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One Year on with EGI-ACE

EGI-ACE, an EU-funded project coordinated by the EGI Foundation, was kicked off in January 2021. The project will run for a total of 30 months, until July 2023, with a mission to empower researchers from all disciplines to collaborate in data- and compute-intensive research through free at the point of use services

EGI-ACE delivers the 'EOSC Compute Platform', an integrated compute environment that federates compute and storage facilities with various platforms and access layers. The project also contributes to the EOSC Data Commons through the setup and provisioning of 'Data Spaces' that integrate scientific datasets and data analytics tools on top of the Compute Platform.

Key achievements after the first 12 months of EGI-ACE

EGI-ACE managed to scale up the EOSC Portal with 30 large-scale, diverse services from providers across Europe and beyond. We are proud that 9 EGI-ACE services have been among the top 10' most ordered' EOSC services.

More than 40,000 users accessed our services, and the EOSC Compute Platform served 56 user communities in this period. The user communities vary from their origin, type, and disciplinary scope. To equip different scientific communities across Europe with access to state-of-the-art services for data-intensive research, the project so far delivered 20 Thematic Services / Data Spaces for a total of 37,000 users.

Data Spaces are special thematic services that host and integrate both datasets and scientific tools into a single unit, enabling the scalable, online analysis of big datasets. The Data spaces federate data from multiple providers and host those data on the EOSC Compute Platform resources together with applications that understand and can process the data. 

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The total capacity requested by EGI-ACE use cases amounted to 105 Million CPU hours. Such amount of computational power was made available by the EOSC Compute Platform relying on:

  • EC funding through EGI-ACE Virtual Access
  • National funding mobilised by the national e-Infrastructures participating in the EGI infrastructure.
  • EGI participants' funding that was supporting the cost of EGI federation services.

<strong>Ensuring capacity matches demand</strong>

The EGI-ACE Virtual Access budget allows project members to deliver 80 Million CPU hours in total over 30 months through various computing capabilities. Assuming the demand trend remains the same, the available funding will allow it to serve around 50% of the demand stimulated by the project.

It is clear that the type of services provided by EGI-ACE is in high demand, and the project has been able to capture it successfully. For the remaining part of the project, we will ensure the allocation of the remaining resources to the most promising research use cases in need of data-centric scientific computing.

<strong>Read more</strong>

A more detailed analysis of the project achievements as well as the project strategy can be found here

EGI-ACE is a 30-month project coordinated by the EGI Foundation with a mission to empower researchers from all disciplines to collaborate in data- and compute-intensive research through free-at-point-of-use services. EGI-ACE receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101017567.