A Single Sign-On Infrastructure for Science Gateways on a Use Case for Structural Bioinformatics

Gesing, S and Grunzke, R and Krüger, J and Birkenheuer, G and Wewior, M and Schäfer, P and Schuller, B and Schuster, J and Pawlis, S and Breuers, S and Balaskó, Ákos and Kozlovszky, Miklós and Szikszai, Fabri and Packschies, L and Kacsuk, Péter and Blunk, D and Steinke, T and Brinkmann, A and Fels, G and Pfefferkorn, R and Jäkel, R and Kohlbacher, O (2012) A Single Sign-On Infrastructure for Science Gateways on a Use Case for Structural Bioinformatics. JOURNAL OF GRID COMPUTING, 10 (4). pp. 769-790. ISSN 1570-7873 10.1007/s10723-012-9247-y

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Abstract

Structural bioinformatics applies computational methods to analyze and model three-dimensional molecular structures. There is a huge number of applications available to work with structural data on large scale. Using these tools on distributed computing infrastructures (DCIs), however, is often complicated due to a lack of suitable interfaces. The MoSGrid (Molecular Simulation Grid) science gateway provides an intuitive user interface to several widely-used applications for structural bioinformatics, molecular modeling, and quantum chemistry. It ensures the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data via a granular security concept, which covers all layers of the infrastructure. The security concept applies SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) and allows trust delegation from the user interface layer across the high-level middleware layer and the Grid middleware layer down to the HPC facilities. SAML assertions had to be integrated into the MoSGrid infrastructure in several places: the workflow-enabled Grid portal WS-PGRADE (Web Services Parallel Grid Runtime and Developer Environment), the gUSE (Grid User Support Environment) DCI services, and the cloud file system XtreemFS. The presented security infrastructure allows a single sign-on process to all involved DCI components and, therefore, lowers the hurdle for users to utilize large HPC infrastructures for structural bioinformatics. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

Item Type: ISI Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Structural bioinformatics, Single sign-on, Security, Science gateway, DCIs
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics and Computer Science > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science / számítástechnika, számítógéptudomány
Divisions: Laboratory of Parallel and Distributed Systems
Depositing User: EPrints Admin
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2014 10:30
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2014 12:27
URI: http://eprints.sztaki.hu/id/eprint/7138

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