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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.
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Coordinator

EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH

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Route De Meyrin Cern
1211 Geneva 23

Switzerland

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 4 360 926

Participants (11)

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ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI FISICA NUCLEARE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 27 450

STIFTUNG DEUTSCHES ELEKTRONEN-SYNCHROTRON DESY

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 44 731

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 33 576

TRUST-IT SERVICES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 94 300

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 19 925

SURFSARA BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 23 632

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL

United Kingdom

UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 20 056

STICHTING EGI

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 50 394

EUROPEAN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 25 434

INSTITUTO DE FISICA DE ALTAS ENERGIAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 15 950

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 687614

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2016

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 770 127

  • EU contribution

    € 4 716 374

Coordinated by:

EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH

Switzerland