Reproducible scientific computing environment with overlay cloud architecture

Shigetoshi Yokoyama, Yoshinobu Masatani, Tazro Ohta, Osamu Ogasawara, Nobukazu Yoshioka, Kai Liu, Kento Aida

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

5 Citations (Scopus)


Science computing platforms are changing from traditional on-premises computing platforms to clouds. The style of research publications is also changing with the movement of open science. For example, it is common that researchers in the bioscience research community publish their research papers with the associated research data on the Internet. Furthermore, demands for reproducibility of computational experiments are increasing. A conventional method, or sharing source codes of application programs, is not enough to guarantee the reproducibility of computational experiments. In this paper, we propose overlay cloud architecture for building virtual clouds on cloud platforms. In the proposed architecture, the middleware, Virtual Cloud Provider (VCP), automatically configures computing environments (application programs, operating systems, libraries and binaries) that is required to reproduce computing results by using the Linux container technology. VCP also deploys containers of computing environments on clouds and configures overlay network connecting the deployed containers. A case study which considers DNA sequencing software shows how the VCP can be deployed, and used to reproduce results.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2016 IEEE 9th International Conference on Cloud Computing, CLOUD 2016
EditorsIan Foster, Nimish Radia, Ian Foster
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781509026197
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 17
Externally publishedYes
Event9th International Conference on Cloud Computing, CLOUD 2016 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 2016 Jun 272016 Jul 2

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing, CLOUD
ISSN (Print)2159-6182
ISSN (Electronic)2159-6190


Conference9th International Conference on Cloud Computing, CLOUD 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco


  • Bioinformatics
  • Cloud computing
  • Container
  • Inter-cloud

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Information Systems
  • Software


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