AMP: a science-driven web-based application for the TeraGrid

Matthew Woitaszek, Travis Metcalfe, Ian Shorrock. AMP: a science-driven web-based application for the TeraGrid. In GCE '09: Proceedings of the 5th Grid Computing Environments Workshop, Portland, Oregon, USA, November 2009.

The Asteroseismic Modeling Portal (AMP) provides a web-based interface for astronomers to run and view simulations that derive the properties of Sun-like stars from observations of their pulsation frequencies. In this paper, we describe the architecture and implementation of AMP, highlighting the lightweight design principles and tools used to produce a functional fully-custom web-based science application in less than a year. Targeted as a TeraGrid science gateway, AMP's architecture and implementation are intended to simplify its orchestration of TeraGrid computational resources. AMP's web-based interface was developed as a traditional standalone database-backed web application using the Python-based Django web development framework, allowing us to leverage the Django framework's capabilities while cleanly separating the user interface development from the grid interface development. We have found this combination of tools flexible and effective for rapid gateway development and deployment.

@inproceedings{200911-gce2009-amp,
      Address = {Portland, Oregon, USA},
      Author = {Woitaszek, Matthew and Metcalfe, Travis and Shorrock, Ian},
      Booktitle = {GCE '09: Proceedings of the 5th Grid Computing Environments Workshop},
      Doi = {http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1658260.1658262},
      Isbn = {978-1-60558-887-2},
      Month = {November},
      Pages = {1--7},
      Title = {{AMP}: a science-driven web-based application for the {T}era{G}rid},
      Year = {2009},}