New challenges in data science: Big Data and Deep Learning on Data Clouds

The summer course New challenges in data science: Big Data and Deep Learning on Data Clouds will take place in Santander, from 18  to 22 June, in the context of the DEEP Hybrid-DataCloud and eXtreme-DataCloud projects.

The course is targeted at specialists and students of different academic levels (master, graduate students, PhD candidates, postdoctoral students and senior scientists) interested in current research trends regarding compute intensive data analytics techniques over massive amounts of data. A special special emphasis is put on deep learning, high-performance computing and hybrid cloud platforms.

The first half of the course is devoted to the study and analysis of different use cases (in Astrophysics and Particle Physics, Bioinformatics and Biodiversity). Over these sessions, an in-depth analysis and consolidation of technical requirements will be performed, with the objective of understanding the present and future challenges in these scientific areas over the next years.

The last part of the course will consist on the description of a practical deployment and implementation of the tools required to perform the aforementioned massive data processing on top of a cloud computing environment. The integration of existing HPC systems (like supercomputers) in cloud environments will also be tackled.

The discussion will be framed in the context of the European Open Science Cloud, with a focus on researchers requirements and the different computing platforms present at both the national and European level.

See all the details of the course.

 

EU Competitiveness Council endorsed the implementation roadmap for the European Open Science Cloud

The Implementation Roadmap for the European Open Science Cloud was endorsed by EU research ministers on 29 May in Brussels. During the event, Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, put an emphasis on the following aspects for the realisation of the European Open Science Cloud:

  • The Cloud should be a wide, pan-European federation of existing and emerging excellent infrastructures, which respects the governance and funding mechanisms of its components
  • Membership in this federation would be voluntary
  • The governance structure would include member state ministries, stakeholders and scientists.

The EOSC-hub project plays a crucial role in this ambition, as it is set to create the integration and service management structure of the EOSC – the hub – where researchers and innovators can discover, access, and use a variety of advanced data-driven resources.

In the meeting, Carlos Moedas also presented the integrated advice of the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP). Established in 2016, the platform is made of stakeholders who advise the Commission on how to further develop and implement an Open Science policy in Europe.

Overall, this political endorsement will accelerate the implementation of the EOSC. The next important events are:

  • EOSC Summit: the scientific and policy stakeholders of the EOSC will gather in Brussels on 11 June to discuss the rules of participation in the EOSC and the drafting of pan-European principles for FAIR data.
  • DI4R 2018: the third edition of DI4R will be held in Lisbon, from 9 to 11 October and will showcase the policies, best practices and services necessary for the support of research.
  • Launch of the EOSC governance structure: on 23 November, the incoming Austrian Presidency of the Council plans to gather research and innovation ministers to sign off the governance structure, which will steer the work of several projects under Horizon 2020, and to launch the first version of the EOSC Portal.

Structural biology in the clouds: a 10-year-old success story

The structural biology community published an extensive presentation showcasing the successes of the 10-year-old collaboration with EGI.

The community’s MoBrain collaboration is developing online portals for life scientists worldwide and relies on High-Throughput Computing and Online Storage services provided by the EGI Federation. In total, seven EGI data centres have offered around 75 million hours of computing time and more than 50 TB storage capacity to the research collaboration.

The MoBrain portals powered by EGI resources are: HADDOCK, DisVis, AMBER, CS-Rosetta, FANTEN and PowerFit. The web portal HADDOCK, for example, has so far processed more than 198,000 submissions from over 10,000 scientists, which translates into 8 million HTC computing jobs to EGI resources per year.

More usage trends and results of the partnership are available in the presentation.

The collaboration with EGI continues at the present time with a suite of dedicated thematic services within the EOSC-hub project.

The first EOSC-hub week: 16-20 April in Málaga, Spain

We are very happy to announce that the first EOSC-hub week will take place in Málaga, Spain, from 16 to 20 April 2018.

The EOSC-hub week will be made of two events: two public days (16-17 April, open to everyone) and an all-hands meeting (18-20 April, open only to EOSC-hub partners).

The public days will take place at the Trade Fairs and Congress Center of Málaga (FYCMA), while the all-hands meeting will be hosted by the University of Malaga (UMA).

The public days, sponsored by the EGI Foundation, the EUDAT CDI and the XDC project, welcomes the participation of service providers, representatives of the research communities and policy makers engaged in the establishment of the European Open Science Cloud.

The first day will kick-off with a keynote presentation by Augusto Burgueño Arjona, Head of the eInfrastructure Unit of the Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). The programme of this day features four main tracks dedicated to users, service providers, policy and technology.

The second day is structured around specific e-infrastructures workshops, such as “EGI in the EOSC ERA: Status, Impact and Future steps”, “EOSC AAI”, etc.

The all-hands meeting is exclusively open to EOSC-hub partners.

A welcome coffee will be served starting 12:30 pm on the first day of the event.

The draft programme of the event and instructions for registration are now available online.

Please find more information on the EOSC-hub website.

We look forward to greeting you in Málaga!

Eight years of EGI at the forefront of innovation

Today, we are celebrating our 8th anniversary as an organisation that empowers researchers to transform data, software and expertise into knowledge and innovation.

The EGI Foundation was established in Amsterdam in 2010 to coordinate the activities of EGI on behalf of the community and to build an integrated pan-European infrastructure to primarily support European research communities.

EGI was a large infrastructure right from the beginning. What started at 200.000 CPU cores and 100 Petabytes available in 2010 reached about 850,000 cores and 650 Petabytes in 2018. This impressive growth is a response to the demands of new user communities in various scientific fields, from high-energy physics in 2010 to life sciences, astronomy, humanities & environmental sciences, among others, in 2018.

