GCE15: The 10th Gateway Computing Environments Workshop

Wednesday, September 30th to Thursday, October 1st, 2015, NCAR Center Green (Building 1), Boulder, CO

Jointly hosted right after the  WSSSPE3 Workshop.

Conference Publications from GCE15 are available here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cpe.v28.7/issuetoc

NCAR's Center GreenScience gateways serve as connection points, assembling the various components of advanced cyberinfrastructure—data collections, instruments, supercomputers, clouds, and analytical tools—behind streamlined, user-friendly interfaces. They are typically a community-developed web portal or a suite of desktop 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. Gateways provide both a user-centric and a community-centric view (with social networking) of the cyberinfrastructure.

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.

Related Events

International Workshop on Science Gateways  (IWSG’15, Budapest, Hungary, June 3–5, 2015)

International Workshop on Science Gateways, in conjunction with eResearch Australasia 2015 (Brisbane, Australia, October 19, 2015)


9th Gateway Computing Workshop  (GCE14, New Orleans, November, 2014)

International Workshop on Science Gateways  (IWSG’14, Trinity College, Dublin, June 3–5, 2014)

Science Gateways Workshop at IEEE Cluster 2013

Gateway Computing Environments Series (2005–2011)

About the Workshop

It is the goal of this GCE 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 and experiences can free gateway developers to focus on higher-level, grand-challenge functionality in their discipline.

Both GCE and  the International Workshop on Science Gateways are held annually. (This year IWSG’15 will be hosted in Budapest, Hungary, from June 3–5.) New in 2015 is a an Australasian workshop on science gateways in conjunction with the eResearch 2015 conference  (Brisbane, Australia, October 19, 2015). Extended papers from all three will be co-published in a special journal issue of Concurrency in Computation: Practice and Experience.

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

Workshop Schedule

Read Dennis Gannon’s “eScience Cloud” blog post about GCE15, titled “Science Gateways and Sustaining Science Software

Keynote Speakers: This year’s featured keynote speakers will be Daniel Katz and Ali Swanson.

  • Daniel S. Katz is serving as a Program Director for Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation. He is on leave from his position as a Senior Fellow in the Computation Institute, University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, and he is also an affiliate faculty member at the Center for Computation and Technology (CCT) and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Louisiana State University (LSU). He is organizing the WSSSPE3 workshop immediately before this gateway workshop. Katz will provide an update on NSF’s software programs. He will be speaking Wednesday, September 30 at 12:45 pm.
  • Ali Swanson works for the Zooniverse project, and she will speak about this project. Zooniverse is home to the internet’s largest, most popular and most successful citizen science projects, allowing volunteers to actively participate in scientific research. Swanson holds a doctorate in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Minnesota. During her time at Minnesota she was integral to setting up and running Snapshot Serengeti, one of Zooniverse’s most popular projects. This involved spending a lot of time working on the data gathering side of the project in Tanzania. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher in Ecology and Citizen Science at the University of Oxford, UK. She will be speaking Thursday, October 1 at 8:45 am.


(Presenters are italicized)


12:00 noon

Lunch available; participants with posters may put them on display

12:30 pm

Intro and welcome

12:45 pm

Keynote 1: Dan Katz on NSF's Support for Infrastructure Software and Services

1:30 pm

Talks (25-minutes each)

A Science Data Gateway for Environmental Management by Alex Romosan, Deborah Agarwal, Arie Shoshani, Kesheng Wu (all at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Data Sciences and Technology)

Lessons learned implementing a science gateway for hydro-meteorological research by Daniele D'Agostino, Emanuele Danovaro, Andrea Clematis, Luca Roverelli, Gabriele Zereik (all CNR, IMATI), Antonio Parodi (CIMA), and Antonella Galizia (CNR, IMATI)

2:20 pm

Break (20 minutes)

