PEARC17: Interactive Science and Geospatial Visualization Tools for HUBzero Science Gateways

Sustainability, success, and impact, is the focus of this year’s Practice & Experience in Advanced Research Computing Conference (PEARC) held in New Orleans from July 9th – 13th.

Once known as XSEDE, this conference has grown outside of just HPC resources to include anything related to advanced cyberinfrastructure. Approximately 500-600 computational scientists, advanced cyberinfrastructure (ACI) professionals (including academic supercomputing center staff), and students. Representatives of HUBzero and MyGeoHub will be presenting at PEARC17 interactive science and geospatial visualization tools for HUBzero Science Gateways. MyGeoHub supports geospatial modeling, data analysis and visualization needs of the broad research and education communities through hosting of groups, datasets, tools, training materials, and educational contents. MyGeoHub is currently home to five major projects, Useful to Usable (U2U), Geoshare, driNet, Water hub, and Geospatial building blocks (GABBs).  As a sustainability Hub for all of these large scale projects, MyGeoHub is a dynamic geospatial modeling and data visualization resource and now is focused on providing these features as a VM that anyone can download. It has integrated the geospatial data functionalities developed from the GABBs project.

This year, the MyGeoHub team focused their efforts on making the geospatial data functionalities available and improving usability for the broader community. They have created a virtual machine (VM) to mimic GABBs’s custom features that assist with climate and geospatial research. The VM has a subset of GABBS functionalities and is designed for anyone to try out. The geospatial data functionalities developed in the GABBs project are available on MyGeoHub and an AWS configuration will be released soon. The AWS configuration will enable science gateways to set up a geospatial data Hub on AWS. Linux packages for the geospatial data functionalities will also be available on HUBzero later this year.

GeorgiaTech, a HUBzero Foundation member, is currently running GABBs instances on their Hub. The MyGeoHub team plans on emphasizing outreach this year by participating in the TOTALCamp education program held at Purdue University from June 12th-13th and co-hosting the PEARC17 tutorial with HUBzero. During the tutorial, participants will learn about the new geospatial data management and interactive visualization capabilities added to HUBzero and walk through the salient features of Jupyter Notebooks and RShiny frameworks recently integrated with MyGeoHub.

If you are interested in attending the tutorial, register online to reserve your spot today.

Meet our latest hire, Nick Smith.


Nick was hired this spring as a system developer. We took a moment to talk to Nick about his research interests and personal hobbies. 


Q: What did you do before joining the Hubzero team?

A: I've been employed at Purdue going on 17 tears.  My most recent duties were with ITIS as a Windows system administrator followed more recently by research systems administration.


Q: Can you give me a fun, random bit of trivia about yourself?

A: I am an avid music lover and have been playing bass guitar for over 20 years.


Q: What is the most interesting task you have been asked to complete so far at Hubzero?

A: Learning the process of how we do what we do has been the most interesting thing to me so far.

Q: Why did you want to work for Hubzero?

A: I have always enjoyed working in research related systems ever since I caught the bug when I worked in the (Purdue) Envision Center.


Q: You have been helping the Research Computing department prepare for SC, can you tell me a bit about what you enjoy about the SC conference?

A: The SC conference is an excellent place to network with other researchers, systems developers and even vendors.  I always come back from the conference with new contacts or new ideas to try to implement.


Upcoming Events

HUBzero Tutorials: Submit

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 | 3 pm Eastern Time | 1 hour

A tutorial about the submit command for tools which provide a means for HUB end users to execute applications on remote resources. More information about the tutorial can be found at HUBzero Tutorials: Submit.

HUBzero Community Meeting: Presentation from NCIPhub

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 | 10 am Eastern Time | 1 hour

In collaboration with the HUBzero Foundation, the HUBzero Team will host a monthly meeting where community members can come together and discuss best practices on maintaining a HUBzero instance and science gateway. NCIPhub will be presenting this month: HUBzero Community Meeting.


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