Online workshop for the Virtual Infrastructure for Scientific Analysis (VISA) platform

On Friday, 16th September, from 11:00 to 16:00 CEST, PaNOSC and ExPaNDS will jointly host the dedicated online workshop for the Virtual Infrastructure for Scientific Analysis (VISA) platform.

VISA provides remote data analysis services giving access to experimental data, analysis software, compute infrastructure and expert-user support (IT and Scientific). The online half-day Workshop is open to all external stakeholders (especially scientists and IT staff but not limited to). We aim to demonstrate to beamline scientists the possibilities offered by VISA for data analysis and gathering IT staff around the table to discuss about the development and further deployment of the platform.

VISA has been developed at a critical time (during the COVID-19 crisis) to answer data analysis needs and allowing remote instrument control. It provides simplified access for scientists to data analysis tools, offers remote support to users from experts and allows them to remotely control their experiments with the assistance of on-site instrument scientists. VISA allows a user to use the Remote Desktop as if they were sitting in front a data treatment workstation at the host institute and embeds JupyterLab directly accessible from the same platform interface. Initially developed at the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble, France and further deployed in the context of PaNOSC, VISA enables the PaN research infrastructures (PaN RIs) to work together on further scientific collaborations to solve 21st century challenges.

The first session of the workshop will be a great opportunity to showcase the implementation of VISA at the PaN RIs through PaNOSC and ExPaNDS partners’ demos and illustrate its use for scientific users and others.

The second session in the afternoon will focus on presentations on VISA development and deployment (on OpenStack and other infrastructures), paving the way for a roundtable discussion on the future of VISA: sustainability and future collaborations.


  • 11:00 – 11:20 Short introduction to PaNOSC and ExPaNDS community projects and presentation of VISA
  • 11:20 – 12:30 Session 1: VISA: a Virtual Infrastructure for Scientific Analysis
  • 12:30 – 13:30 Break
  • 13:30 – 15:50 Session 2: VISA deployment and development

We very much look forward to you joining us in September.

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To learn more about VISA, watch the video here:

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