ViNYL development sprint 2020

Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, the work for the development of the Virtual Neutron and X-ray Laboratory (ViNYL) in the frame of PaNOSC’s WP5 has been going on. The team in PaNOSC will meet remotely during the “ViNYL development sprint 2020”. The sprint will last 11 days, from 20 to 30 April, and will follow the agenda as below:

Day 1 (April 20)

  • 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Update presentations (1 per partner institute, 18+2 minutes per presentation).
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 AM: Introduction to stories and teams (Carsten)
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch break
  • 01:00 PM – 17:00: Planning, prototyping, research
  • 05:00 PM – 17:30 PM: Presentation of tasks breakdown and team plans

Day 2 – 8 (April 21 – April 29)

  • 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM: Morning stand-up (present status, issues, plan for the day)
  • 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM: Afternoon stand-up (present status, issues, plan for the day)

Day 9 (April 30)

  • Mornings: Prepare presentation of achievements (demo notebook preferred)
  • 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Presentation of achievements and demo (max. 20 minutes per story).

The outcomes of the event will be available on GitHub.

In times of mobility restrictions all around the world such as the current ones, it is increasingly important to carry out feasibility studies remotely, as well as to test instruments and experiments through virtual simulations. In particular, the Virtual Neutron and X-ray Laboratory developed in PaNOSC has the following objectives:

  • Expose existing instrument and experiment simulations capabilities as a virtual facility service in the EOSC, to promote the access and integration of simulated data in complex analysis workflows.
  • Build state-of-the-art e-infrastructures, providing a flexible simulation framework that enables users to rapidly implement simulation and analysis workflows specific to their facilities, instruments, and experiments.
  • Make simulation data services inter-operable among themselves and with data analysis services and data catalogs through development of appropriate APIs and adoption of open data standards. 
  • Enable RIs to seamlessly link the EOSC experiment simulation services to their in-house data reduction, analysis, and visualization infrastructures.
  • Enable computational scientists to use the EOSC services and data catalogues (WP3) and analysis services (WP4) for validating their own bespoke structure or dynamics predictive modelling algorithms and to embed their tools in the EOSC.
  • Foster the acceptance and adoption of open standards for data formats and APIs related to simulation services in the photon and neutron science community by developing simulation applications suitable for education and outreach and by simulating data sets for testing purposes of data tools and services.