EGI signs MoU with the European Middleware Initiative

Alberto Di Meglio and Steven Newhouse sign the Memorandum of Understanding

The European Middleware Initiative (EMI) became the second technology provider to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) on 27 January.

EGI signed an agreement with the Initiative for Globus in Europe (IGE), just a few days before.

The MoU was signed by Steven Newhouse director of EGI.eu, on behalf of EGI, and EMI’s project director Alberto Di Meglio.

“EGI is our main middleware customer,” says Di Meglio. “This MoU will make our business relationship stronger and it will help us to accomplish our common vision of providing a reliable and sustainable research infrastructure in Europe."

The EMI project started in May 2010 as a joint effort of the major European distributed computing middleware providers, including ARC, gLite, UNICORE and dCache. The project aims to improve middleware services, closely listening to the requirements of users and infrastructure providers.

“The software from EMI is critical to the reliable use of our production infrastructure by our user community,” says Newhouse. “This MoU identifies the relationship between the two projects for our mutual benefit.”