Webinar: The EGI Notebooks service

The webinar “EGI Notebooks for interactive data analysis using EGI storage and compute services” will take place on Tuesday, 19 March from 15:00 to 16:00 (Europe/Amsterdam).

Notebooks is a browser-based tool for interactive analysis of data using EGI storage and compute services. The EGI Notebooks environment provides users with notebooks where they can combine text,  mathematics, computations and rich media output. EGI Notebooks is a multi-user service and can scale to multiple servers based on the EGI Cloud Compute service.

This webinar will introduce the key features of the EGI Notebooks service, particularly:

  • Easy access based on user authentication through EGI Check-In using institutional (eduGAIN) or social media accounts (e.g.: Google, Facebook, LinkedIn).
  • Graphical environment to write and run code, analyse and visualise data.
  • Persistent storage associated to each user, available in the notebooks environment.
  • Customisable with new notebook environments, expose any existing notebooks to your users.
  • Leverage on the EGI e-Infrastructure cloud compute and storage resources to run the notebooks.
  • Sharing of notebooks through Binder for Open Science.

More information:

Presenters: Giuseppe La Rocca and Enol Fernandez.
Event website.
Connection link.

New paper highlights the EGI contribution to Structural Biology

The West-Life project just published a paper on the Journal of Structural Biology describing how they leveraged Europe’s e-Infrastructures to provide data processing and data management services for the international community of structural biologists.

The paper describes the West-Life Virtual Research Environment for structural biology, consisting of multiple components handling data processing, data management, compute resources, infrastructure for authentication and authorisation, quality assurance and user help. It also provides a summary of the portfolio of West-Life services to support experimental techniques, for example Macromolecular X-ray crystallography (MX), Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), or Electron cryo-Microscopy (cryo-EM).

These services include, for example, HADDOCK, DisVis and Powerfit and other EOSC-hub Thematic Services offered through the EOSC-hub Marketplace.

The West-Life paper also highlights the importance of the compute resources provided by the EGI Federation through an SLA where five data centers in the Netherlands, Italy, Portugal and Taiwan committed 53 million CPU hours and 54 terabytes of storage.

Thanks to this support, the West-Life services submit several million jobs a year to the EGI High-Throughput Compute grid infrastructure.

EGI also committed Federated Cloud resources supported by two sites in Czech Republic and Italy, with up to 160 virtual CPUs and up to 4 terabytes of storage. From its beginning, West-Life applications have consumed over 57 million CPU hours provided by the EGI HTC infrastructure, and executed over 4000 Virtual Machines for more than 700,000 hours on the EGI Federated Cloud.

The data centres contributing resources to West-Life services are: CESNET-MetaCloud, INFN-PADOVA, NCG-INGRID-PT, TW-NCHC, SURFsara and NIKHEF, and the additional support of the national e-infrastructures of Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, UK, Taiwan and the US Open Science Grid.

Reference

Morris et al. 2019 West-Life: a virtual research environment for structural biology. Journal of Structural Biology. doi: 10.1016/j.yjsbx.2019.100006 (Full Text, Open Access)

Final ENVRIplus event: collaboration for an impactful Earth system science

The ENVRIplus project is holding its final event in Brussels to showcase the European environmental research infrastructures’ contribution to the global Earth Observations domain, discuss the ENVRIplus results and look ahead to the future of the ENVRI community.

The meeting will take place in Brussels on 4 June and will welcome all interested stakeholders. The talks and structure will mainly target the following audiences: European and national decision makers, the European Commission, national representatives in Brussels, European Environment Agency, ESA, EUMETSAT, IOC-GOOS, as well as GEO and Copernicus.

Format:

  • Morning plenary presenting key ENVRIplus results
  • Lunch in a ‘science market’ with stands and lightening talks from research infrastructures
  • Afternoon plenary with a broader community and international stakeholders, and future look.

More details on the final ENVRIplus event.

EGI’s participation in the International Symposium on Grids and Clouds 2019

The International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) 2019 & Soundscape Conference will be held at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan from 31 March to 5 April 2019 and includes co-located events and workshops. The main theme of ISGC 2019 is “Efficient and safe processing of FAIR open data”.

The conference will feature an interactive tutorial on the EGI Notebooks service on April 2nd. Our colleagues Enol Fernandez and Gergely Sipos will introduce the service and its features. The tutorial is relevant for scientists, research IT support people and system administrators who operate services for open science.

During the session “Infrastructure Clouds and Virtualisation”, Enol will give another presentation on “The latest advancements in EGI operations for improved cloud federations“. The presentation will focus on the EGI Operations services and recent advancements in the area of security, showing how these advancements improved the operation of the EGI cloud federation.

The programme of the event will also include an introduction of the EOSC-hub project within the Environmental Computing Workshop, taking place on March 31st.

More details on the ISGC 2019 conference are available online.

