Project Description

This proposed project essentially targets to enable multiple data integration from ASTI-initiated projects and collaborative projects with other agencies that have high requirements for data storage and high-performance computing.

Project Objective

To foster collaboration by providing a platform for easy storage, analysis and sharing of environmental and geospatial data, as well as provide better access to high performance computing resources by:

  • establishing a durable and highly available repository for environmental data, including systems for archiving and access, and providing recommendations to the PGIF on data sharing, access, and storage; and,
  • upgrading the existing computing system facility intended to test and run computationally intensive applications for numerical weather prediction, climate modeling, as well as analytics and data modeling.

Expected Outputs

  1. A durable and highly available storage repository for environmental data, including systems for archiving and access
  2. Expanded computing capacity
  3. Public Key-Infrastructure (PKI) or Single Sign-On (SSO) integration with iGovPhils Project
  4. Catalogue service for searching archived and real-time data
  5. Implemented data usage policy of the agencies/users of the facility
  6. Standards for data access, storage, and sharing
  7. Wiki Portal and Users’ Training

Target Beneficiaries

  • Meteorologists, Weather Forecasters
  • Researchers, Scientists
  • Students

Expected Outcome

  1. Consolidated effort and resources pertaining to environmental and geospatial data, as a result of having a unified platform for easy storage, analysis, and sharing of environmental and geospatial data, as well as providing better access to high-performance computing resources.
  2. Enhanced policy and decision-making for disaster management.

Brief historical background

In 2008, ASTI launched the ICT for the Environment Program, which primarily aimed to develop cost-effective platforms and applications for real-time monitoring of environmental parameters, as well as automate the process from data gathering to transmission. At the same time, ASTI launched the Philippine e-Science Grid (PSciGrid), which was the Agency’s response to the emerging need for a national initiative on grid computing for e-Science. PSciGrid was initiated to address the science and technology community’s need to have a concerted effort towards fully harnessing ICT infrastructures that can benefit the country’s local research and development, and essentially, for researchers and scientists to participate in cutting-edge collaborative scientific research that aims to solve global problems.

Through the PSciGrid Program, a high-performance computing facility was established in ASTI. This facility is intended to offer computational and data grid services to national, educational and research institutions that require high-speed computing to process the large amount of data that they handle. Significantly, among the applications that are run in this facility are on numerical and climate modelling which are being used by PAGASA, Manila Observatory, Ateneo de Manila University, UP-NIGS, UP-IESM, among others.

However, the computing requirements of current users increased. There were not enough computing cores to accommodate the requirements of all users. Limitations in memory and networking speed also became immediate concerns that need to be addressed in order for ASTI to continue providing HPC services. In response to this, the ASTI proposed a project that will address all these issues, entitled Computing and Archiving Research Environment (CoARE). Through the project, the ASTI HPC Facility will be upgraded. It is expected that at the end of the project, around 2,000+ cores for the HPC and 1.5 PB storage will be setup.

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