New and extended EGI Service Level Agreements

We are happy to announce two new EGI SLAs signed with VESPA and ENVRI-FAIR.

VESPA (Virtual European Solar and Planetary Access) is a mature project, integrating 50 providers that distribute open access datasets throughout the world. The VESPA team is supported by the Europlanet-RI-2024 project.

Through the agreement, VESPA will have access to EGI Cloud Compute and Online Services provided by  IN2P3-IRES (France) and CESNET-MCC (Czech Republic). The VESPA team is coordinating an EOSC Early Adopter use case – VESPA Cloud – in the context of the EOSC-hub project. 

The ENVRI-FAIR project goal is to build a set of FAIR data services for all participating research infrastructures. The SLA signed with EGI allows the project to access Notebooks, Cloud Compute, Online Storage services offered by INFN-CATANIA-STACK and CESGA providers.

More in the SLA news…

  • ExTras SLA was extended until June 2021. INFN-CATANIA-STACK and CYFRONET-CLOUD are supporting the project.
  • D4Science SLA has been extended with additional resources provided by IFCA-LCG2 to support the agINFRA+ Virtual Research Environments to Support Agriculture and Food Research Communities EOSC-hub EAP use case.
  • Additional pledged resources were offered to WeNMR to support COVID-19 research activities.

EGI Conference 2020: Call for Abstracts extended!

The following calls of the EGI Conference 2020 have been extended to 15 of July, 23.59 CEST:

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

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.

Submit your abstract now!

New EGI publication: Joining the EGI Federation

We are happy to announce the release of the “Joining the EGI Federation brochure” explaining the values offered to organisations when becoming formal participants. This status gives more opportunity to innovate IT solutions with European research infrastructures, contribute to the implementation of the largest distributed infrastructure for scientific computing in the world, and to get support and solutions for their advanced digital needs.

The EGI Federation in the last 14 years made possible some of the most exciting scientific discoveries. This is thanks to its participants from 22 European countries.

Check out the brochure and get in touch to discuss how you can become an EGI Participant!

For any questions and expressions of interest, please send us an email to director@egi.eu

June edition of the EGI Newsletter

The edition #37 of the EGI Newsletter is now available.

Among the highlights of this issue are:

New booklet highlighting the EOSC Early Adopter Programme

We are proud to introduce a new booklet: the EOSC Early Adopter Programme!

The EOSC Early Adopter Programme (EAP) is an initiative launched by the EGI-led project EOSC-hub – aiming at research communities interested in exploring the latest state-of-art technologies and services offered by the European Open Science Cloud.

The ultimate goal of the programme has been to gain insight into researchers’ needs and, with their participation, drive the future developments of EOSC.

This publication highlights the use cases of the EAP – 13 in total – and their achievements while adopting EOSC services and resources.

Featured EGI services are: Cloud Compute, High-Throughput Compute, Cloud Container Compute, Notebooks, Check-in, Online Storage… and more.

Featured EGI Federation providers are: CESGA, RECAS-BARI, INFN, GRNET, CESNET, IFCA, UPV, CYFRONET, STFC, PSNC, LNEC… and more.

Read our publication and join us in celebrating how EGI services are being used in practice to advance science and innovation via the European Open Science Cloud.

EGI opens a call for COVID-19 research projects

As the coronavirus, and its related consequences, spread across the globe, EGI and Open Science Grid (OSG) in the USA are joining forces to commit specialised technical support, simulation tools, and compute and storage resources to accelerate progress on COVID-19 research. 

The EGI Federation brings together hundreds of research data centres at research institutes and national and international laboratories in Europe, Africa, the Asia Pacific region, Canada and Latin America, who collaborate to support advanced data-driven research projects. The EGI Federation includes the largest research cloud federation in Europe, with over 20 research cloud providers connected from across the whole continent. 

The OSG facilitates access to distributed high throughput computing for US based researchers and their international collaborators. Researchers can submit batch jobs from their home institutions, or receive accounts on OSG supported submit points, to run simulations or analyze data across more than 100 clusters, HPC centers, and commercial cloud providers.

By joining their efforts EGI and OSG are opening their infrastructures to respond together to computational and data intensive COVID-19 research projects.

Please see all the details of the call and how to apply.

QUASAR: the second XDC software release is out

The eXtreme-DataCloud project is pleased to announce the general availability of its second public software release, codenamed Quasar. The release notes can be found here.

The eXtreme-DataCloud objective is to develop scalable technologies for federating storage resources and managing data in highly distributed computing environments.

XDC-2 (codename Quasar) is the second step towards a set of stable components, integrated services and tools, pillars of the eXtreme-DataCloud framework. This release builds on the foundations laid by XDC-1 to provide new features and enhancements for many of its software components and services, as well as new services.

Read the full announcement on the project’s website.

EGI is supporting the XDC project with training and technical exploitation, contributing to the quality assurance and ensuring that the software outputs of XDC are be easily used on eInfrastructures.

The EOSC Digital Innovation Hub opens call for new pilots

The EOSC Digital Innovation Hub is launching an open call for new pilots from any sector. Up to 5 awarded applicants will participate in new pilots that will run between 3-6 months (e.g. June to October 2020) where they will also be able to take advantage of different services provided by the EOSC DIH.

The EOSC DIH invites the following types of entities to submit an application to the call:

  • Startups/spin-offs
  • SMEs
  • Large enterprises
  • Digital Innovation Hubs
  • Competence Centres
  • Other innovation space

Selected applicants will be provided access to the EOSC DIH services and technical and business support in the form of a voucher system, valued at up to €10.000 per pilot. Applications open on 2 April 2020 and close on 3 May 2020 at 17:00 CET (Brussels time).

All the details of the call are available on the EOSC DIH brand new website.

About the EOSC Digital Innovation Hub

The EOSC DIH is an international and multi-partner cooperation that supports private companies in easily accessing the digital technologies, services and human capital offered by the EOSC. The EOSC DIH kicked off as part of EOSC-hub, an EGI-led project.

HTCondor Week 2020: 19-20 May 2020

HTCondor Week 2020 will take place on Tuesday May 19 and Wednesday May 20 and will be hosted as as a free virtual event .

HTCondor Week 2020 will combine webinars, presentations and tutorials with a session of online collaborative events: office hours, special interest groups and ask-an-expert meetings.

The full schedule will be available soon. Registration is now open, more details are available on the event’s webpage.

Save the new date! EGI Conference 2020 postponed to 2-6 November

Due to the recent challenging outcomes of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are joining the world in taking responsible steps to ensure safe measures. We have therefore decided to postpone the June edition of the EGI Conference 2020, planned in Lyon, to upcoming November.

We would like to thank our colleagues of our local host, IN2P3, the French National Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics, for all the dedication and time provided for the June event.

Under the current circumstances, we have decided to move the conference closer to home. Please save the dates and block the week of 2 to 6 November 2020 in your calendar to join us in Amsterdam.

Preparations regarding the programme and venue are ongoing and the schedule will be updated in the coming weeks. Keep an eye on our channels for news and updates!