The distributed computing infrastructure we now call EGI is a success. The installed High-Throughput Compute capacity has surpassed one million cores earlier this year, and as of March we have about 690 petabytes available for disk and tape storage. Our federated e-infrastructure processes more than half a billion compute jobs per year and serves research communities across all fields of science.
The scale and range of the achievements are impressive but, like Rome, none of it was built in a day. Taking the EGI federation off the ground involved groundbreaking work and dozens of teams across Europe.
So what were the major steps in our story?
Sara Coelho is the EGI Foundation Communications Manager and did not know what middleware was until 2010.
Jeff Templon leads the Physics Data Processing programme at NIKHEF and has worked on grid computing since July 2001.
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