ISERVO: Implementing the International Solid Earth Research Virtual Observatory by integrating computational grid and geographical information Web Services

Aktas M. S. , AYDIN G., DONNELLAN A., FOX G., GRANAT R., GRANT L., ...More

PURE AND APPLIED GEOPHYSICS, vol.163, pp.2281-2296, 2006 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 163
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00024-006-0137-8
  • Page Numbers: pp.2281-2296


We describe the goals and initial implementation of the International Solid Earth Virtual Observatory (iSERVO). This system is built using a Web Services approach to Grid computing infrastructure and is accessed via a component-based Web portal user interface. We describe our implementations of services used by this system, including Geographical Information System (GIS)-based data grid services for accessing remote data repositories and job management services for controlling multiple execution steps. iSERVO is an example of a larger trend to build globally scalable scientific computing infrastructures using the Service Oriented Architecture approach. Adoption of this approach raises a number of research challenges in millisecond-latency message systems suitable for internet-enabled scientific applications. We review our research in these areas.