EGI Marketplace: exposing services to broader audiences

We are happy to announce that the EGI Marketplace is in production.

The marketplace is designed as an electronic market: it’s a platform where services can be advertised and where customers can easily order and access them. In addition, the Marketplace will enhance visibility for resource and service providers, raising awareness of what they can provide as well as helping to promote cross-disciplinary research.

The marketplace provides all the necessary functionalities for bringing together offering and demand to make research happen. Diego Scardaci, Senior User Community Support and Outreach Officer at the EGI Foundation, is confident that “the Marketplace will offer a unique opportunity for providers to showcase their services and for customers to find and order them in only a few clicks”.

All services are provided by the EGI Federation and partner institutions.

Marketplace workflow

  • Authentication: Managed through the EGI Check-in service, which allows customers to use the credentials of their home organization or social credentials (google, facebook, etc.).
  • Discover and order services: The customer browses the Marketplace, finds what is needed and configure and selects the services s/he needs to order.
  • Check-Out: The service orders are submitted with information complemented with the customer profile. The order then follows the appropriate service order management, according to the EGI Integrated Management System (IMS) processes and procedures.

The EGI Marketplace was developed using PrestaShop technology and is also the main web interface to access the Applications on Demand service (AoDs). From now on, users of the EGI Applications on Demand service can use the EGI Marketplace to submit a service-order for one of the available applications and applications hosting frameworks”, says Giuseppe La Rocca, Technical Outreach Expert of the EGI Foundation.

The marketplace was developed for the EGI Community by CYFRONET, the EGI Foundation and Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Have a look at the EGI Marketplace website.

 

 

eInfraCentral state of play after one year

Last week, I attended the annual meeting of the eInfraCentral project in Brussels. During the day, we reviewed the main achievements of the first year of work: 1) a common template for describing services across e-infrastructures was agreed, 2) a beta version of the portal to browse and discover services was launched, 3) an initial collection of 69 services was collected from the initial set of e-Infrastructure service providers.

During the event, we also discussed about the next steps for the coming months. Many activities are in the pipeline and include the gathering of service descriptions from many other e-infrastructure initiatives, the improvements of the portal (e.g. adding both push/pull programmatic interfaces to update the content), and the organisation of promotional events to raise the awareness of the portal for both users and providers.

With the start of the EOSC-hub project, positioning and collaboration areas were also identified to ensure synergies across the two initiatives. While the eInfraCentral portal can act as the “Trivago” for e-Infrastructure services, the planned EOSC-hub marketplace can the “Booking.com” for a number of affiliated providers.

More was done and more is expected in the upcoming period. If you want to know more, read the second edition of the eInfraCentral newslette and follow the project Twitter feed.

EOSC-hub: integrated services for the European Open Science Cloud

The EC-funded project EOSC-hub project started on January 1st 2018, bringing together an extensive group of national and international service providers to create the Hub: a central contact point for European researchers and innovators to discover, access, use and reuse a broad spectrum of resources for advanced data-driven research.

The consortium of 100 partners from more than 50 countries will develop the vision of the Hub as the integration and management system of the future European Open Science Cloud. The EOSC-hub project mobilises providers from the EGI Federation, EUDAT CDI, INDIGO-DataCloud and other major European research infrastructures to deliver a common catalogue of research data, services and software for research.

For researchers, this will mean a broader access to services supporting their scientific discovery and collaboration across disciplinary and geographical boundaries.

EOSC-hub will significantly reduce the fragmentation of the IT facilities and digital tools in Europe. By bringing together a broad range of services from general and domain-specific research digital infrastructures under a common integration and operation layer, the EOSC-hub will foster new modes of working for collaborative research to deliver trusted services.

EOSC-hub will liaise closely with OpenAIRE Advance, a project set up to support the Open Access/Open Data mandates in Europe.

Tiziana Ferrari, Technical Director of the EGI Foundation and Project Coordinator, says: “I am thrilled to work for a project that is expected to lower access barriers, tackling issues such as federated identity, harmonization of service access policies, and coordinated service provisioning in Europe and beyond. With the Hub, sharing, using and reusing research data will be easier for research collaborations at all scales.”

Per Öster, Director of Research Infrastructures and Policy at CSC-IT Center for Science and Project Director, says: “Data is now in focus everywhere in research. The vision of the European Open Science Cloud, a capability to share and work with data for all research is very strong. By this project we take the first steps toward federated support of services to realise this vision.”

Giacinto Donvito, Technical Director of INDIGO-DataCloud and Technical Coordinator, says: “In EOSC-hub, we are integrating technological requirements and use cases coming from tens of Scientific Communities to facilitate how science is made, speed up adoption of innovative technologies and improve competitiveness of Europe in the exploitation of distributed data, compute and storage resources.”

More information

The project will bring together hundreds of experts working in a number of intertwined tasks covering strategy, business development, technical coordination and service management, to give a few examples.

Tiziana Ferrari, as EOSC-hub Project Coordinator, will be responsible for the overall project management including administrative and financial management within and across work packages. The Project Management Board, under the coordination of Per Öster, Project Director, will supervise the project strategy and implementation. Giacinto Donvito will lead the Technology Committee, a body created to evolve the project’s technical roadmap and supervise the contribution to open source community projects.

The EOSC-hub project (full title: Integrating and managing services for the European Open Science Cloud) will run for 36 months, through to December 2020 with funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 777536.

Contact points

Email: info@eosc-hub.eu
EOSC-hub website: www.eosc-hub.eu (under construction)
Twitter: @eosc_eu

 

Scheduled upgrade on ~okeanos service

Hello ~okeanos users,

We'd like to inform you about scheduled upgrade on ~okeanos service between 10:00 EET and 12:00 EET on Monday, January 22.

