agINFRA / BioVeL / ViBRANT
Dr. David Roberts
»Integration of services across biodiversity science
agINFRA, BioVel and ViBRANT are three independently-funded international projects in the field of biodiversity informatics. At a recent co-ordination meeting they have agreed a collaborative framework to deliver additional value beyond each of their separate, individual objectives. Biodiversity informatics is fundamental to many areas of current concern, including the impact of climate change, food security, the management of invasive species, evaluation of ecosystem services and biodiversity loss. Together these three projects are leading an initiative to formulate a community-wide view of biodiversity informatics that will establish community priorities over a 10-year period, intending to address issues around data access, to make modelling and planning both easier and more reliable.
CHAIN – Co-ordination and Harmonisation of Advanced e-INfrastructures
Prof. Federico Ruggieri
»Intercontinental e-Infrastructures for Science
The CHAIN project, co-funded by the European Commission aims to coordinate and leverage the efforts made over the past 6 years to extend the European e-Infrastructure (and particularly Grid) operational and organisational principles to a number of regions in the world. CHAIN uses their results with a vision of a harmonised and optimised interaction model for e-Infrastructure and specifically Grid interfaces between Europe and the rest of the world. The project is defining a strategy and a model for external collaboration, in close collaboration with EGI.eu, which will enable operational and organisation interfacing of EGI and external e-Infrastructures. It is working to validate this model, as a proof-of-principle, by supporting the extension and consolidation of worldwide Virtual Research Communities, which require distributed facilities across the regions for trans-continental research.
EDGI – European Desktop Grid Infrastructure
Ms Agnes Szeberenyi
»Getting the most out of Desktop Grids for your application
EDGI - European Desktop Grid Infrastructure develops a middleware to support European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) and National Grid Infrastructures’ user communities - to extend their ecosystem with Desktop Grids and Clouds. The project is focused on heavy users of Distributed Computing Infrastructures that require an extremely large number of CPUs and cores EDGI has also established the International Desktop Grid Federation to coordinate DG-related activities in Europe and worldwide both for solving technical issues as well as to attract volunteer DG resource donors by disseminating results of the EDGI and EGI-related projects. The EDGI project is supported by the FP7 Capacities Programme of the European Commission. More information on EDGI is available at http://edgi-project.eu.
EGI – European Grid Infrastructure
Ms Catherine Gater
EGI provides European scientists and their international partners with a sustainable, reliable e-Infrastructure that supports their needs for large-scale data analysis. This is essential for solving the big questions facing science today. Through the EGI-InSPIRE project, EGI aims to integrate Distributed Computing Infrastructures such as clouds, supercomputing networks and desktop grids, to benefit user communities within the European Research Area. EGI collects user requirements and provides support to current and potential new user communities, such as the ESFRI projects, high energy physics, computational chemistry and life sciences. EGI collaborates with international partners, including Technology Providers, to develop and deliver robust and user-centric software, Resource Infrastructure Providers, to share geographically distributed ICT resources and Virtual Research Communities, which use EGI to collaborate across borders and produce and share scientific results. EGI is also involved in international policy bodies and standards organisations, to produce strategic and technical policies for European e-Infrastructures.
EMI/ScienceSoft – Open Software for Open Science
Dr. Florida Estrella
»Instruct enables researchers to pool resources for an integrated view of cell structure
Research and innovation are key drivers of Europe 2020 - to speed up and improve the way we conceive, develop, produce and access products and services. In response to this challenge, EMI and a number of other projects aim to strengthen Europe’s science base by promoting the broad use of open source solutions. Transparency, openness and freedom-of-choice in open source development, more than just low cost, create better software and more collaboration. ScienceSoft aims to support research by promoting user- and market-driven open source development by establishing a community of open source software developers and users for scientific research in Europe. The ScienceSoft MarketPlace is where developers and service providers can advertise their open source offerings, and where users and entrepreneurs can look for open source solutions. Software directories, peer-reviews by users and collaboration tools will help the development of efficient products and services and innovation in more mature software markets.
