Services Layer At The Edge (SLATE) provides technology that simplifies connecting university and laboratory data center capabilities to the national cyberinfrastructure ecosystem. Introducing the SLATE stack to these sites enables science users to work on research rather than technicalities, saves support staff significant amounts of time, and expands the reach of domain specific science gateways and multi-site research platforms.
SLATE enables teams to provide trusted services across geographically disparate locations. The SLATE platform operates a network of such services across many campuses. Science application developers use SLATE to launch elements of a science gateway, data cache, or local workflow service. SLATE can easily deploy within a campus Science DMZ, and simplifies the role of local IT admins.
Deploying science services across national and international distributed infrastructures is hard! Rolling out hardware, Operating Systems, science applications, and science tools at every geographically discrete site requires a significant IT presence at each site. The IT personnel have to deal with the hardware, the IT software, AND the science software in order to make a science service function. This fact requires a lot of knowledge and time on the order of days, weeks, and months. SLATE aims to make the job easier for the local IT support person and to minimize the time to deployment for the science services.