EOSC Platform Early Adopter Programme

C-SCALE, DICE, EGI-ACE, OpenAIRE Nexus, Reliance and ARCHIVER collaborate on EOSC Platform EAP

The EOSC Future project has launched the EOSC Platform Early Adopter Programme with C-SCALE, DICE, EGI-ACE, OpenAIRE Nexus, Reliance and ARCHIVER. Research communities and service providers will have unlimited access to EOSC services and expertise. Get the support you need to scale up your research project, advance your institution or broaden the reach of your services via the EOSC platform. Apply now.

The EOSC Platform Early Adopter Programme (EOSC Platform EAP) aims to foster a culture of cooperation among researchers and providers within the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The hands-on format of the programme will equip research communities and service providers with expert knowledge and resources, covering different services and e-infrastructures.

Beyond this in-kind support, programme participants will play an active role in EOSC development, helping to create an EOSC that serves the actual needs of European research communities in all domains.

What’s in it for you?

Selected applicants will be grouped into ‘Early Adopter Projects’ with well-defined work plans and objectives (e.g. onboarding a service in EOSC, running a data analysis workflow, etc.).

Each project can have a duration of 3, 6 or 12 months.

The Early Adopter Projects will get the support they need in terms of:

  • accessing technical services and resources throughout the project’s entire research life cycle
  • receiving technical support from EOSC Future experts and project partners to identify, access and use the services and resources
  • onboarding services to the EOSC Marketplace and making services more visible to the broader EOSC community
  • benefitting from EOSC services (i.e. AAI, helpdesk, monitoring, accounting, etc.).

Please note: The programme aims to provide technical support; however, this does not include direct financial support to applicants.

Who should apply?

  • providers looking to integrate their services into EOSC and, in turn, make them available to the research community at large
  • research communities working to address cross-disciplinary, societal or complex research challenges with the help of EOSC resources from different disciplines or e-infrastructures

Apply now

Applications are already open for the EOSC Platform EAP. Find out more here.

N.B.: A cut-off date for the 1st round of Early Adopter Projects is set for 15 May 2022. Applicants who submitted applications will be informed of the evaluation committee’s decision within 1 month.

A message to the EGI Community and its scientists

We have all been following the unfolding aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine with apprehension and horror, witnessing an escalation of violence and life-threatening actions targeting innocents and civilians every day. The brutality of this aggression is shaking the continuity of international scientific collaborations relying on a long history of trust in the scientific community. 

With the start of the aggression, Ukrainian universities have been the target of military actions, and the computing infrastructure at the National Science Centre of the Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology is now wholly lost. We have no information about our colleagues working there. The brutality of the invasion is unacceptable and is challenging scientific work and international collaboration that we are mandated to support.

From the inception of EGI, partners from the Russian Federation and Ukraine have been united by their mission of contributing with their national academic and research computing facilities to support cross-country scientific computing and data processing. Together, they actively reinforced the connections between science and technology for scientific excellence and joined forces with many other facilities in the world. 

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the unjustified military aggression against Ukraine as an independent democratic country. At the same time, we trust science to remain an effective instrument of peace, and the EGI federating services have been our contribution to this end. They have been connecting data centres across national borders for more than a decade. In the name of all scientists who believe in peace, the EGI Executive Board has decided to keep this bridge open to Russian Federation-based facilities to let freedom, openness and peace prevail. 

Scientific collaborations and the data centres of the federation will retain the power to restrict access to services that are deployed in the EGI infrastructure to enforce their specific authorization policies.

We call for all scientists – from Russia and any other country – to stand up for peace in Ukraine and support the use of democratic means to preserve it. 

Read about the set-up of the EGI crisis team and other information about our practical response here.

EGI response to the war in Ukraine

Our Ukrainian colleagues are impacted by the military aggression, working from remote locations, separated from their families and in very precarious conditions. EGI staff and colleagues from across Europe closely follow the situation from both human and service operations perspectives and offer help and support.

In the name of all scientists who believe in peace, the EGI Executive Board has decided to keep our bridge open to Russian Federation-based facilities to let freedom, openness and peace prevail (Read the message). However, we are taking all the necessary steps to be prepared for the possible suspension of services through the national regulations.

As a result, EGI has set up a crisis team that prepares for the potential measures aiming at restricting access to compute, storage facilities and other digital services and examines their possible consequences in detail. Our crisis team’s actions will allow us to handle and support technical interventions our National Grid Infrastructures may require in future without any significant disruption of our services. The crisis team also released instructions to EGI partners, ensuring that our federation is not misused for possible cyberattacks. 

Contact the EGI Crisis team set up in a response to the current war in Ukraine.

Read our message to the EGI Community and its scientists.