 

The 9th DIRAC Users Workshop

The 9th DIRAC Users Workshop will take place in London from 14 to 17 May 2019. The workshop will be devoted to exchanging information between the DIRAC developers, service administrators and users. Reports on the DIRAC ongoing and planned developments, service management tools will be included into the agenda together with the users reporting their experience.

You are welcome to suggest your items to the workshop agenda.

More details on the event.

Registration for the EGI Conference 2019 is now open

The EGI Conference 2019 will take place in Amsterdam, 6-8 May 2019, as a forum for the EGI Community to discuss the state of the art of the EGI Federation, future and emerging trends, requirements and experiences: national, local and at the level of the data centre. The event will also be an opportunity to celebrate 15 years of Operations of what is now the EGI Federation.

The registration is now open. We look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam!

The Programme Committee of the EGI Conference 2019 is also inviting the community to submit contributions reporting on state of the art, future trends, requirements and experiences. Site managers and members of operations & technical teams are especially welcome to contribute. (Full description of conference topics).

The Call for Abstracts is open online until 8 March.

The EGI Conference will also host:

Key dates:

End of online registration: 19 April (please note: on site registration will not be possible)

Last day to submit abstracts: 8 March 2019

Keep an eye on our channels for more information.

 

 

IBERGRID 2019: Supporting the Iberian user communities in EOSC

The 10th Iberian Grid Conference will take place in Santiago de Compostela during the week of September 23 2019. The conference will be hosted by the Centro de Supercomputación de Galicia (CESGA).

IBERGRID 2019 will focus on fostering the development, integration and adoption of services for researchers in the framework of the European Open Science Cloud.

Key points:

  • EOSC Capacity building in the Iberian area based on distributed and cloud computing resources enabling researchers and wider user communities (public sector, industry etc…) to use advanced computing services to store and process data.
  • Capability building in the Iberian area based on data storage and processing services providing cost-effective and interoperable solutions for data management and long-term curation and preservation of scientific projects of common interest in the Iberian area. 
  • Co-development and piloting of innovative services to tackle todays scientific and social challenges in the public sector, industry and society at large.
  • Services supporting scholarly communication and open access: raising awareness on existing institutional and thematic repositories and information aggregators.

More information will follow shortly on IBERGRID’s website.

New job position at the EGI Foundation: Senior Operations Officer

EGI is hiring! We are looking for a Senior Operations Officer – if you want to be our new colleague, send your application now to jobs@egi.eu.

Job description

Summary:

The Senior Operations Officer is part of the EGI Foundation operations team reporting to the Operations Manager. They are responsible within the operations team for ensuring the EGI Federation delivers quality and trusted services that meet the technical and security requirements of its users, while ensuring its technical infrastructure is always current and deploys state of the art technology.

A Senior Operations Officer is expected to have significant experience and technical depth of activity of EGI’s operations activity.

Job Purpose & Responsibilities:

  • To supervise the status of the EGI Federation global operational services and individual National Grid Initiative (NGI) operational services, identifying issues and contributing to the definition of future service development plans in collaboration with Operations
    Centre Managers.
  • To contribute to the implementation and continual improvement of the EGI Service Management System by contributing as activity member, process manager or in other roles as applicable.
  • To participate (and where appropriate, lead) in working groups and tasks forces in the operations area.
  • To liaise with EGI technology suppliers following technology issues affecting the EGI Federation, supporting its users and system administrators, and its technical evolution.
  • To collaborate with partner digital research infrastructures at European and international level, to effectively support the provisioning distributing computing to international user communities…

See the full job description.

The deadline for applications ends on 28 February.

Apply now and be part of our team!

The EGI Federation reaches 1,000,000 cores

We are thrilled to announce that the EGI Federation reached 1,000,000 million cores of High-Throughput Compute capacity, meeting a milestone that marks over 15 years of exponential growth.

This is thanks to the collaborative work of the EGI data sites that put together their services and resources for the benefit of science and innovation. Now they are offering more than 1,000,000 cores to support research at all scales, from individuals to small research groups and large collaborations.

Alessandro Paolini, Operations Officer at the EGI Foundation, says: “I’ve been monitoring the numbers for a long time and I’ve been looking forward to this day! Then in January 2019 it was really nice to see this number coming up. 1 million cores stand for EGI’s greatness in delivering excellent services for research and I think this is an outstanding breakthrough.”

Have a look at our use cases to see the magnitude of EGI’s support for research, business and development.

Final ENVRI week: Helsinki, Finland

ENVRI week is a week dedicated to Environmental Research Infrastructures. It is organised twice a year. ENVRI week hosts ENVRIplus project related sessions as well as several other sessions targeting different groups of stakeholders.

The 8th and final ENVRI week will be organized in Helsinki, Finland from 25th until 29th of March 2019.

Registration is open and the draft programme is available online.

Find out more information.