INDIGO-DataCloud: a Platform to Facilitate Seamless Access to E-Infrastructures


This paper describes the achievements of the H2020 project INDIGO-DataCloud. The project has provided e-infrastructures with tools, applications and cloud framework enhancements to manage the demanding requirements of scientific communities, either locally or through enhanced interfaces. The middleware developed allows to federate hybrid resources, to easily write, port and run scientific applications to the cloud. In particular, we have extended existing PaaS (Platform as a Service) solutions, allowing public and private e-infrastructures, including those provided by EGI, EUDAT, and Helix Nebula, to integrate their existing services and make them available through AAI services compliant with GEANT interfederation policies, thus guaranteeing transparency and trust in the provisioning of such services. Our middleware facilitates the execution of applications using containers on Cloud and Grid based infrastructures, as well as on HPC clusters. Our developments are freely downloadable as open source components, and are already being integrated into many scientific applications.


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INDIGO-Datacloud has been funded by the European Commision H2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement RIA 653549.

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Appendix A: Contribution to Open Source Software Projects

Here follows the list of software developed in the framework of INDIGO-Datacloud that has been contributed upstream to the Open Source community.

Appendix B: Tools and Services Involved in the Software Lifecycle

Figure 14 showcases the tools and services used for the development and distribution of the INDIGO-DataCloud software:

  • Project management service using It provides tools such as an issue tracker, wiki, a placeholder for documents and a project management timeline.

  • Source code is publicly available, housed externally in GitHub repositories, increasing so the visibility and simplifying the path to exploitation beyond the project lifetime. The INDIGO-DataCloud software is released under the Apache 2.0 software license [59].

  • Continuous Integration service using Jenkins: Service to automate the building, testing and packaging, where applicable. Testing includes the style compliance and estimation of the unit and functional test coverage of the software components.

  • Artifact repositories for RedHat and Debian packages [60] and virtual – Docker – images [61].

  • Code review service using GitHub: Source code review is one integral part of the SQA as it appears as the last step in the change verification process. This service facilitates the code review process, recording the comments and allowing the reviewer to verify the candidate change before being merged into the production version.

  • Issue tracking using GitHub Issues: Service to track issues, new features and bugs of INDIGO-DataCloud software components.

  • Release notes, installation and configuration guides, user and development manuals are made available on GitBook [62].

  • Code metrics services using Grimoire: To collect and visualize several metrics about the software components.

  • Integration infrastructure: this infrastructure is composed of computing resources to support directly the CI service.

  • Testing infrastructure: this infrastructure aims to provide a stable environment for users where they can preview the software and services developed by INDIGO-DataCloud, prior to its public release.

  • Preview infrastructure: where the released artifacts are deployed and made available for testing and validation by the use-cases.

Fig. 14

Tools and services used to support the software lifecycle process

Appendix C: DevOps Adoption from User Communities

DisVis [63] and PowerFit [64] applications were integrated into a CI/CD pipeline described above. As it can be seen in the Fig. 15, with this pipeline in place the application developers were provided with both a means to validate the source code before merging and the creation of a new versioned Docker image, automatically available in the INDIGO-DataCloud???s catalogue for applications i.e. DockerHub???s indigodatacloudapps repository.

Fig. 15

DisVis development workflow using a CI/CD approach

Once the application is deployed as a Docker container, and subsequently uploaded to indigodatacloudapps repository, it is instantiated in a new container to be validated. The application is then executed and the results compared with a set of reference outputs. Thus this pipeline implementation goes a step forward by testing the application execution for the last available Docker image in the catalogue.

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Salomoni, D., Campos, I., Gaido, L. et al. INDIGO-DataCloud: a Platform to Facilitate Seamless Access to E-Infrastructures. J Grid Computing 16, 381–408 (2018).

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  • Cloud computing
  • Platform as a service
  • Containers
  • Software management
  • Advanced user interfaces
  • Authorization and authentication