Instruct Research Infrastructure adopts the EGI Check-in service

The EGI Foundation is proud to announce that Instruct, the ESFRI infrastructure for structural biology, successfully adopted the EGI Check-in authentication and authorisation service.

Check-in is an identity and access management solution that makes it easy to secure access to services and resources. Through Check-in, users are able to authenticate with the credentials provided by the IdP of their home organisation (e.g. via eduGAIN), as well as using social identity providers, or other selected external identity providers.

Check-in is now fully integrated with ARIA, the identity provider developed by Instruct, allowing ARIA user ids to be accepted by Check-in. This activity was co-financed by EGI and EOSC-hub in the context of WP5 (Federation and Collaboration Services: Integration and Maintenance) and WP7 (Thematic Services) of the EOSC-hub project.

Nicolas Liampotis, who leads the Check-in developing team, says about the achievement: “We are very pleased to support users with ARIA accounts to access Check-in protected EGI services. We are confident that EGI resources will continue to prove beneficial to structural biology researchers and we look forward to our future collaborations.”

Fiona Sanderson, Software Developer at Instruct, adds: “EGI Check-in streamlines authentication in a secure, simple and harmonised manner. By working with EGI to add ARIA into this service, our members can now use their existing accounts to access the expanding toolset of innovative computing services offered by EGI. This ensures seamless sign sign-on access for all users of ARIA and its diverse biomedical scientific community.”

Diego Scardaci, Senior User Community Support and Outreach Officer, at the EGI Foundation, says: “EGI is a solid partner of the structural biology community and we are delighted to take more steps in offering excellent services and strengthening our partnerships.”

Finally, Chris Morris, Project Manager at West-Life, a project that links the structural biology community with EGI services, comments that “West-Life is helping to make e-Infrastructure facilities more accessible for integrative structural biology. This work by Instruct and EGI is a substantial step in that direction.”

CGW’18 Workshop: call for papers

The CGW’18 workshop will take place in Krakow, from 22 to 24 October 2018 and is organised by ACC Cyfronet AGHAGH University of Science and Technology and the AGH Department of Computer Science.

The CGW’18 workshop will address the following topics:

  • e-Science and collaborative applications
  • models, methods and tools for collaborative applications development
  • virtual laboratories and problem solving environments
  • big data analysis and machine learning
  • distributed data management
  • software engineering aspects with industrial and social implications

And more. The call of papers is open until 30 September 2018.

See all the details of the workshop.


The 2nd call for the EGI Strategic and Innovation Fund is now open

Today, we are launching a 2nd call for the EGI Strategic and Innovation Fund. The Fund was established by the EGI Council to stimulate targeted actions that bring benefits within the EGI Community in the short to medium term.

The 2nd call of the Strategic and Innovation Fund can be accessed by the EGI Council participants. Moreover, the call is open to all organisations based in countries represented in the EGI Council who receive a letter of support by EGI Council participants.

Project proposals should align with the vision, mission and strategy of the EGI Federation and create changes in the production environment or validate concepts that justify further investments.

The Fund accepts four types of project proposals that relate to the level of maturity of the proposed solution: Proof of Concept, Prototype, Major Innovation, and Patch (see description of projects).

Applications should be submitted by 11 November 2018.

The first call of the EGI Strategic and Innovation Fund ended earlier this year and resulted in the selection of two projects:

  1. “Elastic Serverless Platform for High Throughput Computing Scientific Applications” (prototype category) – a project developed by the Technical University of Valencia, with a goal to create a prototype of an elastic serverless platform for High Throughput Computing Scientific Applications on top of the EGI Federated Cloud.
  2. “Native OpenID Connect Implementation for OpenStack Cloudsc” – (major innovation category) – a project develop by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) that proposes to implement a native OpenID Connect plugin for OpenStack-based clouds to be certified by the OpenID Connect Foundation and available to providers of the EGI Federated Cloud.

Will you be the next winner?

Check the priority topics for investment for 2018 and apply by 11 November 2018.

See more information about the EGI Strategic and Innovation Fund.

We look forward to hearing from you!

EGI will support the 3rd Int’l Summer School on Data Science

The EGI Foundation is pleased to announce that the 3rd edition of the Summer School on Data Science (SSDS 2018) will be supported by the EGI Training Infrastructure.

SSDS 2018 will take place in Split, Croatia, from September 24-28 and will be organised by the Center of Research Excellence for Data Science and Advanced Cooperative Systems.

The event will have at its disposal a total of 60 vCPU cores and 120 GB of RAM offered by the INFN-CATANIA-STACK provider. This will allow the students to learn how to process streams of data using Apache Flink.

This year, the SSDS School is focused on machine learning in data science applications. The program includes hands-on sessions and demonstrating practical aspects.

See more information on the event.

Digital Infrastructures for Research 2018 (DI4R)

The third edition of the annual Digital Infrastructures for Research (DI4R) conference will be held this year at the University of Lisbon campus in Lisbon, Portugal from 9-11 October.

