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Ryan Fraser (CSIRO), Lesley Wyborn (GA), Richard Chopping (GA), Terry Rankine (CSIRO), Robert Woodcock (CSIRO) MINERALS DOWN UNDER Virtual Geophysics Laboratory.

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1 Ryan Fraser (CSIRO), Lesley Wyborn (GA), Richard Chopping (GA), Terry Rankine (CSIRO), Robert Woodcock (CSIRO) MINERALS DOWN UNDER Virtual Geophysics Laboratory (VGL): Exploiting the Cloud and HPC

2 Scientific workflow – Virtual Geophysics Laboratory (VGL) Scientific Workflow Engine (or Virtual Laboratory) Automates and massively expands (GA) Geophysicists computational capacity via the Cloud  Amazon – EC2 / S3 (and others using this interface)  OpenStack Collaboration between CSIRO, GA, NCI, Monash, UQ, and ANU VGL is just a pretty face  User Driven GUI  Leverages data providers and cloud technologies to do all the heavy lifting Non-Restrictive Open-source 2

3 AuScope Grid and SISS AuScope Grid: Charged with delivering software infrastructure to enable Geoscience Community  Establishing governance and sustainability of services  Delivering solutions to research and government organisations  Interoperability Spatial Information Services Stack (SISS) An open-source, open-standards SDI Achieves Interoperable data exchange Standardises on 3 components – Format, Content, Tools

4 V(what)GL VEGL – Virtual Exploration Geophysics Laboratory  One primary science collaboration  One primary workflow  One collection of geophysical data sets VGL - Virtual Geophysics Laboratory  NeCTAR funded activity  Collaboration with multiple partners (CSIRO, NCI, GA, UQ, Monash, ANU)  Supporting multiple workflows  New data sets  New data types  New Use – Not just exploration. Done

5 Geophysics (as seen by a software dev) Geophysics is taking physical measurements…  Magnetism over an area  Acceleration due to gravity over an area …Applying lots of mathematics… …to infer the structure of what is under the surface… It is not geology  Samples are never taken, only measurements 5 Apply Mathematics Raw data But -- Where is all the ????

6 Our Geophysics Problem Measurements coming from the field are ‘raw’  Varying spatial reference systems  Noisy  Artefacts from collection process This data needs processing  From raw data to a data product Data products are valuable  They will be re-used and referenced repeatedly Processing is a time consuming process  Made worse by a purely manual workflow 6

7 The Past Compile raw data using proprietary FORTRAN  Also use software – Intrepid Transform to a regular grid using more software  MATLAB, Intrepid, ER Mapper, ESRI ArcGIS, QGIS Crop data spatially to suit final data product  eg: everything in Victoria Transform data into a file format that can be read by proprietary scientific code.  This is usually done with some handwritten python or c  There is no version control, code is often rewritten / redone Upload data to HPC  Manually enter input parameters/start job 7

8 Hardcopy of data SSH Client MATLAB Intrepid 8 Let’s map it out… Transform to a regular grid Crop data to area of interest Reformat data for processing Upload data to NCI Configure job and start processing Download results Get handed field data Visualise data

9 There seems to be a problem… Reproducibility – there is none What was the input of your model? What transformations occurred? It’s a manual process Time consuming Error prone Expensive Licensing costs 9

10 The Recent Past - Our solution Virtual Exploration Geophysics Laboratory - Portalhttp://siss1.anu.edu.au/VEGL- Portal Provenance (“I hate this word”)  All input data is saved and then published with the final data product VEGL automates portions of the workflow  Allowing scientists to focus on science Built entirely on open source tools  No licensing costs 10

11 11 CLOUD

12 Data Discovery 12

13 Data Selection 13

14 Script Builder 14

15 Job Monitoring 15

16 Published provenance records 16

17 17 From this… Hardcopy of data SSH Client MATLAB Intrepid Transform to a regular grid Crop data to area of interest Reformat data for processing Upload data to NCI Configure job and start processing Download results Get handed field data Visualise data

18 …to this Virtual Geophysics Laboratory Build “science” from existing libraries Run job Collect and publish results Discover raw data Select spatial bounds

19 VEGL – Point-of-View benefits User: Data all accessible in one place Same science but MUCH more efficient Bigger scale, quicker Repeatability Developer/Tech:  Its concepts can be re-used for other scientific workflows  It can produce actual scientific data products  Is capable of integrating with any SISS (OGC) data provider  The power lies with the underlying services, accessed using standardised protocols 19

20 NOW - Opportunities: Virtual Geophysics Laboratory  Collaboration with multiple partners – CSIRO, GA, NCI, Monash, UQ, ANU  Supporting multiple workflows  Model Registry (3D)  New Scientific Codes – Underworld, eScript, UBC, Airborne EM inversion codes  New data sets from GA: National Airborne Geophysical DB including – Gravity, Radiometric, AEM, Magnetics  New Use – Broad application. 20

21 Opportunities Exploiting the generic  Modularising the workflow for general scientific usage  Repurposing for other use cases – nature hazards, climate prediction, etc  Commercial uptake  Integration with other VLs to achieve ultimate aim Supercomputing - Pawsey Centre, NCI Cloud – NeCTAR, NCI and commercial providers NeCTAR VGL funded – opportunity to use and/or repurpose the platform for other uses

22 Thank you and for more information: CSIRO Earth Science & Resource Engineering Ryan Fraser Project Lead Phone: Web: siss.auscope.org https://twiki.auscope.org/wiki/Grid/VEGLPortalDevelopment


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