ENGAGE – An Infrastructure for Open, Linked Governmental Data Provision towards Research Communities and Citizens
Dr. Fotis Karagiannis
The main goal of ENGAGE project is the deployment and use of an advanced service infrastructure, incorporating distributed and diverse public sector information resources as well as data curation, semantic annotation and visualisation tools, capable of supporting scientific collaboration and governance-related research from multi-disciplinary scientific communities, while also empowering the deployment of open governmental data towards citizens. The ENGAGE consortium comprises of 9 partners from Belgium, Germany, Greece, Israel, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, with an excellent track record both in the eInfrastructures and the Governance domain including world-leaders in cloud infrastructures and a large network of scientific data diffusion (EUROCris). ENGAGE has established links with numerous public sector organisations, research communities, open data experts and standardisation fora.
EU-Brazil OpenBio – EU-Brazil Open Data and Cloud Computing e-Infrastructure for Biodiversity
Prof. Vassil Alexandrov
The project focuses on providing interoperation of existing Brazilian and European e-Infrastructures in the distributed computing, scientific data and portals & platform domains. The project aims to make available a rich set of facilities and tools developed by extending, enriching, and integrating open software implemented in the context of Brazilian and European projects, such as Catalogue of Life, speciesLink, openModeller, D4Science-II and Venus-C. Particular attention is paid to putting together a broad set of services that exploit, harmonise, and improve the quality of the large variety of open access data. The efficiency of the chosen approach will be demonstrated through two Use Cases: (i) integration of Regional & Global Taxonomies and (ii) Data usability and ecological niche modelling. Also an analysis of the current state-of-the-art of EU and Brazilian e-Infrastructure and Cloud Computing projects and initiatives will be carried out in order to identify how the collaborations initiated by the project in support of the biodiversity domain can be continued and further expanded.
EUDAT – European Data Infrastructure
Mr Damien Lecarpentier
»TOWARDS A COLLABORATIVE DATA INFRASTRUCTURE
EUDAT is a new European initiative working on the establishment of a Collaborative Data Infrastructure (CDI) with the capacity and capability for meeting future researchers’ needs and enabling cross-disciplinary science in a sustainable way. This pan-European infrastructure will build upon the data and metadata solutions that have been established in the participating communities and provide common services to access and preserve scientific data. This will become increasingly important over the next decade as we face the challenges of massive expansion in the volume of data being generated and preserved (the so called ‘data tsunami’) and in the complexity of that data and the systems required to provide access to it. The EUDAT project is co-funded by the EC FP7 and coordinated by CSC – IT Center for Science, Finland. It comprises 25 European partners, including data centres, technology providers, and research communities and funding agencies from 13 countries.
GLOBAL Excursion – Global Excursion – Extended Curriculum for Science Infrastructure Online
Ms Sue Murkett
The GLOBAL excursion project will offer teachers and students access to the experimental laboratories and resources of selected scientific experiments in order to enrich science curricula by expanding schools’ existing teaching and learning materials. By connecting science e-Infrastructures, resources and tools with schools, students can experience challenging and authentic learning scenarios. Students can engage and gain insights into authentic scientific research; they can even contribute to it and reawaken interest in natural science education. The scientific disciplines involved are nano- and biotechnologies, as well as volunteer computing and life sciences. In addition to connecting to the different scientific resources and experiments, GLOBAL Excursion will also offer communication, collaboration and networking facilities for researchers, teachers and students. The GLOBAL excursion project aims to engage with students studying science in an approachable and progressive fashion and to enable communication between the current science community and its future protagonists
GLORIA – GLObal Roboti telescope Intelligent Array for escience
Dr. Francisco M. Sánchez
GLORIA is an innovative citizen science project with the aim of creating the first network of robotic telescopes which will give free access to a virtual community via the Internet with the following objectives:
1° GLORIA is a social network for researching astronomy.
2° GLORIA is going to increase the number of robotic telescopes.
