The Ophidia Stack: Toward Large Scale, Big Data Analytics Experiments for Climate Change

Friday, 18 December 2015
Poster Hall (Moscone South)
Sandro Fiore1, Dean Norman Williams2, Alessandro D'Anca3, Paola Nassisi3 and Giovanni Aloisio3, (1)CMCC Salento, Lecce, Italy, (2)Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, United States, (3)Euro Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change, Lecce, Italy
The Ophidia project is a research effort on big data analytics facing scientific data analysis challenges in multiple domains (e.g. climate change). It provides a “datacube-oriented” framework responsible for atomically processing and manipulating scientific datasets, by providing a common way to run distributive tasks on large set of data fragments (chunks).

Ophidia provides declarative, server-side, and parallel data analysis, jointly with an internal storage model able to efficiently deal with multidimensional data and a hierarchical data organization to manage large data volumes. The project relies on a strong background on high performance database management and On-Line Analytical Processing (OLAP) systems to manage large scientific datasets.

The Ophidia analytics platform provides several data operators to manipulate datacubes (about 50), and array-based primitives (more than 100) to perform data analysis on large scientific data arrays. To address interoperability, Ophidia provides multiple server interfaces (e.g. OGC-WPS). From a client standpoint, a Python interface enables the exploitation of the framework into Python-based eco-systems/applications (e.g. IPython) and the straightforward adoption of a strong set of related libraries (e.g. SciPy, NumPy).

The talk will highlight a key feature of the Ophidia framework stack: the “Analytics Workflow Management System” (AWfMS). The Ophidia AWfMS coordinates, orchestrates, optimises and monitors the execution of multiple scientific data analytics and visualization tasks, thus supporting “complex analytics experiments”.

Some real use cases related to the CMIP5 experiment will be discussed. In particular, with regard to the “Climate models intercomparison data analysis” case study proposed in the EU H2020 INDIGO-DataCloud project, workflows related to (i) anomalies, (ii) trend, and (iii) climate change signal analysis will be presented. Such workflows will be distributed across multiple sites - according to the datasets distribution - and will include intercomparison, ensemble, and outlier analysis. The two-level workflow solution envisioned in INDIGO (coarse grain for distributed tasks orchestration, and fine grain, at the level of a single data analytics cluster instance) will be presented and discussed.