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Helix Nebula – The Science Cloud

Objective

Over the coming 10-15 years the generation of vast amounts of data created by scientific research domains will create enormous challenges for capturing, managing and processing of this data. Tests have been made but today commercial cloud services do not play a significant role in the production computing environments for the publicly funded research sector in Europe. Stimulated by the Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) commitment of leading research organisations from 7 countries, HNSciCloud will pull together commercial cloud service providers, publicly funded e-Infrastructures and the buyers’ in-house resources to build a hybrid cloud platform on top of which a competitive marketplace of European cloud players can develop their own services for a wider range of users. This project will bring Europe’s technical development, policy and procurement activities together to remove fragmentation and maximise exploitation. The alignment of commercial and public (regional, national, and European) strategies will increase the rate of innovation. Through a competitive series of design, prototype and pilot steps, HNSciCloud will contract suppliers to deliver a 5% scale deployment of a hybrid cloud platform that can address the extreme needs of world class scientific research, including:
• Catalog of secure and interoperable services from multiple suppliers that have successfully passed an international recognised certification process
• Agile procurement process suitable for the dynamic cloud services market and tailored to the needs of the public research sector
• Development of monitoring frameworks to ensure compliance with international security and interoperability standards, performance criteria and financial benchmarking against global market leaders.
The resulting common platform will be evaluated by end-users and exploited as the incubator for new businesses and scientific activities engaging a growing number of buyers, suppliers & users.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2015
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Funding Scheme

COFUND-PCP - COFUND (PCP)

Coordinator

EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH
Address
Esplanade Des Particules 1 Parcelle 11482 De Meyrin Batiment Cadastral 1046
1211 Geneva 23
Switzerland
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 4 360 926

Participants (10)

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI FISICA NUCLEARE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 27 450
Address
Via Enrico Fermi 54
00044 Frascati
Activity type
Research Organisations
STIFTUNG DEUTSCHES ELEKTRONEN-SYNCHROTRON DESY
Germany
EU contribution
€ 44 731
Address
Notkestrasse 85
22607 Hamburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 33 576
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
TRUST-IT SERVICES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 94 300
Address
Chase Side 42 Chase Green House
EN2 6NF Enfield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 19 925
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SURFSARA BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 23 632
Address
Science Park 140
1098XG Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 20 056
Address
Polaris House North Star Avenue
SN2 1FL Swindon
Activity type
Research Organisations
STICHTING EGI
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 50 394
Address
Science Park 140
1098 XG Amsterdam
Activity type
Other
EUROPEAN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY
Germany
EU contribution
€ 25 434
Address
Meyerhofstrasse 1
69117 Heidelberg
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUTO DE FISICA DE ALTAS ENERGIAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 15 950
Address
Campus De Bellaterra - Universidad Autonoma De Barcelona
08193 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Activity type
Research Organisations