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The EGI Applications on Demand service (also called AoDs) is the EGI’s response to the requirements of researchers, scattered across Europe, without dedicated access to computational and storage resources, as well as other facilities needed to run scientific applications.

The new service, through a lightweight user registration process, offers authorised users a grant, with a pre-defined quota of resources, which can be used to run a growing number of scientific applications from a portfolio. The grant to run scientific applications can be renewed or increased upon request. The portfolio of scientific applications is currently composed by a pre-defined set of applications from different scientific areas. This portfolio can be further extended thanks to the contributions of users of the service.


What does this service offer ?

The EGI Applications on Demand service is accessible through this User Registration Portal (URP) and through a lightweight identity vetting process offers:

Benefits

Through this service

  1. Researchers can access scientific applications underpinned by high-capacity compute and storage servers, to carry out compute and data-intensive simulations.
  2. Developers can integrate custom applications into the service and offer them as 'scalable, online services' for researchers and scientists worldwide.
  3. Providers of compute and storage services can share their clusters and clouds to serve 'the long tail of science'.

Already integrated components

The service operates as an open environment where any provider can integrate and share applications and compute/data components. The following components are already integrated into the service and are available for users to access:

Scientific Applications

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Computer Science & Mathematics

Cultural Heritage

Life Sciences

Others

Science Gateways, Portals, Virtual Research Environments

Who can access the service ?

The service is open for any researchers who needs a simple and user-friendly access to compute, storage and applications services in order to carry out data/compute intensive science and innovation. The researcher needs to be affiliated with, or at least have a partner (for example a referee), at a European research institution to qualify for access. This service is designed to meet the needs of individual researchers and small research groups who have limited or no experience with distributed and cloud computing.

Access requires acceptance of Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and Conditions of Use of the 'EGI Applications on Demand Infrastructure'

How can you access the service ?

  1. Login to the User Registration Portal (URP) with the EGI CheckIn service.
  2. Setup a profile, including details about your affiliation and role within a research institute/project/team.
  3. Submit a resource request: indicate approximately how much computing and storage capacity you will underneath the scientific application of your choice. The default allocation is of 10TB of on-line storage and 1000h of CPUs, but you can ask for more resources too.
  4. After your request is approved, login to the gateway/portal environment that hosts the application you would like to use. If you are a developer you can also integrate custom applications with the compute and storage resources you are granted access to.

Help desk

For generic questions or inquiries, please contact the EGI Support team at applications-platform-support@mailman.egi.eu.

For gateway-specific support please contact:

How to acknowledge this service

Users of the service are asked to provide appropriate acknowledgement of the use in scientific publications. The following acknowledgement text can be used for this purpose:

This work used the EGI Applications On Demand Service, which is co-funded by the EGI-Engage project (Horizon 2020) under Grant number 654142.

Further reading

Presentations about the service:

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