AGINFRA PLUS: Running Crop Simulations on the D4Science Distributed e-Infrastructure

M.J.R. Knapen*, R.M. Lokers, L. Candela, S.J.C. Janssen

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference paperAcademicpeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)


Virtual Research Environments (VREs) bridge the gap between the compute and storage infrastructure becoming available as the ‘cloud’, and the needs of researchers for tools supporting open science and analytics on ever larger datasets. In the AGINFRA PLUS project such a VRE, based on the D4Science platform, was examined to improve and test its capabilities for running large numbers of crop simulations at field level, based on the WOFOST-WISS model and Dutch input datasets from the AgroDataCube. Using the gCube DataMiner component of the VRE, and based on the Web Processing Service standard, a system has been implemented that can run such workloads successfully on an available cluster, and with good performance, providing summarized results to agronomists for further analysis. The methods used and the resulting implementation are briefly described in this paper. Overall the approach seems viable and opening the door to many follow-up implementation opportunities and further research. Some of them are indicated in more detail in the conclusions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Software Systems
Subtitle of host publicationData Science in Action: 13th IFIP WG 5.11 International Symposium, ISESS 2020 Wageningen, The Netherlands, February 5-7, 2020, Proceedings
EditorsI.N. Athanasiadis, S.P. Frysinger, G. Schimak, W.J. Knibbe
ISBN (Electronic)9783030398156
ISBN (Print)9783030398149
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2020
EventISESS 2020: 13th IFIP WG 5.11 International Symposium, ISESS 2020, Wageningen, The Netherlands, February 5–7, 2020 - Wageningen, Wageningen
Duration: 5 Feb 20207 Feb 2020

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology


ConferenceISESS 2020


  • Crop simulation model
  • Distributed computing
  • e-Infrastructure
  • Virtual Research Environment


Dive into the research topics of 'AGINFRA PLUS: Running Crop Simulations on the D4Science Distributed e-Infrastructure'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this