The Cloud Services Innovation Platform - Enabling Service-Based Environmental Modelling Using Infrastructure-as-a-Service Cloud Computing
Service oriented architectures allow modeling engines to be hosted over the Internet abstracting physical hardware configuration and software deployments from model users. Many existing environmental models are deployed as desktop applications running on user's Personal Computers (PCs). Migration to service-based modeling centralizes the modeling functions to service hosts on the Internet. Users no longer require high-end PCs to run models and model updates encapsulating science advances can be disseminated more rapidly by hosting the modeling functions centrally via an Internet host instead of requiring software updates to user's PCs. In this paper, the authors present the Cloud Services Innovation Platform (CSIP), an Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud application architecture, used to prototype development of distributed and scalable environmental modeling services.