EUHubs4Data’s IoT-SESOD experiment supported by EGI

SECURING YOUR IOT DEVICE WITH FBOMS FROM DEVASTATING CYBERATTACKS

The high number of active IoT devices globally is expected to grow from 7.6 billion in 2019 to 24.1 billion in 2030 (more than 3 times!), and their high speed of adoption has raised worries about their security.

At the same time, the current state of IoT cybersecurity is overlooked and can be described with the three following facts:

  • 5 minutes is usually needed to attack a plugged into the internet IoT device 
  • 5,200 cyberattacks IoT devices experience on average per month 
  • 205 days it takes to fix critical security vulnerabilities

For all these reasons, these days businesses have to look for high-quality cybersecurity solutions that can provide deep-level protection.

Firmware is a core part of any connected device and plays a critical role in controlling main device functions. Firmware security and its continuous maintenance make an IoT device HIGHLY secure to use.

“An ability to see all the components integrated into the firmware (FBoM) is a time-efficient way to determine necessary actions in case vulnerabilities are found in one of the components.”

In the EUHubs4Data IoT-SESOD project, Binare is aiming to take off the label “black box” from IoT devices by generating complete and accurate (I)IoT firmware SBoMs and their always-up-to-date vulnerability (CVE) mappings.

The EUHubs4Data IoT-SESOD experiment results have uncovered the critical need to perform binary IoT firmware analysis & identify the software components in IoT device firmware: 7.9 M vulnerabilities & 3652 distinct CVEs identified in 14.000 firmware files, 2733 distinct software components & 178 device types from 215 vendors.

Thanks to EGI support and mentoring during EUHubs4Data, Binare was able to benefit from the first-class support of researchers and High-Performance Computing (HPC) specialists. Overall, over a 9 month IoT-SESOD project period, EGI and its infrastructure partners offered Binare access to a whopping 2.1 million CPU-hours and 4.2 million GB-RAM-hours of computing power.

Binare is a deep firmware-level security platform for vulnerable IoT devices. Binare’s automated cybersecurity solution not only identifies vulnerable software components in firmware like an X-ray machine but also takes care of new emerging cyber threats by continuous monitoring of the components.

Binare’s component analysis tool is a must-have for critical infrastructures such as healthcare, energy and transportation where decisions have to be made very fast in response to new vulnerabilities and cyber threats. These days the speed with which new vulnerabilities emerge is quite high and if you don’t keep up to this speed, it becomes a huge risk that can turn into a reality within seconds! Binare’s unique technology guarantees high-level firmware protection of IoT devices: scanning & fixing SINGLE insecure firmware is always a better option than fixing (or securing, recalling, etc.) MILLIONS of vulnerable, exploited or otherwise impacted devices post-deployment/post-OTA due to that single firmware that is found vulnerable.

Find out more about Binare and the experiments:

EGI-ACE Workshop: EOSC Compute Platform User Support

On April 5th, we are organising a User Support workshop for the EOSC Compute Platform. Registration is now open!

The EOSC Compute Platform, delivered by the EGI-ACE project, is a system of federated compute and storage facilities, complemented by diverse access, data management and compute enabling services. The EOSC Compute Platform is designed to support a wide range of data processing and analysis use cases, the hosting of scientific services, containers and data spaces. 

The workshop is organised for:

  • Existing and provisional EGI-ACE use cases,
  • The technical support staff (the shepherds) working with them, and
  • Any party who would like to learn about the capabilities and benefits of the EGI-ACE services, and the EOSC Compute Platform to use them for Open Science.

The workshop consists of two parts:

  • In the morning session, overview presentations with short Q&A slots will cover the different areas of services of the EOSC Compute Platform: Compute services; Data services, Higher-level services.
  • The afternoon session will consist of ‘use case support clinics’, where scientific communities (e.g. the EGI-ACE use cases) can work with the EGI-ACE technical experts. Bring your use case and questions to the clinics! The exact topics of the clinics will be selected from this Doodle based on the participants’ interest.

Doodle for the Clinic Sessions

This Doodle collects interests for topics to be featured in the Use case support clinics sessions of the EGI-ACE Compute Platform User Support Workshop. 

When filling out the Doodle please write your name + the use case (or project or institute) you represent. Topics offered in the Doodle are:

  • AI/ML (model development, training, delivery)
  • Containers (Kubernetes, Docker, uDocker, Singularity)
  • Orchestration (EC3/IM, DODAS, Indigo-PaaS)
  • Data management (File Transfer Service, caching, Rucio, DataHub, Publishing, FAIR)
  • Analytics service (Binder/Jupyter)
  • Authentication, authorisation, group/role mgm
  • Resource allocation and access (Cloud/HTC/HPC/GPU)

Connection information

Registered participants will receive the connection information in email closer to the event.

