Service Level Agreement extended: EGI and EXTraS

The EGI Foundation is proud to announce an extension of the agreement (SLA) between a group of service providers and the EXTraS project (Exploring the X-ray Transient and variable Sky), now valid until June 2019.

EXTraS is on a mission to harvest the hitherto unexplored temporal domain information buried in the serendipitous data collected by the European Photon Imaging Camera instrument on-board the ESA’s X-ray space observatory XMM-Newton, in 13 years of observations.

Thanks to the agreement with EGI, EXTraS is accessing Cloud Compute services needed for the project’s activities.

The EGI service providers involved are:

CYFRONET-Cloud (Poland)


October issue of the EGI newsletter

We have published a new issue of the Inspired newsletter, now available online and in PDF format.

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Instruct Research Infrastructure adopts the EGI Check-in service

The EGI Foundation is proud to announce that Instruct, the ESFRI infrastructure for structural biology, successfully adopted the EGI Check-in authentication and authorisation service.

Check-in is an identity and access management solution that makes it easy to secure access to services and resources. Through Check-in, users are able to authenticate with the credentials provided by the IdP of their home organisation (e.g. via eduGAIN), as well as using social identity providers, or other selected external identity providers.

Check-in is now fully integrated with ARIA, the identity provider developed by Instruct, allowing ARIA user ids to be accepted by Check-in. This activity was co-financed by EGI and EOSC-hub in the context of WP5 (Federation and Collaboration Services: Integration and Maintenance) and WP7 (Thematic Services) of the EOSC-hub project.

Nicolas Liampotis, who leads the Check-in developing team, says about the achievement: “We are very pleased to support users with ARIA accounts to access Check-in protected EGI services. We are confident that EGI resources will continue to prove beneficial to structural biology researchers and we look forward to our future collaborations.”

Fiona Sanderson, Software Developer at Instruct, adds: “EGI Check-in streamlines authentication in a secure, simple and harmonised manner. By working with EGI to add ARIA into this service, our members can now use their existing accounts to access the expanding toolset of innovative computing services offered by EGI. This ensures seamless sign sign-on access for all users of ARIA and its diverse biomedical scientific community.”

Diego Scardaci, Senior User Community Support and Outreach Officer, at the EGI Foundation, says: “EGI is a solid partner of the structural biology community and we are delighted to take more steps in offering excellent services and strengthening our partnerships.”

Finally, Chris Morris, Project Manager at West-Life, a project that links the structural biology community with EGI services, comments that “West-Life is helping to make e-Infrastructure facilities more accessible for integrative structural biology. This work by Instruct and EGI is a substantial step in that direction.”

The 2nd call for the EGI Strategic and Innovation Fund is now open

Today, we are launching a 2nd call for the EGI Strategic and Innovation Fund. The Fund was established by the EGI Council to stimulate targeted actions that bring benefits within the EGI Community in the short to medium term.

The 2nd call of the Strategic and Innovation Fund can be accessed by the EGI Council participants. Moreover, the call is open to all organisations based in countries represented in the EGI Council who receive a letter of support by EGI Council participants.

Project proposals should align with the vision, mission and strategy of the EGI Federation and create changes in the production environment or validate concepts that justify further investments.

The Fund accepts four types of project proposals that relate to the level of maturity of the proposed solution: Proof of Concept, Prototype, Major Innovation, and Patch (see description of projects).

Applications should be submitted by 11 November 2018.

The first call of the EGI Strategic and Innovation Fund ended earlier this year and resulted in the selection of two projects:

  1. “Elastic Serverless Platform for High Throughput Computing Scientific Applications” (prototype category) – a project developed by the Technical University of Valencia, with a goal to create a prototype of an elastic serverless platform for High Throughput Computing Scientific Applications on top of the EGI Federated Cloud.
  2. “Native OpenID Connect Implementation for OpenStack Cloudsc” – (major innovation category) – a project develop by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) that proposes to implement a native OpenID Connect plugin for OpenStack-based clouds to be certified by the OpenID Connect Foundation and available to providers of the EGI Federated Cloud.

Will you be the next winner?

Check the priority topics for investment for 2018 and apply by 11 November 2018.

See more information about the EGI Strategic and Innovation Fund.

We look forward to hearing from you!

EGI will support the 3rd Int’l Summer School on Data Science

The EGI Foundation is pleased to announce that the 3rd edition of the Summer School on Data Science (SSDS 2018) will be supported by the EGI Training Infrastructure.

SSDS 2018 will take place in Split, Croatia, from September 24-28 and will be organised by the Center of Research Excellence for Data Science and Advanced Cooperative Systems.

The event will have at its disposal a total of 60 vCPU cores and 120 GB of RAM offered by the INFN-CATANIA-STACK provider. This will allow the students to learn how to process streams of data using Apache Flink.

This year, the SSDS School is focused on machine learning in data science applications. The program includes hands-on sessions and demonstrating practical aspects.

See more information on the event.

New service level agreement: EGI and ERIC-CLL

The EGI Foundation is pleased to announce a service level agreement (SLA) between the EGI BEgrid-BELNET service provider, supported by BELSPO (Belgium), and the European Research Initiative on CLL.

The European Research Initiative on CLL is an European organisation devoted to improving the outcome of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and related diseases. Thanks to the agreement, ERIC CLL will be able to access the  Cloud Compute services needed for their activities. In total, BEgrid-BELNET has pledged 22 virtual CPU cores, 24GB of RAM and 1TB of Storage.

