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This area provides a list of basic Grid projects categories, categorized summary pages for Grid projects data-sheets and a list of the main European e-Infrastructure projects.


[edit] Grid Projects Basic Categories

This is a list of all the basic categories projects in this page have been assigned to:

[edit] Categorized Summary Pages for Grid Projects Data-sheet

These are summary pages for basic and high-level categories (i.e. combination of basic categories).

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[edit] FP7 Infrastructure Projects

[edit] BalticGrid-II

Main article: BalticGrid-II

The BalticGrid Second Phase (BalticGrid-II) project is designed to increase the impact, adoption and reach, and to further improve the support of services and users of the recently created e-Infrastructure in the Baltic States. This will be achieved by an extension of the BalticGrid infrastructure to Belarus; interoperation of the gLite-based infrastructure with UNICORE and ARC based Grid resources in the region; identifying and addressing the specific needs of new scientific communities such as nano-science and engineering sciences; and by establishing new Grid services for linguistic research, Baltic Sea environmental research, data mining tools for communication modelling and bioinformatics. The e-Infrastructure, based on the successful BalticGrid project, will be fully interoperable with the pan-European e-Infrastructures established by EGEE, EGEE associated projects, and the planned EGI, with the goal of a sustained e-Infrastructure in the Baltic Region. The BG-II consortium is composed of 13 leading institutions in seven countries, with 7 institutions in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, 2 in Belarus, 2 in Poland, and one each in Sweden and Switzerland.

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[edit] D4Science

Main article: D4Science

[edit] DEISA

Main article: DEISA

DEISA2 continues to support and develop a distributed high performance computing infrastructure by consolidating the existing DEISA infrastructure and extending its collaborative environment for capability computing and data management. The resulting infrastructure is unmatched world-wide in its heterogeneity and complexity, enabling the operation of a powerful supercomputing Grid built on top of national services, facilitating Europe's ability to undertake world-leading computational science research.

DEISA has already proved its relevance for advancing computational sciences in leading scientific and industrial disciplines within Europe and has paved the way towards the deployment of a cooperative European HPC ecosystem. The existing infrastructure is based on the tight coupling of eleven leading national supercomputers, using dedicated network interconnections of GEANT2 and the NRENs.

In DEISA2, activities and services relevant for Application Enabling, Operation, and Technologies are continued and enhanced, as these are indispensable for the effective support of world-leading computational sciences in the area of supercomputing. The service provisioning model is extended from one that supports a single project to one supporting Virtual European Communities. Collaborative activities will be carried out with new European and other world-leading initiatives. Of strategic importance is the cooperation with the PACE initiative which is preparing for the installation of a limited number of leadership-class tier-0 supercomputers in Europe.

For a future persistent European HPC ecosystem, as suggested by ESFRI, which integrates national tier-1 centres and the new tier-0 centres, DEISA2 will deliver a turnkey operational solution. For this goal, DEISA2 targets the integration of further national computing centres as Associated Partners. DEISA2 will also contribute to interoperation of distributed infrastructures.

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[edit] EGEE

Main article: EGEE

The Enabling Grids for E-sciencE project brings together scientists and engineers from more than 240 institutions in 45 countries worldwide to provide a seamless Grid infrastructure for e-Science that is available to scientists 24 hours a day. Conceived from the start as a four year project, the second two-year phase started on 1 April 2006, and is funded by the European Commission.

Expanding from originally two scientific fields, high energy physics and life sciences, EGEE now integrates applications from many other scientific fields, ranging from geology to computational chemistry. Generally, the EGEE Grid infrastructure is ideal for any kind of scientific research, especially where the time and resources needed for running the applications are considered impractical when using traditional IT infrastructures.

The EGEE Grid consists of over 41,000 CPUs available to users 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in addition to about 5 PB disk (5 million Gigabytes) + tape MSS of storage, and maintains 100,000 concurrent jobs. Having such resources available changes the way scientific research takes place. The end use depends on the users' needs: large storage capacity, the bandwidth that the infrastructure provides, or the sheer computing power available.

