The EGI Federated Cloud grows exponentially

A record in utilisation was scored in 2020 by the EGI Federated Cloud thanks to the deep-Hybrid DataCloud and EOSC Synergy projects

The EGI Federated Cloud is a distributed cloud compute platform for advanced scientific computing that brings together tens of major research cloud providers across Europe. The purpose of this federated infrastructure is to boost research data exploitation and usage of cloud services to increase research productivity and time to discoveries. By federating multiple providers, it brings cloud computing, data processing and analytics tools next to the data, making national advanced compute facilities accessible to research communities across organizations and national borders, and simplifying data utilization by making it available with relevant application tools.

The advent of cloud-based services from the deep-Hybrid Data Cloud project for artificial intelligence (machine learning and deep learning), parallel post-processing of very large data, and analysis of massive online data streams is further enhancing the capabilities of the EGI Federated Cloud.

With deep-Hybrid Data Cloud the EGI Federated Cloud doubled the compute power delivered to researchers, beating the unprecedented threshold of more than 40 Million CPU hours/year. The diagram below plots the usage yearly trend over 2014-2021 and the steep increase recorded from February 2020 until now.

Besides providing ML and AI services, the EGI Federated Cloud brings to researchers a rich portfolio of data, simulation and data analytics tools that address the specific needs of scientific projects. The EGI Federated Cloud data spaces are a joint effort of NGIs – the EGI national nodes, major national and European research data providers, and the EOSC Synergy thematic services.

The EGI Federated Cloud data spaces are a collaborative effort of the EGI Federation and major research infrastructures for environmental research (e.g. LifeWatch, GBIF, EMSO, OPENCoastS, MELOA, SeaDataNet and NextGeoss) is demonstrating how cross-border access to research data and digital tools can accelerate science and evidence-based policy making.

New service level agreements

We are pleased to announce the following new service level agreements:

DIGITbrain

DIGITbrain is an EU innovation program to give SMEs easy access to digital twins. A digital twin is a computer-based application/simulation that mimics the real production line of a company and runs in parallel with the real manufacturing process. Using this digital twin, companies can rationalise the manufacturing process, make predictions regarding expected machine failures and can predict maintenance needs. To support its activities, DIGITbrain is now using Cloud Compute services (160 vCPUs, 400GB RAM and 4TB of storage) from the EGI provider 100%IT.

STARS4ALL

STARS4ALL is a community concerned with the light-pollution problem and involved in the EOSC-hub project as an EOSC Early Adopter. STARS4ALL now benefits from Cloud Compute and Notebooks services from the EGI provider CESGA.

BELLE-II

Belle II is an international collaboration put together to record and analyse the experimental data collected by the SuperKEKB accelerator in Japan. The new SLA allows Belle II to use Cloud Compute services from the EGI provider IN2P3-IRES. These resources are used to run MonteCarlo simulations in the EGI Federated Cloud infrastructure.

DIGITbrain’s first open call webinar

The DIGITbrain project will conduct two open calls, which you can apply for, if you belong to one of the following groups and / or if you are a SME or mid-cap, located in the EU, a Horizon 2020 associated country or the UK. In every Open Call DIGITbrain will add 7 new highly innovative cross-border experiments, bringing together manufacturing end-users, technology / resource providers, research organizations and  Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs), each implementing an individual use case-based software solution.
Experiments can cover all segments of the entire manufacturing sector, e.g. discrete manufacturing, continuous production, or construction and will be able to receive up to 100K Euros each.

This webinar will give an overview on the DIGITbrain open call process.

Find out more.

A new issue of the EGI Newsletter is now out!

In this issue…

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The Data Governance Act and Data-Driven Policymaking: Impact and Practical Implementations

The proposed regulation on European data governance will foster the availability of data for use by increasing trust in data intermediaries and strengthening data-sharing mechanisms across the EU, 

Policy CloudCyberwatchingDUET, and URBANITE invite big data and cloud solutions providers and policymakers from industrial, commercial and public realities to an expert briefing on the perceived scope of the Data Governance Act, the implications for cybersecurity and GDPR, and the practical ramifications for public and business administrations.

Agenda
  1. Introduction to the DGA and the Policy Cloud Legal and Ethical Framework for Data-Driven Policymaking, Alberto Bettiol (ICTLC International & Policy Cloud)
  2. The DGA and the Cybersecurity Implications for Policymakers and Public Administrations, Paolo Balboni (ICTLC International & Cyberwatching) 
  3. Practical Implications of the DGA for Data-Sharing in Digital Urban Twins, Pavel Kogut (DUET)  
  4. Round Table discussion, Alberto Bettiol, Martim Taborda Barata, Pavel Kogut, Sergio Campos Cordobes, Paolo Balboni
Who should attend
  • Policymakers 
  • Public administrators
  • Big data, cloud and solutions providers

Registration and more information.

