INDIGO-DataCloud project approved

The INDIGO-DataCloud project, with the objective of developing a new cloud software platform for the scientific community, has been approved by the European Commission within the scope of Horizon 2020. The project will bring together 26 institutions and major companies from 11 different European countries, coordinated at the European level by the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN).

The INDIGO-DataCloud project will be financed with 11 million euros in 30 months and will, for the first time, have leading scientific institutions and major companies working together in cloud development. This will build on the experience acquired during the development of the European Grid Infrastructure – EGI, which interconnects hundreds of computing centres across Europe via grid computing technologies and which was created to store, distribute and analyse, among others, the hundreds of millions of gigabytes of scientific data produced by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN.

Davide Salomoni of INFN-CNAF in Bologna and Principal Investigator of INDIGO, says: “With this project our efforts will focus on building a software platform which will be completely free of charge and open source, able to operate on both public as well as private network infrastructures. We will thus be able to respond at the same time to the calculation, processing or data storage needs of researchers from very different disciplines, without having to rewrite the software from scratch each time, through the use of common functionalities provided by the INDIGO platform.”

INDIGO has as industrial partners four major European ICT companies: Italy’s Santer Reply, Germany’s T-Systems, the multinational Atos and Spain’s Indra. In the project are involved Research Institutions and University from Italy, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Poland, United Kingdom, Czech Republic and Croatia.

Among the others participating in INDIGO are CERN (European Organization For Nuclear Research), DESY (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron) in Germany, CNRS (Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique) in France, STFC (Science & Technology Facilities Council) in United Kingdom and EGI.

The original press release is available online.