2:40 pm

More talks

Integrating Apache Airavata with Docker, Marathon, and Mesos by Pankaj Saha,  Madhusudhan Govindaraju (both State University of New York, Department of Computer Science), Suresh Marru (Indiana University, Pervasive Technology Institute and Marlon Pierce (Indiana University, Research Technologies)

GSoC 2015 student contributions to GenApp and Airavata by Emre Brookes (University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Biochemistry), Abhishek Kapoor, Priyanshu Patra (both IIT Kharagpur, Department of Computer Science and Engineering), Suresh  Marru (Indiana University, Pervasive Technology Institute), Raminder Singh (Indiana University, School Of Informatics and Computing), and Marlon Pierce (Indiana University, Research Technologies)

User Applications driven by the Community Contribution Framework MPContribs in the Materials Project by Shreyas Cholia, Patrick Huck, Daniel Gunter, Donald Winston, Alpha N'Diaye, and Kristin Persson (all at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

3:55 pm

Short break (10 minutes)

4:05 pm

Invitation for Open-Space session topics for Thursday
4:30 pm Poster reception
5:30 pm End of Day 1 (We encourage participants to form dinner groups with other attendees.)

8:30 am

Breakfast available

8:45 am

Keynote 2: Ali Swanson, Zooniverse: Tackling big data with 1 million volunteers (50MB)

9:30 am

Talks (25 minutes each)

Citizen Science in Risk Communication In the Era of ICT by Bandana Kar (University of Southern Mississippi – Geography & Geology)

Failure analysis and prediction for the CIPRES science gateway by Kritika Singh, Shava Smallen, Sameer Tilak, Lawrence Saul (all at University of California, San Diego)

10:20 am

Short break

10:30 am

Additional Open-Space session topics nominated

10:45 am

Open space sessions (30-minutes each session)

See the open-space proceedings in this Google Doc

11:45 am

Wrap up
12:00 noon Adjourn; box lunches will be provided

Poster Session

At the end of Wednesday afternoon, we will be hosting a poster session that is open to all. In addition to those who will be presenting papers, we welcome participants to bring a poster to share their projects, lessons learned, and future plans with colleagues at the event. These poster sessions have, at previous workshops, been an excellent way to connect and share ideas.

To participate in the poster session, please send a PDF file of your poster to info@sciencegateways.org by Tuesday, September 22. This is our way of confirming that your poster has been prepared. You should print your poster no larger than 4 feet (1.3 meters) by 3 feet (1 meter), portrait or landscape format. If your file is too large to send by email (e.g., larger than 10MB), we suggest using a free large file transfer service such as https://www.wetransfer.com/ or http://free.mailbigfile.com/.

Open Space Session

On Thursday, we will be hosting “Open Space” sessions to allow you, the participants, to determine part of our conversational agenda. “Open Space Technology” was born from the realization that the most exciting, satisfying, useful part of a conference is the coffee breaks. The goal of an Open Space Technology (OST) meeting is to create time and space for participants to engage deeply and creatively around issues of concern to them. The agenda is set by the participants and emerges from their individual and collective interests. There is no need to have prior experience with an OST event to participate — just bring your interests and ideas!

With this in mind, we invite you to think about topics that you would like to discuss with your colleagues. It could be a problem you face in your science gateway work, a question you have about gateway technologies, a discovery you’d like to share with others, or an idea that occurs to you during the course of the GCE workshop. At the workshop, we’ll be gathering your ideas, placing them into a basic agenda, and letting the conversation go!

Registration and Lodging

Registration for the workshop is now open and closes Friday, September 25! The cost of the workshop is $100, to cover food provided during the workshop (lunches, breaks, breakfast, and a poster session reception). The registration form includes an opportunity to indicate vegetarian meals preferred or other special needs (dietary or otherwise).

Register here: https://www.etouches.com/gce15

There are a number of local hotel options that vary greatly in price. The best deal that we’ve found is the Millennium Harvest Hotel, which is a short drive from the Center Green (Building 1) meeting venue. The University Inn is also a good deal with good reviews. The Residence Inn is next door to the venue, but it charges as much as $250/night. Here’s a map of the area hotels:

Screen Shot of Boulder hotels
Please direct any questions to info@sciencegateways.org.

