Science Gateways

Science Gateways are community-provided interfaces to XSEDE resources. This section provides a general gateways overview and describes XSEDE support for science gateways. The section provides links to more detailed information on the XSEDE user portal and external sites.

XSEDE Start-up and Educational allocations require only a one paragraph project description

A Science Gateway is a community-developed set of tools, applications, and data that are integrated via a portal or a suite of applications, usually in a graphical user interface, that is further customized to meet the needs of a specific community. Gateways enable entire communities of users associated with a common discipline to use national resources through a common interface that is configured for optimal use. Researchers can focus on their scientific goals and less on assembling the cyberinfrastructure they require. Gateways can also foster collaborations and the exchange of ideas among researchers.

Using Science Gateways

Gateways are independent projects, each with its own guidelines for access. Most gateways are available for use by anyone, although they usually target a particular research audience. XSEDE Science Gateways are portals to computational and data services and resources across a wide range of science domains for researchers, engineers, educators, and students. Depending on the needs of the communities, a gateway may provide any of the following features:

  • High-performance computation resources
  • Workflow tools
  • General or domain-specific analytic and visualization software
  • Collaborative interfaces
  • Job submission tools
  • Education modules

Science Gateways simplify access to computing resources by hiding infrastructure complexities

Developing and Integrating Science Gateways

XSEDE supports science gateways in several ways.

  • Most XSEDE service providers support community accounts, which allow gateways to execute scientific applications on XSEDE resources as a generic gateway user.  This eliminates the need for users of a science gateway to create XSEDE accounts.
  • XSEDE directly provides Virtual Machine hosting for science gateways and their related services.
  • XSEDE provides Extended Collaborative Support services to help science gateway providers integrate both new and existing science gateways with XSEDE resources.

See the Gateways Listing  to explore the current XSEDE gateways projects.

How to Turn Your Project into a Science Gateway

  1. Get an XSEDE allocation; Start-up and Educational allocations require only a one paragraph project description. For more information visit the Allocations section of the web site.
  2. Register your project as an XSEDE Gateway
  3. Build a portal with guidance from Gateways for Developers and Operators
  4. Set up your developer accounts by Adding users to an existing allocation. Also, set up your Gateway community accounts.

Key Points
Gateways provide higher level user interface for XSEDE resources that are tailored to specific scientific communities.
XSEDE supports gateways through community accounts, gateway hosting, and extended collaborative support services.
Contact Information
XSEDE Science Gateways Expert
Science Gateways Community Institute