Nov 2 – 5, 2020
Europe/Amsterdam timezone


Closing plenary. EGI contributions to the European Open Science Cloud: from EOSC-hub to EGI-ACE and EOSC Future

Nov 4, 2020, 4:45 PM

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Closing plenary. EGI contributions to the European Open Science Cloud: from EOSC-hub to EGI-ACE and EOSC Future

  • Gergely Sipos (
  • Ivan Maric (SRCE)
  • Owen Appleton (


The EGI Federation has been actively contributing to the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud since its launch. From January 2021 the activities of the EOSC-hub project will be expanded through the EGI-ACE and EOSC Future, for the implementation of the EOSC compute platform and the delivery of various components of the EOSC Core services. This presentation will introduce the EGI contributions to both projects explaining the relationship between EGI and EOSC.

Invited to grant by the EC in response to the call INFRAEOSC-07 A1, EGI-ACE empowers researchers from all disciplines to collaborate in data- and compute-intensive research across borders through free at point of use services. Building on the distributed computing integration in EOSChub, it delivers the EOSC Compute Platform and contributes to the EOSC Data Commons through a federation of Cloud compute and storage facilities, PaaS services and data spaces with analytics tools and federated access services.

The Platform is built on the EGI Federation, the largest distributed computing infrastructure for research. The EGI Federation delivers over 1 Exabyte of research data and 1 Million CPU cores which supported the discovery of the Higgs Boson and the first observation of gravitational waves, while remaining open to new members. The Platform pools the capacity of some of Europe’s largest research data centres, leveraging ISO compliant federated service management. Over 30 months, it will provide more than 82 M CPU hours and 250 K GPU hours for data processing and analytics, and 45 PB/month to host and exploit research data. Its services address the needs of major research infrastructures and communities of practice engaged through the EOSC-hub project.

The Platform advances beyond the state of the art through a data-centric approach, where data, tools and compute and storage facilities form a fully integrated environment accessible across borders thanks to Virtual Access. The Platform offers heterogeneous systems to meet different needs, including state of the art GPGPUs and accelerators supporting AI and ML, making the Platform an ideal innovation space for AI applications. The data spaces and analytics tools are delivered in collaboration with tens of research infrastructures and projects, to support use cases for Health, the Green Deal, and fundamental sciences.

The consortium builds on the expertise and assets of the EGI federation members, key research communities and data providers, and collaborating initiatives.

EOSC Future integrates, consolidates, and connects e-infrastructures, research communities, and initiatives in EOSC to develop the EOSC-Core and EOSC-Exchange. EOSC Future will expand the EOSC ecosystem, integrate existing but disparate initiatives, and hand over key project outputs to the EOSC Association. EOSC Future will unlock the potential of European research through a vision of Open Science for Society. In EOSC Future EGI partners will contribute to the EOSC architecture and its interoperability framework, the development and operations of EOSC Core components such as the Portal, accounting, monitoring and AAI, integration with thematic services from research infrastructures, training and outreach.

EOSC Future bridges the game from project based EOSC development to a new model, connected to the recently launched EOSC Association. It integrates the services from the INFRASEOSC7 projects such as EGI-ACE and is intended to leave a valuable and robust EOSC ecosystem behind when it concludes in 2023.

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