All posts by Iulia Popescu

The eXtreme Data Cloud project (XDC) started

The eXtreme Data Cloud project (XDC) kicked off in January 2018 in Bologna, Italy, with a mission to develop scalable technologies for federating storage resources and managing data in both existing and next-generation highly distributed computed environments in Europe.

XDC is coordinated by the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) and is a follow-up of the INDIGO-DataCloud project, which ended in September 2017. The XDC consortium brings together technology providers with experience in software development and large research communities from a broad spectrum of disciplines, such as life sciences, clinical research, astrophysics and high energy physics.

Continuing the efforts of INDIGO-DataCloud in the direction of providing web-based and mobile interfaces, XDC will integrate some intelligence on top of data management functionalities to meet the specific needs of scientific communities and implement a more flexible, efficient and scalable computing and storage infrastructure in Europe.

“We are very happy to be part of the XDC project and build on the successes of INDIGO-DataCloud”, says Matthew Viljoen, Operations Manager at the EGI Foundation. “EGI is involved in this project by assisting with dissemination, training and technical exploitation and by contributing to the quality assurance and ensuring that the software outputs of XDC may be easily used on eInfrastructures”, he adds.

XDC involves eight partners and is funded with three million euros over 27 months.

For more information about the project, have a look at the eXtreme Data Cloud website.

New publication: EGI-Engage Impact & Results

We are happy to announce that we released a new publication featuring the results and impact of the EGI-Engage project.

EGI-Engage lasted for 30 months, from March 2015 to August 2017, and brought together 43 partners with a mission to expand the capabilities of a backbone of federated services for compute, storage, data, communication, knowledge and expertise, complementing community-specific capabilities.

The new publication gives an overview of the EGI-Engage outcomes across Europe and in the world. The project’s impact was felt at a large scale – from diverse scientific disciplines and at all scales of the research landscape, from individual researchers to large research communities and Research Infrastructures.

The Key Exploitable Results (KERs) of the project showcase an impact in different areas such as the advancement of scientific knowledge, the adoption of digital innovation in science and the implementation of European policies.

EGI-Engage also shaped the way to the new EOSC-hub project, aimed at building the Hub: a European-level contact point for researchers and innovators to discover, access, use and reuse a broad spectrum of resources for advanced data-driven research.

We would like to thank all of the participants of EGI-Engage and the EGI community for being part of this project and all the resulting achievements.

3rd Call for Multi-domain Access to Environmental RIs

The ENVRIplus project launched the 3rd and final call for proposals to access European multi-disciplinary environmental research platforms.

ENVRIplus offers opportunities for free-of-charge transnational access to selected user groups to six research facilities in cross-cutting areas in Europe: athmosphere, bio-ecosphere, hydro-marine and solid earth domain.

Important dates:

Proposal deadline:  4 March 2018

Access period: 1 May – 31 December 2018

The full call description, eligibility and application process can be found on the ENVRI community platform.

Thematic CERN School of Computing 2018

The 6th Thematic CERN School of Computing (tCSC 2018) will be held in Split, Croatia from 3 to 8 June 2018.

The theme of the school is “High Throughput Distributed Processing of Future HEP Data”.

The school is organized by CERN in collaboration with the University of Split and is hosted at the Mediterranean Institute For Life Sciences Conference Centre – a historical building situated in a landscaped park on the Adriatic Sea coast, a few kilometres from the centre of Split.

tCSC 2018 is aimed at postgraduate students, engineers and scientists with a few years experience in particle physics, in computing, or in related fields. Participation is limited to 24 students. See the academic programme for more details.

Important Dates:

  • Sunday 11 March – deadline for application.
  • Monday 26 March – information about the outcome of the selection by email.
  • Friday 20 April – latest date for fees payment.

Eight years of EGI at the forefront of innovation

Today, we are celebrating our 8th anniversary as an organisation that empowers researchers to transform data, software and expertise into knowledge and innovation.

The EGI Foundation was established in Amsterdam in 2010 to coordinate the activities of EGI on behalf of the community and to build an integrated pan-European infrastructure to primarily support European research communities.

EGI was a large infrastructure right from the beginning. What started at 200.000 CPU cores and 100 Petabytes available in 2010 reached about 850,000 cores and 650 Petabytes in 2018. This impressive growth is a response to the demands of new user communities in various scientific fields, from high-energy physics in 2010 to life sciences, astronomy, humanities & environmental sciences, among others, in 2018.

The EGI-Engage project built on the accomplishments of EGI-InSPIRE (ended in 2014) and saw a great evolution of our services and user communities as well as the pioneering of competence centres: distributed teams of experts where research groups and members of the EGI Federation co-developed new digital solutions for scientific challenges.

EGI is now a mature infrastructure with a rich service catalogue that serves a myriad of scientific communities all over the world.

Yannick Legré, Managing Director of the EGI Foundation, says:  “I’d like to thank the EGI Community for all their accomplishments and support during these years! The coordination of the EOSC-hub project, which started in January 2018, is a wide recognition of EGI’s dedication to serve research and innovation and strive for excellence.”

We are only a few steps away from the realisation of the European Open Science Cloud and the building of the Hub: a central point for all European researchers and innovators to discover, access and use a broad spectrum of resources for advanced data-driven research.

A very happy birthday to the EGI community and we look forward to more exciting years ahead!

The 14th IEEE eScience Conference

The 14th IEEE Conference on eScience will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from 29 October to 1 November 2018. The objective of the conefrence is to promote all aspects of eScience and its associated technologies, applications, and tools.

IEEE eScience 2018 brings together leading international researchers and research software engineers from all disciplines to present and discuss how digital technology impacts scientific practice, from the humanities to physics and from ecology to astronomy.

