Presentation on theme: "Kyriakos Baxevanidis Deputy Head Unit of Research Infrastructures European Commission, DG Information Society and Media Research Infrastructures Info Event,"— Presentation transcript:
Kyriakos Baxevanidis Deputy Head Unit of Research Infrastructures European Commission, DG Information Society and Media Research Infrastructures Info Event, Brussels, May 2005 eInfrastructure – Grid Initiatives - overview of Infrastructures-7 Call for Proposals -
Call information Call title: Communication Network Development – eInfrastructure - Grid initiatives Specific Programme: Structuring the European Research Area Call identifier: FP Infrastructures-7 Date of publication: 11 May 2005 Closure date: 8 September 2005 at 17:00 (Brussels local time) Total indicative budget: € 55 million Call Info: Projects expected to be launched in Q1-Q2 2006
Objectives of the action (extracted from RI WP2004-6) In general, the Communication Network Development scheme is concerned with the development of eInfrastructures for Research capitalizing on new computing and communication opportunities and will promote a further breadth and depth to the collaboration amongst researchers in Europe and beyond. In this context, broadband communication networks and Grid technologies are key; in general, they are also highly relevant to the political goals set out by the European Research Area and the eEurope/eEurope+ initiative and should be used as a means to enhance scientific co-operation with third countries. Grids - deployment of advanced Grids-empowered infrastructures. These infrastructures should exhibit production-level performance capabilities and constitute themselves distributed facilities at gigabit/terabit scales (in terms of computing, storage, communication power). They should be able to provide basic common middle-ware services (requiring significant reengineering of the interconnect infrastructures) and will serve as common underlying infrastructures for a broad range of different research disciplines.
Serving a longer term vision of RI Unlimited access to Information Unlimited access to/use of Resources (ICT, instruments…), unlimited access to people Unlimited access to knowledge Mobility Multimodal interfaces, Cognitive systems Dynamically create, adapt R&D environment to his/her needs
Flexible control and sharing of distributed resources Promoting a new model of ICT infrastructures Developer view: abstraction, effective service creation Infrastructure-provider view: Integration, pervasive virtual organisations, streamlining and longer-term protection of investment End-user view: “unlimited” access to ICT-resources distributed world- wide, simplification
SEE-GRID A Grid infrastructure for SE-Europe Strategic building blocks of eInfrastructure today GÉANT. INFRASTRUCTURE GRID. INFRASTRUCTURE eInfrastructure EGEE production quality grid, CPUs, ~5PB storage, training, 27 countries, 71 partners, HEP, Biomed..., int. links (€32 M - CERN) GÉANT Pan-European Research Network, IPv6 enabled (93 M€ - DANTE) DEISA grid of 6 supercomputers networked at 1 Gbps, focus on global filing systems,>40 Tflop/s, several user communit. (€15M - CNRS).
eInfrastructure – what next? - consolidation, extension, deepening… Consolidation Sustainable resource provision, operation, support and training model EU-wide AAA scheme, resource sharing policies EU-wide Grid-SW testing and validation scheme; MW-repository Interoperable, integrated infrastructures (clusters-supercomputers…) Extension New user communities (including industry) Geographical extension Deepening Flexibly configurable, reliable end-to-end (optical) network provision Intelligent, cognitive, dynamically adaptable RI…
Call objectives Infrastructures exhibiting production-level performance capabilities and constituting themselves distributed facilities to operate at gigabit/terabit scales for use by a wide range of research disciplines Address, integrate both supercomputing and cluster-computing concepts and resources Address autonomous administration, demanding QoS requirements Integrate access facilities and interfaces into core Grid- infrastructure environments Support integration on eInfrastructures of Grid and Semantic/Web technological and business concepts
Foster interoperability across different technology domains and interoperability of solutions across different research disciplines Stimulate creation of standards; support open-service-provision and open-source solutions Complement and add value to national Grid-initiatives; support creation of a network of regional/local Grid support centres Connect to Grid-based infrastructures of other world regions; contribute to the creation of a global “Grid-based research space” (EU-funding, in principal, to European participants only; common actions with consortia outside Europe can be deployed; as an example, the currently open US-NSF DDDAS-Program is also promoting such collaborations) Call objectives Emphasis on open infrastructures to all user communities Infrastructures-7 Call: a stepping stone toward the provision of a persistent, sustainable and all inclusive operation, support and training model for Grid-based eInfrastructures
Call objectives – new actions! Emphasis on initiatives to lead to production-quality and ready- to-use software for both science and engineering (e.g. for the testing, validation, certification of middleware) Examples of issues: SW is an infrastructure (just as HW, networks) - this implies emphasis on robustness, functionality, evolution and persistence Common rule of thumb is that it requires at least 10 times more effort to take proof-of-concept research SW to production-quality (in addition - for grid middleware - interoperability is essential and must be verified) – Paul Messina, Rome 2003 Successful SW-deployment requires testing, verification, packaging, distribution, customization, support… SW development/deployment should be application driven Maximize use/reuse of SW across diverse communities
Call objectives – new actions! Address emerging industrial requirements in the context of the eInfrastructure Examples of issues: Early involvement and collaboration of industry ensures: easier identification of value propositions technology transfer to industry whenever relevant more effective processes for management, development & support interoperability of different systems benchmarking ability to support lifecycle link to existing products/services Higher engagement of commercial entities in eInfrastructure building, maintenance, standards, service provision is encouraged
Call objectives – new actions! Support initiatives to lead to eInfrastructure environments dynamically adaptable to user needs and able to provide services and facilities on a demand basis Toward more intelligent Grid-based eInfrastructure environments highly adaptable to the changing user needs and requirements…
The policy dimension Users are interested in what technology can do for them not technology itself... Equally important to technology development is the removal of administrative and social barriers that impact its widespread adoption Efforts like the eInfrastructures Reflection Group (www.e-IRG.org) reflect the strong interest of the community to address these topics The further strengthening and emergence of such efforts is encouraged Policy and social aspects are core elements of the eInfrastructure
Instrument: Integrated Infrastructure Initiatives (I3) Joint research (up to 50% funding) Three types of activity Service Specific (up to 100% funding, connect. costs 50%) Networking (up to 100% funding) Consortium Management funding up to 7% of Community contribution Funding aimed at upgrading a RI not building a new
Other instruments: - Specific Support Actions - Co-ordination Actions To support complementary activities Funding up to 100% for all activities (but check relevant “Guides for Proposers” for details!) Consortium Management funding up to a maximum percentage of 7% of Community contribution
Contractual issues – important! No Assistant contractors (FP5 contracts…) – new mechanisms, like the Joint Research Units and the Third Parties, in FP6 Additional rules on sub-contracting Lightweight procedure for changes of the consortium does not apply in the case of I3, CA, SSA Contract enters into force upon signature of co-ordinator and Commission (the other contractors sign up through an assession form) Consortium agreement mandatory for I3 Autonomy in budget allocation & funding distribution Collective financial responsibility
Key advice Mobilise national, private, other efforts and sources of funding (strong competitive advantage) Community funding aimed at integration of infrastructures, not building of new Keep requested contributions for networking connectivity low - exploit GÉANT, NRENs Focus on provision of infrastructure services to research community at large; separate calls for pure research proposals and for proposals addressing building of test-beds and wide- scale testing of specific technology Make realistic budget estimations (lower scores for unrealistic budget estimations plus budget cuts)! Only electronic submission of proposals!
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