Could the the OGC's Web Processing Service spec
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_Processing_Service) serve that
On Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 3:56 PM, Roy Mendelssohn
> But for a useful service, the form and syntax of the URL should be
> independent of the mechanism that does the server side calculations (which
> rules out SWAMP). So for example, both Grads an F-TDS use the same format in
> the URL to say that "this is an expression", but the expressions themselves
> are platform specific. That is not the way to get overarching services.
> Instead, we need agreement on how in the URL request we signal a server-side
> function, the syntax of that function (independent of the engine underneath)
> and a few simple functions to start (say simple data transformations,
> differencing and averaging on a dimension(s)). Then the server back-end can
> parse the request and use Ferret or Grads or NCO or Python or whatever is
> desired, and like with any good service, the back end could change without
> having any affect on the URL or the user.
> I know Matthew Arrott at least used to like the approach in Chapter 12 of
> "Python Scripting for Computation Science". But a lot of that is the engine
> underneath. I am more interested in the form of the URL. Get some agreement
> on that, and some real implementation could proceed.
> On Jun 18, 2012, at 2:37 PM, Russ Rew wrote:
>>> However, we have to keep in mind performance ramifications. It still takes
>>> a long time to move gigabytes of data across a network. This brings up the
>>> importance of moving the computation to the data, instead of moving the
>>> data to the computation. For some data sets and many use cases remote
>>> access to data works very well so things like brokering are tractable.
>>> However, for *big* data sets (e.g., climate model output) we need to come
>>> up with richer mechanisms (like the NCO on local data) to bring computation
>>> to the data.
>> See Daniel Wang's SWAMP (the Script Workflow Analysis for
>> MultiProcessing), built on top of NCO:
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