3° GLORIA will increase the number of research experiments.
4° GLORIA is going to engage newcomers.
5° GLORIA is going to continue in the future.
HOST – HPC Service Centre
Prof. Dana Petcu
»HPC as a Service – reaching high scalability and elasticity
The West University of Timisoara runs the first Romanian supercomputer, an IBM Blue Gene P, as well as two clusters. The current research activities of the team in the frame of FP7 project HOST are based on the supercomputer for satellite image processing, and on clusters for simulations of application portability between Clouds and automated management of resources on Cloud provide side. Beyond the infrastructure and collaborations presentation, the poster will points to the latest results of teams involved in these collaborations (a highly scalable algorithm of image classification, and an open-source platform for portable Cloud-based applications). The infrastructure is also used in the frame of other EC projects like FP7 HP-SEE for environmental studies and the COST Action ComplexHPC in numerical simulations.
Ms Francesca Garofalo
»WeNMR: bringing Grid computing to a worldwide structural biology community
HPC-Europa2, with a history now spanning two decades, is currently based on a partnership of 7 of Europe’s leading HPC centres, working together to offer a high-level service of access to HPC infrastructures. With an independent international peer-review procedure, an extremely large basin of users (numbering a few thousand) and a wide and structured group of scientific hosts (more than one thousand), HPC-Europa2 has, over the last 8 years, allowed around 2000 researchers to benefit from access to the most advanced HPC infrastructures in Europe, supplemented by a wide and structured training scheme and in-depth scientific tutoring. In-person visits to scientific host sites supported by funds for travel, accommodation facilities, minimal bureaucracy and effective scientific and technical support and collaboration make HPC-Europa2 a reliable, efficient and essential tool for researchers to get started with HPC..
Ms Francesca Garofalo
HPCWorld (hpcworld.eu) – a consortium of high-performance computing centers primarily based in Europe – is sponsored by the European Commission DG INFSO to edit the handbook of best practices for the effective allocation of HPC resources. The main purpose of the “Handbook of HPC e-Science Infrastructure Allocation Reviewing, Selection and Management”, published in November 2011, is to summarize a set of best practices, to be used by all types of RIs, based on the peer-review process as the means by which proposals would be assessed. The aim of the project is to enhance the effectiveness and coherence of national and community research policies by strengthening international cooperation beyond continental boundaries and by promoting synergies among the EU RIs and similar infrastructures and programmes from other regions (e.g. US, New Zealand, Australia).
HP-SEE & SEERA-EI
Dr. Ognjen Prnjat
»South East European eInfrastructures: Status and Vision.
HP-SEE & SEERA-EI projects
eInfrastructures are a key element in the development of scientific research & Information Society in Europe. Enabling sustainable, transparent, ubiquitous eInfrastructures, open to a wide range of user communities worldwide, contributes significantly to the growth of scientific research, education, and innovation. High-Performance Computing Infrastructure for South East Europe’s Research Communities - HP-SEE is one of the core e-Infrastructure projects in the area of South-East Europe. The project works across several strategic lines of action such as linking the existing HPC facilities in the region into a common infrastructure and providing operational and management solutions for it. South East European Research Area for eInfrastructures SEERA-EI project supports the technical initiatives by linking together policy bodies in the region and defining the longer-term strategy and vision. HP-SEE and SEERA-EI projects have a significant role in establishing an e-Infrastructure compatible with European developments, thus ensuring equal participation of the region in European networking and computing trends.
i4Life – Indexing for Life
Dr. Alastair Culham
»Using the Catalogue of Life
The i4Life Project (Indexing for Life) is creating a Virtual Research Community to develop and harmonise the various species catalogues used by six of the world’s global biodiversity programmes using the Catalogue of Life as a yardstick. One of the great issues in biodiversity science is how to synthesize a comprehensive view of the entire biodiversity to better understand how it functions, and to model and forecast how it will respond to major anthropogenic pressures. Six ‘global biodiversity programmes’, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), the European Nucleotide Archive (part of INSDC), the Barcode of Life initiatives, the IUCN Red List, the LifeWatch project, and the Encyclopedia of Life, join with the Catalogue of Life to explore the full extent of species covered. The target is to enable each programme to enhance its catalogue with the assistance of the others, and to create a harmonised list for all named species.
