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

e-IRG community deplores loss of its highly respected Delegate Dr. Lajos Bálint

Right after the second Delegates Meeting and open e-IRG Workshop under the Finnish EU Presidency ended in Helsinki, the e-IRG community with sadness heard the news that Dr. Lajos Bálint passed away on December 6, 2019.
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EOSC Symposium 2019: European Open Science Cloud on track to boost Europe's research capabilities by 2020

Implementation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), a Europe-wide ecosystem that will empower millions of researchers and science and technology professionals through the whole research lifecycle, is on track for its full launch by 2020.
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Netherlands eScience Center and DANS launch new FAIR Software website

The Netherlands eScience Center and Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) have developed a new FAIR Software website for researchers. The website, which was officially launched during the National eScience Symposium on 21 November 2019, provides recommendations to researchers on ways to improve the quality and reproducibility of their software.
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e-IRG workshop in Helsinki focuses on e-Infrastructures and education

e-Infrastructures are IT infrastructures designed to help science. Most of the time the focus is on how e-Infrastructures can help scientific discovery. Science however cannot be in progress without skilled, well-trained scientists. What role can e-Infrastructures play in the scientific education and training process? That is a topic addressed in the e-IRG workshop in Helsinki.
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EPI develops Common Platform for general purpose microprocessor and accelerators for exascale & automotive

At the 75th HPC User Forum in Edinburgh, Jean-Marc Denis held a keynote presentation on the European Processor Initiative. Before this, we had the chance to talk with him at large about the recent developments in the project.
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Newly edited report states that Europe's Science Cloud needs solid foundations

For Europe's ambitious and wide-ranging plan to build an Open Science Cloud, convenience could be the watchword. To make an early impact and overcome inertia, the new European Science Cloud should focus on making researchers' lives easier.
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Interview with EPCC's Mark Parsons - plan for UK exascale supercomputer in 2022/2023 is taking shape

Right after the recent HPC User Forum in Edinburgh, Scotland,Primeur Magazinewas kindly invited by the local forum organizer Mark Parsons, Director of the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) at the University of Edinburgh, to his office for an interview.
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New UKRI Director for e-Infrastructure appointed

James Hetherington has been appointed as UK Resarch and Innovation's (UKRI) new Director of e-Infrastructure, to commence at the start of the new year.
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Successful integration of EOSC catalogue services in the e-Infrastructure Knowledge Base

The e-IRG Knowledge Base maintained by Genias for the e-IRGSP6 project is the largest information source of e-Infrastructures in Europe. It organises over 20.000 information items in one big Knowledge Graph. The European Open Science Cloud EOSC catalogue gives an overview of the services available in the European Open Science Cloud to researchers in Europe.
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e-IRG issues Call for Participation to second Open Workshop in 2019 under Finnish EU Presidency

The second e-IRG Open Workshop in 2019 will take place in Finland at the Helsinki City Center, in the "House of Sciences", December 4-5, 2019. The workshop will be co-organised by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture in the framework of the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
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Building together an EOSC greater than the sum of its parts

The 2-day EOSC Concertation Meeting was jointly organised by DG-RTD and DG-CNECT, the two units from the European Commission currently funding the invited EOSC projects and coordinating activities, as well as the EOSCsecretariat.eu. Taking place 9-10 September 2019 in Brussels, the meeting responded to a recognised need to bring the EOSC community together and inform each other about the...
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The EOSC Symposium call for contributions is open

The EOSC Symposium that will take place November 26-28, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary is all about giving the EOSC community the chance to shape discussions on the strategic priorities of the EOSC and at the same time contribute to the work of the Executive Board Working Groups. Sessions at the Symposium will focus on these topics and input from EOSC stakeholders is fundamental.
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PHIDIAS - Prototype of HPC/Data Infrastructure for On-Demand Services

The European Union's Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) has launched the PHIDIAS Project: Prototype of HPC/Data Infrastructure for On-demand Services.
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New EOSC-synergy project is kicking off in Santiago de Compostela