Your VMs and Pithos+ files should remain unaffected. The upgrade is expected to cause minor disruptions to the ~okeanos service. Astakos, Cyclades and Pithos+ Web UIs and their APIs will be unavailable for a short time during the upgrade.

No loss of connectivity is expected for the VMs.

Thanks for your understanding,
the ~okeanos team

Παρουσίαση έργου ΗΦΑΙΣΤΟΣ – 19 Ιανουαρίου 2018

Εκσυγχρονισμός των δικτυακών υποδομών του συνόλου των φορέων της ακαδημαϊκής και ερευνητικής κοινότητας της χώρας

Το Εθνικό Δίκτυο Έρευνας και Τεχνολογίας παρουσιάζει το έργο ΗΦΑΙΣΤΟΣ σε εκδήλωση που θα πραγματοποιηθεί στις 19 Ιανουαρίου 2018 και ώρα 10.30 στην αίθουσα «Γαλάτεια Σαράντη» του Υπουργείου Παιδείας, Έρευνας και Θρησκευμάτων, Ανδρέα Παπανδρέου 37, στο Μαρούσι.

Το έργο «ΗΦΑΙΣΤΟΣ: εκσυγχρονισμός των δικτυακών υποδομών του συνόλου των φορέων της ακαδημαϊκής και ερευνητικής κοινότητας της χώρας» αφορά παρεμβάσεις στις δικτυακές υποδομές όλων των ΑΕΙ και Ερευνητικών Κέντρων της χώρας για τη στοχευμένη αναβάθμιση του δικτυακού και τηλεπικοινωνιακού εξοπλισμού τους. Αποβλέπει στην ποσοτική και ποιοτική διεύρυνση της πρόσβασης των ιδρυμάτων σε ψηφιακές υποδομές μεγάλης κλίμακας, καθώς και στην απρόσκοπτη διεξαγωγή των ακαδημαϊκών και ερευνητικών δραστηριοτήτων σε βάθος χρόνου. Η βελτιστοποίηση της διαλειτουργικότητας με το δίκτυο ΕΔΕΤ καθώς η βελτίωση των δυνατοτήτων του ακαδημαϊκού – ερευνητικού προσωπικού για συνεργασίες με ερευνητικές ομάδες και αντίστοιχες προηγμένες υποδομές έρευνας και καινοτομίας διεθνώς, αποτελεί σημαντικό παράγοντα επιτυχίας του έργου, σε συνάρτηση με τη μείωση του διαχειριστικού κόστους με την απλοποίηση διαδικασιών και την υιοθέτηση των βέλτιστων οικονομιών κλίμακας και σκοπού.

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Joint XDC-DEEP kick-off meeting: 23-25 January, Bologna

The joint eXtreme-DataCloud (XDC) project and DEEP-HybridDataCloud kickoff meeting, hosted by INFN, will take place in Bologna (Italy) on 23-25 January, 2018 at the CNR Conference Center.

This kick-off meeting will be the first opportunity for the two projects communities to meet and start planning their activities for the coming years. The programme features a plenary session on January 24th morning to present the two initiatives to a wider public, including user communities not directly involved and e-infrastructure providers interested in the projects outcomes.

Registration is free of charge, but mandatory.

See the agenda of the meeting.

SECURITY UPDATE: Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities

Hi ~okeanos users,

Early this month, security researchers reported two critical vulnerabilities: Spectre and Meltdown. These vulnerabilities allow attackers to access sensitive information (such as passwords), due to a design flaw, which affects Intel, ARM and some AMD processors. Specifically, Meltdown allows a process to bypass the mechanisms that isolate it from accessing the memory address space of other processes and the operating system. Respectively, with Spectre a process can access arbitrary memory locations of other related processes.

In order to protect the virtual machines, the physical nodes of ~okeanos have been patched with all the currently available security updates, with no service interruption. Furthermore, to better protect your virtual machines, we urge you to perform all the available security and kernel updates, as well as security updates on various applications such as web browsers, as soon as possible.

For a more thorough explanation on this subject, we suggest you read the following :

  • https://docs.ovh.com/fr/dedicated/meltdown-spectre-kernel-update-per-operating-system/
  • https://spectreattack.com/
  • https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/microsoftsecure/2018/01/09/understanding-the-performance-impact-of-spectre-and-meltdown-mitigations-on-windows-systems/
  • https://www.enisa.europa.eu/publications/info-notes/meltdown-and-spectre-critical-processor-vulnerabilities
  • Stay safe, the ~okeanos team

    DIRAC Training: 25-26 January in Toulouse, France

    The DIRAC training is organised by France Grilles from 25 to 26 January, in Toulouse, France.

    The aim of the training is to enable trainees to gain experience and familiarise themselves with the DIRAC service offered by France Grilles.

    The DIRAC trainers are experts who are members of the DIRAC development team and/or administrators of the shared DIRAC service.
    Instructions will be given to trainees upon registration.

    More details, schedule and registration are to be found on the event’s webpage.

    PRACE Summer of HPC 2018 opens applications

    Early-stage postgraduate and late-stage undergraduate students are invited to apply for the PRACE Summer of HPC 2018 programme, to be held in July & August 2018. Consisting of a training week and two months on placement at top HPC centres around Europe, the programme offers participants the opportunity to learn and share more about PRACE and HPC, and includes accommodation, a stipend and travel to their HPC centre. Applications open 11 January 2018.