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Activity Reports

WP1 (NA1) (Yannick Legre)

Dissamination reports

Milestones & Deliverables

Task NA1.1 Administrative and Financial Management

  • Consortium Agreement finalised and under signature
    • scanned versions to be received by June 30th
    • hard copies to be received by July 15th
  • Nomination of PMB members: ongoing

Task NA1.2 Technical Management

  • contribution to the first PMB meeting with overview of status and plans
  • preparation of the market place definition plan and preparation of surveys with multi activity review
  • AAI short term and medium term plan to support ELIXIR

Task NA1.3 Quality and Risk Management

  • attending PMB meeting
  • clarifications in review process
  • coordinating M/D delivery
  • fixes and changes in Templates:
  • working on EGI activity groups wiki pages
  • collecting information and learning about risk management

WP2 (NA2) (Sergio Andreozzi)

Dissamination reports

Milestones & Deliverables

Task NA2.1 Communication and Dissemination

  • Announcements of EGI CF2015
  • First meeting of CF2015 LOC: setting up the event's venue and sketch programme
  • Report, EGI Conference 2015 [1]
  • OSC website: metric collection process
  • Commission issue 20 of newsletter
  • Attended Public Awareness of e-Infrastructures workshop
  • Writing / editing articles based on posters at the EGI Conference in Lisbon
  • Content and design template for the Operational Tool's brochures
  • D2.1 - writing, reviewing the reviewers comments, editing
  • Communications Plan - detailed ToC, writing

Task NA2.2 Strategy, Business Development and Exploitation

  • preparation of implementation ideas of the Data Commons for internal discussion. Proposed plan:
    • briefing of the EC and discussions
    • consultation meeting with CC and communities
    • call for participation to the EGI federated data cloud platform (call under preparation and collection of expressions of interest from providers in progress)
  • participation in the BDVA Summit (17-19/6 Madrid)
  • participation and presentation at the 6th General Assembly of the Helix Nebula Initiative (24-25 June, Geneva)
  • participation and presentation at the "The Helix Nebula Initiative & PICSE: Towards a European Open Science Cloud" (26 June, Geneva)
  • Contribution to D2.1

Task NA2.3 SME/Industry Engagement and Big Data Value Chain

WP3 (JRA1) (Diego Scardaci)

Dissamination reports

  • Document with answers to ELIXR recommendations for EGI tools
  • Monthly meeting

Milestones & Deliverables

  • M3.1 - Operational Tools Roadamap agreed: External review

Task JRA1.1 Authentication and Authorisation Infrastructure

  • No report received

Task JRA1.2 Service Registry and Marketplace

  • Survey
  • Agreed list of stakeholder to contact with the technical director
  • short document describing the marketplace concept

Task JRA1.3 Accounting

  • No report received

Task JRA1.4 Operations Tools

  • GOCDB V5.4

Task JRA1.5 Resource Allocation – e-GRANT

  • analasys of e-GRANT - LTOS and e-GRANT - UNITY integration details
  • initial development of price negotiation in PfU process

WP4 (JRA2) (Tiziana Ferrari)

Dissamination reports

Milestones & Deliverables

  • preparation of D4.1 (CANFAR integration) in progress. Preparation of document on the EGI federation models
  • preparation of M4.1 in progress, definition of plan with Lukasz (see below)

Task JRA2.1 Federated Open Data

  • Tiziana and Yin: meeting with GBIF Dutch node: needs for storing GBIF data for preservation, possible hosting of GBIF data in the federated cloud? Contact: Cees H. J. Hof
  • expression of interest of GEANT in connecting the nodes of the VT on scalable federated replication with an experimental network infrastructure, with possibility of expansion in the US
  • definition of user communities for requirements gathering in preparation to the PM06 milestone: Biodiversity (LifeWatch), fishery and conservation of marine resources (iMARINE), agri-food (Agro Know), genomics (ELIXIR), earth observation (ESA/EPOS) & Human Brain Project, radio-astronomy (LOFAR). PLAN
    • Find reviewers for milestone document
    • Talk to Yin about the req. gathering document
    • Define calendar for extracting req. from communities not presented in Lisbon
    • Assembling document by the end of July. Yin can support us in contacting with the communities

Task JRA2.2 Federated Cloud

  • Ticket review with developers.
  • Keystone-VOMS support for newest OpenStack versions (Juno, Kilo).
  • rOCCI bug fixing
  • planning next release of rOCCI
  • plan to implement missing features of OCCI in Synnefo.
  • Study integration of OCCI for OpenStack with Synnefo.

