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EGI-InSPIRE

Summary: Scientific research today is no longer conducted within national boundaries – the deluge of scientific data from computing simulations and instruments in international facilities has led to a shift towards e-Science. Scientists are therefore becoming increasing dependent on e-Infrastructures for large-scale analysis of data, which are essentially distributed computing and storage resources linked by high-performance networks. E-Infrastructures now form an integral part of our daily lives, not only as essential tools for scientific research, but they are also increasingly central to the business models of companies large and small. To support European science and innovation, a longer lasting operational model is now needed − both for coordinating the infrastructure itself and for delivering integrated services that cross national borders.

The EGI-InSPIRE project will support the transition from a project-based system to a sustainable pan-European e-Infrastructure, by supporting ‘grids’ of high-performance computing (HPC) and high-throughput computing (HTC) resources. EGI-InSPIRE will also be ideally placed to integrate new Distributed Computing Infrastructures (DCIs) such as clouds, supercomputing networks and desktop grids, to benefit the user communities within the European Research Area. EGI-InSPIRE will collect user requirements and provide coordination and support for the current and emerging user communities, for example the ESFRI projects. Support will also be given to the current heavy users of the infrastructure, such as high energy physics, computational chemistry, materials science, earth science, fusion, astronomy & astrophysics and life sciences, as they move their critical services and tools from a centralised support model to one driven by their own individual communities.

Action plan: EGI-InSPIRE will support the establishment of a sustainable model for a European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) that integrates resources contributed by national and domain-specific resource providers. Key to this process is a new organisation, EGI.eu, coordinator on behalf of the European resource provider community of the EGI-InSPIRE project, which is also more broadly dedicated to coordinating the EGI community on behalf of its stakeholders.

The EGI is a federation of independent national and domain specific resource providers, who support specific research communities and international collaborators both within Europe and worldwide. EGI.eu brings together partner institutions established within Europe to provide a set of essential human and technical services that enable secure integrated access to distributed resources on behalf of the user community.

The production infrastructure supports Virtual Research Communities − structured international user communities − that are grouped by specific research domains. Virtual Research Communities are formally represented within EGI at both a technical and strategic level. Direct support is coordinated through a central helpdesk, that brings together operational, technology and other support teams from within the EGI-InSPIRE project and other partner projects.

Networking activities: EGI-InSPIRE will support and develop the European DCI community in three important ways:

  • Integrate resource providers more closely, both politically and technologically, within the National Grid Initiatives (NGIs) and European International Research Organisations (EIROs), represented by the project consortium and beyond.
  • Support the development of policies by the community of European resource providers, in collaboration with other bodies in Europe and worldwide, to ensure effective technical management, integration and operation of the EGI.

  • Coordinate the development and support of Virtual Research Communities currently using the production infrastructure within the European Research Area and encourage other structured user communities onto the infrastructure continued overleaf.

Framework Programme 7 (2007-2013) Research infrastructures projects EGI-InSPIRE EGI-InSPIRE will also support the work of EGI.eu within the European E-Infrastructures Forum, a collaboration that includes DEISA, PRACE, GÉANT and TERENA. EGI.eu will work with other DCI technology projects such as EMI, IGE, StartusLab, VenusC and infrastructures such as EDGI for desktop grids, to bring the technologies underpinning the computational and data infrastructures needed by our user communities into production. Strong links will also be established with the SIENA project to ensure that the needs of the production infrastructure are incorporated into the standards roadmap being developed within the wider community.

To reach the broader scientific community and general public, EGI-InSP
IRE will work with e-ScienceTalk, which will build on its predecessor GridTalk to bring the success stories of the European e-Infrastructures to new communities and decision makers in government and industry. The resources providers, the Virtual Research Communities, the external technology providers and other partner projects will be brought together twice a year at Technical and User Forums supported by EGI-InSPIRE and EGI.eu.

Service activities: EGI-InSPIRE’s service activities are focused on the
European production infrastructure brought together by the partners within the project: 

Operate a secure, integrated, reliable pan-European infrastructure that can support diverse science communities through the deployment of different technology solutions.
 Work with external technology providers (initially EMI and IGE) to ensure that their solutions meet the needs of the operational and user community in terms of reliability, scalability and functionality.
 Maintain a set of services for the Heavy User Communities currently exploiting the infrastructure that can be developed to meet the needs of other communities

Together these services will support a virtuous feedback circle − starting with a set of integrated services on the production infrastructure that meet the needs of its users, working with external technology providers to define new or improved services based on these existing services, assessing the quality of the new delivered services, followed by their deployment in to the production infrastructure.

Joint research activities: EGI-InSPIRE will enhance the European production infrastructure beyond the current state-of-the-art by including resources that are not currently part of the European infrastructure model, such as HPC, desktop grids and cloud computing. The current operational tools will need to be adapted to accommodate these new resources, as well as to support national rather than centralised operational models in the future.