The new EOSC-synergy project is kicking off in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, from 23 to 26 September 2019.
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GENCI to deploy new strategic plan 2019-2023: France is preparing to host an EuroHPC exascale system in 2022/2023

Genci, the French national supercomputing organisation, has published its five-year Strategic Plan 2019-2023.
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Successful completion of ELIXIR-EXCELERATE marks new stage in ELIXIR's development

After four years the ELIXIR-EXCELERATE project successfully concluded on 31 August 2019. The main goal of the 19 million euro Horizon 2020 project was to bring together bioinformatics resources across Europe and integrate them into a federated infrastructure for life science data.
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Have your say on the EOSC-hub proposal for the EOSC technical architecture

The EOSC-hub project has produced a deliverable which proposes an open and participatory approach to the definition of the EOSC Technical Architecture. A survey has been set up and your feedback is welcome.
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The first EuroHPC research and innovation calls and their funding

The EuroHPC JU calls for proposals opened on July 25, 2019. The first "Call - Towards Extreme Scale Technologies and Applications" will have a budget of 55 million euro and close on January 14, 2010. The second "Call - Innovating and Widening the HPC use and skills base" will have a budget of 40 million euro and close on November 14, 2019.
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EOSC-Pillar: mixing national recipes to build the European Open Science Cloud

Officially kicked off on 5 July 2019 in Rome, for the next 3 years, EOSC-Pillar will coordinate national Open Science efforts across Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and Italy, and ensure their contribution and readiness for the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).
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Joint EOSC project meeting on 9-10 September 2019 in Brussels

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) has been promoted and supported by the European Commission over several years since the adoption of the European Cloud Initiative in 2016. Through H2020 funding, the policy concepts are turned into the initial core technical infrastructure, tools and services of EOSC.
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Towards the ESFRI Roadmap 2021: Call for proposals will be launched soon

ESFRI, holding a key role in policy making on Research Infrastructures invites and welcomes the research community to engage and participate in the process of updating the Roadmap by submitting proposals that will take Europe's excellent research further.
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The 4th edition of the EOSC-hub Magazine is out

The 4th issue of the EOSC-hub Magazine is now published and features articles focused on the project's collaborations, initiatives and services.
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AI Excellence in Europe: 50 million euro to bring world-class researchers together

The European Commission has launched its call to develop a vibrant European Network of Artificial Intelligence Excellence Centres. Proposals can be submitted until 13 November 2019 to finance projects under the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020.
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e-InfraCentral reports on successful EOSC community event in Tallinn

On June 20, 2019 the eInfraCentral team gathered 62 researchers from public and private sectors, e-infrastructure service providers, research infrastructures and policy-makers to the EOSC community event.
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Spring 2019 edition of the e-IRG Magazine available

The e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) has published a new edition of the e-IRG Magazine.
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EOSCpilot rounds up key contributions to the EOSC

As EOSCpilot officially ended on 31 May 2019, the project team took a look back at some of the key contributions of the project to the development of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).
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e-IRG to publish new policy document on National Nodes

The e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) has officially published a new policy document titled “National Nodes – Getting organised; how far are we?”
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EuroHPC JU approved 840 million euro funding for eight supercomputers

The EuroHPC JU has approved funding for three pre-exascale and 5 petascale supercomputers. The total value is 840 million euro of which almost half will be paid by the EuroHPC budget.
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Wrap up of an inspiring EuroHPC Summit Week 2019 including PRACEdays19

The EuroHPC Summit Week 2019 closed successfully and gathered the main HPC stakeholders from 13 May to 17 May 2019 in Poznan, Poland. The entire week was organised by PRACE, EXDCI-2 and ETP4HPC.
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eInfraCentral holds Consortium Plenary meeting

On 24 May 2019, the eInfraCentral Consortium gathered for a Plenary Meeting at the premises of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
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European Commission Officer Jiri Pilar to introduce Public Sector Information Directive at e-IRG Workshop in Geneva

