HNSciCloud use cases

HNSciCloud Early Adopter group of research organisations tested the HNSciCloud pilot platform services in different use cases. Goals, challenges and benefits of each use case are presented below.

The Crystfel framework is used for the technique of Serial Femtosecond Crystallography (SFX) and comprises programs for data processing, simulation and visualization. It is a part of a complex, nonredistributable software stack, which is free to use by academia and non-profit organizations. The crystfel framework is increasingly used at various synchrotrons and FELs to analyze date from serial (femto-second) x-ray crystallography. The nature of these experiments make a cloud-based distributed pipeline particularly appealing, since the framework can fully exploit large computational resources with tunable demands. The objective of the CrystFEL use case is to run ‘medium’ data intensive data analysis tasks (of one of the demanding photon science experiments).

 Photon/Neutron Sciences

The 3DIX project produces 3D Imaging with X-rays. The objective is to make 3D images (volumes) of nanoscale objects to study their characteristics on a nanoscale. These studies can then be applied to a wide variety of objects and scientific fields such as chemical studies, life sciences, structure of materials etc. The calculations done by the FDMNES programme require very little data transfer and storage. They are, however, often very compute intensive. Running such computations therefore uses considerable computing resources, but this load varies considerably over time depending on the experiments done and the research interests of the scientists. Instead of building upon the computing facilities in an institute for a rarely occurring maximum demand, the 3DIX project wants to offload such peak loads into the cloud.

 Photon/Neutron Sciences

Who's behind HNSciCloud?

HNSciCloud Pre-Commercial Procurement is driven by ten leading research organisations from across Europe.