This news blog provides news about the e-IRG and related e-Infrastructure topics.

Fall 2018 edition of the e-IRG Magazine available

The e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) has published a new edition of the e-IRG Magazine. This Fall edition of the new e-IRG Magazine is now available for download.
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European Open Science Cloud to be officially launched in Vienna

The Austrian Presidency and the European Commission invite stakeholders from all Member States to celebrate the launch of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The launch event on 23 November 2018 marks the conclusion of a long process of consultation and reflection with stakeholders and is a symbolic start for the EOSC.
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Digital Infrastructures for Research – DI4R2018 – is serving the user base

The third edition of the annual Digital Infrastructures for Research (DI4R) conference was held this year at the University of Lisbon campus in Lisbon, Portugal from 9 October to 11 October 2018.
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Second EOSC Stakeholders Forum to focus on implementation of EOSC work plan

The EOSCpilot's second and final installment of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Stakeholders Forum 2018 will be held from 21-22 November 2018 at the Austria Center Vienna.
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World's first ARM-based Isambard supercomputer is ready for science

At the Workshops Day at ISC'18 in Frankfurt, Germany, we talked with e-IRG delegate Simon McIntosh-Smith, a professor of high-performance computing at the University of Bristol about the first ARM-based supercomputer. With some of his colleagues, Simon McIntosh-Smith designed and built Isambard, the world's first production-ready ARM-based supercomputer.
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Thomas Lippert to propose modular way of thinking to optimize both supercomputing technology and HPC policy

At the ISC'18 Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, we had the opportunity to talk with Thomas Lippert, who has recently become Chair of PRACE. Apart from that, he is also Director of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre where the first module of a new HPC system has been installed. This system is procured in the framework of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing in Germany. The machine of about 10...
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Special Edition of Open e-IRG Workshop under the Austrian EU Presidency will focus on relationship between Open Science, FAIR data and EOSC

The public Open e-IRG Special Edition Workshop under the Austrian EU Presidency will take place on 20-21 November 2018 in Vienna, Austria, focusing on e-Infrastructures in the broader context of the development of Open Science policies, the aspect of national nodes as foundation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and the open issue of Key Performance Indicators for e-Infrastructures.
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The ESFRI Roadmap 2018 on Research Infrastructures in Europe is available online

The European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) has published the updated Strategy Report and Roadmap 2018 that identifies eight scientifically leading projects from previous Roadmaps which, after ten years of incubation, have reached the operational phase, or are well advanced in their construction, and deserved the ESFRI Landmark status, as well as six new projects that were...
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The EuroHPC roadmap to exascale by 2022 in Europe

At the ISC'18 Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, Sergi Girona from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center expanded on EuroHPC, the exascale programme for Europe in the session on upcoming exascale systems. Analysing the TOP500 results, Sergi Gerona described the European Union as a union of states whereas the United States are united.
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Approval of the Protocol for the European project E-RIHS in Spain

The Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (CENIEH), together with the CSIC and the IPCE, has just signed a General Protocol for Action, for a term of four years which can be automatically extended, to link up the Spanish node of European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS).
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cOAlition S: making Open Access a reality by 2020

On 4 September 2018, 11 national research funding organisations, with the support of the European Commission including the European Research Council (ERC), have launched cOAlition S, an initiative to make full and immediate Open Access to research publications a reality.
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Part of Horizon 2020 HPC programme cancelled in favour of EuroHPC

The Horizon 2020 calls related to HPC will be cancelled from the 2019-2020 workprogramme. The related budget will be transferred to the new EuroHPC JU. This was announced by Thomas Skordas, European Commission director for "Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructure" in a blog post.
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German HPC and EuroHPC, a question of competitive collaboration benefiting science

After his presentation at ISC'18 in the session "German HPC in Context", we were able to talk with Michael Resch, Chairman of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing. His talk covered the German HPC developments, also in connection with the European developments in EuroHPC. Michael Resch told us that all these things fit nicely together because Germany has been very active. It was among the first...
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DEEP-EST project is exploring the nuts and bolts of mildly disruptive modular supercomputing architecture

