[ASA] Bringing Code to Data - quick docker/virtualization survey for ADASS

John O'Byrne john.obyrne at sydney.edu.au
Thu Aug 27 16:38:38 AEST 2015

Will O’Mullane (ESA/ESAC) will be giving a review talk at the ADASS conference in Sydney later this year (see http://www.caastro.org/event/2015-adass <http://www.caastro.org/event/2015-adass>). He is wanting to gather information on the state of play at institutes to present at the talk, and it has been suggested that it would be very good if Australian institutes were well represented in the survey….

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Message from Will O'Mullane (ESA/ESAC) - preparation for a survey talk in ADASS 2015

Subject: Bringing Code to Data - quick docker/virtualization survey for ADASS

Dear colleagues,

For ADASS this year we have offered a survey talk on “bringing the code to the

A number of institutes are considering allowing external users to submit code
for execution inside the institute's infrastructure, close to, or co-located
with, a large dataset, enabling easier or faster access to the data.

In addition, many institutes are looking at using technologies such as Docker
combined with programming languages such as Python as an easy way to configure a range of tasks.

For example In ESAC we are using Docker to allow users to deploy Python code to
work alongside the archive data, accessed via a web interface to their algorithm or application. Other institutes are considering accepting code to run in a specific container or accepting container or virtual machine images directly.

If you are looking at something along these lines we would be most interested to have a brief response from you concerning a handful of questions. We hope you would take 10 minutes to answer them here :





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