EGI-ACE is a 30-month project coordinated by the EGI Foundation with a mission to empower researchers from all disciplines to collaborate in data- and compute-intensive research through free-at-point-of-use services.
EGI-ACE receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101017567.

DIGITbrain – Providing easy access to Digital Twins for SMEs

Call for experiments opens February 28th

The DIGITbrain project, the EU wants to make Digital Twin technology available for SMEs and small businesses across Europe. With a Digital Twin, companies can rationalise the manufacturing process, make predictions regarding expected machine failures and can predict maintenance needs.

The project will support more than 20 highly innovative cross-border experiments, bringing together technology providers and manufacturing end-users, and facilitating cost-effective distributed and localised production, based on on-demand manufacturing machine capacity.

In total, the project will realise 3 waves of experiments:

EGI is the main Cloud provider in DIGITbrain and in the first year its cloud resources have been integrated with the software stack implemented by the project through MICADOscale and CloudBroker-Platform.

For 2022, EGI is working to provide the storage infrastructure for the DIGITbrain model repository, with the technology based on Onedata, operated by EGI Council partner Cyfronet.

The second call for experiments opens on February 28th, 2022! Check the DIGITbrain open call page for more information, requirements and updates.


EGI is a partner in DIGITbrain, an EU innovation program to give SMEs easy access to digital twins. The DIGITbrain project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 952071.

Happy Birthday, EGI!

Today, we celebrate our 12th anniversary as an organisation that empowers researchers with seamless access to computing services, resources and expertise to collaborate and conduct world-class research and innovation.   The EGI Foundation was established in Amsterdam in 2010 as the coordinating body of the EGI Federation to build an integrated pan-European infrastructure to primarily support European research communities.   EGI HTC federated infrastructure in 2010 reached 358 million CPU hours. However, the number of hours provided in 2021 exceeded 6 billion! Indeed, the total 38 billion hours delivered during the 12 years of our operations is impressive. If the number of HTC cores counted 200.000 in 2010, in 2022, we manage over 1.2 million cores.   The EGI Federated Cloud integrates community, private and/or public clouds into a scalable computing platform for data and/or compute-driven applications and services. The original architecture was put into production in May 2014. Since then, our cloud providers and operation centres have delivered over 123 million CPU hours utilising more than 2.7 million virtual machines.   The EGI ecosystem, counting over 208 data centres, serves over 77.000 researchers in their intensive data analysis. It is the quality and diversity of our services, know-how, training opportunities and other activities that attract more users every year. The most significant scientific communities in EGI in 2022 are Medical and Health Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Earth and Environmental Sciences. The most tangible indicator of our contribution to excellent science is the number of publications and other research products enabled by our infrastructure. We are proud to say the EGI supported over 29.000 publications throughout the last 12 years.   But it is not only our core activities that deserve attention. EGI, as an organisation with a strong commitment to collaboration, has engaged with an impressive number of new scientific and coordination projects and communities. During the last 12 years, we have either coordinated or contributed to 55 international projects.   All this was possible thanks to the EGI Federation with 27 EGI Council participants, the entire EGI community behind, our partners and project collaborators. We want to thank you all. We hope we will soon meet in Prague during the EGI2022 conference. Indeed, collaboration is going to be central to this event.
  A very happy birthday to the EGI community and we look forward to more exciting years ahead!

Meet ACONET, the newest EGI Council participant representing Austria

Read a short interview with Dr Matthias Schramm. He tells us more about ACONET, the newest EGI council member and a strategic user advisory board for ACOnet – the Austrian Academic Computer Network.

 

Hello Matthias. Can you please tell us a bit more in detail about the ACONET network?

Hello. ACONET – the “Association for the Promotion of an Austrian National Research and Education Network (NREN)” – was founded in 1986 as a consortium of Austrian universities. Today, all Austrian public universities, the majority of universities of applied sciences, and some federal universities participate in the ACONET association. It does act as a strategic user advisory board for ACOnet – the Austrian Academic Computer Network – a high-performance network infrastructure and identity federation, using 10 resp. 100 Gbps Ethernet over DWDM technology. Currently, an Austrian Quantum Fiber Network is set up; its connection to a German network is planned in the short term. ACONET plans to provide access to HPC capacities and ICT capabilities of de-centralised IT departments.

Figure 1: Topology ACOnet (© ACOnet )

 

 

What do you see as the most immediate joint activities kicking off the collaboration with EGI?

Joining the EGI Federation results from a dynamic process lasting for years. Significant national joint efforts in the Climate and the Earth Observation sectors led to Austrian collaborations that can now hopefully expand further by collaborating within the EGI. The first possible services could, for example, be the provision of Satellite data cubes from the EU’s Copernicus programme or of Jupyter Hubs for teaching and training services in environmental and data sciences.

