How EGI supports Research Infrastructures

Gergely Sipos summarises our accomplishments in working with RIs

Research Infrastructures (RIs) and research collaborations are vital partners of the EGI community.

They are the main adopters of our services and they operate community cloud/storage/HTC and data systems. They also contribute with thematic services such as scientific portals and tools, made scalable and accessible through the use of EGI services. EGI is currently working with over 30 research infrastructures from all fields of science: from physics to astronomy, environmental sciences to humanities, life sciences, chemistry and many other disciplines. Here is an overview of our work and achievements with research infrastructures during the EGI-Engage project:

Environmental sciences

EMSO is a research infrastructure of seafloor & water-column observatories, set up to monitor environmental processes and their interactions. EMSO uses EGI Cloud Compute resources to help them scale-up their data management systems.

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. ESA wanted to develop a cloud infrastructure to support the Geohazards and Hydrology thematic exploitation platforms (TEPs). The two TEPs were integrated within the EGI Federated Cloud to give them enough computational power for their work.

EISCAT_3D will be the world’s leading facility for research of the upper atmosphere and the geospace environment. EGI & CNRS partnered with EISCAT to develop a web portal for researchers to discover and analyse the data generated by the EISCAT_3D radar.

EPOS is the ESFRI initiative for the solid Earth sciences. During the EGI-Engage project, EGI supported EPOS in collecting, analysing and comparing Earth Science community needs with EGI technical offerings.

ICOS is a pan-European research infrastructure for quantifying and understanding Europe’s greenhouse gas (GHG) balance. EGI is currently offering cloud resources to support the ICOS Carbon Portal and the development of a GHG-footprint calculation tool.

Life & Biomedical Sciences

ELIXIR unites Europe’s leading life science organisations in managing the volume of data generated by publicly-funded research. EGI supported ELIXIR in establishing a cloud infrastructure to support life science use cases and to setup scientific demonstrators to pilot its use.

The MoBrain Competence Center (CC) has developed online portals for life scientists worldwide, by integrating structural biology and medical imaging services and data. Mobrain collaborated with seven EGI data centres allowing the CC to use High-Throughput Computing and Online Storage services needed to develop their portals.

ERIC is a European organisation dedicated to improving the outcome of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and related diseases. EGI supports ERIC with cloud and storage resources in the development of a VRE for data repository (patient and clinical trial data).

LifeWatch is European infrastructure for biodiversity and ecosystem research. LifeWatch’s work with EGI led to a total of seven LifeWatch services for data management and modelling that use the computational resources of the EGI Federated Cloud.

Physics & Astronomy

The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) will be the world’s leading gamma-ray public observatory. CTA is using EGI’s High-Throughput Compute and Online Storage services to handle computational demands during the project’s preparatory phase. The CTA Virtual Organisation is one of the most active users of EGI’s HTC services.

WLCG is a global collaboration of over 170 computing centres with a mission is to provide global computing resources to store, distribute and analyse the data generated by the High Energy Physics experiments hosted by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. WLCG is the biggest consumer of EGI compute resources. The four largest EGI Virtual Organisations are all LHC experiments: ATLAS, ALICE, CMS and LHCb.

Arts & Humanities

DARIAH EU is a pan-European infrastructure for arts and humanities scholars working with computational tools. DARIAH partnered with EGI to make databases and digital applications available to scholars and provide transparent access to cloud resources via the DARIAH Science Gateway. EGI is dedicated to support both established and newly emerging RIs. The next phase of work will start with the EOSC-hub project in January 2018.

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Gergely Sipos is the EGI Foundation Customer and Technical Outreach Manager.