QUASAR: the second XDC software release is out

The eXtreme-DataCloud project is pleased to announce the general availability of its second public software release, codenamed Quasar. The release notes can be found here.

The eXtreme-DataCloud objective is to develop scalable technologies for federating storage resources and managing data in highly distributed computing environments.

XDC-2 (codename Quasar) is the second step towards a set of stable components, integrated services and tools, pillars of the eXtreme-DataCloud framework. This release builds on the foundations laid by XDC-1 to provide new features and enhancements for many of its software components and services, as well as new services.

Read the full announcement on the project’s website.

EGI is supporting the XDC project with training and technical exploitation, contributing to the quality assurance and ensuring that the software outputs of XDC are be easily used on eInfrastructures.

The EOSC Digital Innovation Hub opens call for new pilots

The EOSC Digital Innovation Hub is launching an open call for new pilots from any sector. Up to 5 awarded applicants will participate in new pilots that will run between 3-6 months (e.g. June to October 2020) where they will also be able to take advantage of different services provided by the EOSC DIH.

The EOSC DIH invites the following types of entities to submit an application to the call:

  • Startups/spin-offs
  • SMEs
  • Large enterprises
  • Digital Innovation Hubs
  • Competence Centres
  • Other innovation space

Selected applicants will be provided access to the EOSC DIH services and technical and business support in the form of a voucher system, valued at up to €10.000 per pilot. Applications open on 2 April 2020 and close on 3 May 2020 at 17:00 CET (Brussels time).

All the details of the call are available on the EOSC DIH brand new website.

About the EOSC Digital Innovation Hub

The EOSC DIH is an international and multi-partner cooperation that supports private companies in easily accessing the digital technologies, services and human capital offered by the EOSC. The EOSC DIH kicked off as part of EOSC-hub, an EGI-led project.

HTCondor Week 2020: 19-20 May 2020

HTCondor Week 2020 will take place on Tuesday May 19 and Wednesday May 20 and will be hosted as as a free virtual event .

HTCondor Week 2020 will combine webinars, presentations and tutorials with a session of online collaborative events: office hours, special interest groups and ask-an-expert meetings.

The full schedule will be available soon. Registration is now open, more details are available on the event’s webpage.

Save the new date! EGI Conference 2020 postponed to 2-6 November

Due to the recent challenging outcomes of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are joining the world in taking responsible steps to ensure safe measures. We have therefore decided to postpone the June edition of the EGI Conference 2020, planned in Lyon, to upcoming November.

We would like to thank our colleagues of our local host, IN2P3, the French National Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics, for all the dedication and time provided for the June event.

Under the current circumstances, we have decided to move the conference closer to home. Please save the dates and block the week of 2 to 6 November 2020 in your calendar to join us in Amsterdam.

Preparations regarding the programme and venue are ongoing and the schedule will be updated in the coming weeks. Keep an eye on our channels for news and updates!

EGI and EOSC-Synergy join forces to tackle COVID-19

We are proud to announce that EGI and the EOSC-Synergy project have joined forces to set up a cloud computing platform that supports COVID-19 research efforts.

The platform is based on the Galaxy service and offers researchers access to datasets relevant to the ongoing investigations on the COVID-19.

This initiative benefits from the services provided by the so-called “COVID-19 Virtual Organisation”, supported by the EGI Federated Cloud.

Isabel Campos, coordinator of the EOSC-Synergy project, says: “We are extremely happy to have set up this platform so quickly. European cooperation and know-how in distributed computing have never been more relevant in these challenging times. I am thankful to the members of the EOSC-Synergy project and the EGI Federation, and particularly to the EGI Foundation team for the swift and smooth support received to set up the user community support tools.”

Find out more about the collaboration and the newly-established platform.


SOMBO – the order management system for EOSC Portal – is now in production

SOMBO – the order management system for EOSC Portal – is now in production. SOMBO is a powerful tool to handle orders received by the EOSC Portal and Marketplace.

The tool implements a distributed infrastructure with a central ‘catch-all’ instance, able to track and manage an order until its fulfillment and the delivery of the requested services, and interfaces to propagate orders towards third-party Order Management Systems where the orders will be managed.

Each provider joining EOSC can decide to leverage on the catch-all instance, benefitting of a dedicated view, or on its own order management system integrating it with the central system through an easy-to-use interface based on the ARGO Messaging Service.

