health scientists to support research in urban sciences. He’s a Senior Computer Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, where he also served as Chief Information Officer from 2007-2011. Charlie is a Senior Fellow at the Computation Institute of the University of Chicago and Argonne and a Visiting Artist at the School of Art Insitute of Chicago. From 2004-2007, Charlie directed the NSF TeraGrid project and from 1999-2004 he was the founding chair of the Global Grid Forum (now the Open Grid Forum).

Proceedings of the workshop will be published in the ACM Digital Library, and accepted authors will have the opportunity to publish extended versions of their submissions in a special journal issue sponsored jointly with the International Workshop on Science Gateways  (IWSG, hosted at Trinity College, Dublin, from June 3-5, 2014). Details of the special issue are below.

For further details or with questions, email us at info@sciencegateways.org.

Call for Workshop Papers

We invited the submission of papers related to various aspects of science gateways — their design, but also their use and impact in research and education. The majority of talks will be lightning talks accompanied by a poster. We request an extended abstract of 2-4 pages, plus accepted papers/talks will be expected to have a poster prepared by the time of the workshop (maximum size 4′ x 3′). It is a requirement that at least one author of each accepted paper attend the conference workshop. Accepted papers will also be invited to submit full papers for the special journal issue described above.

The workshop is Friday, November 21, and presenters should bring a poster at that time.

Format: Papers should be 2–4 single-spaced, double-column pages (including figures, tables and references) in the ACM SIG Proceedings Format. Templates can be found at http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates.

Accepted papers must include a copyright form signed by all authors. Details may be found on the IEEE Copyright Form page: http://www.ieeeconfpublishing.org/cpir/authorKit.asp?Facility=CPS_Nov&ERoom=GCE+2014 (Note that this link was updated on October 6.)

Topics of interest include the following:

  • Gateways connecting aspects of advanced cyberinfrastructure (for example: data collections, instruments, and all types of computing services);
  • Gateway interoperability including, but not limited to gateways that make use of one another, gateways that exchange data through new or commonly accepted data specifications such as RDF and SparQL, and gateways that provide common interfaces to disparate data or cross-domain data.
  • Gateways in support of new communities, for example supporting rural or underserved communities or in newer computational domains such as digital humanities;
  • Design and architecture of gateways, including tools and frameworks that make developing gateways easier;
  • Gateway security models and solutions;
  • Middleware solutions in support of gateways including Web Services, workflow and mashup composers and engines, and similar capabilities;
  • Novel user interface/user experience implementations for science gateways
  • Non-browser gateways: desktops and mobile computing gateways;
  • Approaches to long-term sustainability (for example, experiences with open source development and licensing);
  • Gateways and community building, for example citizen science and social networking successes;
  • Gateways used in education;
  • The management and governance of gateways, such as securing funding, attracting users, monitoring content, and organizing the development team;
  • Demonstrations and success stories; and
  • Summary and survey papers.

Extended Papers for Special issue of CC-PE

The deadline for submitting an extended version of a paper accepted to the workshop has been extended to January 19, 2015. Please visit http://www.cc-pe.net/journalinfo/issues/2014.html#SGW-2014

Workshop Schedule (Subject to adjustment)

Complete Workshop proceedings in the ACM Digital Library

Time Presenters (presenters of multi-author papers are highlighted in bold)
8:30 – 8:45 Introduction and welcome
8:45 – 9:30 Keynote: Charlie Catlett, Director of the Urban Center for Computation and Data (UrbanCCD) at the Computation Institute of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory – Slides on Dropbox
9:30 – 10:00 Lightning talks (presenters noted in bold)

  • Katherine A. Lawrence, Nancy Wilkins-Diehr, Julie A. Wernert, Marlon Pierce, Michael Zentner and Suresh Marru. Who Cares About Science Gateways? A Large-Scale Survey of Community Use and Needs – Lightning Talk Slides
  • Shayan Shahand (presenting remotely) and Silvia Olabarriaga. Towards Science Gateways Sustainability Through Business Model Canvas: A Use Case for the Computational Neuroscience Gateway - Lightning Talk Slides
  • Emre Brookes, Nadeem Anjum, Joseph Curtis, Suresh Marru, Raminderjeet Singh and Marlon Pierce. GenApp Module Execution and Airavata Integration - Lightning Talk Slides
  • Kyle Chard, Ravi Madduri and Ian Foster. Cloud-based Image Analysis Gateway for Traumatic Brain Injury Research - Lightning Talk Slides
10:00 – 10:30 Break with posters to browse (refreshments to be provided by SC14)
10:30 – 11:30 Panel – Panelists have been asked to respond to the following questions:

  1. In the development of your gateway, what was your smartest or luckiest decision?
  2. In the development of your gateway, what do you wish you’d done differently?

