The status of the Asia Regional infrastructure

Eric Yen and Simon Lin on the successes and challenges of the Asian e-infra

The e-Science & e-Infrastructures are having profound impacts in Asia. They are now moving towards open science supported by the EOSC-Hub project, which is coordinated by EGI.
The e-Science infrastructure in Asia was established in 2005 for WLCG collaborations in the beginning, supported by the Asia Pacific Regional Operation Centre via the Academia Sinica Grid Computing Centre in Taiwan.

Based on the common needs for user communities in this region, the infrastructure was extended to support drug discovery (for avian flu for example), seismic wave propagation, tsunami wave propagation, weather simulation, chemical compound property analysis, long-term data preservation and other physics and high-energy physics researches. Disaster mitigation is one of the primary e-Science collaborations in Asia. We aim to develop knowledge-oriented hazard risk assessment prototypes based on deeper understanding of root causes and drivers of a hazard.

Science gateways of targeted disaster types which integrate hazard metadata, innovative simulation models, and analysis workflow from case studies will provide high-performance simulation services to all partners over the regional EGI-compatible e-Infrastructure. As a result, detailed, quantitative scientific understandings are becoming possible. In addition to capturing the precise scientific processes of the hazard event, the science gateway also permits analysis, reuse, and reproducibility of the case studies and their data. Furthermore, through the collaboration framework composed by the science gateway, case studies and knowledge base, discoverable and shareable data can enable collaborations for and cross-disciplinary research and new discoveries.

The extension and diversity of the Asia Pacific region has a lot of advantages. We have engaged collaborations not only between experts of grids and clouds, but also among scientists, at an international level. Operation towards a sustainable and easy to use e-Infrastructure has been coordinated by ASGC and incorporated with EGI in the past decade. In the future, a lot of bottom-up regional collaborations will be carried out over the e-infrastructure with EGI’s help. The experiences and requirements of regional e-Science applications will facilitate the advancement of technologies, platforms and collaboration models.

Challenges lying ahead for the regional collaborations on e-Science include:

  1. effective collaboration model: the user community has to conclude the common requirements, priority, workflow and directions by working with infrastructure and application support teams.
  2. make the computing model adapted to the right technology, new hardware and changing networking environment.
  3. regional infrastructure has to support multi-disciplinary applications with simplified infrastructure building, intelligent middleware & automatic forward scalability.

We are confident that the continuous enhancement of Asia-Global infrastructure will benefit all worldwide partners by economies of scale, capability of global optimisation and flexibility via collaborations.

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Eric Yen is Associate Research Scientist at Academia Sinica Grid Computing Centre (ASGC) in Taiwan.

Simon Lin is Project Director of the Academia Sinica Grid Computing Centre (ASGC) in Taiwan.

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