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Integration of data and computing infrastructures for Earth Science: an image mosaicking use-case

Published inEarth science informatics, vol. 9, no. 3, p. 325-342
Publication date2016

In the recent years several solutions have been proposed to implement digital infrastructures for sharing and processing scientific data and observations. Spatial data infrastructures currently enable effective and efficient geo-information data sharing in many disciplinary communities, and innovative solutions are under development to support new open data and linked data paradigms. In parallel, High Performance Computing systems, computing grids and more recently cloud services, enable fast processing of big data. However, the integration of data and computing e-infrastructures is a raising issue in multidisciplinary research. In the context of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) initiative, an innovative approach has been proposed. Taking into account that the heterogeneity of data and computing e-infrastructures and related technologies cannot be reduced beyond a certain extent, since it is due to the need of supporting use cases and scenarios from different scientific communities, a brokering solution has been designed and developed. A Business Process Broker (BPB) is a component which takes a formal description of a scientific business process, and translates it in an executable process which can be run on multiple and remote processing and workflow services. In doing this it solves all the interoperability issues in a (semi-)automated way. It allows lowering the entry barrier for both computing service providers - who do not have to comply with strict specifications - and users - who can work at higher level of process description. The paper presents and discusses a BPB use-case from the European project IASON, implementing an Earth Observation application involving satellite image mosaicking, HPC computing services and spatial data e-infrastructures.

  • Brokered architectures
  • HPC
  • E-infrastructures
  • Business Process Broker
  • Earth Science
  • Autre - PostDoctoral Research Fellowship in the Mathematical Sciences [0603500]
  • European Commission - Fostering sustainability and uptake of research results through Networking activities in Black Sea & Mediterranean areas [603534]
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MAZZETTI, Paolo et al. Integration of data and computing infrastructures for Earth Science: an image mosaicking use-case. In: Earth science informatics, 2016, vol. 9, n° 3, p. 325–342. doi: 10.1007/s12145-016-0255-5
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