What is the Open Science Pool?
The Open Science Pool (OSPool) is a virtual cluster operated by the OSG, with shared computing and data resources using distributed high-throughput computing (dHTC). The pool aggregates computing resources contributed by clusters across and beyond the US, making them usable by the US-based open science community, from individual researchers and research groups at campuses, to multi-institutional collaborations with a US constituency.
Researchers can submit computational work to the OSPool via access points operated locally to their campuses, or via access points operated as part of the OSG Connect service, which serves researchers affiliated with projects at US-based academic, non-profit, and government institutions.
Who can use the OS Pool?
Access is free and open to
- any researcher affiliated with a project at a US-based academic, government, or non-profit institution (via the OSG Connect service).
- any researcher affiliated with an organization that has its own access point (not limited to US affiliation).
- all areas of research including social sciences, humanities, life sciences, engineering, medicine, chemistry and physics.
What types of work run well on the OSPool?
Work that can be executed as independent laptop-sized computations and individually complete in less than 20 hours run well in the OSPool. A wide range of research problems and computational methods can be broken up or otherwise executed this way, including:
- image analysis (including MRI, GIS, etc.)
- text-based analysis, including DNA read mapping and other bioinformatics
- parameter sweeps
- model optimization approaches, including Monte Carlo methods
- Machine learning and AI executed with multiple independent training tasks, different parameters, and/or data subsets
Learn more and chat with a Research Computing Facilitator by requesting an account.
Who contributes capacity to the OSPool?
The computing resources for the OSPool are contributed by members of the OSG Compute Federation, typically campuses, government supported supercomputing centers or research collaborations. The members individually determine their policies for contributing resources, including the amount of resources it contributes and when these resources are available. In addition, some resource providers decide to share their resources with a specific research project, or they may choose to contribute resources to all in the OSPool.