Devarshi Ghoshal is a Research Scientist in the Usable Software Systems Group (Data Science and Technology department) at LBL. His research revolves around different aspects of data and data management in HPC and distributed environments. His current research focuses on real-time stream processing, scientific workflow data management, and data provenance.
He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Indiana University, and has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from IEM, Kolkata. He joined LBL as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 2014.
Drew Paine, Devarshi Ghoshal, Lavanya Ramakrishnan, "Experiences with a Flexible User Research Process to Build Data Change Tools", Journal of Open Research Software, September 1, 2020, doi: 10.5334/jors.284
Scientific software development processes are understood to be distinct from commercial software development practices due to uncertain and evolving states of scientific knowledge. Sustaining these software products is a recognized challenge, but under-examined is the usability and usefulness of such tools to their scientific end users. User research is a well-established set of techniques (e.g., interviews, mockups, usability tests) applied in commercial software projects to develop foundational, generative, and evaluative insights about products and the people who use them. Currently these approaches are not commonly applied and discussed in scientific software development work. The use of user research techniques in scientific environments can be challenging due to the nascent, fluid problem spaces of scientific work, varying scope of projects and their user communities, and funding/economic constraints on projects.
In this paper, we reflect on our experiences undertaking a multi-method user research process in the Deduce project. The Deduce project is investigating data change to develop metrics, methods, and tools that will help scientists make decisions around data change. There is a lack of common terminology since the concept of systematically measuring and managing data change is under explored in scientific environments. To bridge this gap we conducted user research that focuses on user practices, needs, and motivations to help us design and develop metrics and tools for data change. This paper contributes reflections and the lessons we have learned from our experiences. We offer key takeaways for scientific software project teams to effectively and flexibly incorporate similar processes into their projects.
D Ghoshal, V Hendrix, W Fox, S Balasubhramanian, L Ramakrishnan, "FRIEDA: Flexible Robust Intelligent Elastic Data Management Framework", The Journal of Open Source Software, 2017, 2:164--164, doi: 10.21105/joss.00164
CS Daley, D Ghoshal, GK Lockwood, S Dosanjh, L Ramakrishnan, NJ Wright, "Performance characterization of scientific workflows for the optimal use of Burst Buffers", CEUR Workshop Proceedings, 2016, 1800:69--73,
Payton A Linton, William M Melodia, Alina Lazar, Deborah Agarwal, Ludovico Bianchi, Devarshi Ghoshal, Kesheng Wu, Gilberto Pastorello, Lavanya Ramakrishnan, "Identifying Time Series Similarity in Large-Scale Earth System Datasets", 2019,
S Swaid, M Maat, H Krishnan, D Ghoshal, L Ramakrishnan, "Usability heuristic evaluation of scientific data analysis and visualization tools", Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, 2018, 607:471--482, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-60492-3_45
D Ghoshal, L Ramakrishnan, D Agarwal, "Dac-Man: Data Change Management for Scientific Datasets on HPC Systems", SC ’18, Piscataway, NJ, USA, IEEE Press, 2018, 72:1--72:1,
Devarshi Ghoshal, Lavanya Ramakrishnan, "MaDaTS: Managing Data on Tiered Storage for Scientific Workflows", Proceedings of the 26th International Symposium on High-Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing (HPDC '17), ACM, 2017, 41--52, doi: 10.1145/3078597.3078611
W Fox, D Ghoshal, A Souza, GP Rodrigo, L Ramakrishnan, "E-HPC: A library for elastic resource management in HPC environments", Proceedings of WORKS 2017: 12th Workshop on Workflows in Support of Large-Scale Science - Held in conjunction with SC 2017: The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, 2017, doi: 10.1145/3150994.3150996
V Hendrix, J Fox, D Ghoshal, L Ramakrishnan, "Tigres Workflow Library: Supporting Scientific Pipelines on HPC Systems", Proceedings - 2016 16th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud, and Grid Computing, CCGrid 2016, 2016, 146--155, doi: 10.1109/CCGrid.2016.54
Devarshi Ghoshal, Lavanya Ramakrishnan, "FRIEDA: Flexible Robust Intelligent Elastic Data Management in Cloud Environments", 2012 SC Companion: High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SCC), IEEE, 2013, 1096--1105, doi: 10.1109/SC.Companion.2012.132
Devarshi Ghoshal, Richard Shane Canon, Lavanya Ramakrishnan, "I/O Performance of Virtualized Cloud Environments", Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Data Intensive Computing in the Clouds (DataCloud-SC '11), ACM, 2011, 71--80, doi: 10.1145/2087522.2087535
L Ramakrishnan, D Ghoshal, V Hendrix, E Feller, P Mantha, C Morin, "Storage and Data Life Cycle Management in Cloud Environments with FRIEDA.", Cloud Computing for Data-Intensive Applications, (Springer: 2014) Pages: 357--378
Lavanya Ramakrishnan, Adam Scovel, Iwona Sakrejda, Susan Coghlan, Shane Canon, Anping Liu, Devarshi Ghoshal, Krishna Muriki, Nicholas J. Wright, "Magellan - A Testbed to Explore Cloud Computing for Science", On the Road to Exascale Computing: Contemporary Architectures in High Performance Computing, (Chapman & Hall/CRC Press: 2013)
Cheah You-Wei, Drew Paine, Devarshi Ghoshal, Lavanya Ramakrishnan, Bringing Data Science to Qualitative Analysis, 2018 IEEE 14th International Conference on e-Science, Pages: 325-326 2018, doi: 10.1109/eScience.2018.00076
Drew Paine, Devarshi Ghoshal, Lavanya Ramakrishnan, "Investigating Scientific Data Change with User Research Methods", August 20, 2020, LBNL LBNL-2001347,
Scientific datasets are continually expanding and changing due to fluctuations with instruments, quality assessment and quality control processes, and modifications to software pipelines. Datasets include minimal information about these changes or their effects requiring scientists manually assess modifications through a number of labor intensive and ad-hoc steps. The Deduce project is investigating data change to develop metrics, methods, and tools that will help scientists systematically identify and make decisions around data changes. Currently, there is a lack of understanding, and common practices, for identifying and evaluating changes in datasets since systematically measuring and managing data change is under explored in scientific work. We are conducting user research to address this need by exploring scientist's conceptualizations, behaviors, needs, and motivations when dealing with changing datasets. Our user research utilizes multiple methods to produce foundational, generative insights and evaluate research products produced by our team. In this paper, we detail our user research process and outline our findings about data change that emerge from our studies. Our work illustrates how scientific software teams can push beyond just usability testing user interfaces or tools to better probe the underlying ideas they are developing solutions to address.