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Main article: SEE-GRID-SCI

SEE-GRID-SCI- Emanouil Atanassov, Institute for Parallel Processing Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Further to the very positive first and second phase of this Balkan project, SEE-GRID-SCI aims to foster the engagement of international user communities and providing applicationspecific service extensions. The Consortium seeks to fulfil the project's goal by providing infrastructure for new communities and by strengthening the regional and national human network. Another important goal is to consolidate actions towards long-term sustainability and European Grid Initiative inclusion.

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[edit] Infrastructure Projects

The main objective of the D4Science (DIstributed colLaboratories Infrastructure on Grid ENabled Technology 4 Science) project is to deploy the e-Infrastructures built so far by the EGEE and DILIGENT projects so that they address the needs of several new scientific communities affiliated with the broad disciplines of Environmental Monitoring and Fisheries and Aquaculture Resource Management.

These e-Infrastructures, which offer mechanisms that concurrently exploit networks, grids, and data in a seamless fashion, will enable scientific communities to operate within a coherent pan-European model, regardless of the location of their research facilities. The project will progressively consolidate and expand these open e-Infrastructures to better address the needs of the two major target disciplines (which have challenging differences but also interesting commonalities). As outcome of this project, thousands of scientists will obtain greater access to facilities for creating Virtual Research Environments based on shared computation, storage, and generic service resources offered by EGEE and DILIGENT at a European level, as well as on data and domain-specific service resources offered by large international organizations, such as the European Space Agency, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the WorldFish Center, supported by the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research.

The envisioned D4Science e-Infrastructure will have a multiplicative benefit to many scientific fields and will also act as a catalyst for the kind of cooperation and cross-fertilization among multiple communities that is necessary for addressing many grand challenges of science and society.

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[edit] D-Grid

Main article: D-Grid

[edit] NDGF

Main article: NDGF

[edit] OMII-UK

Main article: OMII-UK

[edit] Development Projects

[edit] DORII

Main article: DORII

DORII (Deployment of Remote Instrumentation Infrastructure) - Norbert Meyer and Marcin Plóciennik, PSNC, Poland This project aims to deploy remote instrumentation infrastructures and among other objectives it will promote standardisation and knowledge transfer via e-IRG and OGF research groups.

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[edit] OMII-Europe

Main article: OMII-Europe

The Open Middleware Infrastructure Institute for Europe (OMII-Europe) has been established to provide key software components for building e-Infrastructures within the European Research Area (ERA).

The initial focus for OMII-Europe is to facilitate the development and porting of a common set of application level services to a number of major Grid software distributions, and further to develop tighter interoperability between different Grid distributions. This will provide greater application level portability and will thus simplify the use of Grids, especially when those Grids are built on heterogeneous infrastructures. Many of the major Grid software providers such as EGEE, UNICORE, Globus and CROWNgrid are working with OMII-Europe to achieve these goals in a standards-compliant and open-source manner.

OMII-Europe will develop and maintain a repository of quality-assured Grid services that have been re-engineered and sourced from existing open source repositories. Central to OMII-Europe is Quality Assurance. All OMII-Europe-endorsed software components will undergo rigorous testing following a quality assurance methodology published by OMII-Europe.

OMII-Europe positions itself as an impartial broker for potential users of key middleware platforms providing impartial, unbiased advice and services. In line with this, OMII-Europe will initiate development of a Grid benchmarking methodology and publish results on a number of major Grid distributions. This benchmark suite will be made available to the community and OMII-Europe will encourage community benchmark contributions.

The OMII-Europe project brings together 16 partners from Europe, the USA and China in an initial 2-year project involving in excess of 100 staff years of effort and a budget of 4.83 Million Euros. This is a major international initiative that will play a significant part in the overall global effort to take forward the state of the art in Grid technology.

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[edit] ETICS 2

Main article: ETICS

ETICS 2 (eInfrastructure for Testing, Integration and Configuration of Software – Phase 2) aims at expanding the availability, flexibility and efficiency of the existing ETICS system developed during the ETICS project.

