Webinar: Coming together to map the national landscape analysis on EOSC

The launch of the projects EOSC-Pillar, EOSC Synergy, EOSC Nordic, and NI4OS-Europe – marks an important milestone for the development of the European Open Science Cloud as it further connects national initiatives, policies, infrastructures, services, and people to the EOSC. The projects make for a stronger voice in Europe and this webinar will be the first of many mutual synergies and engaged activities that will be carried out over the coming months.

When

Friday, 11 October 2019, 11:00 – 12:00.

Who should attend​​
  • EOSC Member State representatives
  • Those working on EOSC-related initiatives
  • Research infrastructures, scientific communities, repository managers, universities, researchers, and industry interested in learning what these regional projects and the EOSC can do for them
Key takeaways
  • Discover new opportunities with these new funded regional projects
  • Get to know the regional projects and what they will contribute to the EOSC
  • See the innovative services they plan to bring include in the EOSC
  • Understand the national support that the EOSC has through these projects
  • See how each projects will approach landscaping within their respective regions
  • Get in touch with the people behind the projects

Webinar information and registration.

 

EGI Foundation and Shanghai Science and Technology Innovation Resources Center sign MoU

We are pleased to announce that the EGI Foundation and Shanghai Science and Technology Innovation Resources Center (SSTIR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Shanghai Science and Technology Innovation Resources Center (SSTIR) is based in Shanghai and supports a platform promoting technological resources and research data sharing.

Through this MoU, the EGI Foundation will support SSTIR in the design and construction of the Yangtze River Delta United Cloud Platform. The support envisaged includes consultancy on building a cloud federation and management platform, as well as provisioning of tools and services for the users (SaaS). The mutual interest in building and operating cloud federations for science and research brought together the two parties. The request for help reached EGI via the EOSC Portal, demonstrating the visibility and power of the EOSC Portal connecting communities even across continents.

Gergely Sipos, Customer and Technical Outreach Manager at the EGI Foundation, says: “This collaboration is a great opportunity to further demonstrate EGI’s expertise in connecting cloud resources from multiple institutes, and to enable access to distributed communities for big data analysis. We believe that the technologies and components that enable the EGI Cloud Compute service and higher level services on top – such as EGI Notebooks – will prove their usefulness among the communities in the Shanghai region. The MoU also enables EGI to strengthen its ties and visibility in China and in Asia in general.”

Zhu Yue, head of SSTIR, is confident that data resources and cloud computing are key to the future of the city as a center of science and innovation. “EGI will help us to strengthen our capability of serving the research institutions and innovative companies in their own transformations,” Zhu says.

The EOSC-synergy project will kick off in Santiago de Compostela

The EOSC-synergy project will kick off in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, from 23 to 26 September.

EOSC-synergy will contribute to the European Open Science Cloud landscape by expanding the capabilities and building the capabilities of EOSC. In practice this will mean more compute and storage available to researchers, and more datasets and tools to expand avenues of research.

In the upcoming 3 years, EOSC-synergy will be the H2020 instrument to promote the implementation and adoption of EOSC services by scientific users in the countries involved in the consortium.

The ultimate goal is to build EOSC as a coordinated effort, as an open environment for scientific data and related processing that promotes convergence of infrastructures and scientific thematic services provided at national or European level.

The project is coordinated by IBERGRID, the Iberian scientific and technological cooperation framework signed by Spain and Portugal on distributed computing.

The programme and registration of the kick-off event are now available online.

More information on the project.

The second call for the EOSC Early Adopter Programme is now 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 2nd call of the EOSC Early Adopter Programme. The deadline for applications is 15 October 2019, 18:00 CEST.

The services and resources in scope for the programme are those currently provided by EOSC-hub and its partners, namely OCREOpenAIRE and GÉANT.

Why the EOSC Early Adopter Programme?

  • To train and support researchers on the usage of the resources and services made available by EOSC-hub and partners via the EOSC marketplace and the OCRE project;
  • To gain insight into digital needs of researchers and their use cases;
  • To foster a culture of co-operation between researchers and some of the EOSC service service providers (namely EOSC-hub, OpenAIRE, OCRE, and GÉANT).
  • To foster confidence in the capability and capacity that will be provided via the EOSC.

How to apply

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

More information: The EOSC Early Adopter Programme – 2nd Call.

ExPaNDS kick-off meeting

The ExPaNDS project will be officially launched on 11-12 September at the DESY accelerator centre in Hamburg, Germany.

The event aims to start the project and the work within the different work packages, and to identify relationships and cooperation opportunities with other projects (such as PaNOSC, EOSC Synergy, EOSC Pillar, EOSC Nordic, NI4OS) and their WPs. The meeting will start with the organisation of the action plan in each WP, in order to take the first steps towards their implementation.

The timetable of the event is available.

The EOSC Photon and Neutron Data Service ExPaNDS’s ambition is to coordinate activities to enable national Photon and Neutron Research Infrastructures to make the majority of their data ‘open’ following the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) according to the user’s needs, and to harmonise their efforts to migrate their data analysis workflows to EOSC platforms enabling them to be shared in a uniform way.

