Access ECASLab

  • if you have DKRZ account, use this link
  • if you want to use EOSC-hub AAI, use this link

ECASLab is a scientific data analytics environment built on top of ECAS (the ENES Climate Analytics Service), one of the thematic services included in the EOSC-hub service portfolio.

It provides a scientific environment exploiting a server-side approach and integrating both data and analysis tools to support data scientists in their daily research activities.

ECASLab starts from a previous effort (OphidiaLab, developed at CMCC Foundation) with the main aim of providing a virtualized research environment for researchers. It represents the entry point for users that want to test, train, exploit the ECAS Thematic Service.

A few examples of output related to different analytics experiments implemented in the ECASLab environment.

It consists of several components like an ECAS cluster, a JupyterHub instance jointly with a large set of pre-installed Python libraries for running data manipulation, analysis, and visualization, a data publication service and a tool for the infrastructure monitoring (mainly intended for the administrators).

In order to get started with ECASLab please have a look at the Quick Start section and register here to get an account.

Quick Start

ECASLab provides two different ways to get access to its scientific eco-system: JupyterHub and Ophidia client.

Jupyter supports interactive data science and scientific computing.
ECASLab includes a JupyterHub installation and, thanks to the Jupyter Notebooks, scientists can create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and explanatory text.

There are two JupyterHub instances depending on your registration preferences.

  • if you have DKRZ account, use this link
  • if you want to use EOSC-hub AAI, use this link

*Please note that in both instances, it is possible to register new accounts.

After you login, open "Quick Start.ipynb" notebook available under the quickstart/ folder in your home to get started with ECASLab environment capabilities.

*Please note that for security reasons, the access to our JupyterHub instance is restricted to authorised users only and needs an additional step after the registration process.

The Ophidia Terminal is a robust, comprehensive, and user-friendly Ophidia client, developed with characteristics similar to the bash shell present in almost all Unix-like environments.
Please have a look at the online available documentation to learn more about the basic functionalities of the Ophidia terminal as well as some advanced features useful for more skilled users.
Two short guides (basic, advanced) in pdf format are also available.
Several examples of real-world usage of the terminal are also available on the Ophidia website tutorial section.
The latest client RPM for CentOS7 is available here.

A comprehensive user guide about the Ophidia Terminal is available here.

*Please note that at DKRZ the Ophidia Terminal is only available through ECASLab and can be started from Jupyter GUI.


A simple example about a Jupyter notebook interacting with the Ophidia instance through the PyOphidia Python class.


The Experiment section lists a series of example workflows that can be executed within the ECASLab environment to perform different kind of analysis on scientifica data.

Technical documentation

For more details about ECAS/ECASLab and their components, please visit the technical documentation here.