Giuseppe la Rocca, Technical Outreach Expert at the EGI Foundation, mediated the agreement and says: “The agreement offers ERIC-CLL the opportunity to access cloud-based computing and storage resources which can be used to contribute to the organisation’s research progresses. We are very proud to support that.”

Professor Paolo Ghia, ERIC President, says: “We expect that this collaboration between EGI and ERIC will strengthen the perception of the importance of e-infrastructures within the biomedical communities, as well as act as a catalyst for further development of integrated computational analysis services focused on CLL data, that may lead to an improvement of our patients’ care.”

Stéphane Gerard, representing BEgrid-BELNET, adds: “The ERICLL use case fits very well the capacity of our site. By supporting it, we have a new opportunity to enrich our experience in supporting a wider range of scientific disciplines.”

The details of the agreement can be found in the SLA document.

Read more about EGI’s work with ERIC-CLL on our website and in our publication.

EGI will support the #NGSchool with cloud resources

The #NGSchool (Next Generation School) is a platform to share the expertise in the field of Next Generation Sequencing Data Analysis and general Bioinformatics. The aim of the school is to deepen participants’ knowledge and skills in the field of Bioinformatics.

The 3rd edition of the #NGSchool wil take place this year at the Medical University of Lublin, Poland, from 16 to 23 September and will focus on single molecule real-time sequencing & personalised medicine. Aside from standard workshops, this year the school will organise MinION hackathons. The school will start at 2 pm on Sunday 16th and will conclude around noon on Sunday 23rd.
EGI is proud to support the event by offering participants access to the EGI Federated Cloud infrastructure. The allocated cloud resources are 64 vCPU cores, 16GB of RAM and 2TB storage. The resources will be used by students during the school.
More details and the programme of the event will be soon made available on the event’s website.

DI4R 2018 programme is now online

We’re pleased to announce that the programme for this year’s DI4R conference is now online, and promises that DI4R 2018 will be the biggest and best yet! With a packed programme of sessions, posters and networking opportunities, the three-day event will cater for everybody with an interest in European e-infrastructures and services, and how they can best support Europe’s user base.

Jointly organised by EOSC-hub, GÉANT, OpenAIRE and PRACE, the event is to be held in Lisbon from 9-11 October.

The DI4R 2018 Programme Committee is chaired by Sinéad Ryan (Trinity College) and Volker Gülzow (DESY). The co-chairs invite everyone with an interest in e-infrastructure applications to research to register and be part of the DI4R conversation.

“No Computing – No Science!,” says Gülzow. “DI4R discusses new technologies but more important is getting people together across disciplines and talk to each other during workshops or over coffee. So take the opportunity and join us for a great event at DI4R 2018 in Lisbon.”

Ryan adds: “Digital infrastructures underpin research – enabling simulation, visualisation, storage and analysis and helping collaboration and innovation in an era of big data and large-scale computation. The event in Lisbon promises a lively and informative conference and a great opportunity to hear about new ideas that are allowing science to flourish.”

So if you have yet to register, do so now – please note Early Bird Registration ends on 17 August.

The programme is now online.

Early Bird Registration is available.

EGI Foundation and Terradue signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

We are pleased to announce that the EGI Foundation and Terradue signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), highlighting a wider collaboration of activities between the two parties, with long-term and visible benefits to everyone involved.

The main goals of the MoU are to:

  • Provide end-user support, at both technical and service level, and consultancy to integrate the Geohazards TEP and Hydrology TEP platforms with the EGI infrastructure.
  • Identify cloud providers within the EGI Federated Cloud to support Terradue activities.
  • Establish a Service Level Agreement (SLA) between the EGI Foundation and Terradue (to specify the services to be provided for supporting Terradue activities.
  • Create Operational Level Agreements (OLAs) between the EGI Foundation and the selected cloud providers to support Terradue activities.
  • Establish a collaboration framework to guarantee a long-term sustainability and update of the agreed SLA/OLAs.

Six EGI service providers will be supporting the objectives of this MoU:

Yannick Legré, Managing Director at the EGI Foundation, says: “I am thrilled to have signed this MoU with Terradue – this is another proof of our long-term commitment to support the work of European scientists while at the same time creating strong partnerships with businesses and help them grow.”

Giuseppe La Rocca, Technical Outreach Expert at the EGI Foundation, adds that ”the MoU is reinforcing our enduring collaboration with Terradue and our mission to offer excellent computing services for research and innovation.”

Hervé Caumont, Platform Operations manager at Terradue, commented: “We are consolidating our multi-year partnership with the EGI Foundation, it provides a direct benefit for our Platform users, who are running massive processing campaigns of EO satellite data”.

The description of work and more details can be found in the MoU document.

EGI will participate in the CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School

The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School and Research Data Science Advanced Workshops will run for their third and second year respectively at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste.

The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School will take place on 6-17 August and will be followed by the advanced workshops on 20-24 August 2018.

The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School provides training in the foundational skills of Research Data Science. This includes the principles and practice of Open Science and research data management and curation, the use of a range of data platforms and infrastructures, large scale analysis, statistics, visualisation and modelling techniques and more.

Giuseppe La Rocca, Technical Outreach Expert at the EGI Foundation, and Gergely Sipos, Customer and Technical Outreach Manager at the EGI Foundation, will participate in the summer school and give a tutorial on how the EGI Jupyter Notebook can be used to perform data analysis in the EGI Federated Cloud.

The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School is open to participants in any research discipline and registration is free of charge.

Please see all the details of the events.