The role of EGI.eu is to coordinate and manage the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) on behalf of its participants. As such, EGI.eu offers a global set of services that complement and add value to the activities developed by individual National Grid Initiatives (NGIs) and European Intergovernmental Research Organisations (EIROs).
EGI.eu’s mission is to promote collaborative work within the community and to integrate the computing resources provided by the different members of the EGI federation.
The ultimate goal is to prevent fragmentation and duplication of effort across the community and coordinate common tasks, thus allowing the NGIs to focus on providing the best services for their users.
In its coordinating role, and besides coordinating the infrastructure and support services, EGI.eu provides the following services to the community:
The EGI.eu Operations Team coordinates and performs the activities required to deliver services at an agreed service level to the consumers of those services. Operations is also responsible for the ongoing management of technology deployment and technical support services.
All software upgrades and new programmes deployed on EGI are produced by independent technology providers. EGI.eu manages the outsourcing of technology developments, according to the requirements gathered by the User Community Board (UCB) and the Operations Management Board (OMB), negotiates with potential technology providers and assesses the new software’s quality.
EGI.eu represents the members of the EGI federation in the wider Distributed Computing Infrastructures (DCI) community and champions the interests of its communities at the European Union level. The EGI.eu oversees the development of EGI’s strategy and policy documents and papers according to the wider European vision for research and innovation.
EGI.eu organises EGI’s flagship events the Community Forum in Spring and the Technical Forum in Autumn, as well as other smaller events and workshops throughout the year. EGI.eu’s communications team leads the community’s effort to promote the latest news and scientific achievements of the research communities using EGI.