Category Archives: cloud compute

Peachnote, BioISI and D4Science service agreements renewed

We are pleased to announce that the following EGI service level agreements have been successfully renewed:

  • The SLA between EGI service providers and Peachnote has been extended until September 2018. Peachnote is a music score search engine and analysis platform using Cloud Compute and Online Storage services from the EGI Federation.
  • The SLA between EGI service providers and D4Science has been extended until January 2019. D4Science is a data infrastructure hosting over 100 Virtual Research Environments that serve research communities worldwide. D4Science will continue to access EGI Cloud Compute and Online Storage services needed for their activities.
  • The SLA between EGI providers and the Biosystems and Integrative Sciences Institute (BioISI) has been extended until January 2019. Thanks to the agreement, BioISI will be able to continue to access EGI Cloud Compute and Online Storage services.

Peachnote’s founder, Vladimir Viro, announced that they will soon participate in a new a new H2020 project called TROMPA (Towards Richer Online Music Public-domain Archives. “I can say with certainty that the new project became possible thanks to the EGI support of our activities over the past years!”, Vladimir says.

Giuseppe La Rocca, Technical Outreach Expert at the EGI Foundation, facilitated the service agreements and is confident that EGI will continue to tie strong collaborations and serve even more research communities in the future.

Workshop: The PhenoMeNal gateway – a portal to metabolomics data analysis in the cloud

This workshop will provide an introduction to metabolomics data analysis in a cloud computing environment, based on resources developed and provided by the PhenoMeNal project. The participants will become familiar with a range of relevant open-source tools and workflows developed by PhenoMeNal. There will be a large practical component, where participants will learn through hands-on tutorials to use a workflow-based approach and compute infrastructure for data analysis and data submission, under the guidance of expert trainers and teaching assistants.

This course is aimed at researchers in metabolomics and bioinformatics who wish to learn new techniques in metabolomics data analysis using the cloud platform. Participants should have some metabolomics experience and an interest in computational data analysis.

Important details:

Dates: 6 to 8 June 2018

Venue:  Tennis Court Suite, Wellcome Genome Campus – Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge,  CB10 1SD, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 27 April 2018

Registration fee: £50

See all the details of the workshop.

LSGC, MoBrain, NBIS and Terradue service agreements renewed

We are pleased to announce that the following EGI service level agreements have been successfully renewed:

  • The SLA between EGI service providers and the Life-Science Grid Community (LSGC) has been extended until January 2019. The Life-Science Grid Community (LSGC) is a virtual research community that supports life-science applications on the EGI federation. The SLA extension allows these research groups to use EGI High-Throughput Compute and Online Storage to contribute to the development of the life science research field.
  • The SLA between EGI service providers and MoBrain has been renewed until December 2020. The main objective of the MoBrain competence centre is to lower barriers for scientists to access modern e-Science solutions from micro to macro scales. Thanks to the renewed agreement, MoBrain will continue to access the High-Throughput Computing and Online Storage services they need for their research.
  • The SLA between EGI providers and NBIS has been extended until December 2018. NBIS is supporting life sciences and bioinformatics. Their communities will continue to use EGI Cloud Compute and Online Storage services needed for their activities.
  • The SLA between EGI providers and Terradue has been renewed until January 2020. Terradue, a company specialised in delivering e-Infrastructures for earth sciences, will be able to continue to access EGI Cloud Compute.

Nanjiang Shu, Researcher at NBIS, says: “We appreciate very much the excellent service provided by EGI.”

Giuseppe La Rocca, Technical Outreach Expert at the EGI Foundation, mediated the agreements and says: “We are very proud to renew these SLAs that continue to provide our services and strengthen our collaborations with a variety of research communities.” He also informs about a significant change in the agreement policy: “From now on the agreements with service providers are automatically renewed – as long as the provider does not express the wish to terminate it, at least a month before the end date. This change helps the EGI community to lower the effort needed to negotiate SLA extensions, so we can serve more communities, more efficiently.”

The eXtreme Data Cloud project (XDC) started

The eXtreme Data Cloud project (XDC) kicked off in January 2018 in Bologna, Italy, with a mission to develop scalable technologies for federating storage resources and managing data in both existing and next-generation highly distributed computed environments in Europe.

XDC is coordinated by the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) and is a follow-up of the INDIGO-DataCloud project, which ended in September 2017. The XDC consortium brings together technology providers with experience in software development and large research communities from a broad spectrum of disciplines, such as life sciences, clinical research, astrophysics and high energy physics.

Continuing the efforts of INDIGO-DataCloud in the direction of providing web-based and mobile interfaces, XDC will integrate some intelligence on top of data management functionalities to meet the specific needs of scientific communities and implement a more flexible, efficient and scalable computing and storage infrastructure in Europe.

“We are very happy to be part of the XDC project and build on the successes of INDIGO-DataCloud”, says Matthew Viljoen, Operations Manager at the EGI Foundation. “EGI is involved in this project by assisting with dissemination, training and technical exploitation and by contributing to the quality assurance and ensuring that the software outputs of XDC may be easily used on eInfrastructures”, he adds.

XDC involves eight partners and is funded with three million euros over 27 months.

For more information about the project, have a look at the eXtreme Data Cloud website.

EGI endorses the EOSC declaration

EGI endorses the principles of the EOSC Declaration and advocates the European Open Science Cloud to be the initiative addressing the needs of open access, sharing within and across research communities, ensuring sustained funding to digital research infrastructures.

We advocate the scope of EOSC to be as broad as possible to include FAIR advanced digital services, scientific instruments, data, software, knowledge and expertise that enables researchers to collaborate more easily and be more productive.

