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2 February 2012
Sara Coelho

Expanding EGI’s collaborations across the world

The European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) has recently signed agreements with two Resource Infrastructure Providers (Ukraine’s UNG and South Africa’s SAGrid) and one coordination project (e.inventory). These collaborations expand the geographical extent of the e-infrastructure, making more resources available to the community.

The Memoradum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ukraine National Grid (UNG) was signed by Steven Newhouse, director of EGI.eu, and Genady Zinovjev on behalf of the UNG community.

The UNG is a grid infrastructure, which includes the computer resources of the institutes of 30 national institutes and universities. Its main task is to develop the distributed computing and grid technologies necessary to advance computational calculations of fundamental and applied science. The UNG also links Ukrainian scientists in various major international grid projects.

The agreement will pave the way for the integration of the UNG in EGI and the deployment in Ukraine of central services in accordance with the EGI standards. This will benefit the Ukrainian fast-growing user community.

The agreement between EGI and SAGrid was signed at the Technical Forum in Lyon, by the Meraka Institute, a member of the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. The MoU aims to bring SAGrid into the EGI community but also to let them gain from the expertise of EGI’s other members. The collaboration was announced in the Autumn issue of the EGI newsletter.

Just before the New Year, on the 23rd of December, EGI signed an MoU with the e.inventory project, represented by Jorge Sanchez.

The e.nventory project is working towards the formation of the European e-Infrastructures Observatory, a single-entry-point, one-stop-shop, on-line data warehouse, possessing intuitive, interactive and user-friendly visualisations that allow for a multidimensional and polymorphic panorama for progress monitoring, analysis and dissemination of e-infrastructures achievements to stakeholders and to the public-at-large.

“It is my strong belief that the European e-Infrastructures Observatory can actively contribute to EGI activities by leveraging and disseminating the respective grid developments at National and Pan-European level,” said Jorge Sanchez. “I regard this collaboration to be of added-value for both projects and we very much look forward to a mutually beneficial, long-term partnership.”