At the ISC'18 Exhibition, we met Norbert Eicker at the Mont-Blanc booth. Norbert Eicker participates in the DEEP-EST project which is one of the Horizon2020 projects that develops technology for supercomputing. Norbert Eicker works at the Jülich Supercomputing Center leading the technology development in the field of supercomputer architectures. In the DEEP-EST project, the partners think about...
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RDA Grants for Early Careers and Experts - Join the 12th RDA Plenary, 5-8 November 2018, Botswana as part of the International Data Week 2018

Research Data Alliance (RDA) Europe continues its series of support programmes for data researchers and practitioners and is now running 2 Open Calls to facilitate participation of 7 RDA Early Career Researchers and 5 Expert RDA members to the 12th RDA Plenary meeting in Botswana.
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How the Science Cloud could pay its way

In the first half of 2018, members of the Science|Business Network's Cloud Consultation Group met twice to discuss potential business models for the European Union's proposed "Science Cloud" project.
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Share your thoughts and vote on the evolution of EOSC and FAIR data

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), is the European programme that builds a virtual environment for all researchers to store, manage, analyse and re-use data for research, innovation and educational purposes. You can share your wishes and thoughts via the online EOSC Stakeholder Open Consultation.
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CERN seeking answers and collaboration with industry to future challenges in data processing and storage

The first keynote speaker at ISC'18 in Frankfurt, Germany, was Maria Girone, CTO at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland. She talked about the challenges that are coming up for CERN in the next decade and the way these are being tackled already today with the newest technologies, including machine learning, artificial intelligence, advanced simulation,...
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SURFsara to create a national servicedesk for the international ELIXIR research infrastructure

SURFsara has developed a proof of concept of an ELIXIR supportdesk based on its national servicedesk model. The supportdesk assists users in ELIXIR ID and service registration using the ELIXIR Authentication and Authorisation Infrastructure (AAI). It is now ready to be further applied within ELIXIR's European research infrastructure for life sciences.
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Third Issue of eInfraCentral newsletter now available

The eInfraCentral project has published its third newsletter.
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eInfraCentral bringing together researchers and e-infrastructures

eInfraCentral is a Coordination and Support Action funded under the EU Horizon 2020 framework programme's INFRASUPP-03-2016 call. Running from January 2017 to mid-2019, eInfraCentral's mission is to ensure that by 2020 a broader and more varied set of users - including industry - benefits from European e-Infrastructures.
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eROSA Project to release Roadmap for a pan-European e-Infrastructure for Open Science in Agricultural and Food Sciences

The eROSA Project consortium - INRA, WUR and Agroknow - have released the "Roadmap for a pan-European e-Infrastructure for Open Science in Agricultural and Food Sciences".
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Exchange of experience and focus on specialisation are key to Europe regaining status in EuroHPC and e-Infrastructures

After the recent e-IRG and Vi-SEEM Workshops, we were invited by Ivan Dimov, Deputy Minister of Education and Science at his cabinet in Sofia, Bulgaria for an interview. Ivan Dimov gave a keynote at both workshops about e-Infrastructures and supercomputing. He is responsible for research in Bulgaria.
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ECMWF's scalability programme and co-design effort result in proposal for "Extreme Earth" Flagship Initiative

During the recent e-IRG Open Workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria, Dr. Peter Bauer, Deputy Director of Research at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), gave a talk on the need for co-design in supercomputers for weather prediction.
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EU ministers endorse Commission's plans for research Cloud

The European Open Science Cloud, which will support EU science in its global leading by creating a trusted environment for hosting and processing research data, is one important step closer to becoming a reality. Meeting in Brussels on 29 May, 2018, EU research ministers endorsed the roadmap for its creation. The Conclusions of the Competitiveness Council, proposed by the current Bulgarian...
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European Open Science Cloud's federating core will give researchers access to existing e-Infrastructures and services