EGI actions

EGI commits to the following actions that altogether contribute to the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud:

Governance and funding
  • Support the definition, implementation and operation of the governing structure benefiting from its long-standing experience with more than 300 data centres in 50 countries.
  • Contribute its best practices and experience to the definition of the EOSC “rules of engagement”, i.e. the policies for the EOSC actors (e.g. end-users, customers and providers) leveraging for the lightweight federation of services capabilities ensuring interoperability among multiple suppliers at worldwide scale.
Data culture and FAIR data
  • Provide and improve implementation guidelines for FAIR services in the area of advanced compute, federated identity provisioning, authentication and authorization, and contribute to the definition of the EOSC minimum set of reference standards and interoperation agreements and service accreditation models for EOSC.
  • Develop the skills and certification schemes necessary to become users or operators of digital research infrastructures and EOSC through a network of community-lead competence centres involving multiple research communities, technology experts and service providers.
Research data services and architecture
  • Operate the EOSC Hub, the Service Integration and Management system (SIAM) accountable for ensuring that all EOSC service providers perform to provide a seamless service that is compliant to contractual obligations made with customer organizations. Activities include: communicate and manage alignment of services to defined policies and standards, define and maintain service level agreements, conduct service audits and quality assurance reviews, manage end-to-end service level management performance retaining overall accountability, provide the tools for aggregating demand and supply, make services and research artefacts discoverable and accessible at European level etc.
  • Operate an open hybrid e-infrastructure offering data-driven advanced compute – Cloud Compute and High-Throughput Compute – and data services from publicly funded and commercial organisations and maintain and evolve the related implementation guidelines to make the related services FAIR.
  • Operate a federated identity provisioning, authentication and authorization services for the EOSC users and service providers.

Call for papers: International Symposium on Grids and Clouds

The International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) 2018 will be held at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan from 16-23 March 2018, with co-located events and workshops. The main theme of ISGC 2018 is “Understanding open data: challenges and opportunities in the deep learning era”.

The global move towards an open science and its open data policy is bringing its first results in opening access to fast growing base of scientific data. This leads to a new set of challenges for the e-infrastructures expected to be the open science foundations. They must deal with new demands in traditional areas of their expertise: increase storage and computing capacity, simultaneous access to different pools of scientific data and strong access control for sensitive data.

The goal of ISGC 2018 is to bring together individual communities and national representatives to present and share their contributions and better understand open data and its challenges.

See the full programme of the event and submit your abstract.

Second International Open Research Cloud Congress

The Second International Open Research Cloud Congress will take place in Amsterdam, from 27 to 29 of September and will continue an open dialogue between research communities, policy agencies and industry about the need for international cooperation of private and public clouds supporting scientific research.

The inaugural International Open Research Cloud Congress, held on 11 to 12 of May 2017 in Boston, kicked off the drafting of an open research cloud declaration that describes the conventions that the community is prepared to adopt and support for enabling international scientific research computing on clouds. This second edition will continue the effort to reach the consensus of delivering a final declaration.

See the details of the event.

EGI Use Cases: published today!

We are very pleased and proud to announce that we published a new compilation of our best use cases.

Our new publication showcases the diversity of the EGI-supported science as well as the magnitude of the usage of our services. From physics and astronomy to biological, health and social sciences, the EGI e-infrastructure is committed to supporting research and innovation activities.

The scientists relying on EGI services work in large international organisations, in research infrastructures, projects, university labs, or as individual researchers and their stories are highlighted in this publication.

For example, Mario Rizzi Massimo Rizzi and his colleagues at the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research used our High-Throughput Compute service to study and analyse the development of the epilepsy disease. The resources he used amount to a total of 200,000 HTC jobs and helped the team to complete their research calculations in less than 48 hours.

Scientist Athena Vakali and her colleagues at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece used Cloud Compute to work on a new model of detecting social media trends.

The Belle II experiment is an example of a large international collaboration that is looking into the imbalance of matter and antimatter in our Universe and relies on EGI High-Throughput Compute and Storage services to analyse and share their data.

The research stories in our new publication would not have been possible without the resources provided by the EGI Federated data centres and the EGI Federated Cloud providers.

We would like to thank all researchers that helped us preparing this publication for their collaboration and support.

Webinar: EGI Applications-On-Demand Service

This 1-hour webinar will take place Tuesday, 13 June 2017, from 14:00 to 15:00 (CEST) and will provide you with an overview of the EGI Applications on Demand (AoD) service. The service was specifically designed for individual researchers, small research teams and early-phase research infrastructures who do not have access to dedicated computational and storage resources, online applications and science gateways to perform scientific data analysis.

The service is available via a lightweight registration and offers access to a growing number of scientific applications and application hosting frameworks (such as science gateways, VREs) that are configured to use the dedicated pool of cloud computing and HTC clusters from EGI.

The AoD service operates as an open and extensible hub for EGI-related providers and e-user support teams who can use the service to share and make available applications, services and/or compute-storage capacity at the European level.

The target audience of the webinar is:

  • NGIs and national user support teams: they can use the service to serve national users or to promote and make available their national applications and gateways/VREs to foreign users.
  • Representatives of research infrastructures or scientific communities/projects: they can use the service to serve their long-tail users with generic or domain specific applications, before/without committing to long-term resource allocation through EGI.
  • Researchers and small research teams: they can learn about the applications and tools available for them in this service.

The webinar doesn’t require registration.

Webinar details:

Tue 13 June 2017, 14:00 – 15:00 (CEST)
Organiser: The EGI Foundation
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