EGI-InSPIRE

 

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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