Save the Date! EUHubs4Data Data Forum is coming up!

On the 30th of March 2021, the EUHubs4Data project is organising an online interactive workshop (the Data Forum) focusing on discussing the remaining barrier for cross-border data sharing and experimentation and how to address them. 

The workshop will gather experts from public authorities, private organisations and projects with strategic experience in developing solutions for enhancing cross-border data sharing. In particular, the event will focus on policy, technical, business and legal and ethical challenges and how to address them. 

Stay tuned! More information on the agenda and the speakers will be available soon.

If you are interested in the EUHubs4Data project do not hesitate to visit its website

EGI-ACE public launch event

EGI-ACE empowers researchers from all disciplines to collaborate in data- and compute-intensive research across borders through free at point of use services. Building on the distributed computing integration in EOSC-hub, it delivers the EOSC Compute Platform and contributes to the EOSC Data Commons through a federation of Cloud compute and storage facilities, PaaS services and data spaces with analytics tools and federated access services.

The public launch of EGI-ACE will take place digitally, on February 5 2021. The event is open for any user and compute provider who is interested how to use/benefit from the EOSC Compute Platform. Registration to the event is free and compulsory.

Please see all the details of the event.

PaN ESCAPE Data Management Workshop

The PaNOSC and ExPaNDS projects, in collaboration with the H2020 ESCAPE project are delighted to invite you to the – PaN ESCAPE Data Management Workshop on 12th January 2021.

Find out more on the event and register here.

Workshop details:
  • Title: ExPaNDS & PaNOSC – ESCAPE Data Management Workshop
  • Date: 12th January 2021
  • Time: 08:30 GMT/09:30 CET to 11:45 GMT/12:45 CET
Agenda:             
  • Project Introduction & overview ExPaNDS & PaNOSC – Patrick Fuhrmann (DESY)
  • Project Introduction & overview ESCAPE – Xavier Espinal (CERN)
  • Prominent PaN use cases:
    •  Ian Johnson (STFC)
    •  Marco De Simone (CERIC ERIC)
    •  Jean-Francois Perrin (ESRF)
  • ESCAPE data lake use cases – Xavier Espinal (CERN)
    • The MAGIC telescope experiment – Agustin Bruzzese (PIC)
    • SKA Experiment – James Collinson (SKA)
    • Quality of Service (QoS) in Storage – Paul Millar (DESY)
  • Q&A Session

Please note that this workshop will be recorded and the recording will be published on the PaNOSC and ExPaNDS websites after the event.

EGI and PolicyCloud collaborate to improve policy development

EGI recently signed an agreement (SLA) with the PolicyCloud project.

What is PolicyCloud? The 3-year project aims to harness the potential of digitisation, big data and cloud technologies to improve the creation and implementation of policy. PolicyCloud will address challenges faced by many businesses and public administrations of improving how they make policy decisions by accessing and using data.

The EGI provider RECAS-BARI is offering Cloud Compute and Online Storage services to support the project in achieving its pursuits. The total resources amount to 64v CPU cores, 304 GB memory and 2TB storage capacity.

Find out more by reading the full agreement.

ECRIN-ERIC and EGI sign agreement

We are happy to announce a new service agreement with ECRIN-ERIC.

ECRIN is a non-profit organisation that links scientific partners and networks across Europe to facilitate multinational clinical research. ECRIN provides a pathway through Europe’s fragmented health and legal systems with its pan-European infrastructure designed to unlock access to patients and medical expertise.

How will EGI support ECRIN’s mission? The EGI provider RECAS-BARI will pledge a total of 24v CPU cores, 80 GB and 7 TB of Cloud Compute and Online Storage resources to support the NGO’s activities. The agreement is valid until March 2021 with the possibility of extension.

Our Community Support Lead, Giuseppe La Rocca, shares his excitement for the agreement: “I’m proud of the collaboration with ECRIN-ERIC and of being able to support life sciences and medical progress with our EGI computing platforms and resources and hoping the partnership will continue in the future”.

We are also proud of the following SLA extensions: GEO-DAB, ENVRI-FAIR, OpenBioMap, EMSO-ERIC, BioISI, EMPHASIS as we continue to put our services at the heart of international scientific development.