Computer Graphics and Interactive Systems

Computer Graphics and
Interactive Systems Laboratory

Experiences in building a Grid-based platform to serve Earth observation training activities

Year: 2012
Type of Publication: Article
Keywords: Distributed systems; Image processing software; Earth and atmospheric sciences; Computer uses in education
Authors: Petcu, Dana; Panica, Silviu; Frincu, Marc; Neagul, Marian; Zaharie, Daniela; Macarie, Georgiana; Gorgan, Dorian; Ştefănuţ, Teodor
Earth observation data processing and storing can be done nowadays only using distributed systems. Experiments dealing with a large amount of data are possible within the timeframe of a lesson and can give trainees the freedom to innovate. Following these trends and ideas, we have built a proof-of-the-concept platform, named GiSHEO, for Earth observation educational tasks. It uses Grid computing technologies to analyze and store remote sensing data, and combines them with eLearning facilities. This paper provides an overview of the GiSHEO's platform architecture and of its technical and innovative solutions.