IBERGRID 2019 in Santiago de Compostela: call for abstracts

The Spanish and Portuguese national e-infrastructures, working together as IBERGRID, are organizing this year’s meeting in Santiago de Compostela 23-26 September. The event will also host the launching of activities of EOSC-Synergy.

IBERGRID 2019 is hosted by CESGA and is dedicated to the theme Delivering Innovative Computing and Data services to Researchers. To support this goal, the organisers will waive the registration fees for all students and early-career researchers (Master and PhD students).

The Call for Abstracts is open until 7 July. After the conference, accepted contributions will be invited to submit a full manuscript to the conference’s peer-reviewed proceedings.

The programme of the conference includes tracks on regional collaborations, research applications and their compute requirements, Open Science and FAIR, software development and R&D for computing services, networking, and data-driven science.

IBERGRID 2019 will also host a one-day tutorial on computing and data processing on cloud infrastructures targeted at researchers (26 September).

EOSC-Synergy, an EC-funded project set up to expand the capabilities and build the capabilities of EOSC, will kick-off at the event. The project is led by IBERGRID and brings together a consortium of infrastructure and data providers in Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, experts in policy development and FAIR data repositories in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, and the EGI Foundation.

Tribute to Professor Gaspar Barreira

This post is published on behalf of Jorge Gomes, leader of LIP’s Distributed Computing and Digital Infrastructures group.

 

Gaspar Barreira, one of the founders of the Portuguese Laboratory of Instrumentation and Experimental Particle Physics (LIP), passed away on 1 June 2019.

He was a strong advocate of distributed computing and international scientific collaboration. During the European Grid Initiative Design Study (2007-2009) he was chair of the EGI_DS Policy Board the body that joined the representatives of the national grid initiatives prior to the creation of the EGI Council. He was e-IRG delegate, coordinator of the Portuguese National Grid Initiative and promoter of IBERGRID the Iberian Grid Infrastructure that joins Portugal and Spain.

Gaspar Barreira was born in Braga in 1940 and studied physics and mathematics in the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. He participated in the accession of Portugal to CERN, and in 1986 together with Mariano Gago he created LIP to which he devoted much of his immense energy. He made decisive contributes to establish LIP as a reference research laboratory not only in physics but also in instrumentation, computing and technology. He was Portuguese representative at the CERN council and in several other international research organizations.

Both before and after the revolution of April 25th 1974, he worked as few in the construction of a Portugal where knowledge, freedom and rationality were decisive. In 2006 he received the order of Infante D. Henrique for his contribute to the internationalization of Portuguese research. He departed, but leaves us an immense legacy of vision, endurance and resilience.  

 

UNIV-LILLE joins the EGI Federated Cloud

The High-Performance Computing Center of the University of Lille (UNIV-LILLE) has joined the group of EGI Federated Cloud resource providers.

The computing centre was founded in 2000 and comprises three platforms: a HPC/HTC cluster, an OpenStack cloud, and storage for scientific data. The computing resources are provided to the University of Lille academic community and count about 370 active users working on chemistry, mechanics, bioinformatics, humanities and social sciences, computer science research, and many others.

UNIV-LILLE cloud is integrated in France Grilles, the national e-Infrastructure for research in France.

Now, the UNIV-LILLE OpenStack cloud will add 48 physical cores and 576 GB memory to the total capacity of the EGI Federated Cloud. The integration started in October 2018 and was led by Cyrille Toulet, system and network administrator, who summarized his experience and lessons learned in a talk presented at the EGI Conference 2019.

“We are happy to welcome the University of Lille to the FedCloud,” says Enol Fernández, Chair of the EGI Federated Cloud task force. “Cyrille’s integration work has also highlighted some gaps in the documentation and we are grateful for the feedback.”

Register now for the EOSC-hub Webinar: Early Adopter Programme

The EOSC-hub project is organizing a webinar to introduce the Early Adopter Programme and answer questions from those interested in applying.

The Early Adopter Programme was set up for research communities who require combined use of multiple services and resources. The EOSC-hub project and its partners will mobilise providers and experts to support these communities through this programme.

Gergely Sipos and Debora Testi, from the EOSC-hub Engagement Team, will lead a webinar to explain how the programme works and how to apply. The webinar will be held on 29 May at 10:00 CEST. Please follow this link to register to the event: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8611082997369537549

Interested parties can apply to the Early Adopter Programme by filling an online webform by 15 June 2019.

More information:

The Early Adopter Programme

Webinar registration:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8611082997369537549

Special issue of EGI newsletter: celebrating 15 years of operations

Issue 34 of the EGI newsletter is now available online and in PDF format.

This new issue, launched during the EGI Conference 2019, celebrates 15 Years of EGI Operations and achievements.

 

We would also like to take this special issue as an opportunity to thank the 117 writers that have contributed to our first 34 issues. Go to the last page of the PDF to see the full list. Many thanks to all!

