For each sentence/phrase in INFRA-2012-3.2 I have put a bullet list of key points I identified and my ideas below.

Title: International cooperation with the USA on common e-Infrastructure for scientific data

  • e-Infrastructure: Grid/Cloud/Super Computing
  • Need USA partner -- need support from NSF

The objective is

to establish an EU/USA coordination platform aiming at full interoperability of scientific data infrastructures, and

  • EU/USA coordination platform
    • main goal is the organisation (the forum) to discuss interoperability of SDI's
    • the forum should result in a proposed standard(s), reference implementation, and 3-4 applications which use the reference implementation
  • scientific data infrastructures:
    • data access & movement, metadata catalogues, data replica catalogs

to demonstrate this coordination through several joint EU-USA prototypes that would ensure persistent availability and effective sharing of data across scientific domains, organisations and national boundaries.

  • several (== 3 or 4) joint EU-USA prototypes. Ideas of potential prototypes from HEP:
    • Remote data access from job (Xrootd, http across the WAN)
    • Common Cloud storage API: Amazon S3, OpenStack...
    • ...

The platform should provide for:

the collection of requirements and approaches for standardisation (development, promotion, adoption and maintenance);

  • Workshop to collect requirements, see various scientific data infrastructures
  • Form Technical Working Group:
    • Requirements deliverable document
    • prepare solution approaches before next workshop

common ICT infrastructure approaches (technical, semantic, reference architecture, financing models, etc) in order to lower access barriers;

  • Workshop to discuss proposed solutions -- technical proposals for interoperability between SDI's

harmonisation of intellectual property frameworks for scientific information;

  • Open access licences for all technical deliverables
  • Papers published in peer reviewed conferences/journals

and mechanisms for international networking of experts and multidisciplinary communities.

  • Need 2 or 4 workshops (1/2 EU, 1/2 USA)
    • 1st to discuss requirements, catalog existing scientific data infrastructures, networking
      • Form Technical Working Group
    • 2nd where parties present proposals for prototype common data infrastructure
    • 3rd reference implementation
    • 4th applications using the reference implementation.

  • Workplans:
    • NA3.2.1: Project Management
    • NA3.2.2: Coordination
      • Organize workshops (2 of them. USA should organise the other half).
      • Disseminations, Training.

The joint prototypes should leverage and build upon similar initiatives in Europe and USA.

  • Similar initiatives:
    • WLCG storage
    • SRM
    • WLCG Storage Jamboree: Dynamic data dist., Xrootd, NFS 4.1, HTTP, Data caching,
    • Cloud Computing R&D: search for common data API: Amazon S3, OCCI

The proposal should clearly describe synergies and collaboration with corresponding existing or potential NSF-funded initiatives.

  • Main collab should be with OSG
  • Also specific HEP contacts -- ATLAS, CMS NSF-funded projects?

-- DanielVanDerSter - 18-Oct-2011

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