SLAs extended: Open Universe and OBSEA

We are glad to announce that we have extended service level agreements with Open Universe and OBSEA.

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.

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.

The service level agreements have been extended until May 2021.

Giuseppe La Rocca, who oversees the agreement processes, says: “I’m very happy about the extension of these agreements, it’s great to see EGI fostering long-term collaborations and our services supporting so many scientific communities“.

Save-the-date: EGI Conference 2020!

The EGI Federation flagship event for 2020 will take place in Lyon from 23 to 25 June, as a forum for the EGI Community, and technical, research and industry partners to discuss the state of the art of the EGI Federation, future and emerging trends, requirements and experiences at the national and local level.

The theme of the 2020 edition of the event will be data-centric computing, focusing on the challenges of communities moving to petabyte and exabyte-scale computing. The event represents once again a great opportunity to bring together technology providers, data centres, user communities and project
representatives to tackle together the future challenges of scientific computing.

More information about the event will follow soon.

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New publication: EOSC DIH Business Pilot Success Stories

EOSC-hub announced the release of a new EOSC-hub publication: Business Pilot Success Stories. The publication showcases the latest business success stories of the EOSC Digital Innovation Hub (EOSC DIH). The EOSC DIH kick-started in 2018 with six business pilots that were pre-selected during the project’s preparation phase. Over the last 18 months, these pilots have worked to mature their service offering and achieved incredible results.

Sy Holsinger, who coordinates the EOSC Digital Innovation Hub, says: “The success of these initial business pilots demonstrates the tangible value that the EOSC DIH can bring to the private sector industry, especially start-ups and SMEs. We are confident that these success stories are only the beginning and excited to build on the momentum generated to bring new business pilots into the European Open Science Cloud.”

Marcin Plociennik, EOSC DIH Business Pilot Manager, adds: “It has been a great pleasure to work so closely with such highly innovative SMEs that took part in the EOSC DIH, who were committed from day one. Through this experience, and lessons learned, we are well-positioned to support further pilots.”

Read the publication to find out more.
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Registration is now open for FitSM courses

Registration is now open for two FitSM Advanced Level Courses that will take place in Amsterdam this November.

FitSM is a lightweight approach to professionally managing services. It brings order and traceability to a complex area and provides simple, practical support in getting started with ITSM.

FitSM trainings and certifications provide crucial help in providing services and improving their management. They provide a common conceptual and process model, set out straightforward and realistic requirements and link them to supporting materials.

The following FitSM trainings are now open for registration:

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A new edition of the EGI Newsletter is out

A new edition of the EGI Newsletter is now available.

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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”.