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SGCI Tech Summit

SGCI Tech Summit

The SGCI Tech Summit meets monthly to find solutions to common gateway-related issues. All are invited to participate!

Currently, the SGCI Tech Summit is working on a project to make it easier for science gateways and gateway framework technologies to utilize the vast amount of advanced cyberinfrastructure deployed across the US and internationally, and to improve interoperability between these gateway technologies. 

Join us at our next monthly meeting! They occur the first Friday of every month from 3–5 pm ET/12–2 pm PT. Contact to request a calendar invitation. 

Common Resource Descriptions for Interoperable Gateway Infrastructure

The Common Resource Descriptions for Interoperable Gateway Infrastructure Tech Summit project provides a common formal language or vocabulary (called a "specification") for defining a cyberinfrastructure resource—a storage or computing system where gateways can save data or execute codes, respectively—as well as an inventory system that can be used by gateways to automatically learn about the cyberinfrastructure that is available. Additionally, when two gateway technologies adopt the Common Resource Descriptions Specification, they are automatically able to communicate details with each other about where datasets were saved or how a job was run. This leads to interoperability across the gateways.

The SGCI Resource Specification has been adopted by several prominent projects, including Apache Airavata, HUBzero, Open OnDemand, Tapis, and XSEDE, and the specification has benefited from the input of all of these projects. We recently announced version 1.0 of the specification, the inventory system, and related tooling, and we feel that it is ready for use by the general public. With that said, we hope and expect that, as more gateways and gateway frameworks adopt the SGCI Resource Specification, additional changes will be made and new versions released.

We invite the community to participate in this project and welcome any feedback! 

We have complete documentation on ReadTheDocs here, and you can find the official project repository on GitHub here. We are using the tools available in GitHub to track issues and pull requests from the community, and we will hold monthly meetings to review all outstanding proposed changes.


Anyone interested in getting involved is welcome to attend the Tech Summit meetings. Meetings are the first Friday of every month from 3–5 pm ET/12–2 pm PT. Contact to request a calendar invitation.