Registration for #EGI2020 is now open!

It’s happening, the moment we’ve all been waiting for, our virtual conference is now opening registrations! We cannot wait to meet and exchange ideas with you over the course of three days, vote on favorite demonstrations, and even have a virtual drink with you.

Curious to learn more about the sessions? Please consult the timetable on the event’s Indico page. As submitted abstracts are still being reviewed, please allow some time for us to update the high-level programme with all the complete information on speakers and topics. Important to know, is that we would like to ask you to register for the conference, and consult the timetable to find the assigned Zoom rooms. This will make it easy for you to attend any session you feel like, we hope! (We’re all figuring out virtual events, right?)

EGI 101

With the conference being a virtual one, one perk we’ve indicated is that it allows anyone with an internet connection to join us! Therefore, we’ve decided to add an introduction to the EGI Federation, our rich community, services and all other important elements during an introduction session just before kicking off the conference. So, have you always been curious? Or are you just hearing about EGI and looking for more insights? Then the EGI 101 session is a must-attend.

Europe.. and beyond!

While many activities take place in Europe, and while we’re very much involved in the European Open Science Cloud, we must let you know that we aim to collaborate with science world wide. You’ll hear more about it during certain keynotes, or during the 4 Global Open Science Cloud workshop on the second and third day of the conference. Note, these sessions are a bit longer: 90 mins instead of 75. What can we say, there is just so much to present and discuss!

The Netherlands

We were looking forward to welcoming you in Amsterdam, and had hoped to meet at the Royal Tropical Institute but there is not much we can do. Or is there? Come and join us for a drink and some Amsterdam during the network cocktail on Monday evening! More Netherlands? Register for the co-located workshop of the EOSC Synergy project on the 5th of November to learn more about the Dutch data landscape.

We can write pages about the upcoming conference, but we won’t. Keep an eye on our website, the dedicated Indico event page, your mailbox and our social channels to learn more about keynote speakers, more about programme elements, social sessions and any other thing we can’t wait to tell you about!

EGI Webinar Programme returns!

After more than 10 webinars pre-summer, we’re back with at least 5 for you this autumn! Unfortunately, it seems that we’re still prohibited from meeting face-to-face, so why not make use of the tools we have. Nothing will stop us from sharing knowledge, right?

So what do we have in store? Mark your calendars, you don’t want to miss this! Keep an eye on our webinar page to stay up-to-date.

  • 15 October: CernVM-FS for Containers
  • 23 October: DIRAC services for EGI users
  • 11 November: Providing bioinformatics services with Chipster platform
  • 20 November: Chipster – a user-friendly bioinformatics software for analyzing high-throughput data
  • 27 November: How to use Accelerated Computing in EGI Federated Cloud

Special requests or input/feedback for our webinar programme? Or would you like to host a webinar on a topic you feel is interesting for the EGI community? Please don’t hesitate to reach out! Send us a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Contact: support@egi.eu

Join the RDA Technical Advisory Board (TAB)

The RDA Technical Advisory Board (TAB) is looking for new members. The TAB is responsible for the technical direction of the RDA and provides technical expertise and advice to the Council. Additionally, the board develops and reviews RDA Working and Interest Groups to promote their impact and effectiveness. RDA’s TAB also provides strategic insight into the current and future direction of RDA.

TAB members are expected to engage with the RDA members and feed their ideas and perspectives into RDA’s processes and strategies. They also evaluate proposed Working Groups and Interest Groups and act as liaisons to endorsed groups, facilitate relevant communication and coordination across groups, and work to promote adoption and effectiveness of outputs of RDA groups.

The deadline for nominations is 1 October 2020. The annual TAB election will be held in November 2020. Five of the RDA TAB members’ terms are ending in 2020, of which three are ineligible to re-stand for election, as they have just completed their second three-year term on TAB.

