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Primeur weekly 2014-02-24

Special

H2020: the long road to an integrated open and accessible European e-Infrastructure ...

PRACE, HPC applications and technological development: three ingredients for a top European strategy ...

Yannick Legré is the new director of EGI.eu ...

The Cloud

Red Hat Enteprise Linux OpenStack Platform leveraged by Alcatel-Lucent, CloudBand as part of its Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Platform ...

AT&T and IBM join forces to deliver new innovations for the Internet of Things ...

Mellanox introduces CloudX Platform to enable companies to build the most efficient public, private and hybrid Clouds ...

EuroFlash

Powerful supercomputer to offer a glimpse of the early universe ...

From a distance: New technique for repair work ...

ECRIN-ERIC to host inauguration ceremony ...

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology to develop ultra-small and ultra–fast electro-optic modulator ...

SURFsara to host Data & Computing Infrastructure Event on 12-13 March 2014 ...

USFlash

SDSC team develops multi-scale simulation software for chemistry research ...

SDSC/UC San Diego researchers hone in on Alzheimer's disease ...

Intel advances next phase of Big Data intelligence: real time analytics ...

Supercomputer dramatically accelerates rapid genome analysis ...

Using computers to speed up drug discovery ...

Better cache management could improve chip performance and cut energy use ...

A step closer to a photonic future ...

HP delivers record-breaking performance and dramatic efficiencies with HP ProLiant servers ...

Researchers propose a better way to make sense of 'Big Data' ...

Mega-bucks from Russia seed development of 'Big Data' tools ...

A new laser for a faster Internet ...

C-DAC to organize Accelerating Biology 2014: Computing Life ...

NetApp introduces unified scale-out storage systems and virtualization software for the unbound Cloud era ...

Supermicro shipping 96 DIMM 4U 4-Way SuperServer featuring new Intel Xeon processor E7-8800/4800 v2 ...

H2020: the long road to an integrated open and accessible European e-Infrastructure


14 Feb 2014 Brussels - At the H2020 Information Days on Research Infrastructures and Networking on 13-14 February 2014, Anni Hellman, Deputy Head of Unit for e-Infrastructures in DG Connect at the European Commission, explained in a video interview the purpose of these information days that have become a tradition at the start of a new Framework Programme, as now with Horizon2020. Approximately 250 participants attended these first information days to search for partners in new projects.

The European Commission aims to integrate different areas together by combining for example data and computing. Other topics are HPC, European e-Infrastructures, virtual research environments, but also specific e-Infrastructure skills. The aim is to bring together computer experts and scientists by discovering the talents in between.

Europe wants to bring HPC more at the forefront in H2020 by focusing on three pillars: exascale computing, which is not part of the e-Infrastructure programme being however an absolute H2020 topic; establishing Centres of Excellence focused on the development of coding for exascale, and e-Infrastructures to support HPC. In addition, much attention is paid to open access and open data to help close the digital divide and to make all research digital.

The first call starts in April. Calls for the majority of this programme component will follow in September with a few to remain at the beginning of 2015. The big dream is to create one single integrated e-Infrastructure for Europe, the so-called e-Infrastructure Commons as highlighted in the e-IRG White Paper. There is still a long way to go but Europe is working hard to bring together the building blocks for the integrated e-Infrastructure.