March 1st Showcase Announcement

Title: CryoCloud: Accelerating discovery for NASA Cryosphere communities with open cloud infrastructure
Invited Speaker: Tasha Snow at Colorado School of Mines (ORCID ID: 0000-0001-5697-5470| Twitter: @TashaMSnow)
Joanna Millstein (ORCID ID:0000-0002-8407-5485), Jessica Scheick (ORCID ID:0000-0002-3421-4459), Wei Ji Leong (ORCID ID: 0000-0003-2354-1988), Wilson Sauthoff, (ORCID ID: 0000-0001-9683-1578), (ORCID ID: Fernando Pérez (ORCID ID: 0000-0002-1725-9815), James Colliander (ORCID ID: 0000-0002-8087-0887), James Munroe, Denis Felikson (ORCID ID: 0000-0002-3785-5112), Tyler Sutterley (ORCID ID: 0000-0002-6964-1194), Matthew Siegfried (ORCID ID: 0000-0002-0868-4633)
When: Wednesday, March 1st 4pm EST
Where: Launch Meeting - Zoom
Science is not composed of isolated groups of practitioners, but is rather an interconnected network of communities of practice, with members who fluidly move between them. Infrastructure for scientific research and collaboration should leverage this structure to make science more productive and inclusive. NASA (along with many other scientific entities) has started to adopt practices consistent with this natural structure of contemporary science. Communities such as Project Jupyter and your own (Pangeo) have pioneered a model for the inclusive, interconnected, and data-intensive practices of the future through cloud-based JupyterHub workflows. However, substantial barriers exist for individual users to make the transition from their local systems to the cloud to accomplish research goals: cloud cost opacity, infrastructure deployment complexity, and a general lack of community awareness and knowledge, among others. We can overcome these barriers by building upon existing cloud-workflow models and creating infrastructure that allows researchers to seamlessly move their workflows wherever they can do their best work. To optimize and expand this cloud-based model, we have established a managed computing platform, called CryoCloud, in partnership with the International Interactive Computing Collaboration (2i2c) team and developed community expertise in using this platform. We draw on the NASA Cryosphere community as a use-case. Specifically, we deploy open-source infrastructure in a cloud environment adapted to the needs of researchers, use this infrastructure to provide cloud and community expert-led hackathon-style training workshops, and work with the experience of these practitioners to advance the development of new and existing open-source tools for collaborative, open-science research. This cycle of interconnected practice, research, and development helps us better understand the evolving needs of researchers working in this manner. Thus we can adapt our tools to facilitate the growth of multi-community infrastructure and build the technical knowledge needed to facilitate NASA’s open-source, interconnected, and science-accelerated vision of the future.
Relevant material:

  • 5-15 minutes - Community showcase
  • 5-15 minutes - Q&A / Community check-in
  • 20-35 minutes - Agenda and Open discussion