If the situation allows, can we count on our ACONET colleagues to meet our community during the EGI conference in Prague?

We are certainly looking forward to meeting the community, either physically or remote.  

Visit ACONET’s website: https://www.aco.net

Contact Person: Dr. Matthias Schramm, +43 1 58801 12238, egi@tuwien.ac.at

Meet ACONET, the newest EGI Council participant representing Austria

Read a short interview with Dr Matthias Schramm. He tells us more about ACONET, the newest EGI council member and a strategic user advisory board for ACOnet – the Austrian Academic Computer Network.

 

Hello Matthias. Can you please tell us a bit more in detail about the ACONET network?

Hello. ACONET – the “Association for the Promotion of an Austrian National Research and Education Network (NREN)” – was founded in 1986 as a consortium of Austrian universities. Today, all Austrian public universities, the majority of universities of applied sciences, and some federal universities participate in the ACONET association. It does act as a strategic user advisory board for ACOnet – the Austrian Academic Computer Network – a high-performance network infrastructure and identity federation, using 10 resp. 100 Gbps Ethernet over DWDM technology. Currently, an Austrian Quantum Fiber Network is set up; its connection to a German network is planned in the short term. ACONET plans to provide access to HPC capacities and ICT capabilities of de-centralised IT departments.

Figure 1: Topology ACOnet (© ACOnet )

 

 

What do you see as the most immediate joint activities kicking off the collaboration with EGI?

Joining the EGI Federation results from a dynamic process lasting for years. Significant national joint efforts in the Climate and the Earth Observation sectors led to Austrian collaborations that can now hopefully expand further by collaborating within the EGI. The first possible services could, for example, be the provision of Satellite data cubes from the EU’s Copernicus programme or of Jupyter Hubs for teaching and training services in environmental and data sciences.

If the situation allows, can we count on our ACONET colleagues to meet our community during the EGI conference in Prague?

We are certainly looking forward to meeting the community, either physically or remote.  

Visit ACONET’s website: https://www.aco.net

Contact Person: Dr. Matthias Schramm, +43 1 58801 12238, egi@tuwien.ac.at

One Year on with the EGI-ACE

Capacity demand and trends of the EGI-ACE project after its 1st year

EGI-ACE, an EU-funded project coordinated by the EGI Foundation, was kicked off in January 2021. The project will run for a total of 30 months, until July 2023, with a mission to empower researchers from all disciplines to collaborate in data- and compute-intensive research through free at the point of use services

EGI-ACE delivers the ‘EOSC Compute Platform’, an integrated compute environment that federates compute and storage facilities with various platforms and access layers. The project also contributes to the EOSC Data Commons through the setup and provisioning of ‘Data Spaces’ that integrate scientific datasets and data analytics tools on top of the Compute Platform.

 

Key achievements after the first 12 months of EGI-ACE

EGI-ACE managed to scale up the EOSC Portal with 30 large-scale, diverse services from providers across Europe and beyond. We are proud that 9 EGI-ACE services have been among the top 10′ most ordered’ EOSC services.

More than 40,000 users accessed our services, and the EOSC Compute Platform served 56 user communities in this period. The user communities vary from their origin, type, and disciplinary scope. To equip different scientific communities across Europe with access to state-of-the-art services for data-intensive research, the project so far delivered 20 Thematic Services / Data Spaces for a total of 37,000 users.

Data Spaces are special thematic services that host and integrate both datasets and scientific tools into a single unit, enabling the scalable, online analysis of big datasets. The Data spaces federate data from multiple providers and host those data on the EOSC Compute Platform resources together with applications that understand and can process the data. 

The total capacity requested by EGI-ACE use cases amounted to 105 Million CPU hours. Such amount of computational power was made available by the EOSC Compute Platform relying on:

  • EC funding through EGI-ACE Virtual Access
  • National funding mobilised by the national e-Infrastructures participating in the EGI infrastructure.
  • EGI participants’ funding that was supporting the cost of EGI federation services.

 

 

Ensuring capacity matches demand

The EGI-ACE Virtual Access budget allows project members to deliver 80 Million CPU hours in total over 30 months through various computing capabilities. Assuming the demand trend remains the same, the available funding will allow it to serve around 50% of the demand stimulated by the project.

It is clear that the type of services provided by EGI-ACE is in high demand, and the project has been able to capture it successfully. For the remaining part of the project, we will ensure the allocation of the remaining resources to the most promising research use cases in need of data-centric scientific computing.

 

Read more

A more detailed analysis of the project achievements as well as the project strategy can be found here

 

 


EGI-ACE is a 30-month project coordinated by the EGI Foundation with a mission to empower researchers from all disciplines to collaborate in data- and compute-intensive research through free-at-point-of-use services. EGI-ACE receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101017567.