October 5-9, 2014


P8.12 Cloud Computing for Astronomers on top of EGI Federated Cloud.

Giuliano Taffoni (INAF - OATS)

Claudio Vuerli (INAF - OATS), Fabio Pasian (INAF - OATS), Ugo Becciani (INAF - OACT), Alessandro Costa (INAF-OACT), Eva Sciacca (INAF-OACT)

The European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) Federated Cloud is a cloud service tailored for European researchers that was officially released in May 2014.

The Federated Cloud pools resources and services provided by various partners, both public and private, distributed in different EU countries. Thanks to the Federated cloud, EGI offers an Infrastructure as a Service cloud based on open standards: OpenStack and the OGF OCCI.

The Federated Cloud is based also on a set of global services that glue together the resources offered by different providers: a common information system, a common accounting service, a common monitoring service and an operation portal.

Astronomers and data centres working within the EU may use the Federated Cloud to manage, disseminate and process their data flexibly, quickly and efficiently.<\p> In particular, INAF - OATS is a node of the EGI infrastructure offering services for Astronomers :

  • flexible computing resources for single researchers and projects (e.g. Euclid)
  • customizable scientific gateways based on workflows (gUSE/WS-PGRADE) for cloud infrastructure.
  • legacy software preservation based on virtual machines that can be deployed on cloud infrastructure.
In this presentation, we will discuss the potentiality of EGI federated cloud for Astronomy and Astrophysics and the activity of INAF – OATS and INAF - OACT in this context. Our objective is to construct, operate, sustain and promote a unique environment supporting Astronomy and Astrophysics Virtual Research Environment (VRE) through EGI services and resources. At threshold level a set of core functionalities together with flexible customization tools will be implemented and subsequently offered to A&A communities to allow them to easily construct VREs wrapped around EGI infrastructures and services. This environment will build upon clouds and science gateways and will respect commonly used IVOA standards.

Mode of presentation: poster

Applicable ADASS XXIV theme category: Other