LinkSCEEM-2 – Linking Scientific Computing in Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean
Prof. Constantia Alexandrou | email@example.com |
The LinkSCEEM-2 project aims at the establishment of a high performance computing (HPC) eco-system in the Eastern Mediterranean region by interlinking and coordinating regional computer, storage and visualization resources to form an integrated e-infrastructure. The main project objective is to enable scientific research in the region by engaging and supporting research communities with an initial emphasis in the fields of climate research, digital cultural heritage and synchrotron radiation applications. To achieve its mission, the project will link e-resources, provide user support and training, carry out targeted networking activities, and, develop and implement a well-structured HPC resource allocation mechanism. Three regional HPC centres, namely CaSToRC, BA and NARSS contribute computational resources to the integrated e-infrastructure of LinkSCEEM-2. Additional computational centres from the region may participate through integrating their resources during the course of the project.
MMM@HPC – Multiscale Materials Modelling with High Performance Computing
Prof. Wolfgang Wenzel
In MMM@HPC simulation expert groups unite with computational resource providers to deliver an integrated infrastructure for multi-scale materials modelling. MMM@HPC will be an open platform to integrate of existing software modules into customizable, high performance protocols and workflows. We will provide the European research community with a leading edge software infrastructure to exploit the highest quality software and computational resources; enabling Europe to address the emerging grand challenges in materials science and engineering. MMM@HPC will strengthen Europe’s international role as software provider and nucleate a unified community of computational scientists to address emerging computing needs of the research community with a very efficient, evolving research tool. The project will demonstrate a direct impact towards solving visible European R&D challenges in the areas of energy storage, energy conservation, carbon based devices for electronics and polymer based electronics.
Dr. Erlendur Helgason
»NordForsk – focus on Research Infrastructure
NordForsk is an organisation under the Nordic Council of Ministers that provides funding for Nordic research cooperation as well as advice and input on Nordic research policy. With the purpose to promote excellence in research, the organisation launches strategic initiatives which bring together national research groups in large-scale Nordic programmes based on common pot. NordForsk strives to find added value in common ground between initiatives. One priority in NordForsk strategy is research infrastructure. NordForsk´s efforts in this area have increased over the years as research infrastructures has become one of the most important research policy areas. In many countries, including the Nordic, initiatives have been taken to formulate long-term strategies for the establishment of research infrastructure. Read more: www.nordforsk.org
OpenAIREplus – 2nd Generation Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe
Prof. Michael Chatzopoulos
Support the research work of European scientists by creating and operating a robust, sustainable, and participatory open access infrastructure responsible for the overall management, analysis, manipulation, provision, and (most importantly) cross-linking of a very broad spectrum of scientific publications and a selected subset of related datasets through a suite of generic services and technologies developed, supported by a European-wide multiplicator network established.
OSIRIS – Towards an Open and Sustainable ICT Research Infrastructure
Mrs Rosette Vandenbroucke
The main aim of the OSIRIS project initiative is to build the platform, mechanism and models required to secure the efficient involvement of Member States, Associated Countries and regions to develop cross border public-public partnerships and to establish a coordinated approach to future large scale investments in transnational European ICT RIs. The targeted areas are those that require large investments, such as micro/nanoelectronics, organic electronics and photonics, high performance computing facilities and experimental facilities for networks, data infrastructures and future internet. Within the project tools have been developed that facilitate easy access to information on ICT Research Infrastructures as well as models which help to understand their operational principles. In depth studies on several key RIs have been performed and the results of these will be provided.SIRIS
PRACE – Partnership for Advanced Computing
Dr. Florian Berberich
»PRACE enabling International Competition in HPC
The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) is a unique persistent pan-European Research Infrastructure for High Perfomance Computing (HPC). PRACE forms the top level (Tier-0) of the European HPC ecosystem and provides access to computing resources at the highest performance level and offers sophisticated services for scientific simulations in all fields of research and engineering. PRACE enables European scientist and industry through a sustained program of continuous investment in new systems to stay globally competitive. PRACE and its partners have on going international cooperations with major stakeholders in HPC, e.g. XSEDE (USA), contributing to the global effort in using HPC as a powerful instrument to solve our socio-economic challenges of the next years. Access to PRACE resources is open to European researchers and their international collaborators from academia and industry.
