Charter for RISGE-RG
Date 2014-04-16

Group Abbreviation:
risge-rg
Group Name:
Remote Instrumentation Services in Grid Environment - RG
Area:
Grid Operations

Group Leadership:
Marcin Plociennikmarcinp@man.poznan.plChair
Duane Edgingtonduane@mbari.orgChair

Group Summary:
The RISGE-RG explores issues related to the exploitation of Grid technologies for conducting and monitoring measurement tasks and experiments on complex remote scientific equipment. The main purpose of this research group will be to bring together various existing approaches in defining remote access interfaces to sophisticated laboratory equipment, as well as to come up with use cases that can dictate the requirements for integrating scientific instruments with the Grid. As such, it concerns mostly the steering and monitoring of instrument resources, although more typical problems such as user access and authorization are also in scope. The advances of Grid technologies in areas such as interactivity, visualization and Quality of Service provisioning will play an important role in accessing remote devices, therefore the description of suitable service-level terms is highly relevant. One of the purposes of this group is to bring together people involved in the field of remote instrumentation to document experiences, identify best practices and develop informational documents which can be fed to the Working Groups researching the area of digital contracts (Service Level Agreements) and guarantees on the Grid. This forum can be used in order to discuss problems encountered by the relevant user groups, both technical and non-technical.

Charter Focus/Purpose and Scope:
There are numerous areas of science, industry and commerce that require broad international cooperation for their success. A number of problems may be addressed by using sophisticated equipment and top-level expertise, which is often locally unavailable. Therefore, the development and dissemination of techniques and technologies that allow virtualized, remote and shared access to industrial or scientific instruments is essential for the progress of science and therefore society. The possibility of using scientific or industrial equipment independent of their physical location helps in the equality of opportunity and unification of communities and subsequently opens new horizons for industry, science and business. The systematic identification of instruments and corresponding user communities, the definition of their requirements as well as careful analysis of the remote instrumentation synergy with next-generation high-speed communications networks and grid infrastructures will be the basis for the definition of recommendations for designing next-generation Remote Instrumentation Services.
Scope:
• Provide an overview of existing solutions and best practices for interactive service oriented infrastructures
• Research and document:
• The state of the art in grid and network infrastructures in areas connected with laboratory equipment sharing
• Existing standards allowing the use of lab devices remotely
• Integrating research: interactivity and visualisation in typical workflows for remote instrumentation
• Interactivity in Grids
• Visualisation Frameworks

• Research on new common conceptual design for remote instrumentation, including use cases and requirements for establishing suitable digital contracts
• Indicating future directions of grid and network functionality development to facilitate access to research infrastructure
• Act as a liaison to the grid community and equipment final users in general


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Seven Questions:

1. Is the scope of the proposed group sufficiently focused?
Yes. The research group is focused on exploring issues related to the exploitation of Grid technologies for conducting and monitoring measurement tasks and experiments on complex remote scientific equipment . The main focus will be put on bringing together various existing approaches in defining remote access interfaces to sophisticated laboratory equipment and identifying use cases that will give the requirements for integrating scientific instruments with the Grid.

2. Are the topics that the group plans to address clear and relevant for the Grid research, development, industrial, implementation, and/or application user community?
Yes. The research in the field of remote instrumentation is a very narrow one, leaving no room to misinterpretation. The advances of Grid technologies in areas such as remote control and steering, interactivity, visualization and Quality of Service provisioning play an important role in accessing remote devices. Topics that will be disscused by the group are of great importance for number of remote instrumentation user communities. It is also of importance to user communities outside those requiring remote instruments. Therefore, the group will be able to make fast progress, and everybody who expects results (scientists, industry, etc.) will find the work of the group more than relevant.

3. Will the formation of the group foster (consensus-based) work that would not be done otherwise?
Yes, the group assembles worldwide work on Remote Instrumentation Services in Grid Environments, and its intention is to foster (consensus-based) results in this area. The procedures of OGF and its inclusion in the OGF environment are most suitable for this kind of work and shall push forward the results in this domain.

4. Do the group's activities overlap inappropriately with those of another OGF group or to a group active in another organization such as IETF or W3C?
It does not overlap with work that is done by organisation such as IETF and W3C. This work is complementary to efforts done within OGF.

5. Are there sufficient interest and expertise in the group's topic, with at least several people willing to expend the effort that is likely to produce significant results over time?
Yes there are people involved in design and implementation of mentioned services currently or in the past. We would like to mention representatives of following projects: GRIDCC (http://www.gridcc.org), RinGRID (http://www.ringrid.eu), int.eu.grid (http://www.interactive-grid.eu), g-Eclipse(http://www.geclipse.org), BalticGrid (http://www.balticgrid.eu), AstroGrid-D(http://www.gac-grid.de), DEGREE (http://www.eu-degree.eu), Edutain@Grid (http://www.edutaingrid.eu), VLab(http://vlab.psnc.pl), MMRA -Minnesota Microprobe Remote Access (http://probelab.geo.umn.edu/remote.html), AUGERACCESS(http://www.augeraccess.net), ARCHER (http://archer.edu.au), Looking (http://lookingtosea.ucsd.edu), CYCLOPS(http://www.cyclops-project.eu/Default.aspx?id_menu=7) , NICTA Open SensorWeb Architecture(http://nicta.com.au/research/projects/nicta_open_sensorweb_architecture), SENSOR(http://www.mbari.org/rd/projects/2007/observatories/900026_sensors_07.html), Cyberinfrastructure for Ocean Observatories in the US (the NSF ORION OOI Cyberinfrastructure) The mailing list includes now more then 60 members.

6. Does a base of interested consumers (e.g., application developers, Grid system implementers, industry partners, end-users) appear to exist for the planned work?
Yes. There are number of existing communities - users already very interested in this work. They take active role in the projects that has been mentioned in the response to question 5.

7. Does the OGF have a reasonable role to play in the determination of the technology?
Yes. The use of remote instumentation services in grid environment is unique (grid use cases), and will not be dealt with other bodies. As already mentioned the procedures of OGF and its inclusion in the OGF environment are most suitable for this kind of work. The proposed work expects to build upon experience gained in other OGF groups.

Group Status:
Active

Public Description (for print & web site):
The RISGE-RG explores issues related to the exploitation of Grid technologies for conducting and monitoring measurement tasks and experiments on complex remote scientific equipment. The main purpose of this research group will be to bring together various existing approaches in defining remote access interfaces to sophisticated laboratory equipment, as well as to come up with use cases that can dictate the requirements for integrating scientific instruments with the Grid. As such, it concerns mostly the steering and monitoring of instrument resources, although more typical problems such as user access and authorization are also in scope. The advances of Grid technologies in areas such as interactivity, visualization and Quality of Service provisioning will play an important role in accessing remote devices, therefore the description of suitable service-level terms is highly relevant. One of the purposes of this group is to bring together people involved in the field of remote instrumentation to document experiences, identify best practices and develop informational documents which can be fed to the Working Groups researching the area of digital contracts (Service Level Agreements) and guarantees on the Grid. This forum can be used in order to discuss problems encountered by the relevant user groups, both technical and non-technical.