Key dates for contributions:

Abstract submission deadline: Friday 25 May
Full paper submission deadline: Friday 1 June
Notification of acceptance: Wednesday 15 August 2018
Camera-ready papers: Monday 17 September 2018

Please find all information regarding the calls and submission guidelines on the event’s website.

EGI Marketplace: exposing services to broader audiences

We are happy to announce that the EGI Marketplace is in production.

The marketplace is designed as an electronic market: it’s a platform where services can be advertised and where customers can easily order and access them. In addition, the Marketplace will enhance visibility for resource and service providers, raising awareness of what they can provide as well as helping to promote cross-disciplinary research.

The marketplace provides all the necessary functionalities for bringing together offering and demand to make research happen. Diego Scardaci, Senior User Community Support and Outreach Officer at the EGI Foundation, is confident that “the Marketplace will offer a unique opportunity for providers to showcase their services and for customers to find and order them in only a few clicks”.

All services are provided by the EGI Federation and partner institutions.

Marketplace workflow

  • Authentication: Managed through the EGI Check-in service, which allows customers to use the credentials of their home organization or social credentials (google, facebook, etc.).
  • Discover and order services: The customer browses the Marketplace, finds what is needed and configure and selects the services s/he needs to order.
  • Check-Out: The service orders are submitted with information complemented with the customer profile. The order then follows the appropriate service order management, according to the EGI Integrated Management System (IMS) processes and procedures.

The EGI Marketplace was developed using PrestaShop technology and is also the main web interface to access the Applications on Demand service (AoDs). From now on, users of the EGI Applications on Demand service can use the EGI Marketplace to submit a service-order for one of the available applications and applications hosting frameworks”, says Giuseppe La Rocca, Technical Outreach Expert of the EGI Foundation.

The marketplace was developed for the EGI Community by CYFRONET, the EGI Foundation and Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Have a look at the EGI Marketplace website.

 

 

EOSC-hub: integrated services for the European Open Science Cloud

The EC-funded project EOSC-hub project started on January 1st 2018, bringing together an extensive group of national and international service providers to create the Hub: a central contact point for European researchers and innovators to discover, access, use and reuse a broad spectrum of resources for advanced data-driven research.

The consortium of 100 partners from more than 50 countries will develop the vision of the Hub as the integration and management system of the future European Open Science Cloud. The EOSC-hub project mobilises providers from the EGI Federation, EUDAT CDI, INDIGO-DataCloud and other major European research infrastructures to deliver a common catalogue of research data, services and software for research.

For researchers, this will mean a broader access to services supporting their scientific discovery and collaboration across disciplinary and geographical boundaries.

EOSC-hub will significantly reduce the fragmentation of the IT facilities and digital tools in Europe. By bringing together a broad range of services from general and domain-specific research digital infrastructures under a common integration and operation layer, the EOSC-hub will foster new modes of working for collaborative research to deliver trusted services.

EOSC-hub will liaise closely with OpenAIRE Advance, a project set up to support the Open Access/Open Data mandates in Europe.

Tiziana Ferrari, Technical Director of the EGI Foundation and Project Coordinator, says: “I am thrilled to work for a project that is expected to lower access barriers, tackling issues such as federated identity, harmonization of service access policies, and coordinated service provisioning in Europe and beyond. With the Hub, sharing, using and reusing research data will be easier for research collaborations at all scales.”

Per Öster, Director of Research Infrastructures and Policy at CSC-IT Center for Science and Project Director, says: “Data is now in focus everywhere in research. The vision of the European Open Science Cloud, a capability to share and work with data for all research is very strong. By this project we take the first steps toward federated support of services to realise this vision.”

Giacinto Donvito, Technical Director of INDIGO-DataCloud and Technical Coordinator, says: “In EOSC-hub, we are integrating technological requirements and use cases coming from tens of Scientific Communities to facilitate how science is made, speed up adoption of innovative technologies and improve competitiveness of Europe in the exploitation of distributed data, compute and storage resources.”

More information

The project will bring together hundreds of experts working in a number of intertwined tasks covering strategy, business development, technical coordination and service management, to give a few examples.

Tiziana Ferrari, as EOSC-hub Project Coordinator, will be responsible for the overall project management including administrative and financial management within and across work packages. The Project Management Board, under the coordination of Per Öster, Project Director, will supervise the project strategy and implementation. Giacinto Donvito will lead the Technology Committee, a body created to evolve the project’s technical roadmap and supervise the contribution to open source community projects.

The EOSC-hub project (full title: Integrating and managing services for the European Open Science Cloud) will run for 36 months, through to December 2020 with funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 777536.

Contact points

Email: info@eosc-hub.eu
EOSC-hub website: www.eosc-hub.eu (under construction)
Twitter: @eosc_eu

 

Joint XDC-DEEP kick-off meeting: 23-25 January, Bologna

The joint eXtreme-DataCloud (XDC) project and DEEP-HybridDataCloud kickoff meeting, hosted by INFN, will take place in Bologna (Italy) on 23-25 January, 2018 at the CNR Conference Center.

This kick-off meeting will be the first opportunity for the two projects communities to meet and start planning their activities for the coming years. The programme features a plenary session on January 24th morning to present the two initiatives to a wider public, including user communities not directly involved and e-infrastructure providers interested in the projects outcomes.

Registration is free of charge, but mandatory.

See the agenda of the meeting.

DIRAC Training: 25-26 January in Toulouse, France

The DIRAC training is organised by France Grilles from 25 to 26 January, in Toulouse, France.

The aim of the training is to enable trainees to gain experience and familiarise themselves with the DIRAC service offered by France Grilles.

The DIRAC trainers are experts who are members of the DIRAC development team and/or administrators of the shared DIRAC service.
Instructions will be given to trainees upon registration.

More details, schedule and registration are to be found on the event’s webpage.