At the Open e-IRG Workshop, organized at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, on May 20-21, 2019, Jiri Pilar, a Legal and Policy Officer in the Data Policy and Innovation Unit at the Luxembourg-based European Commission's Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT), held a presentation on the status of the Public Sector Information Directive.
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HPC stakeholders in Europe get together at EuroHPC Summit Week 2019

The EuroHPC Summit Week 2019, held 13-17 May 2019 in Poznan, Poland, will gather together the main HPC stakeholdersin Europe.
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ELIXIR and GA4GH expand collaboration

ELIXIR and the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) have announced a Strategic Partnership that will provide technical standards and regulatory frameworks to facilitate responsible sharing of genomic data across national borders.
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EOSC Executive Board meets for the second time to discuss Strategic Implementation Plan, Working Groups and Stakeholder Engagement

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Executive Board (EB) met on 17 April 2019 in Brussels for its second formal meeting. The members of the Executive Board complete and in addition, there were representatives from DGCNCT and DGRTD present, as well as the EOSCSecretariat team.
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Towards a new catalogue of RI services: CatRIS runs an open consultation process

A new H2020-funded project, CatRIS has recently been launched with the aim to develop a catalogue of Research Infrastructure (RI) services - CatRIS.
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FocusCoE to support HPC Centres of Excellence for outreach to the broader European HPC community

We had the opportunity to interview Guy Lonsdale. CEO of Scapos, an SME in Germany. Scapos is involved in a number of HPC projects. Scapos is also the coordinator of the project called "Concerted action for the European HPC CoEs", also known as FocusCoE.
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eInfraCentral calls for participation to EOSC community event on June 20, 2019

eInfraCentral invites researchers from public and private sectors, e-infrastructure service providers, research infrastructures and policy-makers to the EOSC community event on 20 June, 2019 in Tallinn, Estonia: "Building Open Science in Europe: The road ahead for the EOSC community".
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A clarifying look at the ETP4HPC role in EuroHPC and opportunities for European SMEs

At the ETP4HPC meeting on March 18, 2019 in Sassenheim, The Netherlands, we talked about the ecosystem around HPC in Europe with three ETP4HPC members including Pascale Bernier-Bruna, Communication Officer for ETP4HPC; Fabrizio Magugliani from E4 Computer Engineering in Italy; and Axel Auweter from MEGWARE in Germany.
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Interview with EuroHPC JU interim executive director Gustav Kalbe

On 22 January 2019, we were invited at the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (JU) premises in Luxembourg to talk with Gustav Kalbe, head of the High Performance Computing and Quantum Technologies Unit at the European Commission, who currently is EuroHPC JU's interim Executive Director.
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e-IRG issues Call for Participation to first Open Workshop in 2019 under Romanian EU Presidency

The e-IRG Chair and the Swiss e-IRG Delegates have launched an invitation for the open e-IRG Workshop, which will be held May 20-21, 2019 at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. The workshop is organised by the Swiss Delegates and co-organised with the Research Data Alliance (RDA).
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e-Infrastructures Knowledge Base gets a new look

The e-IRG Knowledge Base website, that contains information about European e-Infrastructures - including HPC - has got a new look. This makes it easier to browse the thousands of information items about projects, organisations, countries and national nodes of international organisations.
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Next e-IRG delegates meeting in Brussels

The next e-IRG Delegates Meeting will be held in Brussels on March 26, 2019. The meeting is open only for Delegates and invited persons.
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LOFAR and APERTIF telescope systems tooled with machine learning and FPGA/GPU technology make cosmic explosions more visible to astronomers

At the eScience Conference in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we had a conversation with Joeri van Leeuwen, a Dutch astronomer who gave a presentation at the final day of the conference. From the presentation, we understood that making magnificent astronomical pictures requires a lot of handwork, a lot of ticking and counting. Joeri van Leeuwen has automated this process using machine learning,...
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EOSCpilot science demonstrators boost follow-up initiatives in federating European Open Science Cloud concept