After the e-IRG Open Workshop held in Sofia, Bulgaria, we had the opportunity to speak with Augusto Burgueño-Arjona, Head of the e-Infrastructures and Science Cloud Unit in DG Connect at the European Commission, for an update of the European Open Science Cloud's status.
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Vi-SEEM virtual research environment emerges as a mini-EOSC for Southeast European and Eastern Mediterranean scientists

The recent e-IRG Open Workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria was followed by the International Conference on e-Infrastructures for excellent science in Southeast Europe and Eastern Mediterranean, organized by the Vi-SEEM project. We were able to talk with Ognjen Prnjat, Vi-SEEM project coordinator and responsible for the conference. Ognjen Prnjat works for the Greek Research and Technology Network. This...
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Spring 2018 edition of the e-IRG Magazine available

The e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) has published a new edition of the e-IRG Magazine, formerly known as e-IRG Newsletter. This Spring edition of the new e-IRG Magazine is now available for download.
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ETAIS and eInfraCentral: a national and a European approach for offering e-Infrastructure services

At the open e-IRG Workshop, held 3-4 October 2017 at Tallinn University in Estonia, we had the opportunity to talk with Ilja Livenson, an IT specialist working on the Estonian Scientific Computing Infrastructure (ETAIS) project, and George Papastefanatos, a senior researcher and project manager at the ATHENA Research Centre and research associate with the University of Athens, about national...
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e-IRG Open Workshop to focus on EuroHPC and development of e-Infrastructures in South-Eastern European (SEE) and Eastern-Mediterranean (EM) region

The Open e-IRG Workshop under Bulgarian EU Presidency will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 14-15 May 2018.
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GO FAIR initiative to create implementation networks for stewardship of data

During the annual SURFsara Super D Event on December 12, 2017 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we had a conversation with Erik Schultes, International Science Coordinator at the GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office in Leiden, the Netherlands.
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GÉANT confirms Erik Huizer as CEO

GÉANT has confirmed Erik Huizer in his role as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) following his appointment in July 2017 on an interim basis.
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The European Processor Initiative (EPI) to develop the processor that will be at the heart of the European exascale supercomputer effort

Europe has an ambitious plan to become a main player in supercomputing. The EuroHPC initiative is a joint undertaking with as one of its goals to construct an exascale supercomputer based on European technology.
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Designing infrastructure for radio astronomy on an epic scale

The preparations for the Square Kilometre Array are advancing: construction is due to begin in 2020. An EU-funded project team working on infrastructure was one of several groups involved in the detailed design of this instrument, which will be co-located on two continents.
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Professor Ivan Dimov, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Education and Science, Bulgaria opened the 52nd e-IRG delegates meeting in Sofia, 20 March, 2018

The 52nd closed e-IRG delegate meeting was held in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 20 March 2018. The meeting was opened by the Deputy Minister of the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science Prof. Ivan Dimov.
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European Commission awaits consultation on the European Open Science Cloud

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), presented in the Communication on European Cloud Initiative - Building a competitive data and knowledge economy in Europe, as a part of the Digital Single Market Strategy, aims to give Europe a global lead in scientific data infrastructures and ensure that European scientists reap the full benefits of data-driven science.
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European Commission to adopt Implementation Roadmap for the European Open Science Cloud

The European Commission adopted on 14 March 2018 the Implementation Roadmap for the European Science Cloud.
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e-Infrastructures for excellent science in Southeast Europe and Eastern Mediterranean in Sofia on 15-16 May, 2018

The regional conference on "e-Infrastructures for excellent science in Southeast Europe and Eastern Mediterranean" will be held on 15-16 May 2018 in Grand Hotel Sofia and in Best Western Expo Hotel in Sofia, Bulgaria.
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ICEI Public Information Event on the realisation of a federated HPC and data analytics infrastructure

Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), Spain; CEA, France; CINECA, Italy; ETH Zuerich/CSCS, Switzerland; and Forschungszentrum Juelich/JSC, Germany jointly announce a Public Information Event, which will be held on 15 March 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 CET on the premises of BSC in Barcelona, Spain.
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Shaping Europe’s Digital Future - Bulgarian Presidency event on High Performance Computing in Sofia on 19 April 2018

"Shaping Europe's Digital Future - High Performance Computing for Extreme Scale Scientific and Industrial Applications" is an event on High Performance Computing co-organised by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission. It will take place on 19 April 2018 at the National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria.
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Webinar on Frameworks and Financing Models for Research Infrastructures in Europe

The Human Brain Project (HBP) is organising a webinar on Frameworks and Financing Models for Research Infrastructures in Europe on February 20, 2018 between 14h00 and 16h00.
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Combination of top-down initiatives like EuroHPC and bottom-up science driven projects make European exascale effort healthy

During the annual SURFsara Super D Event on December 12, 2017 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, we had the pleasure to talk with Thomas Schulthess, Director of the Swiss Supercomputing Centre - CSCS - in Lugano, who gave a keynote presentation at Super D about the European exascale developments and the requirements to achieve this.
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Science Europe and NWO launch initiative to align research data management policy across Europe

Science Europe and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) are launching an initiative for the voluntary international alignment of research data management policy. The organisations presented the initiative on 30 January in Brussels at a co-hosted event on how to manage research data in an era of Open Science.
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European Commission explains why Joint Undertaking is well suited as legal instrument to help create EuroHPC ecosystem

During the annual SURFsara Super D Event on December 12, 2017 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we had a conversation with Thomas Skordas, who is responsible for the EuroHPC strategic initiative. Thomas Skordas is Director of "Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructures" of the European Commission's Directorate in DG Connect.
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EOSC-hub to launch integrated services for the European Open Science Cloud

The EOSC-hub project, funded by the European Commission, started on January 1st 2018, bringing together an extensive group of national and international service providers to create the Hub: a central contact point for European researchers and innovators to discover, access, use and reuse a broad spectrum of resources for advanced data-driven research.
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Framework for Research Data Management makes life simpler for researchers

Researchers are one step closer to being able to quickly and easily create data management plans for their research. Science Europe launches a framework for research data management protocols that scientific communities can use to set up domain-specific protocols as templates for researchers within their field.
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European Commission proposes to invest 1 billion euro in world-class European supercomputers

The European Commission has unveiled its plans to invest jointly with the Member States in building a world-class European supercomputers infrastructure, confirming its commitment to EuroHPC.
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Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU to host Flagship Conference "Research Infrastructures beyond 2020"

The Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science, in partnership with the European Commission, will host the 2018 Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU Flagship conference "Research Infrastructures beyond 2020 - sustainable and effective ecosystem for science and society".
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OpenAIRE datathon encouraging developers and data scientists to analyse the OpenAIRE Information Space

The OpenAIRE datathon started on 30 November 2017 and will take place until the end of February 2018.
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NWO advocates permanent funding for national digital infrastructure

In a report entitled "Top science requires top infrastructure", the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) advises the new government to make an extra 27 million euro per year available for the Netherlands' national digital infrastructure.
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EUDAT CDI Council appoints Per Öster as Project Director of the EOSC-hub project

The EUDAT Collaborative Data Infrastructure (CDI) has appointed Per Öster, Director of Research Infrastructures at CSC - IT Center for Science, to lead the EOSC-Hub project as Project Director. This agreement was made during the EUDAT CDI Council which was hosted by the IN2P3 Computing Centre, in Lyon, France, on 21 November 2017.
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Progress towards the European Open Science Cloud

In order to take a step closer towards the realisation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), Germany and the Netherlands are setting up an international office to support the GO FAIR Initiative, the International Support and Coordination Office (ISCO). France is joining them and will also contribute to the office.
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Fall 2017 edition of the e-IRG newsletter available

The Fall edition of the e-IRG newsletter is now available for download.
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Commissioner Gabriel to visit Institute of Information and Communication Technologies in Sofia, Bulgaria

