IFCA's Advanced Computing group participates in this European project that aims to strengthen data and computing research
IFCA Editor, February 17, 2020
EGI-ACE is a project coordinated by the EGI Foundation (European Grid Initiative) with a mission to empower researchers from all disciplines to collaborate in data- and compute-intensive research. The Advanced Computing and e-Science group of IFCA (CSIC-UC) represents the Spanish Grid community in the framework of the EGI and participates in this project.
The Iberian distributed computing initiative, IBERGRID, where the project is framed, will contribute to deliver the EOSC Compute Platform through a federation of cloud compute and storage facilities, PaaS services and data spaces with analytics tools and federated access services. Compute and Storage facilities are provided by Centro de Supercomputación de Galicia (CESGA), LIP, CSIC and INCD (Portuguese National Distributed Computing Infrastructure).
IBERGRID contribution to EGI-ACE include tools for federation and accessing to infrastructures such as the IM (Infraestructure Manager) and EC3 (Elastic Cloud Computing Clúster) developed by the University Polytechnique of Valencia, and Platform services oriented to serve the needs of Deep and Machine Learning applications developed by CSIC. IBERGRID will also provide support in EGI-ACE to the deployment of a single Data Space for ecological data from GBIF.org across the Iberian Peninsula by integrating the Spanish and Portuguese databases.
All the IBERGRID services are accessible via the EOSC Portal can be found here.
What is the EOSC Compute Platform?
The EOSC Compute Platform builts on the EGI Federation, that is integrated by pooling the capacity of many European research centers, and thus constitutes the largest distributed computing infrastructure for research. The platform will evolve beyond the state of the art through a data-centric approach, where data, tools and compute and storage facilities form a fully integrated environment accessible across borders thanks to virtual access. The project foresees a number of open calls (3 per year) for additional infrastructure providers and early adopters of cloud infrastructures.
EGI-ACE receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101017567.