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e-Infrastructure Commons should connect the supercomputing, Big Data, networking and HPC islands in Europe ...

Big European research centres define road map to e-Infrastructure Commons ...

Bert's Bike measures Dutch cities' microclimates and other stories from the Dutch eScience conference ...

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DLR takes new supercomputer into operation ...

New project "Execution Models for Energy-Efficient Computing Systems" has launched ...

Fortissimo project to issue open call for proposal submissions for HPC-Cloud-based application experiments ...

PRACE Summer of HPC Awards Excellence ...

Allinea DDT leaps ahead with support for NVIDIA CUDA 5.5 and CUDA on ARM ...

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Lawrence Livermore, Intel, and Cray produce Big Data machine to serve as catalyst for next-generation HPC clusters ...

SDSC's high-performance computing systems benefit San Diego-area companies ...

Kemal Ebcioglu named recipient of 2013 IEEE Computer Society B. Ramakrishna Rau Award ...

University of New Hampshire celebrates first-in-the-state supercomputing capabilities ...

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e-Infrastructure Commons should connect the supercomputing, Big Data, networking and HPC islands in Europe


6 Nov 2013 Vilnius - At the e-IRG Conference in Vilnius earlier this month, e-IRG Board member Arjen van Rijn introduced the e-Infrastructure Commons concept from the e-IRG White Paper. The idea is that e-infrastructures that serve science in Europe will design a set of Common Services that makes them interoperable. The advantage of the European scientist is that they do not have to learn and apply for and access different infrastructures. But of course, collaboration between the independent infrastructures is needed. Currently there are different organisations covering different e-Infrastructure areas, such as Geant for networking, PRACE for superercomputing, EGI for HPC, IDGF for volunteer crowd computing, EUDat for Big Data.

Arjen van Rijn sees, however, some barriers and limitations on the way. On a national level, e-Infrastrcutures evolved over time in different ways. Often there are separate organisations for computing, networking, and other e-Infrastructures. On a European level, there are multiple organisations and projects active.

So one of the issues he sees is insufficient co-ordination and integration of existing e-Infrastructure services. There are also legal issues as a result of disparate legal frameworks in different countries, including limitations on the use of scientific e-Infrastructures by industry. On the other hand it is difficult for commercial companies to provide parts of the e-Infrastructures.

So the approach presented by Arjen van Rijn is to establish an e-Infrastructure Commons through a joint strategic effort between users and primary strategic actors and suppliers, to attain an ecosystem in which providers have the freedom to innovate and users enjoy the freedom to choose the services they need from a mix of public e-Infrastructure and commercial services.

However, Arjen van Rijn said, this cannot be achieved without a clear separation of roles for Community building, service provision; and innovation. Community building needs to be done for high-level strategy and co-ordination in Europe; for each type of e-Infrastructure service, and a single co-ordinating organisation with a central role for user communities is required.

Service provision needs to be flexible, open, and with competitive approach to national, European, and global service provision, with collaboration among the interested public and commercial service providers.

Innovation is best done through major projects in the best consortia including e-Infrastructure suppliers, industry, users and academia.

Arjen van Rijn sees the need for an e-Infrastructure umbrella forum for community building, high-level strategy setting and co-ordination for the entire e-Infrastructure, where user communities and strategy and co-ordination bodies for the different parts of the European e-Infrastructure work together on a common strategy and address common issues, including:

  • increasing the visibility of e-Infrastructures;
  • making e-Infrastructures relevant to a wider user base;
  • resolving the Digital (e-Infrastructure) Divide;
  • eliminating legal and political roadblocks for exploitation and innovation of e-Infrastructures;
  • promoting the use of sustainable business models for e-Infrastructures;
  • promoting effective structures for governance and finance giving users of all sizes a suitable role;
  • enabling standardisation for delivery of end-to-end services across multiple domains and resource types; - enabling the development of uniform, federated authentication and authorisation mechanisms.

The e-IRG, the e-Infrastructures reflection group has formulated recommendations based on the e-Infrastructure Commons vision. These are recommendations to user communities, European organisations of e-Infrastructures, National governments, and the EU.

National governments are recommended to provide basic funding for national e-infrastructures with a focus on continuous innovation and encourage co-operation with other national and European e-Infrastructures. The EU is recommended to strengthen the actions of the national governements by establishing a European harmonised framework for the funding of e-Infrastructure innovation. Also the use of the "Structural Funds" shoul be more applied to e-infrastructures and, of course, a lot of regulatory work needs to be done.

The White Paper that is at the basis of Arjen van Rijn's presentation, can be downloaded from the e-IRG website at http://e-irg.eu . Background info on European e-Infrastructures can be found in the e-IRG Knowledge Base at http://knowledgbase.e-irg.eu .

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Primeur weekly 2013-11-12

Special

e-Infrastructure Commons should connect the supercomputing, Big Data, networking and HPC islands in Europe ...

Big European research centres define road map to e-Infrastructure Commons ...

Bert's Bike measures Dutch cities' microclimates and other stories from the Dutch eScience conference ...

The Cloud

New publication: Developing Cloud Software - Algorithms, Applications, and Tools ...

Amazon Web Services deploys NVIDIA GRID GPUs ...

New computing model could lead to quicker advancements in medical research ...

Red Hat brings OpenShift Online Platform-as-a-Service to 14 new countries and expands gear size offerings for developers ...

Desktop Grids

BOINC 7.2.28 released to the public ...

EuroFlash

EUDAT and RDA/RDA Europe go to China ...

ESI releases a new version of ProCAST, the leading software solution for casting process simulation ...

SysFera to showcase strength in HPC management and remote visualization at Supercomputing Conference 13 ...

DLR takes new supercomputer into operation ...

New project "Execution Models for Energy-Efficient Computing Systems" has launched ...

Fortissimo project to issue open call for proposal submissions for HPC-Cloud-based application experiments ...

PRACE Summer of HPC Awards Excellence ...

Allinea DDT leaps ahead with support for NVIDIA CUDA 5.5 and CUDA on ARM ...

USFlash

Blue Waters and XSEDE sign collaborative agreement ...

Cray expands data management portfolio with new Tiered Adaptive Storage solution ...

Lustre file system version 2.5 released ...

Los Alamos National Laboratory selects DataDirect Networks' high-performance storage to support petascale collaboration among scientists & researchers ...

Micron's Hybrid Memory Cube earns high praise in next-generation supercomputer ...

Lawrence Livermore, Intel, and Cray produce Big Data machine to serve as catalyst for next-generation HPC clusters ...

SDSC's high-performance computing systems benefit San Diego-area companies ...

Kemal Ebcioglu named recipient of 2013 IEEE Computer Society B. Ramakrishna Rau Award ...

University of New Hampshire celebrates first-in-the-state supercomputing capabilities ...

Innodisk to debut 1M+ IOPS FlexiRemap technology at Supercomputing Conference 2013 ...

Suzuki accelerates the speed of vehicle design and innovation with DataDirect Networks high performance scale-out storage ...

DataCore Software's latest SANsymphony-V release magnifies the scope and sets the new standard for software-defined storage platforms ...