NOAA's Virtual Laboratory (VLab)

CIRA Director’s Conference Room
Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 11:00
CIRA Senior Solutions Architect
Ken Sperow
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Imagine a laboratory accessible 24 hours a day from all over the world where scientists can collaborate, innovate and easily transition their innovations. This is the idea behind the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Virtual Laboratory (VLab). The VLab provides an environment where collaboration and innovation among geographically diverse scientists can thrive.
The VLab is growing rapidly.  Not only has the number of projects, communities, and users within the VLab grown by 100% over the past year, but the VLab is now an essential and required component in the transition of research to operations (R2O) for the National Weather Service (NWS) Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) II system.  We are projecting continued growth in use of the VLab.  One example of this growth is the VLab Support Team’s (VLST) collaboration with the Multiple-Radar/Multiple-Sensor (MRMS) team on how best to streamline R2O by leveraging the VLab for this new and exciting capability that will become operational within the year.  Additionally, the VLab now has non-NWS NOAA projects and communities.  In preparation for this growth, the VLab is moving its hosting to the IDP webfarm in College Park, Maryland.  The IDP webfarm will provide the VLab with a stable, redundant, and expandable environment to continue serving current and future customers as well as evolve the VLab to meet future needs.
An overview and live demo of the VLab will be presented, highlighting its goals, current state and major components, growth, and future.