Development and Execution of Collaborative Application on the ViroLab Virtual Laboratory

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Nov 4, 2013 (4 years and 8 months ago)


Development and Execution of Collaborative Application

on the
ViroLab Virtual Laboratory

Tomasz Gubala (1,2), Marek Kasztelnik (3), Maciej Malawski (1), Marian Bubak (1,3)

(1) Institute of Computer Science AGH, Krakow, Poland

(2) Informatics Institute, Un
iversity of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

(3) ACC CYFRONET AGH, Krakow, Poland

Modern practices of science in such area as investigation of HIV virus drug resistance, requires
collaborative sharing, processing and analyzing virological, immunological, clinic
al and experimental
data, as well as advanced tools for statistical analysis, visualization, modelling and simulation [1]. An
experiment in a virtual laboratory combines data and activities which are available on the distributed

and Grid
based infrast
ructure and it needs to orchestrate them in possibly complex scenarios. As
existing solutions to the problem of experiment orchestration, there are many scientific workflow
systems available for the Grid, such as Pegasus [2], Triana [3] and K
WfGrid [4] sy
stems. They are
intended to assist nonprogrammer users in developing applications, however in the case of workflows
with many components and complex interactions, they ca
n also become difficult to use.

An experiment plan is a Ruby script, which features th
e concise and clear syntax combined with a
full set of control structures. To relieve the experiment developer from the sophisticated details of the
underlying grid infrastructure, we introduce a high
level object
oriented API, which allows requesting
ch" computational functionality is required, without a need to specify "how" to access it with
available middleware. If a developer needs to retain a full control over the experiment plan, it is possible
to specify all the technical details on the lower le
vel of abstraction. In order to support development and
execution in this high
level scripting paradigm, a set of tools in the virtual laboratory has been
developed. An experiment developer uses an Experiment Planning Environment based on Eclipse

The developer can use the semantic
web based Domain Ontology Store graphical browser to
discover the available data and computational services, coupled with Grid Resources Registry which
provides the available operations which can be invoked directly from

a script. A script can be executed
from the EPE, which is integrated with the GridSpace Engine (GSEngine) being a core of the runtime
system. GSEngine includes the Grid Operation Invoker [2], which translates high
level operations
specified in the script
into concrete invocations on computational resources using appropriate
technologies. The process of experiment planning and execution is collaborative in the sense that the
virtual laboratory supports cooperation of multiple experiment developers and users
. When a developer
prepares an experiment script, it can be published in the experiment repository and thus made available
to others. Then, a scientist can access the virtual laboratory through a portal, and execute the published
experiments using Web brow
ser, providing only input data when necessary. The repository can be
shared and reused. Provenance data on the experiment is also recorded and available for queries,
making the results more reliable, reproducib
le and scientifically relevant.

Using a script
ing language enables to define even complex experiments easily, still remaining on a
level of abstraction and concealing the details of underlying grid middleware. By providing a set of
user friendly tools, both advanced experiment developers and doma
in scientists can productively
collaborate and conduct their research in modern highly distributed environment.

Acknowledgements. This work w
as supported by EU project ViroL
ab IST
027446 with the related Polish
grant SPUB
M and by the Foundation for Polis
h Science.



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