Panelists (in bold) and their papers include:

  • Hao Hu, Tao Lin, Yan Liu, Shaowen Wang and Luis Rodríguez. CyberGIS-BioScope: A Cyberinfrastructure-based Spatial Decision-Making Environment for Biomass-to-Biofuel Supply Chain Optimization
  • Matthew Hanlon, Matthew Vaughn, Stephen Mock, Rion Dooley, Walter Moreira, Joe Stubbs, Chris Town, Jason Miller, Vivek Krishnakumar, Erik Ferlanti and Eleanor Pence. The Arabidopsis Information Portal: an Application Platform for Data Discovery
  • Raffaele Montella, Alison Brizius, Joshua Elliott, David Kelly, Ravi Madduri, Cheryl Porter, Peter Vilter, Michael Wilde, Wei Xiong, Meng Zhang and Ian Foster. FACE-IT: A Science Gateway for Food Security Research
  • Enis Afgan, Dannon Baker, John Chilton, Nate Coraor and James Taylor. Galaxy Cluster to Cloud – Genomics at Scale
11:30 – 12:00 More lightning talks (presenters noted in bold)

  • Shreyas Cholia and Terence Sun. The NEWT Platform: An Extensible Plugin Framework for Creating ReSTful HPC APIs slides
  • Hoang Nguyen, David Abramson, Timoleon Kiporous, Andrew Janke and Graham Galloway. WorkWays: Interacting with scientific workflows - slides
  • Marlon Pierce, Suresh Marru, Borries Demeler, Raminderjeet Singh and Gary Gorbet. >The Apache Airavata Application Programming Interface: Overview and Evaluation with the UltraScan Science Gatewayslides
  • Ryan Chard, Saba Sehrish, Alex Rodriguez, Ravi Madduri, Thomas D. Uram, Marc Paterno, Katrin Heitmann, Shreyas Cholia, Jim Kowalkowski and Salman Habib. PDACS – A Portal for Data Analysis Services for Cosmological Simulations - slides
12:00 noon Adjourn for lunch


The workshop will be held at the New Orleans Convention Center, Room 273 (add this event to your calendar from the SC website). Registration through the SC conference is required, and the early-bird deadline is October 15. The cost of registering for the workshop only is $200 for members/non-members ($100 for students); there are other registration options, too (e.g., as an add-on to regular SC registration, the workshop is $50 [or $25 for students]). The hotel reservation system is open now through October 17. Graduate and undergraduate students who wish to attend may consider applying for a Travel Grant through SIGHPC.

Photo by Chris Granger

Photo by Chris Granger

Program Committee

  • David Abramson (Queensland)
  • Roberto Barbera (U of Catania)
  • William Barnett (Indiana U)
  • Rick Bonney (Cornell)
  • Jim Bottum (Clemson)
  • Gus Evrard (U Michigan)
  • Ross Gardler (Microsoft Open Technologies)
  • Sandra Gesing (IWSG)
  • Stephen Goff (Arizona)
  • Linda Hayden (Elizabeth City State U)
  • Peter Kacsuk (MTA-SZTAKI)
  • Tamas Kiss (U of Westminster)
  • Yan Liu (NCSA)
  • Rich Loft (NCAR)
  • Katherine Lawrence (U Michigan)
  • Alex MacKerell (U Maryland)
  • Suresh Marru (Indiana U)
  • Michael McLennan (Purdue)
  • Mark Miller (SDSC)
  • Jarek Nabrzyski (Notre Dame)
  • Steven Newhouse (EMBL-EBI)
  • Marlon Pierce (Indiana U)
  • Dan Stanzione (TACC)
  • James Taylor (Johns Hopkins)
  • James von Oehsen (Clemson)
  • Shaowen Wang (NCSA)
  • Von Welch (Indiana U)
  • Renata Wentzcovitch (Minnesota)
  • Nancy Wilkins-Diehr (SDSC)
  • Kate Wittenberg (ITHAKA)
  • Michael Zentner (Purdue)

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