Serpens for Kepler
INtegrating Distributed data Infrastructures for Global ExplOitation
INDIGO-DataCloud (INtegrating Distributed data Infrastructures for Global ExplOitation) is a project approved in January 2015 within the E-INFRA-1-2014 call of the Horizon 2020 framework program of the European Community. It aims at developing a data/computing platform targeting scientific communities, deployable on multiple hardware and provisioned over hybrid (private or public) e-infrastructures.
In Cloud computing, both the public and private sectors are already offering Cloud resources as IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). However, there are numerous areas of interest to scientific communities where Cloud computing uptake is currently lacking, especially at the PaaS and SaaS (Software as a Service) levels. INDIGO aims at developing tools and platforms based on Open Source solutions addressing scientific challenges in the Cloud computing, storage and network areas.
INDIGO will develop and deliver software components allowing execution of applications on Cloud and Grid based infrastructures, as well as on HPC clusters. The project will extend existing PaaS (Platform as a Service) solutions, allowing public and private e-infrastructures, including those provided by EGI, EUDAT, PRACE and Helix Nebula, to integrate their existing services and make them available through AAI services compliant with GEANT’s interfederation policies, thus guaranteeing transparency and trust in the provisioning of such services. INDIGO will also provide a flexible and modular presentation layer connected to the PaaS and SaaS frameworks developed within the project, allowing innovative user experiences and dynamic workflows, also from mobile appliances.
Scheduled finish date: 2017-08-31
The INDIGO project is rooted on the following key points:
- Based on Open Source solutions, will develop Open Source software.
- Rooted in use cases and support by multi-disciplinar scientific communities, big and small.
- Exploitation of available, general solutions rather than on custom, home-made specific tools or services. For example, the project will focus in increasing usability of tools developed by/for a given community.
- Make sure that the framework or services offered to final users as well as to developers will have a low learning curve. For example, popular existing software suites such as ROOT, OCTAVE/MATLAB, MATHEMATICA or R-STUDIO, will be supported and exploitable by INDIGO software in a transparent way.
- Possibility to run the software in a hybrid, distributed Cloud environment.
Within the project, PSNC is leading and taking active role in the workpackage of science gateways, workflows and toolkits, in particular in parts related with scientific workflows and mobile appliances. Besides it takes part in the tasks related to High level geographical application/service deployment and cloud Storage virtualization.