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e-Science Central: Cloud-based e-Science and its application to chemical property modelling

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Hugo Hiden, Professor Paul WatsonORCiD, Dr Simon Woodman



This paper describes the design of a cloud computing platform - e-Science Central (e-SC) - which provides both Software and Platform as a Service for scientific data management, analysis and collaboration. e-SC can be deployed on both private (e.g. Eucalyptus) and public Clouds (Amazon AWS and Microsoft Windows Azure). The SaaS application allows scientists to upload data, edit and run workflows, and share results in the cloud. It is underpinned by a scalable cloud platform consisting of a set of services designed to support the needs of scientists. The platform is exposed to developers so that they can easily upload their own analysis services into the system and make these available to other users. A REST-based API is also provided so that external applications can leverage the platform’s functionality. This paper describes the design of e-SC, focusing on its exploitation of clouds. Its usage is demonstrated by a description of a recent project in which it was used for chemical modeling by cancer researchers.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Hiden H, Watson P, Woodman S, Leahy D

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: School of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 2010

Pages: 11

Print publication date: 01/11/2010

Source Publication Date: November 2010

Report Number: 1227

Institution: School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne