The e-Infrastructure Reflection Group releases this month a Roadmap outlining the vision for future e-Infrastructure services in Europe.
Since the publication of the previous e-IRG Roadmap in 2007, the e-Infrastructure field has undergone several fundamental changes. The crucial importance of e-Infrastructures for European research, innovation and competitiveness is universally acknowledged, while at the same time networking, grid, data, high performance and commodity computing services are witnessing major organisational and technical changes. The ongoing expansion of the e-Infrastructure user communities is also already producing new and updated requirements for the common e-Infrastructure.
The e-IRG Roadmap for e-Infrastructures provides policy makers, as well as e-Infrastructure users and providers, valuable insights on the new European e-Infrastructure landscape. In particular, the document looks at the current move – visible in all the e-Infrastructure components domains – towards a service-oriented e-Infrastructure, and at the issue of the commoditisation of some of the e-Infrastructure services, pointing out the benefits, but also the challenges related to these trends.