This is a regular teleconference for the NGI International Liaisons (NIL), national/regional user community support teams and other stakeholders who are involved in EGI's 'Engagement activity'. The meeting is an important forum to update each other about progress and plans in EGI engagement, and to build the NIL community.
The EGI Engagement activity reaches out to scientific communities, researchers, educators and innovators in academia and industry and supports them in tackling scientific challenges with the use of ICT services, solutions and consultancy from the EGI community. This complex task requires coordinated outreach, technical support, training, testing activities - by the distributed teams and skills that are available in EGI. The NGI International Liaisons are key enablers and contributors to this, by linking national initiatives and teams into the European EGI Engagement landscape. The NGI International Liaison role is described at https://wiki.egi.eu/wiki/NGI_International_Liaison, alongside with resources and materials that can help the NILs be successful in community outreach, engagement, support.
The EGI Engagement activity is defined and driven by the Engagement Plan, which is described at http://go.egi.eu/engagementplan.
How to connect
Teleconference room: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/809023741
May 14, 2018.
Gergely Sipos (chair)
Alex Upton (CH)
Diego Scardaci (EGI.eu)
Enol Fernández (note taker)
Emir Imamagic (HR)
Geneviève Grenier (FR)
Hakan Bayindir (TR)
Joao Pina (PT)
Matthew Viljoen (EGI.eu)
Ivana Krenkova (CZ)
Sara Coelho (EGI.eu)
Stephane Gerard (BE)
Torben Rasmussen (SE)
Slides from Gergely
Introduction from Alex Upton
Comment from Genevieve about EGI-OpenAIRE collaboration:
In France, NOADs and NGIs are completely different organised and dependent of different organisations. Difficult to work together and lacking upper management support.
Gergely: We expect to see different landscape in every country. We’d like to organise a session at DI4R for national engagement/support teams where we can assess the landscape. But we need your input for this, i.e. information about the collaborations between NGIs and NOADs in countries where this is possible.
Link to Strategic Innovation Fund:
Participated in the session in Malaga, nice session to see that every NGI is moving towards the same direction (cloud)
Will upgrade HPC system with new GPUs
Will upgrade cloud systems to support applications like Jupyter, Galaxy and Mesos (required by DARIAH) (expected in 6 months time)
Local event to disseminate the services
Workshop on Singularity
Event to agronomy faculty last week
Upcoming event on Singularity
Next event: DIRAC user workshop May 22nd-25th in Lyon, France https://indico.cern.ch/event/676817/
National event in October, still organising, https://jcad2018.sciencesconf.org/
No major updates since Malaga: Focus on LToS
Summary from Malaga: HTC part for WLCG, Increase on Cloud and HPC (focus on Cloud), more users coming, infrastructure saturated
Aim to support Meloa project
Preparing DI4R and IBERGRID event (hold on the same place as DI4R, next day 12th October)
Organised local grid workshop for > 70 people
Operate computing and storage to local ELIXIR community. Also operating AAI and Galaxy, Repeat Explorer
Galaxy workshop end of May
Support for AAI for the LS community
New website to be ready in the next days
Flemish user day by HPC centre
Training session towards the end of 2018
WLCG is major user in the EGI context
Other potential activities, need to see how to engage more actively
Works in the EnhanceR Swiss project, focussed on user support with container and other distributed computing tech.
Colleagues will deliver a container tutorial at ISPDC conference in Geneva: http://lsds.hesge.ch/ISPDC2018/program/tutorials/