The concept of federated SLATE Edge Clusters is a fundamental tenet that eases deployment of scientific software and gateway services with minimal effort from local system administrators. With appropriate permissions, an application developer or application administrator can deploy one or more instances of an application across multiple sites within the context of a specific Groups.

Federation is the mechanism that allows a set of SLATE Edge Cluster to participate together to form a SLATE Platform. Each SLATE Edge Cluster operates as a distinct set of master node and worker nodes unique to a site. Users will be able to deploy applications across a federated SLATE Platform with the SLATE command line interface, the SLATE web interface or via the SLATE REST API.