Picking up the long tail of scientific computations
During the European Grid Infrastructure Technical Forum in Prague, Czech Republic, Steve Tuecke, deputy director of the Computation Institute at Argonne National Laboratory, US, talked about a crisis in IT represented by the ‘dark data’ on the long tail of science.
A large proportion of researchers are unable to take advantage of the scalable computing resources that better-funded research groups have access to. We have exceptional computing infrastructure for the 1%, but not for 99%, says Tuecke. The CHAIN Science Gateway may answer this problem with a new and simple online registration process to enable any researcher, student, or citizen scientist to access a global computing grid spread across Eurasia, North America, South America, and Africa.
For the first time, CHAIN, which stands for Coordination and Harmonisation of Advanced e-Infrastructures, has developed an online portal that builds on the work of the Catania Science Gateway Framework to make grid computing accessible to anyone worldwide. They have published a research paper about the gateway in the journal Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. The gateway is especially helpful for researchers who aren’t so familiar with programming, since it simplifies grid security certificates according to the access needs of a user.
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