New agreement supports the development of nuclear fusion technology

The EGI Foundation is pleased to announce a service level agreement (SLA) between the EGI providers CESGA and UNIV-LILLE and the UK Atomic Energy Authority to serve the EOSC-hub Fusion Competence Centre.

The Fusion Competence Centre is a research community established in the context of the EOSC-hub project with a purpose to support the development of nuclear fusion technologies as a clean and abundant source of energy, particularly with respect to plasma and engineering modelling.

This SLA allows the Fusion community to use EGI Cloud Compute and Online Storage services amounting to a total of 105 virtual CPU cores, 245 GB memory and 800 GB storage capacity.

The agreement is valid until 31 December 2020.

Giuseppe la Rocca, Technical Outreach Expert at the EGI Foundation, facilitated the agreement and says: “I am happy to have mediated this agreement and make sure the EGI services are used by a variety of research communities, at a larger scale and in the context of EOSC”.

Shaun de Witt, Principal Investigator for the Fusion Competence Centre, says “We are truly delighted to have this agreement in place. It will allow us to demonstrate to our user community both the feasibility and desirability of making use of cloud resources provided through EOSC. We anticipate that as cloud becomes increasingly adopted, this agreement can be extended and will allow us to drive down the time to science, and to the final end goal of providing cheap, clean electricity to help power the computers that will have made this possible”.

EGI signs agreement with LABSS

The EGI Foundation is pleased to announce a service level agreement (SLA) between the EGI provider IFCA and the Laboratory of Agent-Based Social Simulation (LABSS).

LABSS is an international research group working at the intersection of cognitive, social, and computational science based at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC) of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) in Rome.

LABSS will use EGI Cloud Compute resources amounting to 80 virtual CPUs and 1024 GB memory.

Enol Fernandez, Cloud Technologist at the EGI Foundation, says: “ We are very pleased to have signed this SLA and offer cloud resources to LABSS in their scientific quests. We look forward to similar collaborations”.

Find out more about the agreement.

European HTCondor Workshop 2019

The European HTCondor Workshop 2019 will be held in Italy, form 24 to 27 September, hosted by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Lombardy, Italy.

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission’s science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.

The workshop will be the fifth edition in Europe after the successful events at CERN in December 2014ALBA in February 2016DESY in June 2017 and RAL in September 2018.

The workshops are opportunities for novice and experienced users of HTCondor to learn, get help and have exchanges between them and with the HTCondor developers and experts. It is primarily addressed at users from EMEA, but open to everyone. The workshop consists of presentations, tutorials and “office hours” for consultancy. The HTCondor CE (Compute Element) will be covered prominently as well.

Registration is open until 4 September.

See all the details of the event.

Training: Introduction to EGI Notebooks

The EGI Foundation team will deliver a training on the EGI Notebooks service in Yerevan, Armenia, on September 27, co-located with the Eastern Partnership E-Infrastructure Conference.

This tutorial will introduce Jupyter and the open access EGI Notebooks service. The tutorial will go through the main features of the EGI Notebooks and show how to use it with Binder to implement Open Science. Participants will experience the system through hands-on exercises and can continue using these services after the training through the European Open Science Cloud. The tutorial will be relevant for researchers, and for programmers and IT-service providers who support research and education.

More information and how to register.

Upcoming EOSC-hub webinars

EOSC-hub will hold two webinars this July 2019:

The first webinar is entitled  “An EOSC-hub proposal for the EOSC Service Management System” and will be held on 23 July from 11am to 12:30pm. The webinar will introduce participants to the Service Management System developed by EOSC-hub for the European Open Science Cloud,  with a particular focus on the Service Portfolio Management as a key and highly strategic process. The structure of the EOSC service portfolios will be also presented. This management system is based on the FitSM standard for IT Service Management.

Who should attend: technical architects from research infrastructures and projects, current and interested service providers and research infrastructure managers.

More information and registration.

The second webinar is entitled “An EOSC-hub proposal for the EOSC Technical Architecture” and will be held on 24 July from 11am to 12:30pm. This webinar focus on describing the reference technical architecture for the European Open Science Cloud proposed by EOSC-hub. The proposed architecture is based on the concepts of service composability and interoperability.

Who should attend: service providers, users, members of other EOSC implementation projects including EOSC cluster projects, members of EOSC working groups, European and national e-infrastructures, European and national research infrastructures.

More information and registration.

New service level agreement: EGI and OBSEA

The EGI Foundation is pleased to announce a service level agreement (SLA) between the EGI resource providers INFN-CATANIA-STACK and OBSEA (part of EMSO-ERIC). The SLA is valid until May 2020.

OBSEA is an underwater cabled observatory deployed in 2009. This seafloor observatory is located 4 km off the Catalan Vilanova i la Geltru coast in a fishing protected area. It is connected to the coast by an energy and communications mixed cable. The main advantages of a cabled observatory are that it provides an uninterrupted power supply to the scientific instruments and offers a high bandwidth communication link. This way, real time data is available and problems encountered in battery powered systems are avoided.

