Blue Waters Webinar: Cloud Resource Federation for Galaxy, Jan. 23, 2019
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications' (NCSA) Blue Waters project has announced three new webinar topics to launch 2019, focused on the cloud, open-source software, and scientific 3D visualization.
The first webinar in the free series will be presented by Enis Afgan, Research Scientists at Johns Hopkins University, on January 23, 2019. Afgan was an SGCI client with this Galaxy CloudLaunch project.
Cloud Resource Federation for Galaxy
Enis Afgan, Research Scientist, Johns Hopkins University
The popularity of Galaxy is calling for extensive compute and storage capacity to be made available. The Galaxy Project and the community at large have been making strides in this effort by creating a variety of resources available. These include free public servers, virtual machines, cloud instances, usegalaxy.* federation, container images, etc. However, such dedicated installations of Galaxy instances is gradually leading to many silos of data, shared objects, tools, and expertise. In order to further strengthen the community and help build on each other's contributions, we are actively working on the notion of resource federation for Galaxy. This means that it will be possible to bring together disparate data and compute resources to effectively handle large data and long computations. In this talk, we will present the motivation for the above problem, the ongoing efforts, and present a method for dynamically linking external compute resources from a variety of cloud resources to a Galaxy server. Much of the presented software stack and services are not specific to Galaxy and can also be used by other science gateways.