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Section: New Results

Using Active Data to Provide Smart Data Surveillance to E-Science Users

Participants : Gilles Fedak, Anthony Simonet.

Large scientific experiments drive scientists to use many storage and computing platforms as well as different applications, tools and analysis scripts. The resulting heterogeneous environments make data management operations challenging; the significant number of events and the absence of data integration makes it difficult to track data provenance, manage sophisticated analysis processes, and recover from unexpected situations. Current approaches often require costly human intervention and are inherently error prone. The difficulty managing and manipulating such large and highly distributed datasets also limits automated sharing and collaboration. In this collaboration with Kyle Chard and Ian Foster from Argonne National Lab and University of Chicago, we study a real world e-Science application involving terabytes of data, using three different analysis and storage platforms, and a number of applications and analysis processes. We demon- strate that using a specialized data life cycle and programming model—Active Data—we can easily implement global progress monitoring, sharing and recovery from unexpected events in heterogeneous environments and automate human tasks.