IBERGRID looking towards the EOSC

Isabel Campos and Jorge Gomes highlight the IBERGRID developments

The signature on November 8th in 2003 of the Scientific & Technology Cooperation Agreement between Spain and Portugal, marked the start of a strategic scientific cooperation in the Iberian Peninsula, which included distributed computing as one of the key topics.

IBERGRID was born out of the Iberian Common Plan for distributed infrastructures released in 2007. Since then, IBERGRID has been federating infrastructures from Iberian research & academic organisations mainly focused on grid, cloud computing and data processing.

The IBERGRID infrastructure comprises 12 computing and data centers in Spain and Portugal. A number of replicated services guarantees data integrity and resilience in the operations of the critical services. The infrastructure has provided 984 million processing hours since 2006 to support the HEP experiments and several user communities. This includes 19 million hours on biomedical applications and ~6 million hours on computational chemistry. Strictly on cloud support, more than 216,000 Virtual Machines have been instantiated providing more than 2 million cloud processing hours to Lifewatch ERIC in the last year.

On the R&D side, service integration activities are taking place in numerous areas. An example is OPENCoastS, a service to provide on-demand circulation forecast systems as a service for the Atlantic coasts. The service is deployed at the computing site NCG-INGRID-PT, part of the EGI Federation, but it is being integrated into EOSC-hub as a Thematic Service in collaboration with LIP, LNEC, INCD, UNICAN, CNRS, and CSIC.

On the software development side, IBERGRID is contributing in many areas. CSIC has developed OpenStack support for VOMS authorization and authentication, cloud pre-emptible instances (OPIE) as well as CPU Cloud accounting. The Technical University of Valencia developed and maintains the Infrastructure Manager (IM), a key service to support the instantiation of tailored clusters now part of the EOSC-hub service catalogue.

Support to user-level container execution has been developed and is maintained by the IBERGRID software teams at LIP. Udocker is an extremely successful software product – more than 310 stars in GitHub: which is being explicitly recommended in many computing centers around the world as the best solution for users to execute containers, without requiring the intervention of the system administrator layer.

Software Quality Assurance has generated an enormous amount of activity in the Iberian area. LIP, CSIC, CESGA and UPVLC are in charge of ensuring the quality of the UMD software deployed by EGI. The Accounting Portal of EGI is maintained & developed by CESGA for the EGI community.

The IBERGRID community gathers around conferences in the Iberian area, and a dedicated event, the IBERGRID conference series, this year takes place in Lisbon from 11th to 12th of October.

IBERGRID looks into the future EOSC with optimism. From the user support side our main assets are a very consolidated user-base, and well-reputed user engineering and support teams. From the technical point of view, we count on worldwide-recognised teams, with expertise and technical background to address the specific requirements from scientific communities in the EOSC era.


IBERGRID is a key Operations Centre of the EGI Federation. The resources made available by IBERGRID sites have been instrumental in supporting the four largest scientific collaborations based at the Large Hadron Collider (ALICE, ATLAS, CMS, LHCb).

Other examples of researchers supported by IBERGRID are:

CLIC and ILC: the next adventure in High Energy Physics
(+ 760,000 CPU hours in IBERGRID)

The Compact Linear Collider Study (CLIC) & the International Liner Collider (ILC) are two colla-borations set up to explore what happens when electrons and positrons (which are antielectrons) collide at high-energy. CLIC and ILC use electrons & their anti-particles (instead of protons as the LHC does) to collect a new range of high-precision measurements & get a different view on high-energy physics.


(+18 million CPU hours in IBERGRID used by the biomed VO since 2006)

A research group has discovered that in some situations a shift to self-fertilizing reproduction does not spell doom for the long-term survival of plant species.

Computational Chemistry
(+5 million CPU hours in IBERGRID used by the compchem VO since 2007)

A research team is pioneering a way to produce high-quality, carbon-neutral methane gas using industrial waste carbon dioxide.

The WeNMR suite of portals 
(+330,000 CPU hours in IBERGRID since 2013)

WeNMR supports +9,000 structural biologists worldwide with a suite on online, user-friendly portals. The portals are powered by High-Throughput Compute resources provided via an SLA by IBERGRID and other sites of the EGI Federation.

LifeWatch ERIC
Supported with IBERGRID cloud resources (+ 2 million hours in the last 12 months)

LifeWatch is a distributed Research e-Infrastructure to advance biodiversity research and to address the big environmental challenges and support knowledge-based strategic solutions to environmental preservation.

(Being integrated into IBERGRID and EGI as an EOSC-hub thematic service)

Operational Coastal Circulation Forecast Services (OPENCoastS) provides on-demand circulation forecast system-as-a-service for the European Atlantic coasts.

More information

Isabel Campos is IBERGRID Coordinator in Spain.
Jorge Gomes is IBERGRID Coordinator in Portugal.

IBERGRID website

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