European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Digital Society Maria Gabriel has visited the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies (IICT) at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) in Sofia on 13 October 2017 to discuss the EuroHPC-related perspectives and challenges in Bulgaria.
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European Commission officially releases European Open Science Cloud Declaration

On October 26, 2017, the Commission has made available the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Declaration to all scientific stakeholders, for their endorsement and commitments to the realisation of the EOSC by 2020.
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It is time to clarify who funds what research in Europe, says Science Europe

A more strategic approach is needed to the co-ordination between regional, national, and European research activities and to the initiatives supporting them. That is the main message of the Policy Brief "On Public-to-Public Partnerships and the Next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation", released by Science Europe.
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European Commission to organise FET Flagships - Partnering for excellence

On November 6, 2017, the European Commission in cooperation with the Estonian Presidency of the EU is organising an event called "Fet Flagships - Partnering for Excellence" in Brussels, Belgium from 10h30 till 16h15. The event takes stock of the value and importance of the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagships for Europe.
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Draft work programme for 2018 - 2020 of the European Horizon 2020 funding programme now available

The draft of the work programme for 2018 - 2020 of the Horizon 2020 Research and Development funding programme has been published. The work programme gives details on the topics for which proposals are invited, and the amount of budget available. Although it is still a draft, not many changes are to be expected in the final version.
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ESFRI Scripta Volume II: 'Long-Term Sustainability of Research Infrastructures' report is now published

The second volume of the ESFRI Scripta series is dedicated to the outcomes of the ad hoc Working (WG) Group on Long-Term Sustainability (LTS) of Research Infrastructures (RIs).
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CEA, ETP4HPC and European Commission working hard together to deliver commercial exascale by 2023

The ETP4HPC Workshop that took place on June 22 at ISC'17 in Frankfurt, Germany offered us the chance to interview Jean Gonnord and Didier Juvin, both from CEA, which is the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, about the role of CEA in European HPC. Didier Juvin is Programme Director of the Simulation and HPC Programme at CEA.
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First EOSC Stakeholder Forum is shaping the future of the EOSC

EOSCpilot is organising its first Stakeholder event in The Square, Brussels, on 28-29 November 2017. The event aims at charting a course towards a concrete and sustainable European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), identifying first steps on the EU added-value of EOSC and its building blocks to make Europeans do their research better.
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ETP4HPC plays instrumental role in development of European exascale programme

The ETP4HPC Workshop at ISC'17 in Frankfurt, Germany offered us a chance to interview Jean-Pierre Panziera, the ETP4HPC Chairman. ETP4HPC is an association led by the European HPC industry. It is gathering all the stakeholders in the European HPC ecosystem with the goal of developing a worldclass HPC supply chain. ETP4HPC's focus is to develop the HPC technology in Europe.
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Airbus needs HPC capacity to stay competitive

The ETP4HPC Workshop at ISC'17 in Frankfurt, Germany provided us with an excellent occasion to interview Marc Morere who is in charge of the strategy of the scientific computing centre at Airbus for 14 years now. HPC is a topic where Marc Morere has been focusing on for a very long time. Airbus needs HPC to design aircraft and for the optimization of the machines. There are different parts...
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Digital Infrastructures for Research 2017 to announce Call for Abstracts

The Programme Committee (PC) of the second Digital Infrastructures for Research (DI4R 2017) invites everyone with an interest in Open Science to bring their voice to DI4R 2017. DI4R 2017 will be held in Brussels, on 30 November - 1 December 2017. It will take place at the Square Meeting Centre, and is organised jointly by EGI, EUDAT, GÉANT, OpenAIRE, PRACE and RDA Europe. The abstract...
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In Europe applications are driving the hardware developers towards exascale

During the Workshops Day at ISC'17 in Frankfurt, Germany, we were able to interview Erwin Laure from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, the largest engineering school in Sweden. KTH has a long history of providing the best HPC services to Swedish academia.
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ETP4HPC to lay out roadmap for tangible HPC products within Europe

