Q: What does Service Workbench on AWS do?

A: Service Workbench on AWS is a web frontend that simplifies the process of standing up compute instances and collaboration on central data for users that need to have simple access to these technologies without having to stand these up through AWS Console. It is an abstraction layer on top of standard AWS services that automates many steps required for these tasks by involving AWS CloudFormation templates. This saves research users time to stand up these environments and allows central administrators to build templates that are secure to prevent the risk of data breaches.

Q: Does the solution provide sample template for compute instances?

A: Out of the box, the solution installs four templates for compute instances, based on AWS CloudFormation templates. These default templates allow to stand up compute instances for: 1) EC2 with Linux operating system; 2) EC2 with Windows operating system; 3) SageMaker with Jupyter Notebook; 4) Hail on EMR  

Q: What data stores are currently supported?

A: Service Workbench on AWS currently stores data in Amazon S3 in a bucket it manages. In the future, the system will support the ability to use S3 buckets that are owned and managed by other accounts as well in order to simplify the use of research data in already existing S3 buckets.

Q: Can I share my templates with others?

A: Service Workbench allows collaboration by providing permission-based access. Users with the applicable permissions can create environments with the templates and data you choose to share.

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