EOSC services improving performance and functionality of ten thematic services

EOSC Synergy has identified ten thematic services addressing four scientific areas (Earth Observation, Environment, Biomedicine and Astrophysics). All have identified several EOSC technical services to address some of the challenges and requirements that were not properly fulfilled in their initial versions. The thematic services are currently evolving by adapting EOSC services from the EOSC marketplace.

In this document (D4.2) you will find more on how:

  • The thematic services are refactoring its architecture integrating EOSC services from the EOSC marketplace
  • The adoption of EOSC services will lead to higher performance and capacity as well as enhanced functionality
  • The experience on the adoption of EOSC services will be extremely useful for new services to be developed

Why is this important and what knowledge will you gather?

The ten thematic services gather and expose data and processing services directly to researchers in a convenient interface. Each service has differences that led to the adoption of one or another thematic service, which enriches the catalogue of experiences, best practices and solutions. The experience among the thematic services will be extremely useful for new services to be developed.

Three different AAI methods have been integrated (EGI Check-in, B2ACCESS and Life-Sciences AAI). Job scheduling ranges from solutions based on containers (using Kubernetes) to solutions using batch queues (mainly based on SLURM), often supported by workflow frameworks such as Galaxy and instantiated through EC3. For the interaction with cloud resources, TOSCA and RADL recipes have been developed for Infrastructure Manager.

Data access is performed through different solutions such as Dataverse, WebDav, EGI Datahub OneData, B2SHARE and B2SAFE, which clearly states the complexity of the data management issue and the wide range of solutions.

The ten thematic services will be on operation by the end of 2020. Four thematic services (WORSICA, SAPS, OpenEBench, UMSA) have been selected to be prototyped and exposed earlier in the project lifetime to demonstrate the adoption of the selected EOSC services and to be used as best practices. Those thematic services have different and complementary requirements and cover the full spectrum of the key technical services selected.