Task JRA2.3 e-Infrastructures Integration

  • cloud integration of KISTI in progress (fairly advanced)
  • first meeting with Compute Canada to discuss a MoU and engagement with new international user communities in addition to astronomy (CANFAR integration). The additional communities of interest together with their data platform projects are (besides the support of ATLAS):
    • neuroinformatics with the CBRAIN project, going on for several years with European participation such as Julich (unfunded project of HBP), which sill be supported more and more in the future (grid platform)
    • national projects (genomics analysis platform, genapp, hosting the human epigenetics consortium database) - IHEP, international, the data portal itself is hosted by compute canada, being integrated into the genomics platform based on galaxy workflow management system and using CVMFS for code distribution
  • collaboration with NeCTAR, University of Monash and HBP/neuroinformatics
  • support of neuroinformatics at OSG (US): a number of meetings were held to discuss collaboration options (work in progress)
  • planning of registration of the EGI federated cloud in the GEANT cloud catalogue (due date: mid July)

Task JRA2.4 Accelerated Computing

  • testbed of 3 servers with 2 GPUs each one managed by torque-4.2 batch system has been set up at CIRMMP data centre;
  • prototyping of BLAH for including GPU directives to be passed to torque batch system has started, and should be ready for testing on the CIRMMP testbed in the next week (29/6/2015);

WP5 (SA1) (Peter Solagna)

Dissamination reports

Milestones & Deliverables

Task SA1.1 Operations Coordination

Task SA1.2 Development of Security Operations

Task SA1.3 Integration, Deployment of Grid and Cloud Platforms

WP6 (SA2) (Gergely Sipos)

Dissemination reports

Milestones & Deliverables


Task SA2.1 Training

Preparation for Federated Cloud tutorials ongoing:

  • New VO established (, sites configured
  • VM images prepared and endorsed in AppDB for the VO
  • Contextualisation scripts prepared and tested on the images and VO
  • Slides and hands-on material preparation started

Discussions with JetStream (NSF project), with the involvement of XSEDE are progressing about shared practices for VM preparation and endorsement to enable exchange-ability of scientific VMs accross US and Europe.

Task SA2.2 Technical User Support

  • FedCloud use cases:
    • transPLANT project: to be discussed at the next FCUS meeting
    • Chipster: adoption of CVMFS to manage datasets - first successfull test done
    • Scipion (MOBrain CC): use case assed. Agreed to use VO (to be extended for Cloud resources)
    • LOFAR: proposed to test CVMFS for data management
    • BILS: still running tests. Waiting for an SLA proposal from the community.


The ELIXIR CC is working with various EGI product teams to customise EGI services for evaluation and inclusion within the ELIXIR Compute Platform. EGI services could provide components like: cloud computing resources, service registry, a Virtual Machine Image marketplace, service availability and reliability monitoring service, usage accounting system and user certificate generation and management service. So far only some initial tests have been carried out. Use cases for more profound testing will be selected during fall 2015.

Task SA2.4 BBMRI

Nothing to report: work starts on project month 7 (October 2015)

Task SA2.5 MoBrain

MoBrain defined its requirements concerning the discovery of GPGPU resources within the EGI infrastructure, and communicated this to the team (SAXXX task) working on the implementation of related features in the production system. our requirements. Discussions will start between the WestLife VRE project, the NeuGRID4you community and the WeNMR community about the concept and architecture of an integrated Virtual Research Environment that would enable multi-scale simulations 'from molecules to brain'.


The CC members are in the process of establishing an official Working Group within the DARIAH community for the better integration of the CC activities into the core DARIAH work streams. The Working Group will collect refined e-infrastructure requirements from digital humanities researchers and groups and use these to fine-tune the implementation of the integrated science gateway that will be setup for the support of storage, data discovery and data analysis/simulation needs of the community.

Task SA2.7 LifeWatch

LifeWatch has deployed and is currently integrating a site into the EGI Federated Cloud (OpenStack cloud deployment in Sevilla). They aim to be able to offer it as a resource to the LifeWatch community soon. A technical meeting is being organised by the CC for 2-4 September in Santander.

Task SA2.8 EISCAT_3D

CC members are working on a document to gather the requirements for the EISCAT-3D portal and to capture the design specification of its functional components and applied data model. The document will drive the portal implementation work of the CC contributing to the effort in EISCAT_3D to establish an integrated e-infrastructure to handle, share and use big scientific data from incoherent scatter radars.

Task SA2.9 EPOS

The CC members agreed to focus the work on two use cases: 1) an AAI use case dealing with delegation and incorporating data retrieval, transfer and linkage, and 2) a computational use case dealing with the integration of computational resources and services for EPOS. The use cases have been captured in a public use case document and will be refined in the next period. The CC was expanded with members from the EPOS Satellite Community (EPOS WG14) who will contribute to the specification and implementation of the computational use case.

Task SA2.10 Disaster Mitigation

With the involvement of Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, the CC is working on the definition of data collection and preparation use cases for tsunami and weather simulation. This requires internal training within the CC about tools, models, analysis and data existing at the partners, as well as engagement with research institutes, modelling groups and data providers in the region. The next DMCC face-to-face meeting will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in August, collocated with 40th Asia Pacific Advanced Network meeting (APAN).