Statistics NA3.1.2 - Progress Tracking: European e-Infrastructure Forum

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The EMI project lives within an ecosystem of e-Infrastructures and Research Infrastructures that represent its stakeholders.

The progress tracking of the European e-Infrastructure Forum and its results are an important part of the work in NA3.

In the following publications, phrases where EMI and other scientific software plays a role in context are highlighted.

Also, statements and recommendations of interest for the tasks in NA3 are noted divided into NA3.2 and NA.3.3.


Corresponding EMI contact: EMI Strategic Director Morris Riedel (Juelich Supercomputing Centre)


EEF Report on ESFRI Requirements 2010-04

Document Link: [ EEF Report on ESFRI Requirements 2010-04 Report (PDF) ]

NA3.2 Sustainability and Collaboration

  • Methodology of the fact-finding process
    • the findings of the Sixth European Conference on Research Infrastructures (ECRI201011) conference provided material on the potential relationship between einfrastructures and Research Infrastructures;
  • Overview of the ESFRI projects consulted and their requirements
    • Social sciences and humanities
      • Data archiving and curation is a common need for several of the ESFRI projects.
      • To enable this they identify a requirement for a flexible repository system and a system to provide Persistent IDentifiers (PIDs) which together will provide the basis for data storage/archiving and management.
      • The sensitive nature of the data to be stored leads to a need for a fine-grained Authentication and Authorization system, it also is imperative that such a system provides Single Sign On (SSO) functionality.
      • The ability to use grid/cloud compute facilities for the processing of the stored data is also foreseen in some projects.(L)
    • Biological and medical sciences
      • Developments in the field and the application of ICT are leading to huge increases in the amounts of data available.
      • These in turn require access to well structured databases, which should be broadly accessible.
      • In order to organize user-friendly data access, a major investment in computer infrastructure and storage is envisaged, along with the development of appropriate standards and ontologies.
      • The main demands on e-infrastructures are seen in terms of storage, grids, networks and general computing, with high performance computing, essentially large scale parallel computing, seen as being of lesser importance.
      • neuGRID: is planned as a GRID-based facility for the neuroscience community to assist in research on degenerative brain disease. (ECB Report - close contact to lighthouse communities)
    • Material and analytical facilities & physical and engineering sciences
      • The requirements of such Research Infrastructures are similar to those from the energy sector, with a definite need for high performance modelling, simulation and processing facilities and reliable high-speed network connections for data acquisition as well as its distribution to a large number of researchers around the world.
      • Their data also needs archiving facilities and open access for the user communities where they stress the importance of a single sign-on service.

NA3.3 Standardization and Integration

  • Overview of the ESFRI projects consulted and their requirements
    • Energy
      • Example: Fusion research community, ITM of EFDA and EUFORIA FP7 project (ECB Report - close contact to lighthouse communities)
      • Depending on the requirements, the work-flow is executed on local resources, on a compute grid or on remote High Performance Computers.(L)
      • Standardized ways are needed for code coupling and execution, for monitoring and for data management.(L)
      • Compute resource requirements range from small Linux clusters to supercomputers.
      • ITER operation is currently scheduled to start around 2020. Data lifetimes should cover present simulation results over the lifetime of ITER and DEMO (40 years).


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