User communities: EGI-InSPIRE provides direct support to the communities that rely heavily on the infrastructure by supporting the shared services and tools that are common to many of them. However, the pan European Grid Infrastructure is open to all user communities – those from its existing user base and those willing to work with the project in the future.


map.jpgInternational aspects: While EGI-InSPIRE focuses principally on the European production infrastructure, it needs to support the collaborative research needs of its user communities, for their resources to be integrated with infrastructures around the world. In addition to over 40 partners located within geographical Europe, EGI-InSPIRE includes 8 unfunded partners from the Asia Pacific region. Strong collaborations are also expected with infrastructures in North America, and the emerging infrastructures in Latin and South
America.

EGI: Integrated Sustainable Pan-European Infrastructure for Researchers in Europe – RI






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Project acronym: EGIInSPIRE

Contract :
 
RI261323

Project type:
CPCSA
Start date:
01/05/2010

Duration:
48 months

Total budget:
72,000,000

Funding from the EC:
25,000,000

Total funded eff
or
t in personmonth:
9241

Web site:
http://www.egi.eu

Contac
t person:
Steven Newhouse

email
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Tel.: +31 (0)20 592 5016 fax.: +31 (0)20 592 5155

Project participants:
(overleaf)

Keywords:
eInfrastructure, Grids, HPC, HTC, Desktop Grids, Clouds, Europe, Supporting Researchers

Collaboration with other EC funded projects:

European Middleware Initiative (EMI)

Imitative for Globus in Europe (IGE)

European Desktop Grids Initiative (EDGI)

eScienceTalk

StratusLab VenusC CHAIN GISELA




Project participants:

 

EGI.eu NL
INFN IT
CSIC ES
CNRS FR
KIT DE
STFC UK
CERN  
GRNET GR
ASTI PH
AGSC TW
CESNET CZ
CYFRONET PL
LIP PR
NCF NL
TUBITAK LAKBIM TR
UI SAV SK
CSC FI
VR-SNIC SW
ARNES SI
KFKI HU
IPB RS
IPP-BAS BG
UCPH DK
TCD IE
KISTI KR
SIGMA NR
SWITCH CH
SRCE HR
e-ARENA RU
UPT AL
JKU AT
UOM ME
UKIM MK
UOBL ETF BA
IMCS UL LV
ICI RO
UCY CY
UNIMELB AU
VU LT
NUS SN
EMBL  
IUCC IL
UIIP NASB BY
IIAP NAS RA AM
GRENA GE
RENAM MD
UPM MY
ITB ID
NORDUNET A/S DK
NECTEC TH
KEK JP

 






 

 
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Summary:

EUAsiaGrid aims to encourage collaborative approaches across scientific disciplines and communities using existing European experience in building grid infrastructures and scientific applications. Acting as a support action and composed of 15 partners from 12 countries, EUAsiaGrid also aims to define and implement a policy to promote the gLite middleware developed within the EU EGEE projects. To enable collaboration in the AsiaPacific region as well as collaboration with European scientific communities building on a common EGEE middleware platform, its main activities are to:

1. foster e-Infrastructure provision in the region,

2. support scientific communities through help with

application porting and deployment,

3. provide training to widen dissemination of the

technology know-how,

4. as well as to monitor the results and feed back into

policy definition.

 

Objectives:

  • Identify and engage scientific communities which can benefit from the use of state-of-art Grid technologies;
  • Disseminate EGEE middleware in Asian countries by means of public events, written and multimedia material;
  • Provide training resources and organise training events for potential and actual Grid users;
  •  Support the scientific applications and create a human network of scientific communities by building on and leveraging the e-Science Grid infrastructure.

 

Expected Results:

  • Offer an effective proposal to fulfill the demanding computing and storage needs of several common EU-Asia research projects;
  • Foster the induction of new user communities to the e-Science Grid infrastructure;
  • Enhance the scientific communities and applications running the gLite middleware;
  • Build partnerships between European and Asian scientific communities, to contribute to the scientific achievements from a global perspective and at a world class level;
  • Coordinate a common policy towards a common e-Science infrastructure with the other European Grid initiatives in Asia, namely EGEE-II via its Asia Federation and both EUChinaGRID and EU-IndiaGRID, drawing on the experience of the EU EGI_DS project.
 

Applications:

The EUAsiaGrid project initially supports 6 applications areas:

Project acronym: EUAsiaGrid

Contract n°: RI-223791

Project type:

Specific Support Action

Start date: 01/04/2008

Duration: 24 months

Total expected budget: €1,437K

Maximum EC Contribution:

€ 920K

Websites: http://www.euasiagrid.org/

http://www.euasiagrid.eu/

Contact persons:

Professor Marco Paganoni

Dr. Simon C Lin

Contact Email:

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Project Partners:
INFN          IT
CESNET   CZ
NCeSS      UK
HealthGrid FR
AdMU          PH
ANU            AU
ASGC         TW
ASTI            PH
HAII            TH
IDA              SG
IOIT-HCM  VN
ITB              ID
NECTEC   TH
UPM            MY
MIMOS        MY
IFI                VN
NUS            SG
Key Words: Grid, e-Science

Collaboration with other EC-funded project:
EGEE
EU-IndiaGrid
EUChinaGRID
EGI_DS Project
  

  • High Energy Physics (ATLAS, CMS)

The established user communities considered in this activity are those collaborating on the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) experiments in the field of high energy physics and those sharing the same scientific applications. ATLAS and CMS experiments at LHC, currently under construction at CERN, will start taking data in 2008 and a strong group of Asian scientists is actively participating to the experiments.