The EGI-Engage project built on the accomplishments of EGI-InSPIRE (ended in 2014) and saw a great evolution of our services and user communities as well as the pioneering of competence centres: distributed teams of experts where research groups and members of the EGI Federation co-developed new digital solutions for scientific challenges.

EGI is now a mature infrastructure with a rich service catalogue that serves a myriad of scientific communities all over the world.

Yannick Legré, Managing Director of the EGI Foundation, says:  “I’d like to thank the EGI Community for all their accomplishments and support during these years! The coordination of the EOSC-hub project, which started in January 2018, is a wide recognition of EGI’s dedication to serve research and innovation and strive for excellence.”

We are only a few steps away from the realisation of the European Open Science Cloud and the building of the Hub: a central point for all European researchers and innovators to discover, access and use a broad spectrum of resources for advanced data-driven research.

A very happy birthday to the EGI community and we look forward to more exciting years ahead!

EOSC-hub: integrated services for the European Open Science Cloud

The EC-funded project EOSC-hub project started on January 1st 2018, bringing together an extensive group of national and international service providers to create the Hub: a central contact point for European researchers and innovators to discover, access, use and reuse a broad spectrum of resources for advanced data-driven research.

The consortium of 100 partners from more than 50 countries will develop the vision of the Hub as the integration and management system of the future European Open Science Cloud. The EOSC-hub project mobilises providers from the EGI Federation, EUDAT CDI, INDIGO-DataCloud and other major European research infrastructures to deliver a common catalogue of research data, services and software for research.

For researchers, this will mean a broader access to services supporting their scientific discovery and collaboration across disciplinary and geographical boundaries.

EOSC-hub will significantly reduce the fragmentation of the IT facilities and digital tools in Europe. By bringing together a broad range of services from general and domain-specific research digital infrastructures under a common integration and operation layer, the EOSC-hub will foster new modes of working for collaborative research to deliver trusted services.

EOSC-hub will liaise closely with OpenAIRE Advance, a project set up to support the Open Access/Open Data mandates in Europe.

Tiziana Ferrari, Technical Director of the EGI Foundation and Project Coordinator, says: “I am thrilled to work for a project that is expected to lower access barriers, tackling issues such as federated identity, harmonization of service access policies, and coordinated service provisioning in Europe and beyond. With the Hub, sharing, using and reusing research data will be easier for research collaborations at all scales.”

Per Öster, Director of Research Infrastructures and Policy at CSC-IT Center for Science and Project Director, says: “Data is now in focus everywhere in research. The vision of the European Open Science Cloud, a capability to share and work with data for all research is very strong. By this project we take the first steps toward federated support of services to realise this vision.”

Giacinto Donvito, Technical Director of INDIGO-DataCloud and Technical Coordinator, says: “In EOSC-hub, we are integrating technological requirements and use cases coming from tens of Scientific Communities to facilitate how science is made, speed up adoption of innovative technologies and improve competitiveness of Europe in the exploitation of distributed data, compute and storage resources.”

More information

The project will bring together hundreds of experts working in a number of intertwined tasks covering strategy, business development, technical coordination and service management, to give a few examples.

Tiziana Ferrari, as EOSC-hub Project Coordinator, will be responsible for the overall project management including administrative and financial management within and across work packages. The Project Management Board, under the coordination of Per Öster, Project Director, will supervise the project strategy and implementation. Giacinto Donvito will lead the Technology Committee, a body created to evolve the project’s technical roadmap and supervise the contribution to open source community projects.

The EOSC-hub project (full title: Integrating and managing services for the European Open Science Cloud) will run for 36 months, through to December 2020 with funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 777536.

Contact points

Email: info@eosc-hub.eu
EOSC-hub website: www.eosc-hub.eu (under construction)
Twitter: @eosc_eu

 

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.

The full programme of DI4R 2017 is now online

The full programme of the 2017 edition of the Digital Infrastructures for Research Conference is now available.

Under the theme “Connecting the building blocks for Open Science”, the conference programme builds around 2 plenaries and 12 breakout sessions addressing 6 key topics:

  • Interoperability
  • Data science and skills
  • Impact evaluation and metrics
  • Security, trust and identity
  • The EOSC & EDI building blocks
  • Business models, sustainability and policies.

Complemented with 35 presentations and 8 lightning talks, the conference’s programme will offer a unique opportunity to network and build collaborations via its demo and poster sessions held throughout the event showcasing innovative solutions, services, initiatives and success stories that support open science and its building blocks.

Attendees will hear from our world-renowned keynote speakers:  Katrin Amunts, Professor for Brain Research at the Cécile and Oscar Vogt Institute for Brain Research at the Heinrich-Heine University Duesseldorf, Director of the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-1), Research Centre Juelich and Jo van den Brand, Professor of Physics at VU University Amsterdam, researcher at Nikhef, the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics and VIRGO spokesperson.

Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss in detail and make concrete progress during the breakout sessions. DI4R 2017 is focused on showcasing best practices, policies and processes, data and the necessary services for the support of the research process and advancement of scientific knowledge and open science.

The conference will also mark the start of the first OpenAIRE Datathon, aiming to stimulate developers and data scientists to analyse and adopt the OpenAIRE Information Space.

Fnd out more about the DI4R Associated events.

Follow the DI4R website and Twitter feed for news and updates.

September issue of the EGI newsletter

A new issue of Inspired is available online and in PDF format.

In this issue…

 

September issue of the EGI newsletter

A new issue of Inspired is available online and in PDF format.

In this issue…