The main features offered by the SOMBO system are:

  • enhancement of the EOSC Marketplace user experience: customers are notified about the status of their orders in the EOSC Portal
  • scalable and hierarchical representation of multiple ‘linked’ orders. 
  • partial automation of the order management process and integration with the EOSC Portal Marketplace and Configuration Management System.
  • integration with the EOSC AAI. 
  • integration with the ARGO Messaging Service to support multiple delivery channels and external order management systems.

The SOMBO order management system was developed by CNRS/IN2P3 (part of EGI providers) – under the leadership of Cyril L’Orphelin. SOMBO and was delivered by EOSC-hub, a project coordinated by the EGI Foundation.

EGI Notebooks supports the Hercules School

The HERCULES school is a one-month course coordinated by the Université Grenoble Alpes and designed to provide training for students, postdoctoral and senior scientists from European and non-European universities and laboratories, in the field of neutron and synchrotron radiation for condensed matter studies (biology, chemistry, physics, geosciences).

The next HERCULES session is taking place from Monday 2 March to Friday 3 April 2020. Trainings are supported by the EGI service Notebooks.

Find out all the details.

The ARGO Service Monitoring has a pilot integration with the EOSC Portal

We are thrilled to announce that the ARGO Service Monitoring has now a pilot integration with the EOSC Portal.

ARGO is a service developed by GRNET, SRCE and CNRS (EGI providers) that measures the availability and reliability of IT services and can quickly detect issues and notify the service providers accordingly.

Thanks to this integration, it is now possible to check the validity of the services onboarded in the portal and identify “dead” services. Through a public dashboard –  portal operators, customers and providers can now check the health status of a service and get information about its stability (availability and reliability) in a given period of time. 

Kostas Koumantaros, Software Engineer from GRNET and member of the team says: “We are proud to have completed this pilot integration and work to have a tighter integration of the EOSC Portal with monitoring is progressing and through the dashboard we are confident we will be offering more information on health status of EOSC Portal services soon”.

The Argo Team continues to work on new features such as the one-stop-shop and customer-defined thresholds that would give ARGO even more capabilities in the near future.  

The platform that presents the availability and reliability of the services published in the EOSC Portal is available online.

CERN School of Computing 2020: Kraków, Poland

The 43rd CERN School of Computing (CSC 2020) will take place from August 23rd to September 5th in the beautiful city of Kraków, Poland.

This year’s school is organised in collaboration with AGH University of Science and Technology (AGH), together with Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences (IFJ PAN).

Academic programme

The two-week programme consists of more than 50 hours of lectures and hands-on exercises, covering three main themes: physics computing, software engineering, and data technologies. Students who pass the final optional exam will receive a diploma from CSC, as well as 6 ECTS credits from AGH and IFJ.

Other activities

However, it’s not all study; the social and sport programme is also a vital part of the School. There are ample opportunities to explore and experience some of the great cultural, historical and natural attractions of Kraków and its region.

Important dates

  • March – registration opens
  • Sunday 5 April (midnight UTC +2/CEST) – deadline for applications
  • Tuesday 5 May – you will be informed of outcome of selections
  • Sunday 14 June – latest date for School fees payment if you are accepted
  • Sunday 23 August – student arrivals at Novotel Kraków City West, Kraków-Poland
  • Saturday 5 September – departure

Who can apply?

The School is aimed at postgraduate (ie. minimum of Bachelor degree or equivalent) engineers and scientists, working at CERN or at other research institutes, with experience in particle physics, in computing or in related fields.

COVID-19 update: For the moment the CERN School is working on the assumption that it will not be affected by the coronavirus crisis, and will take place as planned. Therefore, if interested, please apply within the deadline (April 5th).

EGI and COVID-19

This webpage will contain up-to-date information regarding the corona virus COVID-19 and any of the EGI Federation activities related to that. For further queries, please feel free to contact us at info@egi.eu

Update 16 March 2020

Due to the spreading of the COVID-19 outbreak, the EGI Foundation is working with partners to conduct a thorough impact assessment across the EGI Federation services, the EGI Federation central services and other assets, with the purpose of putting in place contingency measures that aim at maximizing the availability of all services. We are also assessing the impact on our community events, and the EGI Conference 2020, which for the moment remains confirmed on 23-25 June 2020. More information will follow on this website in the coming weeks.

As advised by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment all EGI Foundation employees have moved remote working until the 6th of April, therefore the office (Science Park 140, Amsterdam) is temporarily closed. Business at the EGI Foundation is expected to continue as usual, and all our staff members will be approachable via their contact details which you can find on our team page