The German Aerospace Center's UNSEEN research project has successfully deployed EUDAT's B2DROP and B2SHARE services to facilitate cross-institutional collaboration and data sharing. The project focuses on computing large data sets for energy system optimisation modelling, particularly using High-Performance Computing (HPC) to identify robust energy scenarios.
Addressing Scientific Challenges
The UNSEEN project aims to tackle the computational challenges associated with energy system optimisation. It utilises ensemble runs on HPC to explore a wide range of uncertain model parameters. For the final application involving large sets of inputs and outputs, the project relies on HPC storage or workspaces.
EUDAT's B2DROP service has been instrumental in sharing larger data sets across collaborating institutions. The service allows the project to share preliminary data for computer models, exceeding the personal storage limit of 20 GB. In addition to this, B2DROP is used for storing data related to project management, such as presentations and project descriptions. For specific aspects requiring open data publishing and referencing, the project utilises EUDAT's B2SHARE service to obtain a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
Beneficiaries and Advantages
Researchers from various disciplines have reaped the benefits of using EUDAT services, which have proven to be a robust technological solution for data storage. The advantages of using B2DROP include data storage within the EU, easy access, and no associated costs. This has been particularly beneficial for the project's diverse team, which includes Linux-focused developers and Windows-focused data researchers. The service has bridged the gap between these two groups, who had differing preferences for data storage solutions.
The B2DROP folder has been integrated as a network folder for the UNSEEN project, streamlining the data sharing and storage process.