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

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

e-IRG White Paper 2011 open for consultation!

The consultation phase for the e-Infrastructures Reflection Group (e-IRG) White Paper 2011 is open and we encourage the whole community: e-Infrastructure users, service providers and policy makers to provide your valuable feedback and reflections.

The e-IRG White Papers summarise on-going discussions around key e-Infrastructure areas and topics that require immediate policy actions, and form the basis for proposing formal e-IRG recommendations at the national and EU levels.
The e-IRG White paper 2011 features the following topics:

  • e-Infrastructure governance

  • Future of Research Networking

  • Authentication, Authorisation and Accounting

  • Energy and Green IT

  • Exascale computing and related software

  • e-Infrastructure services

  • Data infrastructures

Note that the proposed recommendations in this version of the White Paper 2011 are subject to change, as they are not yet endorsed by the e-IRG plenum.

Comments should be submitted before the 8th of May using the following e-mail address: wp2011@e-irg.eu

You can find the document on the following link of the e-IRG website. Please note that you will be redirected to a minimal survey page before downloading the document.

You can also contact the e-IRG secretariat: secretariat@e-irg.eu

e-IRG White Paper 2011 open for consultation!

The consultation phase for the e-Infrastructures Reflection Group (e-IRG) White Paper 2011 is open and we encourage the whole community: e-Infrastructure users, service providers and policy makers to provide your valuable feedback and reflections.

The e-IRG White Papers summarise on-going discussions around key e-Infrastructure areas and topics that require immediate policy actions, and form the basis for proposing formal e-IRG recommendations at the national and EU levels.
The e-IRG White paper 2011 features the following topics:

  • e-Infrastructure governance

  • Future of Research Networking

  • Authentication, Authorisation and Accounting

  • Energy and Green IT

  • Exascale computing and related software

  • e-Infrastructure services

  • Data infrastructures

Note that the proposed recommendations in this version of the White Paper 2011 are subject to change, as they are not yet endorsed by the e-IRG plenum.

Comments should be submitted before the 8th of May using the following e-mail address: wp2011@e-irg.eu

You can find the document on the following link of the e-IRG website. Please note that you will be redirected to a minimal survey page before downloading the document.

You can also contact the e-IRG secretariat: secretariat@e-irg.eu