ETICS system helps software developers, managers and users to better manage the complexity and improve the quality of their software. In other words it provides software professionals with an «out-of-the-box» build and test system, powered with a build and test product repository, and enriched with an automated quality certification model (A-QCM).

The ETICS 2 consortium consists of CERN (coordinator), INFN, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A., 4D Soft Ltd., MTA SZTAKI, Vega IT GmbH, Forschungzentrum Jülich, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The project is co-funded by the European Commission.

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[edit] Field-specific Projects

[edit] ETSF

Main article: ETSF

ETSF (The European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility) - Yann Pouillon, Universidad del Pais Vasco

Within the ETSF, its Consortium aims to broaden the access to the knowledge and the expertise built in the field of theoretical spectroscopy across the public and private sector. ETSF offers several scientific codes that translate state-of-the-art methods into tools to study the properties of real materials. Scientific programmers and software engineers support ETSF researchers in developing efficient, user-friendly, and well-documented codes.

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[edit] EUFORIA

Main article: EUFORIA

EUFORIA (EU Fusion for Iter Applications) - Dr. Isabel Campos, Cantabria Institute of Physics-IFCA, Spain

The main objectives of the EUFORIA project are the deployment of Grid and HPC infrastructure, the adaptation and optimisation of Fusion Codes and the development of advanced tools for Workflow management, Visualization tools and Data mining. This project is already heavily involved in the use of Globus and UNICORE standards. NeuGRID - Giovanni B. Frisoni, National Alzheimer’s Centre Fatebenefratelli, Italy The NeuGrid project is a Grid enabled data mining project to analyze the Alzheimer’s disease. Also this project is already familiar with the use of standard in the medical field.

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[edit] IMPACT

Main article: IMPACT

IMPACT- Sarah Hunter, EMBL-EBI, European Bioinformatics Institute

The project’s objective is to create, annotate & integrate statistical models (a.k.a. “signatures”; HMMs, Profiles or FingerPrints) which represent the functional domains or features of proteins. It is very important that data storage and easy and fast communications exchange are assure. In this light definition of data exchange format standards and web services standards are important tools. Web services will be used internally within the consortium to ease data exchange and streamline data production pipelines. The aforementioned areas will be the most affected by standards.

[edit] NMDB

Main article: NMDB

NMDB (Neutron Monitor Database) - Koen Stegen, Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy

The project’s objectives are easier access to NM Data, Applications and Training and public outreach. Standards related include common metadata structure and common interfaces to assure interoperability.

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[edit] METAFOR

Main article: METAFOR

METAFOR (Common Metadata for Climate Modelling Digital Repositories) - Loïs Steenman-Clark, NCAS, University of Reading, UK

On of the major goals of this project is to create an Information Model that is common for all stages of both production and the use of climate model data. The open standard developed in METAFOR will play a catalytic role in the way next generation climate data repositories, such as IPCC AR5*, are organised, preserved and accessed. This project aims to coordinate the filling of the metadata gaps, mapping to different standards, aggregating the metadata and, if necessary, creating new standards.

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[edit] PRACE

Main article: PRACE

PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) - Thomas Eickermann JSC - Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Research Centre Jülich, Germany

PRACE will provide researchers in Europe with access to world class supercomputers. PRACE also intends to work in close collaboration with other European research infrastructures, notably those in the comprehensive ESFRI road map. In order to ensure the seamless internetworking of key European research infrastructures, contacts have been established with Distributed European Infrastructure for Supercomputing Applications (DEISA), European Grid Initiative (EGI), HPC-Europa, Open Middleware Infrastructure Institute- Europe(OMII-Europe). PRACE also acknowledges the contributions made by the ESFRI and e-IRG panels to help in early stages, notably when setting up the HPC in Europe Task Force in 2006.