Call for Workshop Papers

We invite the submission of papers related to various aspects of science gateways — their design, but also their use and impact in research and education. We request a paper of 6–8 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 extended papers (9–12 pages, 30% new content) for the special journal issue described above. The workshop is from noon on Wednesday, September 30 through noon on Thursday, October 1, 2015, and presenters should bring a poster at that time.

Nancy Wilkins-Diehr and Silvia Olabarriaga are co-editors of the special issue of Concurrency in Computation: Practice and Experience in which the GCE15 proceedings will be published.


Paper submission deadline: Deadline extended! Now Monday, July 20
Monday, July 13, 2015
Acceptance notification: Monday, August 10, 2015
Revisions required: Monday, August 24, 2015
Final acceptance of submissions (all reviewer comments resolved): Friday, August 28, 2015
PDF of poster submitted (to submit a poster, see instructions in the Workshop Schedule section above): Tuesday, September 22, 2015


Papers should be 6–8 single-spaced pages (with up to 3 additional pages for figures and tables). CCPE requests that your submission be in 12-point type in one of the standard fonts: Times, Helvetica, or Courier. Tables and figures should be on separate pages after the reference list and not be incorporated into the main text. For further details about CCPE‘s author guidelines and reference formatting requirements, see http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1532-0634/homepage/ForAuthors.html. Submit your paper through CCPE‘s Manuscript Central submission page.

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.

Travel Support

Funds are available to support participation in this workshop. Priority will be given to those who have submitted papers and can make a compelling case for how their participation will strengthen the overall workshop and/or positively impact their future research or educational activities. Submissions for travel support will be accepted until August 17, 2015.For those provided travel funds, actual expenses up to a maximum of $1,000 (including travel and hotel accommodation) will be covered. Detailed instructions will be provided to those awarded funds. Financial support to enable this has been generously provided by the National Science Foundation.

Instructions for applying for travel support

To apply, please email a PDF document of no more than 1 page to info@sciencegateways.org (with “GCE15 Travel Support” in the subject line) that includes:

  • Your name, place of study/work, and position
  • The potential of your attendance to contribute towards your own research and educational goals. If you are a student please describe the degree you are pursuing
  • Your potential contribution to the workshop, including your authorship of an accepted paper, or intent to contribute in person based on your knowledge and experience

Initial decisions on travel funds will be made shortly after the August 17, 2015 deadline. Decisions will be made by the Workshop Organizing Committee based on the ability of the submitted applications to meet the specified goals.

Program Committee

David Abramson (Queensland, Australia)
Enis Afgan (Johns Hopkins, Ruder Boskovic Institute)
Roberto Barbera (University of Catania)
Michelle Barker (James Cook University, Australia)
Kyle Chard (Argonne National Laboratory)
Shreyas Cholla (Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory)
Jesus Cruz Guzman (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)
Maytal Dahan (TACC)
Dennis Gannon
Sandra Gesing (Notre Dame, IWSG)
Madhusudhan Govindharaju (Binghamton U)
Linda Hayden (ECSU)
Katherine Lawrence (U Michigan)
Yan Liu (NCSA)
Ravi Madduri (Argonne National Laboratory)
Amitava Majumdar (SDSC)
Suresh Marru (Indiana U)
Michael McLennan (Purdue)
Mark Miller (SDSC)
Jarek Nabrzyski (Notre Dame)
Silvia Olabarriaga (University of Amsterdam)
Marlon Pierce (Indiana U)
Dan Stanzione (TACC)
James Taylor (Emory)
Nancy Wilkins-Diehr (SDSC)
Roy Williams (Caltech)
Michael Zentner (Purdue)

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This project is funded by the National Science Foundation under award number ACI-1547611. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.