Visit the event website.

Have your say on an EOSC-hub proposal for the EOSC technical architecture

EOSC-hub has produced a deliverable which proposes an open and participatory approach to the definition of the EOSC Technical Architecture.

Your feedback is very welcome – participate in the survey now!

The document proposes the definition of a reference Technical Architecture for EOSC that facilitates access to services, lower barriers to integrate and composes services and promotes the usage of services between adjacent communities. This is achieved identifying key technical functions, named building blocks, for each of the EOSC service category (Federation, Access Enabling, Common and Thematic) and defining related technical specifications that include an high-level architecture, endorsed EOSC standards and APIs and interoperability guidelines. In this way, EOSC ‘compliant’ services will offer well-established and documented interfaces for usage and integration, based on well-known standard or APIs, facilitating:

  • their exploitation from user communities willing to create new scientific services that could rely on well-established and documented interfaces for the integration. An example of exploitation of EOSC services is when a community creates a new scientific workflow reusing EOSC federation and common services, like AAI, accounting, Cloud orchestrator and/or data management solutions.
  • the combined usage of EOSC services. Indeed the adoption of well-known standards and interfaces will very-likely reduce the cost to integrate services. For example, two accounting infrastructures can be made easily interoperable if they use the same standard usage record format, in such case accounting data extracted from them can be merged and presented in a unique view. Another example is about data processing and data management services implementing compliant interfaces that enable a jointly usage by a thematic services.

The proposal in the deliverable is put forward for further discussion, and feedback is welcome. We propose this document to initiate a community activity to populate the EOSC technical architecture identifying key technical functions/building blocks per service category and, for each of those, defining a technical specification that includes an high-level architecture, suggested EOSC standards, APIs and interoperability guidelines. A consultation on the proposals has been launched to collect feedback from stakeholders. Fill in the survey and send us your feedback! The survey is open until the end of September.

How commercial cloud providers can contribute to the EOSC: the HNSciCloud experience

The EGI Foundation, CERN and STFC are pleased to announce that the Elastic Cloud Computing Cluster (EC3) framework can now be used to deploy virtual clusters on commercial clouds with HNSciCloud vouchers.

The voucher scheme was proposed by Exoscale, the IaaS computing resources for the RHEA Cloud platform, as a result of the collaboration with the HNSciCloud  Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) project.

The Exoscale vouchers provide a pre-paid access for users to a commercial cloud service provider for a specific monetary value and allow researchers with limited computing resources to test different configurations and choose the best service offer for their needs.

 The vouchers aim to:

  • Encourage the uptake of the resulted HNSciCloud pilot services for limited scale usage.
  • Allow commercial cloud service providers to contribute to the EOSC.
  • Offer a convenient mean to finance the use of EOSC services and increase the user base.

Want to try it?

  • Access the EOSC portal marketplace.
  • Select the Elastic Cloud Compute Cluster (EC3) platform from the list of available services and submit a service-order request.
  • Two different service offers are available to any authorized users – default and voucher.
  • The vouchers proposed by the HNSciCloud project will have a validity of one year from the date of issue and can be redeemable against any service included in the contractor’s pilot platform.

Guidelines and more information:

  • Each Exoscale voucher is worth around 400 euros. A total of 10 vouchers are available for running applications for scientific purposes.
  • All vouchers should be consumed before the end of 2019.
  • When the request is approved, the user will be notified by email by the EOSC portal Marketplace.
  • Finally, access the EC3 portal and click on the HNSciCloud button, in the deployment section, to access the commercial cloud provider.
  • More info in the EC3’s documentation.

New service level agreement: EGI and MRILab

The EGI Foundation is pleased to announce a service level agreement (SLA) between the EGI service provider IFCA-LCG2 and the Institute for Molecular Instrumentation and Imaging (MRILab). The SLA is valid until August 2020.

MRILab is a research center based at the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain. The main focus of the MRILab is to investigate new techniques of scientific instrumentation for imaging applications in the biomedical field.

The established SLA will allow MRILab to use EGI Cloud Compute resources for their research activities. In total, IFCA-LCG2 has pledged 64 virtual CPUs and 64 GB of RAM.

Diego Scardaci, Senior User Community Support at the EGI Foundation, facilitated the agreement and says: “It’s a pleasure to have enabled this agreement and continue to support the life sciences domain via the EGI service offer”.

The International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) 2020

The International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) 2020 will be held at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan from 8 to 13 March 2020. The main theme of ISGC 2020 is “Challenges in High Performance Data Analytics: Combining Approaches in HPC, HTC, Big Data and AI”.

The goal of ISGC 2020 is to create a face-to-face venue where individual communities and national representatives can present and share their contributions to the global puzzle and contribute thus to the solution of global challenges.

The call for papers is open until Monday 7 October 2019.

The programme is now online.

Find out all the details about the event.

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”.