Using ESIP Resources and Services


ESIP is continuing to add new resources and services to support members in Earth science activities, both within and beyond Federation activities.  This session will be hosted by the Products & Services Committee, the Cloud Computing Cluster and the ESIP administration to communicate recent advances in ESIP-provided capabilities as well as demonstrations of several of the new and continuing resources.  Possibly technologies include ESIP cloud resources, ESIP Ontology Portal, a new version of the Expert Skills Repository and Exchange, and others.  


The session was well attended.  The agenda primarily focused on the presentation by Douglas Hughes from JPL on managing cloud resources and resulting discussions.  We also reported on the status of the Testbed Portal integration with the Commons for single-sign on capabilities. The final topic was a quick overview of how to submit ideas for new Testbed projects and some of the supporting services available for developers.





  • JPL cloud management presentation (approx 45 min)
    • Douglas Hughes (with Tom Soderstrom and Jonathan Chiang) - JPL office of the CIO
    • Discussion
  • Testbed Portal briefing
    • Single Sign-on
    • Project content
  • Life cycle of testbed projects
    • How to submit new proposals
    • Using git repository to support Testbed projects - David Bassendine
    • Testbed relationship to other clusters/committees


ESIP Resources and Services – Meeting notes                        Jan 8, 2013


1.- Introduction. Testbed: provide an environment to prototype standards, services, protocols, technologies. Providing services to the general community. Provide more capabilities/resources.


2.- Presentation by Doug Hughes (Product and Service Committee. Cloud Computing Cluster). Cloud resource management. Agenda revision. Generalities about cloud computing. Near-term plan. Public, private and hybrid clouds. Cloud providers and feedback. Growth factors (e.g. how do we handle new big data, reprocess data and partner?). Space optical communication. Fundamental design, application, social issues. Allocation of resources; projects and users. Local solution prices; service based pricing for cloud computing solutions. Safeguards to prevent runaway resource usage (to be cost conscious). Provisioning interfaces and user guides ( Long-term strategies.

3.- Question session.

Ann (Lab. Atm Space Physics): how to implement a private cloud? Answer: Contract, partnership.

Keiser: how do we move loads from one cloud to the next (criteria)? Answer: compatible images. Other criteria: security, management.

Keiser: Local/private cloud is more expensive than commercial solutions? Answer: it depends. It involves a lot of econometrics to decide which solution is cheaper.

Phil: how do you monitor the use? Overload monitor? Answer: a human monitor the whole overload (in terms of billing an account). No automatic monitor for that.



4.- (Keiser & Phil) Integrated Testbed Portal. Goals. Description of functions. Lifecycle. How to submit new proposals. Chris Mattman’s key participation. Proposal submission (call, topics of interest, review process). Recently integrated the portal into the environment. Testbed Portal and Commons.


5.- (David Bassendine) Git and Pantheon. Hosting (now Pantheon; drupal hosting platform/scalable; multiple development environments). Multisite (now: single multiheaded drupal 7 build; shared codebase, databise and files)...


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File PS-Session-v2.pptx1.15 MB
File ESIP_Cloud_v1.pptx7.7 MB
Keiser, K.; Yang, P.; Using ESIP Resources and Services; Winter Meeting 2013. ESIP Commons , October 2012