European Grid Infrastructure Foundation (EGI)


EGI is a federated e-Infrastructure set up to provide advanced computing services for research and innovation.
The EGI e-infrastructure is publicly-funded and comprises hundreds of data centres and cloud providers spread across Europe and worldwide.
The federation is coordinated by the EGI Foundation, which has been created to manage the infrastructure on behalf of the EGI Council participants.
The mission of EGI is to create and deliver open solutions for science and research infrastructures by federating digital capabilities, resources and expertise between communities and across national boundaries.

EGI Foundation role in PaNOSC

The EGI Foundation, as coordinator of the EOSC-hub project, has been providing the EOSC-hub technical support and service provisioning activities to ensure an effective integration of PaNOSC scientific applications and open data in the European Open Science Cloud, These include:

❖ EOSC service catalogue integration., with linked third parties, has been providing technical support and tools to include PaNOSC service and data providers into the Hub, the service integration and access management framework, ensuring that services and resources in EOSC can be seamlessly managed and operated. 

❖ Federated Cloud provisioning. PaNOSC has been relying on a cloud compute infrastructure computing leveraging the federation services offered by EGI with the support of EOSC-hub. The platform includes: cloud IaaS, storage virtualisation, VM provisioning and management through the Application Database, scaling and cloud bursting. The activity includes service enabling, operations and management of the infrastructure and technical support the services. The operations support has been performing problem-solving steps and managing proper involvement of second-level support for issue resolution. Cloud Compute will be provided by CESNET and DESY. 

❖ Notebook and Applications on Demand. EGI is responsible for the deployment and operation of Jupyter notebook service for the PaNOSC community, integrated with federated authentication, persistent storage for user notebooks, and access to PaNOSC datasets. Technical support to application porting is ensured. 

❖ Data transfer. A central data transfer service for data transfer scheduling has been provided and supported by STFC. The support activity includes requirements analysis, piloting, porting of existing applications to the service, and FTS3 operations. 

❖ Data archiving. A distributed data archiving facilities will be federated in order to experimentally host PaNOSC open data and co-locate that with computing facilities. A 1.5 PB facility will be collectively provided by CESNET, DESY and STFC. 

❖ Metadata harvesting. The PaNOSC community already makes use of standardised metadata formats in which the data is described. To extend the accessibility of PaNOSC data, all members will make their data available via data repositories, via the standardised metadata formats and made persistent via DOI’s. To increase the findability of PaNOSC data, PaNOSC has been developing a central metadata catalogue in which all metadata from PaNOSC members is collected. To provide added value to the PaNOSC researchers, a central metadata catalogue aims to provide domain specific search and browse functionalities. The goal is to make the PaNOSC central metadata catalogue harvestable through other search engines to support cross disciplinary research and to increase the scientific impact. PaNOSC has been collaborating with the EOSC-hub to leverage the expertise on metadata and to make the metadata harvestable. To develop the PaNOSC central metadata catalogue, EOSC-hub technologies have been explored and especially a feasibility study and pilot will has been conducted on the EUDAT B2FIND service. 

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