  •  Computational chemistry

Computational chemistry represents another important scientific area whose requirements are complementary to the HEP

community. It will also provide a bi-directional feedback to the EGEE III and provide a way of direct communication between Asian and European community.

  • Mitigation of natural disasters

e-Infrastructure could support the sharing of large scale monitoring, observational data and risk management collaboration. Roadmap to build up a grid-based global facility for hazard mitigation and recovery is planed.

  • Bioinformatics and Biomedics

Biomedical research laboratories are moving towards an environment created through the sharing of resources, in which heterogeneous and dispersed Bio- and medical data can be generated by large scale analysis. This application can serve as a model of collaboration between Asian and European partners linked through the gLite middleware and EGEE infrastructure.

  • Social Science Applications

Through the application of technology academics are able to test theories of social behaviour at a real world scale, while planners can evaluate alternative planning scenarios within a laboratory environment.

 

  • Promoting new scientific communities to the use of the Grid

The EUAsiaGrid project will also actively search for and identify new scientific communities that can benefit from grid computing and storage approaches. The major selection criteria will be relevance of the scientific discipline for the Asia Pacific region, the international (global) scope and the value added to the scientific research through use of EGEE infrastructures.

 

International Dimension:

EUAsiaGrid aims to provide specific support actions to foster the integration of the Grid infrastructures in Europe and Asia for the benefit of the many diverse scientific communities which have active partners in both continents.

Innovation:

The EUAsiaGrid project promotes the development of new research and innovation strategies and fostering the growth of regional communities using applications already available on the Grid as well as applications in new areas.

Deployment Plan of EUAsiaGrid:

The project will build on the results, competence, and proven ability of the EGEE projects, using also results of the EGI_DS project, and contribute to the aim of extending the EGEE Grid infrastructure for e-Science to the Asia region, following the recommendation that “Europe will continue collaborating with similar initiatives in other continents and seek to develop common intercontinental policies”.

 

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EGEE PDF Print E-mail

The European Union Flagship e-Science Project


The Enabling Grids for E-sciencE (EGEE) is the flagship Grid infrastructure project of the EU. The project brings together experts from over 32 countries with the aim of integrating current national and regional Grid programs. Building on the WLCG infrastructure and the middleware (gLite), EGEE extends Grid technology to applications from various scientific fields. In response to the growing global demand for scientific research, the project provides researchers in academia and industry with a common market of computing resources, enabling universal, consistent, round-the-clock access to Grid services and e-Science application areas.

EGEE began work by concentrating on three core areas:

  • Building a reliable, robust and secure Grid network that will attract additional computing resources.
  • Improving and maintaining the middleware, specifically intended to be used by many different scientific disciplines.
  • Attracting new users from science and industry, and ensure they receive the high standard of training and support they need.


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OSG PDF Print E-mail

The Open Science Grid (OSG) provides common service and support for resource providers and scientific institutions using a distributed fabric of high throughput computational services. The OSG does not own resources but provides software and services to users and resource providers alike to enable the opportunistic usage and sharing of resources. The OSG is jointly funded by the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

High-throughput computing needs of our scientific users are being met by a large number of computing resources that can be accessed directly through Globus services or more conveniently through grid technologies build on top of them. Storage resources provide easy access to terabytes of storage space through the common SRM protocol. The resources contributing to the OSG are primarily Linux clusters with Ethernet interconnects.

Recent statistics show that one third of the resources are used opportunistically by VOs that do not own resources and who benefit from the grid effort of the OSG. The OSG continues to grow and is currently supporting 30 VOs at 80 sites. More than 1,000,000 cpu hours are turned into scientific results by their members every day.

OSG brings together many VOs for contracted and/or opportunistic sharing of resources in a grid environment, allowing for more effective use of their collective resources. Use of resources at a site is determined by a combination of the site's local policies and the user VO's policies. VOs are responsible for contracting individually with each other for guaranteed access to resources.

Many VOs in the OSG address the specific requirements of their users with their own user support that provides more in-depth help than the OSG does (current VO list). Additionally some VOs provide dedicated resources to the OSG that provide preferred access to their members. Some VOs provide a problem specific user interface to their members.

The OSG assumes that each user is preferably supported by their membership VO. Each VO is expected to register with the OSG and provide support for their members. OSG support is maintained through a VO representative for each VO rather than a member of a VO.

The Open Science Grid is proud to support a wide range of scientific research activities, among them:

  • Astrophysics: LIGO
  • High Energy Physics: CMS and ATLAS
  • Nanoscience: NANOHUB
  • Structural Biology: SBGrid
  • Community VO (multiple sciences): Engage

 

OSG: https://www.opensciencegrid.org/bin/view

(Source: Open Science Grid)

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