SeaDataNet – Pan-European infrastructure for ocean and marine data management
Dr. Michèle Fichaut
SeaDataNet has developed an efficient distributed Marine Data Management Infrastructure for the management of large and diverse sets of data deriving from in situ and remote observation of the seas and oceans. Professional data centres, active in data collection, constitute a Pan-European network providing on-line integrated databases of standardized quality. The on-line access to in-situ data, meta-data and products is provided through a unique portal interconnecting the interoperable node platforms constituted by the SeaDataNet data centres. The development and adoption of common communication standards and adapted technology ensure the platforms interoperability. The quality, compatibility and coherence of the data issuing from so many sources, is assured by the adoption of standardized methodologies for data checking, by dedicating part of the activities to training and preparation of synthesized regional and global statistical products from the most comprehensive in-situ data sets made available by the SeaDataNet partners. Data, value added products and dictionaries serve wide uses: e.g. research, model initialisation, industrial projects, teaching, marine environmental assessment.
VAMDC – Virtual Atomic and Molecular Data Centre
Dr. Marie Lise Dubernet
»Virtual Atomic and Molecular Data Centre: A new way to disseminate atomic and molecular data
Atomic and molecular (A+M) data are of critical importance across a wide range of applications such as astrophysics, atmospheric physics, fusion, environmental sciences, combustion chemistry, health and clinical science including radiotherapy and underpin a range of industries ranging from technological plasmas to lighting. The Virtual Atomic and Molecular Data Centre (VAMDC) is a major new European initiative that is now building a unified, secure, documented, flexible and interoperable e-science environment-based interface to 17 existing A+M databases. VAMDC combines the expertise of existing A+M databases, data producers and service providers with the specific aim of creating an infrastructure that is easily tuned to the requirements of a wide variety of users in academic, governmental, industrial or public communities. The VAMDC project encompasses the construction of the core consortium, the development and deployment of the infrastructure and the development of interfaces to existing A+M Databases such that by its completion, at the end of 2012, VAMDC will have established itself as the a preeminent data distribution system for the its seventeen composite A+M databases, based in the ERA and in Russia, which will be open to ERA users and regulated by registration of users on a portal.VAMDCVirtualAtomicandMolecularDataCentre
VENUS-C – Virtual Multidisciplinary Environments Using Cloud Infrastructures
Mrs Silvana Muscella
VENUS-C (Virtual Multidisciplinary EnviroNments USing Cloud Infrastructures) is a pioneering project for the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme that draws its strength from a joint co-operation bringing together industrial partners and scientific user communities. The aim is to develop, test and deploy an industry-quality cloud computing service to empower researchers through the easy deployment of end-user services, underpinned by Windows Azure and its European data centres, the Engineering data centre and two European High Performance Computing centres: The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH, Sweden) and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC, Spain). VENUS-C user communities stem from seven partner affiliations developing applications for the Cloud across four thematic areas: Biomedicine, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Civil Protection and Emergencies, and Marine Biodiversity Data. VENUS-C has also provided seed funds for 15 pilots through an Open Call process. 5 voluntary experiments are also taking part in VENUS-C. Applications span architecture and civil engineering, astrophysics, biology, bioinformatics, chemistry, civil protection and emergencies, earth sciences, healthcare, maritime surveillance, mathematics, mechanical engineering and social media assessment.