 

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EOSC-synergy – Expanding Capabilities, Building Capacities

The proposal for the EOSC-synergy project, submitted to the Horizon 2020 EINFRA-EOSC-5(b) call, has been favourably evaluated. The project will be coordinated by IBERGRID, the Iberian scientific and technological cooperation framework signed by Spain and Portugal on distributed computing.

The consortium additionally includes the main research infrastructure and data providers in Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, experts in policy development and FAIR data repositories in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, and the EGI Foundation.

Research groups in the areas of Life Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Astrophysics. Earth Observation are represented by research centers from Portugal, France and Spain, and by a leading industrial partner, INDRA. The project will also act as a bridge of EOSC towards South America, establishing a  link with the Brazilian Cloud and Astrophysics experiments.

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.

Isabel Campos, EOSC-synergy project coordinator and CSIC researcher at the Institute of Physics of Cantabria (IFCA) in Santander, says:

EOSC-synergy understands the EOSC challenge as an opportunity to remove the obstacles that currently prevent an effective sharing and reuse of scientific data, enabling exploitation of the full data potential and harnessing the capacity of regional investments. In doing so, we will help bridging the “digital gap” between EC countries with different readiness levels”.

Jorge Gomes, EOSC-synergy project deputy coordinator and researcher at the Laboratory of Instrumentation and Particles (LIP) in Lisbon, adds:

A fundamental goal of EOSC-synergy is the  support to the development of professional capabilities related to EOSC. Therefore, one of the project activities is providing an online training platform in the EOSC Portal to facilitate access to high quality training materials, supporting massive open online courses and self-learning capabilities”.

 

About the EOSC and the INFRAEOSC-05(b) call:

As part of the Digital Agenda, in October 2017 the European Commission made public the EOSC Declaration, inviting Member States, Scientific Communities and Industry to participate in the construction of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The EOSC is thus the instrument of Europe to support the paradigm of Open Science.

In this context the European Commission launched the INFRAEOSC-05(b) call aimed at providing the support to integrate EOSC-relevant national initiatives across Europe. The results of the call were announced on 21 February and EOSC-synergy will be one out of four projects funded under INFRAEOSC-05(b)

The 3rd CernVM Users’ Workshop

This article is posted on behalf of Catalin Condurache.

The next CernVM Users’ Workshop will take place at CERN from 30 January to 1 February 2018.

Following the successful editions held at CERN and RAL (UK), the workshop aims to bring together users and developers to discuss the current status of the CernVM ecosystem and the future directions, with a fresh look onto the landscape of technology and the evolution in virtualization and cloud computing.

This edition will also be the occasion to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the CernVM project.

As in previous editions, guests from industry will attend to speak on selected technology topics, while the third day of the workshop will be entirely dedicated to ‘hands on’ sessions.

More information about the CernVM Users’ Workshop, including the programme.

2nd International Open Research Cloud Congress

The Second International Open Research Cloud Congress aims at continuing the open dialogue among representatives of the academic research community, major funding and national policy agencies, and industry from a dozen countries, about the need for international cooperation and collaboration between and among private and public clouds supporting scientific research and a frank exploration of the pathways towards meeting those needs.

The Open Research Cloud is a collaboration of the international community supporting scientific research computing. Having recognized that a number of significant obstacles continue to interfere in the ability of globally dispersed researchers to effectively collaborate. If left unaddressed, we believe that such obstacles will have negative consequences for research and innovation.

The event will take place 27-29 September at Science Park, Amsterdam and is organised by the EGI Foundation.

 

2nd International Open Research Cloud Congress

The Second International Open Research Cloud Congress aims at continuing the open dialogue among representatives of the academic research community, major funding and national policy agencies, and industry from a dozen countries, about the need for international cooperation and collaboration between and among private and public clouds supporting scientific research and a frank exploration of the pathways towards meeting those needs.

The Open Research Cloud is a collaboration of the international community supporting scientific research computing. Having recognized that a number of significant obstacles continue to interfere in the ability of globally dispersed researchers to effectively collaborate. If left unaddressed, we believe that such obstacles will have negative consequences for research and innovation.

The event will take place 27-29 September at Science Park, Amsterdam and is organised by the EGI Foundation.

 

EOSC-hub project is favourably evaluated

The proposal for the EOSC-hub project submitted as a Research Innovation Action to the H2020-EINFRA-12-2017(a) call has been successfully reviewed by the European Commission. The project is expected to start in early 2018.

The consortium will be led by the EGI Foundation and bring together 74 beneficiaries including Research Infrastructures, national e-Infrastructure providers, SMEs and academic institutions.

EOSC-hub builds on existing technology already at TRL 8 and addresses the need for interoperability by promoting the adoption of open standards and protocols. By mobilising e-Infrastructures comprising more than 300 data centres worldwide and 18 pan-European infrastructures, this project is a ground-breaking milestone for the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud. The result will be an integrated catalogue of services, software and data from the EGI Federation, EUDAT CDI, INDIGO-DataCloud and major research e-Infrastructures.

The consortium will now prepare the grant agreement.