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PSNC, BOX.pionier.net.pl – data sync & share service

TYPE
Data value chain
REGION
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LANG
English, Polish

BOX.pionier.net.pl is a country-wide sync & share service for academic, scientific and commercial users, provided by PSNC since 2015. The service is an alternative to public cloud services such as Dropbox, Google Drive etc. It is based on the on-premise data storage, data management and cloud infrastructure at PSNC, which ensures that data are stored and processed solely in Poland. The service is provided and implemented under the conditions of the local law and according to clear, abusive-clauses-free terms of use compliant to the Polish and GDPR regulations.

The service is target to the large user based (10+k thousand users).

SERVICE DESCRIPTION

BOX.pionier.net.pl is a country-wide sync & share service for academic, scientific and commercial users, provided by PSNC since 2015. The service is an alternative to public cloud services such as Dropbox, Google Drive etc. It is based on the on-premise data storage, data management and cloud infrastructure at PSNC, which ensures that data are stored and processed solely in Poland. The service is provided and implemented under the conditions of the local law and according to clear, abusive-clauses-free terms of use compliant to the Polish and GDPR regulations.

The service is target to the large user based (10+k thousand users).

The basic functionality includes: storing, sharing, data access, synchronisation with user devices, HPC user's data synchronisation.

The service initially targeted mostly regular users who store their documents, graphics and other multimedia as well as researchers who handle computations input and output files. However, over time, the system proved to be able to serve much more demanding use-cases including addressing needs of power users who use sync & share as their interface to HPC cluster storage as well as PR department that treats sync & share service as the back-end for the digital content serving platform for PSNC web portals.

SPECIAL ACCESS CONDITIONS

Service is provided in both free of charge (academics) and paid mode (commercials).
Academic and R&D users are authenticated through the PIONIER.Id Identity Federation (SAML-based). Local accounts are also created based on individual users’ or organisations’ requests.
The default storage space (100GB per individual, 1TB per research group or organisation) can be increased for the R&D projects and for paying customers.

PREREQUISITES

The basic services are available through the web browser (data storage & access, rendering of documents: doc. Pdf etc., collaborative editing, sharing management).

Workstation/mobile clients must can be installed for automated sync&share. ‘Drive’ clients must be installed to workstations for transparent, pseudo-local access to data storage in the sync&share service (available for Windows, Linux and MacOS).

CASE EXAMPLES

The most typical use-case is storage, management, sharing and publishing the data related to R&D activities, projects and daily business at academic and commercial institutions. Sync&share system often acts as the preliminary data storage space for data sets that are collected, curated, improved and enriched and then are submitted to the regular data repositories or used in data processing using PSNC’s resources including HPC, cloud computing, BigData platforms etc.

In autumn 2017, Immersify EU project2started to use it as the basic platform for storing TBs of 8K video files and sharing them among project partners located across Europe - in France, Germany, Austria, Poland and Sweden. Within this project raw versions of the data generated using PSNC’s equipment are to be used for developing,optimising and testing video encoding solutions at partner’s sites.

This use case added brought new aspects to the already interesting mixture of requirements against our service. This includes the need to handle very large data volumes so that they appears as stored locally at sites, which enables immediate access to arbitrary fragment of the dataset for ad-hoc video preview or playback without the need of moving the data around. In the same time ease of use and convenience of access methods is expected.

LINKS

Service portal: https://box.pionier.net.pl 

UHD content use-case presentation: https://tnc18.geant.org/core/presentation/162

SERVICE OFFERED BY

MEMBER
HPC4 Poland
TYPE
DIH
COUNTRY
Poland

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