EGI Foundation and Shanghai Science and Technology Innovation Resources Center sign MoU

We are pleased to announce that the EGI Foundation and Shanghai Science and Technology Innovation Resources Center (SSTIR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Shanghai Science and Technology Innovation Resources Center (SSTIR) is based in Shanghai and supports a platform promoting technological resources and research data sharing.

Through this MoU, the EGI Foundation will support SSTIR in the design and construction of the Yangtze River Delta United Cloud Platform. The support envisaged includes consultancy on building a cloud federation and management platform, as well as provisioning of tools and services for the users (SaaS). The mutual interest in building and operating cloud federations for science and research brought together the two parties. The request for help reached EGI via the EOSC Portal, demonstrating the visibility and power of the EOSC Portal connecting communities even across continents.

Gergely Sipos, Customer and Technical Outreach Manager at the EGI Foundation, says: “This collaboration is a great opportunity to further demonstrate EGI’s expertise in connecting cloud resources from multiple institutes, and to enable access to distributed communities for big data analysis. We believe that the technologies and components that enable the EGI Cloud Compute service and higher level services on top – such as EGI Notebooks – will prove their usefulness among the communities in the Shanghai region. The MoU also enables EGI to strengthen its ties and visibility in China and in Asia in general.”

Zhu Yue, head of SSTIR, is confident that data resources and cloud computing are key to the future of the city as a center of science and innovation. “EGI will help us to strengthen our capability of serving the research institutions and innovative companies in their own transformations,” Zhu says.

The EOSC-synergy project will kick off in Santiago de Compostela

The EOSC-synergy project will kick off in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, from 23 to 26 September.

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.

The project is coordinated by IBERGRID, the Iberian scientific and technological cooperation framework signed by Spain and Portugal on distributed computing.

The programme and registration of the kick-off event are now available online.

More information on the project.

The second call for the EOSC Early Adopter Programme is now open!

EOSC offers a broad spectrum of services and technologies for the research data management lifecycle, and scientific outputs like data, publications and software of pan-European relevance. The combined use of these technologies and resources can allow scientific communities to address complex scientific challenges.

The EOSC-hub project invites researchers and research communities that require the combined use of multiple services and resources to apply to the 2nd call of the EOSC Early Adopter Programme. The deadline for applications is 15 October 2019, 18:00 CEST.

The services and resources in scope for the programme are those currently provided by EOSC-hub and its partners, namely OCREOpenAIRE and GÉANT.

Why the EOSC Early Adopter Programme?

  • To train and support researchers on the usage of the resources and services made available by EOSC-hub and partners via the EOSC marketplace and the OCRE project;
  • To gain insight into digital needs of researchers and their use cases;
  • To foster a culture of co-operation between researchers and some of the EOSC service service providers (namely EOSC-hub, OpenAIRE, OCRE, and GÉANT).
  • To foster confidence in the capability and capacity that will be provided via the EOSC.

How to apply

Interested parties are requested to fill an online application form on the EOSC-hub website.

More information: The EOSC Early Adopter Programme – 2nd Call.

How commercial cloud providers can contribute to the EOSC: the HNSciCloud experience

The EGI Foundation, CERN and STFC are pleased to announce that the Elastic Cloud Computing Cluster (EC3) framework can now be used to deploy virtual clusters on commercial clouds with HNSciCloud vouchers.

The voucher scheme was proposed by Exoscale, the IaaS computing resources for the RHEA Cloud platform, as a result of the collaboration with the HNSciCloud  Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) project.

The Exoscale vouchers provide a pre-paid access for users to a commercial cloud service provider for a specific monetary value and allow researchers with limited computing resources to test different configurations and choose the best service offer for their needs.

 The vouchers aim to:

  • Encourage the uptake of the resulted HNSciCloud pilot services for limited scale usage.
  • Allow commercial cloud service providers to contribute to the EOSC.
  • Offer a convenient mean to finance the use of EOSC services and increase the user base.

Want to try it?

  • Access the EOSC portal marketplace.
  • Select the Elastic Cloud Compute Cluster (EC3) platform from the list of available services and submit a service-order request.
  • Two different service offers are available to any authorized users – default and voucher.
  • The vouchers proposed by the HNSciCloud project will have a validity of one year from the date of issue and can be redeemable against any service included in the contractor’s pilot platform.

Guidelines and more information:

  • Each Exoscale voucher is worth around 400 euros. A total of 10 vouchers are available for running applications for scientific purposes.
  • All vouchers should be consumed before the end of 2019.
  • When the request is approved, the user will be notified by email by the EOSC portal Marketplace.
  • Finally, access the EC3 portal and click on the HNSciCloud button, in the deployment section, to access the commercial cloud provider.
  • More info in the EC3’s documentation.