The ETP4HPC Workshop at ISC'17 in Frankfurt, Germany allowed us to talk with Michael Malms, who is working at the ETP4HPC Office. His responsibility is to bring together strategic documents like the multi-annual roadmap (SRA), orchestrate workshops, and also pushing certain ideas like the extreme-scale demonstrator idea that the ETP4HPC Workshop focused on.
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e-IRG Open Workshop to address European Open Science Cloud governance

The next e-IRG Open Workshop will take place in Tallinn, Estonia, 3-4 October 2017. The main objective of the e-IRG workshop is the contribution towards some main directions in the development of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). Key areas that will be explored include governance, funding, services and data-related aspects. Sustainability will be a cross-cutting theme.
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ARM is not just focusing on the Flops but on the science behind the workloads in HPC

During the Workshops Day at ISC'17 in Frankfurt, Germany, we were able to interview Eric Van Hensbergen from ARM. ARM is an IP design company. They develop IP for micro-processors. The traditional business was in embedded systems and mobile phones. Almost every mobile phone has ARM IP in it. The company is based in Cambridge, England but ARM has design centres all over the world. Eric Van...
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IT4Innovations actively contributes in creating HPC ecosystem to reach exascale

The ETP4HPC Workshop at ISC'17 in Frankfurt, Germany provided us with an excellent occasion to interview Martin Palkovic from IT4Innovations, the National Supercomputing Centre in the Czech Republic. IT4Innovations is both serving as a cycle provider, distributing cycles to mostly Czech academia but also industry, and as an expertise provider, helping the customers, either from academia or...
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European exascale projects seek to make programme environments more application suitable

During the Workshops Day at ISC'17 in Frankfurt, Germany, we were able to talk to Guy Lonsdale from Scapos at the occasion of the ETP4HPC Workshop. Scapos is a spin-off company from Fraunhofer. This SME company was set up to do marketing and sales of high tech products from Fraunhofer but Scapos also works with other SMEs and multiple Fraunhofer institutes.
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ECMWF aiming at exascale as a European world leading research infrastructure in weather and climate modelling

One of the keynote speakers at ISC'17 in Frankfurt, Germany was Peter Bauer from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). ECMWF is a European organisation, not to be confused with the European Union. It has very similar Member States. ECMWF was founded 40 years ago with the idea to centralize in one place scientific excellence and HPC power.
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Computational microscopy needs big supercomputers to study secrets of self-organising cell membranes

At the occasion of the Super D SURFsara event, we had the opportunity to talk with Siewert-Jan Marrink, Professor of Molecular Dynamics at the University of Groningen. The work Professor Marrink does in the Molecular Dynamics Group is to use big computers to simulate the interaction of molecules, and in particular, the molecules that build cell membranes.
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GÉANT appoints Erik Huizer as Interim CEO

GÉANT has appointed Erik Huizer as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective immediately, replacing Steve Cotter who has left GÉANT by mutual agreement with the GÉANT Association Board. As the result of this appointment, Erik Huizer will temporarily suspend his activities at SURFnet. Once GÉANT has recruited a new permanent CEO, Erik Huizer will resume his position as CTO at SURFnet.
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ELIXIR is working hard trying to find a common Key Performance Indicator vocabulary between research infrastructures

After the e-IRG Workshop in St. Paul's Bay, Malta, we had the opportunity to talk with Rafael Jimenez, Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of the ELIXIR infrastructure. His role in ELIXIR is to facilitate the technical activities within the infrastructure. This includes the implementation of the workplan programme through different platforms that ELIXIR has for operating its technical activities,...
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ELIXIR publishes its 2016 Annual Report

ELIXIR has released its 2016 Annual Report highlighting the major achievements of 2016 and illustrating the growth and maturity of ELIXIR's services. It also shows progress made towards the priorities of the current ELIXIR Scientific Programme 2014-2018 and sets the scene for the remainder of the programing cycle.
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