Interested? More information: https://www.rd-alliance.org/call-tab-nominations-2020

More RDA news

RDA is planning a series of global meetings, mark your calendars:

  • RDA 16th Virtual Plenary Meeting – 9 – 12 November 2020
    The programme will be published on the RDA website on 26th September. Call for Posters still open, submission deadline 11 October.

Submit your abstract for #EGI2020 – new deadline!

Hope you enjoyed your holidays! Or perhaps you still are! Just to give you a bit more time, we decided to extend the call for abstracts deadline til the 11th of September.

Strike us with your lightning talk on scientific computing in your thematic field! Next to the existing calls, we have openend the call for lightning talks. Tell us all about your success stories, use cases, results or new ideas concerning scientific computing in natural sciences, health and medicine, engineering and technology, agricultural sciences, social sciences and humanities.

What are you waiting for? Submit your proposal now: https://bit.ly/ec-cfa1

DIGITbrain: giving SMEs access to digital twins

EU Research and Innovation Programme, Horizon 2020, funds DIGITbrain Project for the next 3,5 years with more than 8 million euros. The new innovation project, which started on 1st July 2020, aims to enable small and medium-sized European manufacturing companies to benefit from AI-based Manufacturing-as-a-Service (MaaS).

The global manufacturing industry is a challenging environment, since today’s customers have new requirements regarding the personalisation and the interoperability of new products and technologies. At the same time, legislations, regulations, and norms are becoming stricter; the environment calls for more protection and less pollution and the aging of the workforce jeopardises the collective know-how. Keeping pace with competitors often requires considerable investments in the latest digital technologies and advanced equipment, which is particularly challenging for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who often can’t afford such investments or can’t tell if they will turn out worthwhile.

DIGITbrain is an EU innovation program (coordinated by PNO Consultants) to give SMEs easy access to digital twins. A Digital Twin is the virtual representation of a product, system or process that simulates its physical attributes in the real-world in real time. By collecting data from its physical counterpart, manufacturers are enabled to streamline the manufacturing process and make predictions with regard to machine failures or maintenance needs.

Compared to the digital twin concept, which is increasingly used by manufacturing companies today, the DIGITbrain concept will go one step further by developing the ‘Digital Product Brain’ which will store data throughout the entire life cycle of a production line or a machine. By collecting all this data, it will be possible to customise and set-up machines / production assets for very specific manufacturing tasks whenever needed (see figure below). This will enable a new manufacturing model, called Manufacturing-as-a-Service (MaaS), which will allow for on-demand production of much more specialised products, even in smaller quantities and still in an economically profitable way.

Twenty highly innovative industrial solutions will be demonstrated by over 20 application experiments illustrating how the Digital Brain and its lower level services can be utilised to empower SMEs with MaaS. The Digital Marketplace provides the necessary graphical user interfaces (GUIs) in view of configuring and monitoring the Digital Brain for an industrial-product instance and will handle the access rights to the Digital Brain’s instances.

How is EGI involved?

EGI will offer technical advice and consultancy to identify the best solutions to get industrial applications up and running on an integrated HPC and cloud platform, with dedicated support mechanisms tailored to users’ needs. This includes serving as a matchmaker for users and the appropriate service provider(s) across the EGI Federation and beyond.

This will be carried out primarily in support of the experiments in work package (WP) 2 by identifying the providers offering the technical solutions that best fit the specific objectives of each application, including organisations able to enter into formal business agreements within or outside of the project context for developing longer-term relationships. EGI will also contribute to the dissemination of project results (WP8) and to the DIGITBrain commercial exploitation and sustainability plan (WP9).

Media Contact:

Andrea Hanninger

Andrea.hanninger@cloudsme.eu

Early birds gather.. #EGI2020 registration is now open!

We are excited to welcome you to the EGI Conference 2020 this November at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. Get your ticket now! 👇

We are offering a discounted rate for the Early Birds, who can’t wait to attend our annual conference. The rate is valid until 25 August, and only counts for the full conference (3-day) pass.

Additionally, you can sign up for a 1-day pass, which allows you access to one out of three days of the conference.