New service level agreement: EGI and MRILab

The EGI Foundation is pleased to announce a service level agreement (SLA) between the EGI service provider IFCA-LCG2 and the Institute for Molecular Instrumentation and Imaging (MRILab). The SLA is valid until August 2020.

MRILab is a research center based at the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain. The main focus of the MRILab is to investigate new techniques of scientific instrumentation for imaging applications in the biomedical field.

The established SLA will allow MRILab to use EGI Cloud Compute resources for their research activities. In total, IFCA-LCG2 has pledged 64 virtual CPUs and 64 GB of RAM.

Diego Scardaci, Senior User Community Support at the EGI Foundation, facilitated the agreement and says: “It’s a pleasure to have enabled this agreement and continue to support the life sciences domain via the EGI service offer”.

New agreement supports the development of nuclear fusion technology

The EGI Foundation is pleased to announce a service level agreement (SLA) between the EGI providers CESGA and UNIV-LILLE and the UK Atomic Energy Authority to serve the EOSC-hub Fusion Competence Centre.

The Fusion Competence Centre is a research community established in the context of the EOSC-hub project with a purpose to support the development of nuclear fusion technologies as a clean and abundant source of energy, particularly with respect to plasma and engineering modelling.

This SLA allows the Fusion community to use EGI Cloud Compute and Online Storage services amounting to a total of 105 virtual CPU cores, 245 GB memory and 800 GB storage capacity.

The agreement is valid until 31 December 2020.

Giuseppe la Rocca, Technical Outreach Expert at the EGI Foundation, facilitated the agreement and says: “I am happy to have mediated this agreement and make sure the EGI services are used by a variety of research communities, at a larger scale and in the context of EOSC”.

Shaun de Witt, Principal Investigator for the Fusion Competence Centre, says “We are truly delighted to have this agreement in place. It will allow us to demonstrate to our user community both the feasibility and desirability of making use of cloud resources provided through EOSC. We anticipate that as cloud becomes increasingly adopted, this agreement can be extended and will allow us to drive down the time to science, and to the final end goal of providing cheap, clean electricity to help power the computers that will have made this possible”.

EGI signs agreement with LABSS

The EGI Foundation is pleased to announce a service level agreement (SLA) between the EGI provider IFCA and the Laboratory of Agent-Based Social Simulation (LABSS).

LABSS is an international research group working at the intersection of cognitive, social, and computational science based at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC) of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) in Rome.

LABSS will use EGI Cloud Compute resources amounting to 80 virtual CPUs and 1024 GB memory.

Enol Fernandez, Cloud Technologist at the EGI Foundation, says: “ We are very pleased to have signed this SLA and offer cloud resources to LABSS in their scientific quests. We look forward to similar collaborations”.

Find out more about the agreement.

New service level agreement: EGI and OBSEA

The EGI Foundation is pleased to announce a service level agreement (SLA) between the EGI resource providers INFN-CATANIA-STACK and OBSEA (part of EMSO-ERIC). The SLA is valid until May 2020.

OBSEA is an underwater cabled observatory deployed in 2009. This seafloor observatory is located 4 km off the Catalan Vilanova i la Geltru coast in a fishing protected area. It is connected to the coast by an energy and communications mixed cable. The main advantages of a cabled observatory are that it provides an uninterrupted power supply to the scientific instruments and offers a high bandwidth communication link. This way, real time data is available and problems encountered in battery powered systems are avoided.

With OBSEA, it is possible to perform a real time observation of multiple parameters in the marine environment.

The agreement with INFN-CATANIA-STACK will allow OBSEA to use EGI Cloud Compute and Online Storage services needed for their activities. In total, INFN-CATANIA-STACK pledged 16 GB of RAM and 200 GB of storage capacity.

Giuseppe La Rocca, Technical Outreach Expert at the EGI Foundation, facilitated the agreement and says: “It’s a pleasure to have mediated this service level agreement and we hope for a fruitful and long-term collaboration with OBSEA“.

Joaquin del Rio, Head of Obsea Observatory says: “We want to thanks EGI and INFN-CATANIA-STACK for their support on IT services. With such collaboration we expect to improve our data collection and outreach services to the general public and scientific community who access Obsea data. For our Obsea infrastructure, such collaboration is really very important to keep marine data generation alive!”

 

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.

The EGI Annual Report 2018 is now available

We are happy to announce the release of the EGI Annual Report 2018.

The annual report gives an overview of the EGI Foundation activities in 2018, the contribution to EC projects, an outline of the EGI Federation core services and general financial information.

Among the achievements, last year saw the milestone of 1,000,000 cores of High-Throughput Compute capacity, available now to support research at all scales.

Also in 2018, EGI Foundation brokered 14 SLAs, connecting a myriad of research communities with over 30 EGI Federation data centres and cloud sites. Moreover, EGI participated in 12 European projects last year.

More information on numbers is available in the report.

You can also follow us on Twitter to find out more via our tweets hashtaged #EGI_in_numbers.