What is the Advanced Data Analytics Platform (ADAPT)?
As the combinations of remote sensing observations and model outputs have grown, scientists are increasingly burdened with both the necessity and complexity of large-scale data analysis. Scientists are increasingly applying traditional high performance computing (HPC) solutions to solve their "Big Data" problems. While this approach has the benefit of limiting data movement, HPC systems such as Discover are optimized for large-scale simulations and not for data analysis. To address these issues and to alleviate some of the strain on Discover, the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) has created the Advanced Data Analytics Platform (ADAPT). ADAPT combines high performance computing and virtualization technologies to create an on-site private cloud specifically designed for large-scale data analytics. The NCCS has deployed this system for use with a variety of Goddard research projects, including the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE).
ADAPT is a platform as a service or more specifically, a managed virtual machine (VM) environment.