SLATE and the Mobility of Capability

SLATE (Services Layer at the Edge) is a new project that, when complete, will implement “cyberinfrastructure as code” by augmenting the canonical Science DMZ pattern with a generic, programmable, secure and trusted underlayment platform.

This platform will host advanced container-centric services needed for higher-level capabilities such as data transfer nodes, software and data caches, workflow services and science gateway components. SLATE will use best-of-breed data center virtualization components, and where available, software defined networking, to enable distributed automation of deployment and service lifecycle management tasks by domain experts. As such it will simplify creation of scalable platforms that connect research teams, institutions and resources to accelerate science while reducing operational costs and development cycle times. Since SLATE will be designed to require only commodity components for its functional layers, its potential for building distributed systems should extend across all data center types and scales, thus enabling creation of ubiquitous, science-driven cyberinfrastructure. By providing automation and programmatic interfaces to distributed HPC back- ends and other cyberinfrastructure resources, SLATE will amplify the reach of science gateways and therefore the domain communities they support.

Gardner, R., Breen, J., Bryant, L., & McKee, S. (2017). SLATE and the Mobility of Capability. Science Gateways 2017.

The SLATE Team