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[edit] Data Management Projects

[edit] DRIVER-II

Main article: DRIVER-II

DRIVER-II (Digital Repository Infrastructure Vision for European Research) - Michael Hatzopoulos, University of Athens

Among the project’s objectives there is a plan of building a Confederation of European digital repositories and with regards to data to extend the virtual Information Space over multiple and heterogeneous repositories. In terms of networking activities the creation of the above mentioned confederation of digital repositories and to ensure that DRIVER’s controlled geographical and thematic extension and maintain relationship between research activities and communities. Standards related work:

  • Data and Metadata Models
  • Repository-GRID interactions
  • Repository interoperability
  • Long-term preservation technologies
  • Representation of complex scientific objects
  • Transfer of digital objects

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[edit] EuroVO-AIDA

Main article: EuroVO-AIDA

EuroVO-AIDA (Euro-VO Astronomical Infrastructure for Data Access) - Françoise Genova CDS, CNRS & ULP

The Virtual Observatory aim is to provide astronomers with seamless access to data, information, services and tools–a world-wide endeavour. With regards to standards a special focus will be given to evolution of VObs interoperability standards, Data Access protocols and Data Models. VObs standardizing body: International Virtual Observatory Alliance Semantics, Data Models, Data Access Layer, Query Language, Registry, Grid & Web services, et al..

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[edit] GENESI-DR

Main article: GENESI-DR

GENESI-DR (Ground European Network for Earth Science Interoperations - Digital Repositories) - Joost van Bemmelen, ESA

This project aims to provide reliable, easy, effective access to PB’s of heterogeneous earth science data and to harmonise data access operations. In order to achieve the project’s goals to demonstrate data curation, prepare for long term preservation, to validate DR access capabilities for new communities, including education and to integrate emerging technological paradigms in operational infrastructures responding to emerging requirements standards are compulsory.

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[edit] International Cooperation Projects

[edit] EVALSO

Main article: EVALSO

EVALSO (Enabling Virtual Access to Latin-America Southern Observatories) - Fernando Liello, University of Trieste, Italy The project's role is to enabling Virtual Access to Latin-America Southern Observatories. World-class experimental facilities are often placed in remote sites which makes the exploitation of these facilities socially and economically difficult. European research community depends on these facilities to maintain its role and in this light networking technologies can play a significant role. This project will use existing standards when applicable.

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[edit] Other Projects


Main article: FEDERICA

FEDERICA- Mauro Campanella, GARR Italy

This project objectives’ includes supporting research on new Internet architectures and protocols, to create an European wide “technology agnostic” infrastructure based on a mesh of 1 Gb/s MPLS tunnels and circuits from NREN/GÉANT and virtualisation nodes providing virtualized network/computing facilities (in form of “slices”) to end-users. It also aims to allowing disruptive emulations, to open to host researchers’ hardware and applications and to provide full control of the network up the data link layer (later lower layers) and access to monitoring data.

The Consortium seeks to exploit at their best the existing NREN/GEANT networks and tools. Their approach towards standards is through early prototyping of standards, including protocols, and their validation thought selected end-users in the production environment. The focus is on the user in a bottom-up, horizontal approach. A particular focus is on multidomain and end-to-end communication.

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[edit] EDGeS

Main article: EDGeS

EDGeS (Enabling Desktop Grids for e-Science) - Peter Kacsuk, Computer and Automation Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences The main objective of EDGeS is to support new communities by providing the necessary extensions for existing Grid infrastructures to address the specific needs in these new scientific communities regardless of the location of their research facilities and to extend the potential user communities for both Grids and Desktop Grids beyond traditional scientists and current volunteer computing participants to further involve ordinary citizens, secondary school students, and company employees, giving them an opportunity to become involved in science and to apply Grid technology in their every day life. This project would like Contribute to several Grid and P2P standards bodies.

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[edit] DIESIS

Main article: DIESIS

DIESIS (Design of an Interoperable European federated Simulation network for critical Infrastructures) - Alberto Tofani, ENEA Italy

This project aims to develop an extensible ontology and communication protocols for Critical Infrastructures (CI) federated simulation and to design an IT-architecture supporting federated, interoperable simulations. Another goal is to develop a strategy and roadmap to strengthen e-Infrastructures. It will be using existing related standards:

• High Level Architecture (HLA) by IEEE • Distributed Interactive Simulations set of standards (DIS) by IEEE

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