Cyberhubs: Virtual Research Environments for Astronomy

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Posted: Thursday, February 8, 2018

Falk Herwig (1,2,3), Robert Andrassy (1,2), Nic Annau (1), Ondrea Clarkson (1,2,3), Benoit Cote (4,1,2,3), Aaron D'Sa (5,2), Sam Jones (6,2,3), Belaid Moa (1), Jericho O'Connell (1), David Porter (5), Christian Ritter (1, 2, 3), Paul Woodward (5, 2) ((1) University of Victoria, (2) JINA-CEE, (3) NuGrid, (4) Konkoly Observatory (5) University of Minnesota, (6) LANL)
(Submitted on 6 Feb 2018)

Collaborations in astronomy and astrophysics are faced with numerous cyber infrastructure challenges, such as large data sets, the need to combine heterogeneous data sets, and the challenge to effectively collaborate on those large, heterogeneous data sets with significant processing requirements and complex science software tools. The cyberhubs system is an easy-to-deploy package for small to medium-sized collaborations based on the Jupyter and Docker technology, that allows web-browser enabled, remote, interactive analytic access to shared data. It offers an initial step to address these challenges. The features and deployment steps of the system are described, as well as the requirements collection through an account of the different approaches to data structuring, handling and available analytic tools for the NuGrid and PPMstar collaborations. NuGrid is an international collaboration that creates stellar evolution and explosion physics and nucleosynthesis simulation data. The PPMstar collaboration performs large-scale 3D stellar hydrodynamics simulation of interior convection in the late phases of stellar evolution. Examples of science that is presently performed on cyberhubs, in the areas 3D stellar hydrodynamic simulations, stellar evolution and nucleosynthesis and Galactic chemical evolution, are presented.

Comments:    19 pages, 9 figures, ApJ Supplement Special Issue on Data, accepted
Subjects:    Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM)
Cite as:    arXiv:1802.02233 [astro-ph.IM] (or arXiv:1802.02233v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)
Submission history
From: Falk Herwig
[v1] Tue, 6 Feb 2018 21:45:35 GMT (1966kb,D)

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