e-IRG releases White Paper 2011

The 7th White Paper of the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group has been released this week. It addresses some interesting challenges for new and on-going e-Infrastructures in seven chapters.

Innovation is the common thread throughout, with emphasis on the governance of e-Infrastructures. “Existing e-Infrastructures need to look with a critical eye at their current governance model when preparing for innovation,” says Rosette Vandenbroucke, White Paper editor and e-IRG delegate. Are the governance models currently used sufficient to guarantee their future? Who should be the players in this model besides the service providers – the governments, the private sector, the user or a combination of these?

The document reflects upon the future role and development of Research networks and gives recommendations for policy makers.

It addresses the development of Authentication, Authorisation and Accounting, calling for new visions to realise the interworking and sustainability of the e-Infrastructure ecosystem.  

Energy and Green IT – efficient energy use, green energy, cheap energy, and energy consumption by ICT are daily topics on many management agendas. But is cheap energy compatible with green energy?

Supercomputing continues to spearhead innovation as countries and companies strive for the most powerful supercomputer. But can we go from T-flops to P-flops and can we efficiently use such computing power? Does a software revolution need to take place before supercomputing can make a leap forward?

Services are of growing importance, especially from a user’s perspective. Which services should be delivered and at what level of quality?

Finally, Data infrastructures are discussed, with a few suggestions for the set-up of European data infrastructures.

“The e-IRG White Paper 2011, especially the written recommendations in the end of every chapter, should be taken into consideration by governments, in particular ministries responsible for research, funding agencies and the European Commission. It is however also of interest to individual researchers and users of e-Infrastructures as an incentive to let their voices be heard”, Vandenbroucke concludes.


Visit the e-IRG website for more information, download the White Paper, and read a summary of comments gathered during the consultation phase in spring. You can also contact the e-IRG secretariat: secretariat@e-irg.eu