EODC Infrastructure @ TU Wien

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Earth observation has entered a golden era in which a growing fleet of public and commercial satellites acquire an unprecedented volume of high-quality data across the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Yet, a major limitation hindering the effective exploitation of this wealth of Earth observation data is a shortfall of dedicated data centres offering the high performance processing capabilities needed to process multi-year global data sets at a fine spatial resolution. Therefore, there is the high need to build up science-driven platforms that are transparent for their users and offer a high diversity and flexibility in terms of the data sets and algorithms used. Recognizing this need, TU Wien founded the EODC Earth Observation Data Centre together with other Austrian partners in May 2014 as a public-private partnership. The mission of EODC is to work together with its partners from science, the public and the private sectors in order to foster the use of Earth observation data for monitoring of global environmental processes. To archive this the EODC partners have been working together to establish a federated IT infrastructure capable of storing and processing Petabytes of satellite data. The central site of this infrastructure is the Science Centre Arsenal of TU Wien, where a cloud platform and storage system have been set up and connected to the Vienna Scientific Cluster (VSC). This infrastructure has been continually upgraded since 2014, offering access to a Petabyte-scale satellite data archive and capabilities for processing of high-resolution satellite images (e.g. 10 m Sentinel-1 radar images) on a global scale.


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wagner

Research Services

Access to Petabyte-scale Earth observation data archive
Cloud computing platform incl. storage and compute capabilities
Support to software development and maintenance
Facilitation of cooperation within the EODC cooperation network

Methoden & Expertise zur Forschungsinfrastruktur

The EODC infrastructure at TU Wien allows for the possibility to remotely access one’s workspace from anywhere and at the same time directly access all available EO data without the need to download them to a processing system. Users may connect from their own PC to
(1) a cloud infrastructure, which provides users with virtual machines (VM) for developing and testing the methods, as well as visualizing the results on small spatio-temporal extents.
(2) storages for accessing EO data in the public part of the archive and for storing results in private folders. The storage is realised as a high-performance GPFS clustered file system with a net disk capacity of several Petabytes and a robotic tape library.
(3) the VSC-3 supercomputer, through dedicated login nodes, and, subsequently, the computing nodes.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wagner
Department für Geodäsie und Geoinformation
The infrastructure is open to all scientific users under the same transparent and non-discriminatory conditions. Access to the infrastructure is provided by the EODC through various services (e.g. time-limited cloud platform accounts) or by becoming one of the partners of the EODC cooperation network (https://www.eodc.eu/cooperation-network/). Individual researchers and developers may request free time-limited accounts for testing and specific research projects (approval necessary).
Earth Observation Data Centre for Water Resources Monitoring GmbH (EODC)
Erdbeobachtungsdatenzentrum für Wasserressourcen, 2014-2016, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wagner, Hochschulraum-Strukturmittel (HRSM)

SBDSC (Sentinel Big Data Science Cluster), 2015-2018, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wagner, Wirtschaftsagentur Wien

GEOCLIM Data Infrastructure Austria, 2017-2022, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wagner, Hochschulraum-Strukturmittel (HRSM)
Naeimi, V., S. Elefante, S. Cao, W. Wagner, A. Dostálova, B. Bauer-Marschallinger (2016) Geophysical parameter retrieval from Sentinel-1 SAR data: A case study for high performance computing at EODC, Proceedings 24th High Performance Computing Symposium (HPC 2016), April 3-6, 2016, Pasadena, USA, 8 p.

Elefante, S., V. Naeimi, S. Cao, I. Ali, T.S. Le, W. Wagner, C. Briese (2017) Big data processing using the EODC platform, Proceedings of 2017 conference on Big Data from Space (BiDS'17), P. Soille and P.G. Marchetti (Eds.), Publications Office of the European Union, EUR 28783 EN, 9-12.

Wagner, W., J. Fröhlich, G. Wotawa, R. Stowasser, M. Staudinger, C. Hoffmann, A. Walli, C. Federspiel, M. Aspetsberger, C. Atzberger, C. Briese, C. Notarnicola, M. Zebisch, A. Boresch, M. Enenkel, R. Kidd, A. von Beringe, S. Hasenauer, V. Naeimi, W. Mücke (2014) Addressing grand challenges in earth observation science: The Earth Observation Data Centre for Water Resources Monitoring, ISPRS Commission VII Symposium, Istanbul, Turkey, 29 September-2 October 2014, ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences (ISPRS Annals), Volume II-7, 81-88.

Wagner, W., J. Fröhlich, R. Stowasser, G. Wotawa, C. Hoffmann, C. Federspiel, C. Nortarnicola, M. Zebisch, A. Boresch (2014) Boosting Scientific Exploitation of Sentinel Data: The Earth Observation Data Centre forWater Resources Monitoring, Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 16, EGU2014-13077.

Wagner, W., G. Triebnig, G. Wotawa, T. Nagler, M. Schardt, C. Hoffmann, H. Rott, A. Walli (2012) Feasibility Study for an Earth Observation Data Centre for Water Resources Monitoring (EODC-Water), Final Report of FFG Werkvertrag Projekt 836786, Vienna University of Technology, 74 p.