CSIR Meraka Institute – South African National Grid (SAGrid)
Resource Infrastructure Provider
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on 14 October 2011
The Meraka Institute of the CSIR is South Africa's leading ICT research institute and manages several fundamental pillars of the country's e-Infrastructure. These include the Centre for High-Performance Computing (CHPC), the South African National Research Network (SANReN). Meraka is the lead institute of the South African National Grid Joint Research Unit (SAGrid JRU), the coordination of which forms part of the “Cyberinfrastructure Competency Area” within the institute.
SAGrid is a federation of South African universities, national laboratories and research groups, represented in the JRU by their respective directors, which have formed a collaboration in order to promote e-Science in the country and the Sub-Saharan region. This includes site services at each of the 7 fully functional grid sites, as well as the core services maintained by the Universities of the Free State and Cape Town respectively.
The specific goals of the collaboration are to:
Enhance the capacities of both infrastructures.
Provide local and global operational services as needed to support the international user community and the EGI operational needs.
Subscribe to a mandatory set of policies, procedures and OLAs.
Comply with the operations interfaces required by the EGI Operations Architecture10, which are needed to ensure seamless and interoperable access to resources.
Participate in the Operations Management Board to contribute to the EGI operations agenda.
Participate in the Security Policy Team to contribute to the development of the security policies fabric of the infrastructure
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