Cancellation policy

In the unfortunate event that the physical conference needs to be cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic, we will promptly notify you by email and you will automatically receive a 100% refund of your ticket.

Accomodation

Should you be interested in booking accomodation near the venue, please have a look at the following options (limited availability):

Hotel Casa

– Manor Hotel: please contact us to receive the hotel registration form

For further questions, please consult the dedicated event page or contact: events@egi.eu.

MoU ceremony 2020 edition: EGI and the Chinese Academy of Sciences officiate collaboration

What do you do when you can’t share a table and sign a Memorandum of Understanding together? Well, as the show must go on, you reap the benefits of internet connectivity and technological enhancements and you capture the moment virtually!

Following a formal introduction of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the Computer Network Information Center (CNIC) and EGI Federation, all parties shared their ambitions, which all focus on the main goal: to foster global research and science discovery.

“8 months after my visit to EGI and other organisations related to theEuropean Open Science Cloud initiative, I am very delighted to witness this special event for us to start the journey together. Through more concrete actions I believe our cooperation will be productive and prosperous in the future.”

Shuzhi Wang, Deputy Director General, Office of General Affairs, CAS

Both CNIC and EGI presented their approaches to a collaborative open science plan and how the joint efforts can contribute to Global Open Science Cloud initiatives to support scientists and researchers who are currently trying to find solutions to global challenges.

“By closely working with EGI, I believe this cooperation will benefit the European and Chinese scientists with more flexible and interoperable e-infrastructures and services. So in the long run I hope this is a good start to improve the digital capacities for supporting global research initiatives.”

Yan Zhuang, Divison Director,Bureau of International Cooperation, CAS

Just before the epic group picture, completely in style of 2020 meetings, ceremonies, and the like, closing remarks were shared by CNIC emphasising the prospects of the collaboration between them and EGI.

“In the long run, I hope that our cooperation with EGI and other international partners will contribute to the development of cyber infrastructures across borders and global open science.”

Jianhui Li, Director, CSTCloud Department, CNIC, CAS
Tiziana Ferrari (Director EGI Foundation) and Jianhui Li (Director CSTCloud Department, CNIC, CAS) signing the MoU
Group picture, Jianhui Li and Arjen van Rijn both showing the signed MoU

Curious to read more about the collaboration? Read it in our latest newsletter article!

New services or use cases to present? Submit your abstract!

In addition to the existing 3 open calls we invite you to submit your abstract on new services and/or use cases.

New Services

Looking for an effective platform of sharing a new service prototype with the community? Share your innovative tool during the new services design workshop, where a collaborative effort will be made to shape up the construction of the service into an even more solid foundation.

Use cases

During the ‘Design your e-infrastructure’ workshop, attendees can learn about the EGI services and, with the help of technology experts from EGI, can identify which of these services and in which configuration and arrangement should be applied to their own communities’ use cases. Would you like to participate with a use case? Submit your abstract now!

Please note: the deadline for the new services and use cases close on August 14, 23.59 CEST (different from the other 3).

EGI CSIRT fully commited to its duty

It has come to our attention that multiple supercomputers and other compute facilities across Europe have been targeted by malicious actors, in some instances affected by cryptocurrency mining malware. The EGI Federation and its supporting organisations deeply care about their international partners and peer infrastructures and take security very seriously.

Although so far there is no evidence EGI Federation data centres are affected, the EGI security team (EGI CSIRT) strongly believes in protecting the community and remains fully committed to its duty of supporting and coordinating on a day-by-day the EGI response to potential security incidents affecting the academic and research sector.

EGI Conference 2020: Call for Abstracts now open!

With this year’s theme “Federated infrastructures for connected communities” we aim to bring together science, computing, and (international) collaboration through a diverse and interactive programme.

The following calls close on the 19th of June 23.59 CEST:

  • Call for presentations
  • Call for demonstrations
  • Call for sessions

Have a look at the programme on our dedicated Indico eventpage and submit your abstract!