At the PLAN-E Workshop, the Platform of National eScience Centers in Europe, that was hosted in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, we talked with Juan Bicarregui, who is the coordinator of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Pilot project.
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German Research Data Infrastructure GeRDI offers service to manage data according to FAIR principles

At the eScience Conference in Amsterdam, in an interview with Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller, Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) in Germany and in this function responsible for the strategic and external representation of LRZ, we discussed the topic of GeRDI which stands for Generic Research Data Infrastructure.
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Over 700 million euro of budget allocated to e-Infrastructure related projects in H2020 - close to 600 million euro to HPC related projects

Including the calls that closed early last year, more than 700 million euro of budget has been allocated to e-Infrastructure related projects. This can be concluded from data collected and aggregated in the e-IRG e-Infrastructure Knowledge Base maintained by the e-IRGSP projects.
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CERIC-ERIC call for proposals is now open

CERIC-ERIC, the Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium, offers access to more than 50 complementary instruments and two support laboratories, for multidisciplinary research in all fields of materials science and nanotechnology.
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OCRE enables easy Cloud usage through the European Open Science Cloud

The Open Clouds for Research Environments project (OCRE) aims to accelerate Cloud adoption in the European research community, by bringing together Cloud providers, Earth Observation (EO) organisations and the research and education community, through ready-to-use service agreements and 9.5 million euro in adoption funding.
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Do not get lost in the Horizon 2020 labyrinth, use the Knowledge Base

In the framework of the e-IRGSP support projects for the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group e-IRGSP6 partner Genias Benelux has for several years worked on the development of a Knowledge Base for European projects and infrastructures funded under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. To date, the Knowledge Base is a rich source of information for all who want to know more about a specific...
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EGI appoints Arjen van Rijn new Council Chair

Arjen van Rijn, the Institute Manager of Nikhef and a long-time member of the EGI community, was elected to be the next EGI Council Chair.
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Helix Nebula Science Cloud demonstrated final results of pilot phase for hybrid cloud model

Since 2016, the Helix Nebula Science Cloud (HNSciCloud) project has been investigating the hybrid cloud model to support the deployment of high-performance computing and big data capabilities for scientific research.
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New e-IRGSP6 support project held its kick-off meeting in Luxembourg

On January 1, 2019 the new e-IRGSP6 project, the follow-up project of e-IRGSP5, was launched to continue the support for the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG).
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e-IRG Chair, Prof. Dr. Gabriele von Voigt, on role of e-IRG in ESFRI Roadmap 2018 on Research Infrastructures in Europe

At the ESFRI Roadmap 2018 Launch Event in Vienna, Austria on 11 September 2018, e-IRG Chair Gabriele von Voigt explained the role of e-IRG in the ESFRI Roadmap 2018.
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PRACE to publish position paper on EuroHPC

The PRACE position paper entitled “PRACE in the EuroHPC Era” advocates for a strong partnership between EuroHPC and PRACE, including key partners from the European ICT landscape.
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ELIXIR Finland showcases its impact on research and innovation

A new publication demonstrates how ELIXIR Finland, operated by CSC - IT Center for Science, supports life science research, biotechnological innovation and its translation into the knowledge economy. The publication features 19 user case stories, presenting the full breadth of infrastructure services offered by ELIXIR Finland.
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Astronomy and particle physics combine forces for European Open Science Cloud

Through combining the experimental investigations from the largest-scale astronomical structures to the most fundamental particles, the partners in the ESCAPE project together will open new paths towards the understanding of the Universe. ESCAPE stands for European Science Cluster of Astronomy & Particle physics ESFRI research infrastructures.
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European Open Science Cloud Portal is now up and running

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) was officially launched on 23 November 2018, during an event hosted by the Austrian Presidency of the European Union.
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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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