HICSS-50 Minitrack on Science Gateways and Portals (January 2017)

The Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-50) will be January 4-7, 2017, at Hilton Waikoloa Village on Hawaii’s Big Island. We are organizing a Science Gateways and Portals minitrack at the conference. The conference provides a unique and highly interactive environment for researchers to exchange perspectives and ideas in various areas of information, computer, and system sciences.

Minitrack Details for ST: Science Gateways and Portals

January 5, 2017 from 4:00-5:30pm in Kohala 3

  • “Science Gateways: The Long Road to the Birth of an Institute” by Sandra Gesing, Nancy Wilkins-Diehr, Maytal Dahan, Katherine Lawrence, Michael Zentner, Marlon Pierce, Linda Hayden, Suresh Marru
  • “Maintaining a Science Gateway – Lessons Learned from MoSGrid” by Lukas Zimmermann, Richard Grunzke, Jens Krüger
  • “Science Gateways as a Means of Boosting Your Science, Teaching, Software, and/or Business,” a panel on Science Gateways, with Maytal Dahan (Science Gateways Community Institute), Kelly Gaither (Texas Advanced Computing Center), Gwen Jacobs (University of Hawaii), and Jens Krüger (MoSGrid)

About the “Science Gateways and Portals” Minitrack

Hilton Waikoloa PoolThis Minitrack is part of the “Software Technology” track.

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

Program Committee

David Abramson, The University of Queensland, Australia
Antun Balaz, Institute of Physics, Belgrade, Serbia
Daniele D’Agostino, CNR-IMATI, Italy
Maytal Dahan, TACC, USA
Silvia Delgado Olabarriaga, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Keith Jeffery, RDA, UK
Daniel S. Katz, University of Illinois, USA
Peter Kacsuk, MTA SZTAKI, Hungary
Tamas Kiss, University of Westminster, London, UK
Jozsef Kovacs, MTA SZTAKI, Hungary
Jens Krüger, University of Tübingen, Germany
Katherine Lawrence, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Ivan Merelli, CNR-ITB, Italy
Gabriele Pierantoni, TCD, Dublin, Ireland
Marlon Pierce, Indiana University, USA
Ian Taylor, University of Notre Dame, US and Cardiff University, UK
Gabor Terstyanszky, University of Westminster, UK
Lyle Winton, NeCTAR, Australia
Lesley Wyborn, Australian National University, Australia
Eric Yen, Academia Sinica Grid Computing Center, Taipei, Taiwan
Michael Zentner, Purdue University, USA

Minitrack Co-Chairs

Sandra Gesing (Primary Contact)
University of Notre Dame

Nancy Wilkins-Diehr
San Diego Computer Center

Michelle Barker
NeCTAR, Australia


Contact Us

A collaboration of seven universities, led by:
San Diego Supercomputer Center
University of California at San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0505 USA

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.