Argonne National Laboratory

The Globus Galaxies Platform: Delivering Science Gateways as a Service

TitleThe Globus Galaxies Platform: Delivering Science Gateways as a Service
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsMadduri, R, Chard, K, Chard, R, Lacinski, L, Rodriguez, A, Sulakhe, D, Kelly, D, Dave, U, Foster, I
JournalConcurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience
Other NumbersANL/MCS-P5313-0315
AbstractThe use of public cloud computers to host sophisticated scientific data and software is transforming scientific practice by enabling broad access to capabilities previously available only to the few. The primary obstacle to more widespread use of public clouds to host scientific software (“cloud-based science gateways”) has thus far been the considerable gap between the specialized needs of science applications and the capabilities provided by cloud infrastructures. We describe here a domain-independent, cloud- based science gateway platform, the Globus Galaxies platform, which overcomes this gap by providing a set of hosted services that directly address the needs of science gateway developers. The design and implementation of this platform leverages our several years experience with Globus Genomics, a cloud-based science gateway that has served more than 200 genomics researchers across 30 institutions. Building on that foundation, we have implemented a platform that leverages the popular Galaxy system for application hosting and workflow execution; Globus services for data transfer, user and group management, and authentication; and a cost-aware elastic provisioning model specialized for public cloud resources. We describe here the capabilities and architecture of this platform, present six scientific domains in which we have successfully applied it, report on user experiences, and analyze the economics of our deployments.