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!

EGI and EOSC-Synergy join forces to tackle COVID-19

We are proud to announce that EGI and the EOSC-Synergy project have joined forces to set up a cloud computing platform that supports COVID-19 research efforts.

The platform is based on the Galaxy service and offers researchers access to datasets relevant to the ongoing investigations on the COVID-19.

This initiative benefits from the services provided by the so-called “COVID-19 Virtual Organisation”, supported by the EGI Federated Cloud.

Isabel Campos, coordinator of the EOSC-Synergy project, says: “We are extremely happy to have set up this platform so quickly. European cooperation and know-how in distributed computing have never been more relevant in these challenging times. I am thankful to the members of the EOSC-Synergy project and the EGI Federation, and particularly to the EGI Foundation team for the swift and smooth support received to set up the user community support tools.”

Find out more about the collaboration and the newly-established platform.


SOMBO – the order management system for EOSC Portal – is now in production

SOMBO – the order management system for EOSC Portal – is now in production. SOMBO is a powerful tool to handle orders received by the EOSC Portal and Marketplace.

The tool implements a distributed infrastructure with a central ‘catch-all’ instance, able to track and manage an order until its fulfillment and the delivery of the requested services, and interfaces to propagate orders towards third-party Order Management Systems where the orders will be managed.

Each provider joining EOSC can decide to leverage on the catch-all instance, benefitting of a dedicated view, or on its own order management system integrating it with the central system through an easy-to-use interface based on the ARGO Messaging Service.

The main features offered by the SOMBO system are:

  • enhancement of the EOSC Marketplace user experience: customers are notified about the status of their orders in the EOSC Portal
  • scalable and hierarchical representation of multiple ‘linked’ orders. 
  • partial automation of the order management process and integration with the EOSC Portal Marketplace and Configuration Management System.
  • integration with the EOSC AAI. 
  • integration with the ARGO Messaging Service to support multiple delivery channels and external order management systems.

The SOMBO order management system was developed by CNRS/IN2P3 (part of EGI providers) – under the leadership of Cyril L’Orphelin. SOMBO and was delivered by EOSC-hub, a project coordinated by the EGI Foundation.

EGI Notebooks supports the Hercules School

The HERCULES school is a one-month course coordinated by the Université Grenoble Alpes and designed to provide training for students, postdoctoral and senior scientists from European and non-European universities and laboratories, in the field of neutron and synchrotron radiation for condensed matter studies (biology, chemistry, physics, geosciences).

The next HERCULES session is taking place from Monday 2 March to Friday 3 April 2020. Trainings are supported by the EGI service Notebooks.

Find out all the details.