Building on the success of DI4R2016 (Krakow) and DI4R2017 (Brussels), DI4R2018 promises to be the biggest and best yet. Jointly organised by EOSC-hub, GÉANT, OpenAIRE and PRACE, the event will bring a packed programme of sessions, posters and networking opportunities to Europe’s researchers, developers and service providers – leading to brainstorming and discussions on how best to serve the user base.

Call for abstracts: International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC 2019)

The International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) 2019 will take place from 31 March to 5 April 2019 at Academia Sinica, in Taipei, Taiwan.

This year, the event’s theme is “Efficient and Safe Processing of FAIR Open Data”. The goal of ISGC 2019 is to create a face-to-face venue where individual communities and national representatives can present and share their contributions to the concepts of Open Data and Open Science.

The call for papers is now open!

Important dates and information:

On-line Submission
• Submission Deadline: Monday, 5 November 2018
• Abstract Word Limit: 400 (minimum)~600 (maximum) words
• Acceptance Notification to Authors: Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Find out more about the event.

New service level agreement: EGI and ERIC-CLL

The EGI Foundation is pleased to announce a service level agreement (SLA) between the EGI BEgrid-BELNET service provider, supported by BELSPO (Belgium), and the European Research Initiative on CLL.

The European Research Initiative on CLL is an European organisation devoted to improving the outcome of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and related diseases. Thanks to the agreement, ERIC CLL will be able to access the  Cloud Compute services needed for their activities. In total, BEgrid-BELNET has pledged 22 virtual CPU cores, 24GB of RAM and 1TB of Storage.

Giuseppe la Rocca, Technical Outreach Expert at the EGI Foundation, mediated the agreement and says: “The agreement offers ERIC-CLL the opportunity to access cloud-based computing and storage resources which can be used to contribute to the organisation’s research progresses. We are very proud to support that.”

Professor Paolo Ghia, ERIC President, says: “We expect that this collaboration between EGI and ERIC will strengthen the perception of the importance of e-infrastructures within the biomedical communities, as well as act as a catalyst for further development of integrated computational analysis services focused on CLL data, that may lead to an improvement of our patients’ care.”

Stéphane Gerard, representing BEgrid-BELNET, adds: “The ERICLL use case fits very well the capacity of our site. By supporting it, we have a new opportunity to enrich our experience in supporting a wider range of scientific disciplines.”

The details of the agreement can be found in the SLA document.

Read more about EGI’s work with ERIC-CLL on our website and in our publication.

Presentation on European Helix Nebula Science cloud

As part of the Helix Nebula initiative the European Helix Nebula Science cloud project, for the last two years has done a Pre-Commercial Procurement for the establishment of an European hybrid cloud platform to support the deployment of high-performance computing and big-data capabilities for scientific research. From the beginning of this project, SURFsara has been one of the ten European institutes acting as a buyers group to make selections between the four vendor consortia throughout the project based on technical and economical reviews. The project has gone through a design and prototype type phase, both reducing the number of eligible consortia to the two now left in the current pilot phase.

As part of the pilot phase representatives of the two remaining consortia, T-Systems and RHEA, will go to the buyers group institutes for demos and presentations of their offerings. On September the 11th they will be at SURFsara for an afternoon of presentations ending with drinks.

In addition to the presentations of the consortia and oneData, there will be a presentation from three of the SURFsara test cases from the project: WeNMR (with reservation), LOFAR and from Nikhef Stoomboot scale out. The discussion will end with a session about what the Helix Nebula Science cloud might mean for current or future SURF services.

Registration is open (access pin: 0303)

Program (September 11th, VK1/2 SURFsara Amsterdam):

  • 14.00 – 14.10 Welcome and introduction to HNSciCloud
  • 14.10 – 14.30 Overview of OneData
  • 14.30 – 15.00 Overview of pilot platforms RHEA
  • 15.00 – 15.30 Overview of pilot platforms T-Systems
  • 15.30 – 16.00 Coffee
  • 16.00 – 17.15 Use case presentations and discussion


EGI will support the #NGSchool with cloud resources

The #NGSchool (Next Generation School) is a platform to share the expertise in the field of Next Generation Sequencing Data Analysis and general Bioinformatics. The aim of the school is to deepen participants’ knowledge and skills in the field of Bioinformatics.

The 3rd edition of the #NGSchool wil take place this year at the Medical University of Lublin, Poland, from 16 to 23 September and will focus on single molecule real-time sequencing & personalised medicine. Aside from standard workshops, this year the school will organise MinION hackathons. The school will start at 2 pm on Sunday 16th and will conclude around noon on Sunday 23rd.
EGI is proud to support the event by offering participants access to the EGI Federated Cloud infrastructure. The allocated cloud resources are 64 vCPU cores, 16GB of RAM and 2TB storage. The resources will be used by students during the school.
More details and the programme of the event will be soon made available on the event’s website.