With OBSEA, it is possible to perform a real time observation of multiple parameters in the marine environment.

The agreement with INFN-CATANIA-STACK will allow OBSEA to use EGI Cloud Compute and Online Storage services needed for their activities. In total, INFN-CATANIA-STACK pledged 16 GB of RAM and 200 GB of storage capacity.

Giuseppe La Rocca, Technical Outreach Expert at the EGI Foundation, facilitated the agreement and says: “It’s a pleasure to have mediated this service level agreement and we hope for a fruitful and long-term collaboration with OBSEA“.

Joaquin del Rio, Head of Obsea Observatory says: “We want to thanks EGI and INFN-CATANIA-STACK for their support on IT services. With such collaboration we expect to improve our data collection and outreach services to the general public and scientific community who access Obsea data. For our Obsea infrastructure, such collaboration is really very important to keep marine data generation alive!”

 

Final ENVRIplus event in Brussels explained the benefits of Research Infrastructures collaboration

Full blog post on the ENVRIplus website

The final ENVRIplus dissemination event organized in Brussels, June 4, 2019, welcomed about 100 attendees. The participants had a chance to listen to talks explaining the role of collaboration amongst the environmental research infrastructures for the benefits of science, society, improved synergies and international collaboration. The talks also explained what are the future activities and needs of the ENVRI community to be able to develop a fully interoperable and harmonized cluster of researcher infrastructures. After their presentations, all the speakers were organized in a panel and ready to respond to questions from the audience and/or session moderator.

During the lunch-time, the attendees had a chance to meet about 16 environmental RIs that presented themselves during the so-called Science Fair. Last but not least, the event hosted an Award ceremony for the high school students who have participated in the Serious Game developed by ENVRIplus project.

The EGI Annual Report 2018 is now available

We are happy to announce the release of the EGI Annual Report 2018.

The annual report gives an overview of the EGI Foundation activities in 2018, the contribution to EC projects, an outline of the EGI Federation core services and general financial information.

Among the achievements, last year saw the milestone of 1,000,000 cores of High-Throughput Compute capacity, available now to support research at all scales.

Also in 2018, EGI Foundation brokered 14 SLAs, connecting a myriad of research communities with over 30 EGI Federation data centres and cloud sites. Moreover, EGI participated in 12 European projects last year.

More information on numbers is available in the report.

You can also follow us on Twitter to find out more via our tweets hashtaged #EGI_in_numbers.

Applications for the EOSC Early Adopter Programme are open!

EOSC offers a broad spectrum of services and technologies for the research data management lifecycle, and scientific outputs like data, publications and software of pan-European relevance. The combined use of these technologies and resources can allow scientific communities to address complex scientific challenges.

The EOSC-hub project invites researchers and research communities that require the combined use of multiple services and resources to apply to the programme EOSC Early Adopter Programme. Deadline for application is 15 June 2019.

The services and resources in scope for the programme are those currently provided byEOSC-hub and its partners, namely OCRE, OpenAIRE and GÉANT.

What is in store?

The projects selected will receive for a period of 6 to 12 months:

  • Technical support from service providers to guarantee integration;
  • Access to resources such as data, applications, software, and other services from EOSC-hub providers and partners depending on the research community needs;
  • Resources up to 150 CPU cores, 300 GB of RAM, 2 TB of storage for data analysis and 10 TB for long term archiving. (If the project requires more capacity, contact the EOSC-hub team for advice at: early-adopter@mailman.eosc-hub.eu);
  • Financial support to cover travel costs to attend face-to-face meetings and other events

EOSC-hub support will not cover consumable costs or staff salaries.

How to apply

Interested parties are requested to fill an online application form on the EOSC-hub website.

More information: EOSC Early Adopter Programme

New SLA signed with Open Universe

The EGI Foundation is pleased to announce a service level agreement (SLA) between the EGI resource provider CESGA and Open Universe. The SLA is valid until May 2020.

Open Universe is an Italian science initiative with the objective of stimulating an increase in the utilisation of space science data (e.g. astrophysics, planetary science, etc.), extending the potential of scientific discovery to new participants all over the world.

A wide range of communities will benefit from Open Universe: professional scientists, citizen scientists, teachers and students. The agreement with CESGA will allow Open Universe to use EGI Cloud Compute and Online Storage services needed for their activities. In total, the CESGA provider has pledged 1 VM with 24 virtual CPU cores, 50 GB of RAM and 2 TB of storage.

Małgorzata Krakowian, Quality and Risk Manager at the EGI Foundation, mediated the agreement and says: “We are always happy to bring new research communities on board and support them with our computing services, we hope Open Universe will serve as many scientists as possible worldwide.”