A glossary of the most important concepts in Research Cloud.
A Collaboration is an ad hoc group that you can easily start. That way, you can invite other researchers to join your efforts in Research Cloud.
In Research Cloud, all things concerning identity and collaboration are based on the SURF Research Access Management Service (SRAM).
See also Working together.
A workspace is a running environment where you can execute an application and connect to datasets.
You can share workspaces with your team in a collaboration.
But your collaboration might just as well be your private one, where you are the only member.
A plugin is a script that is able to set up a particular configuration in a new workspace. Plugins are the building blocks for applications.
The subscription determines for a workspace which resource type (virtual machine, cluster ...) is run on which cloud on whose expenses.
Typically a Terraform script that creates a compute resource on Research Cloud. The used system-image and the targeted cloud are the main characteristics of a deployment script.
The application offering joins an application and a subscription. It thus defines what is run on which cloud through whose cloud-account. The application offering is the model for a workspace that is to be created.
When starting a workspace in the Research Cloud portal, you can specify one or more datasets that you want attached.
It depends on your collaboration memberships, which datasets you can select from.
Research Cloud portal
Is the web-application that lets you interact with Research Cloud through your webbrowser:
A wallet holds the budget for your use of the Research Cloud. When you create a workspace you need to assign a wallet that can be charged for the use of the resources.
A Research Cloud user who is entitled to create and edit catalog items for the CO s/he is appointed developer in.