The Integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS) is open source data management software for storing, searching, organizing, and sharing files and datasets that are large, important, and complex. Thousands of businesses, research centers, and government agencies worldwide use iRODS for flexible, policy-based management of files and metadata that span storage devices and locations.
iRODS supports a wide range of data intensive applications around the globe:
- Companies including Novartis, Bayer, and Dow use iRODS to administer data for commercial research and development.
- It underpins the CyVerse Discovery Environment, which provides a cloud-based genomics workbench for over 20,000 users.
- Federal agencies including NASA, NOAA, and NIH centers and institutes organize and share research data using iRODS.
- The French National Library (BnF) counts on iRODS to preserve thousands of digitized works for future generations.
Additionally, iRODS has a growing user base in energy, media and entertainment, finance, and business services applications.
The product of nearly 20 years and $25M of grant-funded research, iRODS is now supported and maintained by the iRODS Consortium at RENCI. The iRODS Consortium brings together businesses, universities, research organizations, and government agencies to ensure the sustainability of iRODS by:
- Guiding development of a commercial-grade distribution of the software;
- Growing the user and developer communities; and
- Facilitating iRODS support, education, and collaboration opportunities.
iRODS Consortium members receive priority access to iRODS support, training, and consulting, and they play an important role in directing iRODS technology and the governance of the Consortium. Learn more at https://irods.org/consortium
Who Uses iRODS?
iRODS is in use in thousands of locations worldwide.
Here is a listing of selected iRODS users:
|Topic / Discipline / Industry||Location / Organization|
|Archives||Taiwan National Archive, Chronopolis|
|Astrophysics||Auger supernova search|
|Atmospheric science||NASA Langley Atmospheric Sciences Center|
|Biology||Phylogenetics at CC IN2P3|
|Climate||NOAA National Climatic Data Center|
|Cognitive Science||Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center|
|Computer Science||GENI experimental network|
|Cosmic Ray||AMS experiment on the International Space Station|
|Dark Matter Physics||Edelweiss II|
|Earth Science||NASA Center for Climate Simulations|
|Ecology||CEED Caveat Emptor Ecological Data|
|High Energy Physics||BaBar / Stanford Linear Accelerator|
|Hydrology||UNC-CH Institute for the Environment, HydroShare|
|Institutional Repositories||Carolina Digital Repository|
|Genomics||Broad Institute, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, NGS|
|Libraries||French National Library, Texas Digital Libraries|
|Medicine||UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center|
|Neuroscience||International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility|
|Neutrino Physics||T2K and dChooz neutrino experiments|
|Oceanography||Ocean Observatories Initiative|
|Optical Astronomy||National Optical Astronomy Observatory|
|Particle Physics||Indra multi-detector collaboration at IN2P3|
|Plant Genetics||CyVerse (formerly the iPlant Collaborative)|
|Radio Astronomy||Cyber Square Kilometer Array, TREND, BAOradio|
|Seismology||Southern California Earthquake Center|
|Social Science||Odum, TerraPop|
A full paper on the Evolution of Data Grid Technology is available here (PDF).
In 1995, a team led by Reagan Moore of the San Diego Supercomputer Center kicked off a data management project known as the Storage Resource Broker (SRB). SRB was developed through the cooperative efforts of General Atomics, the Data Intensive Computing Environments (DICE) group, and the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with the support of the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Storage Resource Broker demonstrated the promise of a logical distributed file system that presents users with a single global logical namespace.
The integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS), was created by the DICE group in 2006 to advance the concepts explored in SRB, but re-written from scratch, as open source software, around a highly-configurable Rule Engine. In 2008, the DICE group expanded, with some members located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). With the DICE group on campus, the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) became progressively more involved in iRODS and formed a dedicated iRODS software engineering team to explore enterprise-grade iRODS technology development. In 2013, RENCI founded the iRODS Consortium, to further the mission and sustainability of iRODS technology.
Funded Projects that supported the development of iRODS Technology
|HydroShare||NSF||7/1/2012 – 6/30/2017|
|EarthCube Layered Architecture||NSF||4/1/2012 – 3/31/2013|
|DFC Supplement for Extensible Hardware||NSF||9/1/2011 – 8/31/2015|
|DFC Supplement for Interoperability||NSF||9/1/2011 – 8/31/2015|
|DataNet Federation Consortium||NSF||9/1/2011 – 8/31/2016|
|SDCI Data Improvement||NSF||10/1/2010 – 9/30/2013|
|Subcontract: Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center||NSF||1/1/2010 – 12/31/2010|
|National Climatic Data Center||NOAA||10/1/2009 – 9/1/2010|
|NARA Transcontinental Persistent Archive Prototype||NSF||9/15/2009 – 9/30/2010|
|Subcontract: Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center||NSF||3/1/2009 – 12/31/2009|
|Transcontinental Persistent Archive Prototype||NSF||9/15/2008 – 8/31/2013|
|Petascale Cyberfacility for Seismic Community||NSF||4/1/2008 – 3/30/2010|
|Data Grids for Community Driven Applications||NSF||10/1/2007 – 9/30/2010|
|Joint Virtual Network Centric Warfare||DOD||11/1/2006 – 10/30/2007|
|Petascale Cyberfacility for Seismic Analysis||NSF||10/1/2006 – 9/30/2009|
|LLNL Scientific Data Management||LLNL||3/1/2005 – 12/31/2008|
|NARA Persistent Archives||NSF||10/1/2004 – 6/30/2008|
|Constraint-based Knowledge Systems||NSF||10/1/2004 – 9/30/2006|
|NDIIPP California Digital Library||LC||2/1/2004 – 1/31/2007|
|NASA Information Power Grid||NASA||10/1/2003 – 9/30/2004|
|National Science Digital Library||NSF||10/1/2002 – 9/30/2006|
|NARA Persistent Archive||NSF||6/1/2002 – 5/31/2005|
|SCEC Community Modeling||NSF||10/1/2001 – 9/30/2006|
|Particle Physics Data Grid||DOE||8/15/2001 – 8/14/2004|
|Grid Physics Network||NSF||7/1/2000 – 6/30/2005|
|Digital Library Initiative UCSB||NSF||9/1/1999 – 8/31/2004|
|Digital Library Initiative Stanford||NSF||9/1/1999 – 8/31/2004|
|Persistent Archive||NARA||9/1999 – 8/2000|
|Information Power Grid||NASA||10/1/1998 – 9/30/1999|
|Terascale Visualization||DOE||9/1/1998 – 8/31/2002|
|Persistent Archive||NARA||9/1998 – 8/1999|
|NPACI Data Management||NSF||10/1/1997 – 9/30/1999|
|DOE ASCI||DOE||10/1/1997 – 9/30/1999|
|Distributed Object Computation Testbed||DARPA/USPTO||8/1/1996 – 12/31/1999|
|Massive Data Analysis Systems||DARPA||9/1/1995 – 8/31/1996|