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.

Applications for the EOSC Early Adopter Programme are 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 programme EOSC Early Adopter Programme. Deadline for application is 15 June 2019.

The services and resources in scope for the programme are those currently provided byEOSC-hub and its partners, namely OCRE, OpenAIRE and GÉANT.

What is in store?

The projects selected will receive for a period of 6 to 12 months:

  • Technical support from service providers to guarantee integration;
  • Access to resources such as data, applications, software, and other services from EOSC-hub providers and partners depending on the research community needs;
  • Resources up to 150 CPU cores, 300 GB of RAM, 2 TB of storage for data analysis and 10 TB for long term archiving. (If the project requires more capacity, contact the EOSC-hub team for advice at: early-adopter@mailman.eosc-hub.eu);
  • Financial support to cover travel costs to attend face-to-face meetings and other events

EOSC-hub support will not cover consumable costs or staff salaries.

How to apply

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

More information: EOSC Early Adopter Programme

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.”

New SLA signed with Open Universe

The EGI Foundation is pleased to announce a service level agreement (SLA) between the EGI resource provider CESGA and Open Universe. The SLA is valid until May 2020.

Open Universe is an Italian science initiative with the objective of stimulating an increase in the utilisation of space science data (e.g. astrophysics, planetary science, etc.), extending the potential of scientific discovery to new participants all over the world.

A wide range of communities will benefit from Open Universe: professional scientists, citizen scientists, teachers and students. The agreement with CESGA will allow Open Universe to use EGI Cloud Compute and Online Storage services needed for their activities. In total, the CESGA provider has pledged 1 VM with 24 virtual CPU cores, 50 GB of RAM and 2 TB of storage.

Małgorzata Krakowian, Quality and Risk Manager at the EGI Foundation, mediated the agreement and says: “We are always happy to bring new research communities on board and support them with our computing services, we hope Open Universe will serve as many scientists as possible worldwide.”

The EGI Foundation is looking for its new Director!

After leading the EGI Foundation for over five years, our Managing Director Yannick Legré has announced his intention to leave by the end of this year. Yannick has made the EGI Federation into the smoothly operating e-infrastructure it is today, serving thousands of researchers in Europe and worldwide. He has turned the Amsterdam-based EGI Foundation into a stable organisation, employing over 20 people.
“There is a time for everything. There has been a time for building EGI and a time for structuring it. Now it’s time to step back and allow a new director to move EGI forward into the challenging future of the European Open Science Cloud and the consolidation it will require”, says Yannick.

The EGI Foundation is now looking for its new Director.

The primary objectives of the Director are to further develop and implement the future EGI Foundation strategy, in collaboration with the EGI Council and to prepare the grounds for a long-term sustainability of the EGI Federation. The context for the future strategy will be provided by the development of the European Open Science Cloud, in which a consolidation with other e-infrastructure providers is foreseen in order to better serve existing and new research communities in Europe.

See all the details of the role and apply by 27 June, by sending a cover letter and your CV to search-committee@egi.eu.

Full job description.

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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The programme of the EGI Conference 2019 is now online

The EGI Conference 2019 will take place in Amsterdam, 6-8 May 2019, as a forum for the EGI Community to discuss the state of the art of the EGI Federation, future and emerging trends, requirements and experiences: national, local and at the level of the data centre.

The programme is now online and is focused on a mix of topical sessions, workshops and space for debate on topics related to the EGI Federation. The event will be an opportunity to celebrate 15 years of Operations of what is now the EGI Federation.

The EGI Conference will also host:

Registration to the event is open until 19 April.

We look forward to seeing everyone in Amsterdam!