Webinar: EGI Federation - Advanced Computing for Research

by Gergely Sipos (Head of Services, Solutions and Support at EGI Foundation)

Zoom webinar

Zoom webinar


Are you curious to learn more about the federation, its services, collaborations and what impact it has on science and innovation?

Objectives of the webinar

  • Learn about the EGI federation and its core services

  • Learn about EGI's international collaboration framework and it's "Open to the World" vision

  • Learn how EGI supports compute- or data-intensive tasks

  • Learn about the impact EGI's service offerings contribute to

Target audience

  • Scientific communities, projects, research infrastructures who wish to learn about the services of EGI.

  • E-infrastructure and other service providers who want to be part of a pan-European federation to support international science.

Webinar programme (1h)

  • Presentation

  • Q&A

Description about the presentation

The EGI federation is the largest distributed computing infrastructure in the world, and brings together hundreds of data centres worldwide and also includes the largest community cloud federation in Europe with tends of cloud providers across most of the European countries offering IaaS cloud and storage services. The current federated resources represent altogether more than 350 Petabytes of online storage and 380 Petabytes of archival storage supported by approximately 1M Cores. EGI expanded the federation of its facilities with other non-European digital infrastructures in North America, South America, Africa-Arabia and the Asia-Pacific region, as such EGI fully realised the “Open to the World” vision. In order to interoperate at international level, EGI and its partners operate in the context of a lightweight collaboration framework defining rules of participations via a corpus of policies and technical guidelines.

EGI offering includes a federated IaaS cloud to run compute- or data-intensive tasks and host online services in virtual machines or docker containers on IT resources accessible via a uniform interface; high-throughput data analysis to run compute-intensive tasks for producing and analysing large datasets and store/retrieve research data efficiently across multiple service providers; federated operations to manage service access and operations from heterogeneous distributed infrastructures and integrate resources from multiple independent providers with technologies, processes and expertise offered by EGI; consultancy for user-driven innovation to assess research computing needs and provide tailored solutions for advanced computing.

The notion of a distributed infrastructure offering advanced resources and services for data-intensive processing in research and innovation has been part of the EGI mission and vision since the EGI design and implementation that started with the DataGrid project back in 2000 under the leadership of CERN. Distributed processing of data supported by a pan-European broadband network infrastructure, solutions for trust and identity management and the Grid middleware, have been the enablers of two Nobel prizes in Physics (2013 and 2017), and many more data-driven scientific discoveries in high energy physics, astronomy and astrophysics, health and medicine, and earth sciences resulting in more than 3,000 open access scientific publications enabled each year. In this webinar Gergely will provide an overview of EGI, the pan-european federation of national e-infrastructures and he will explain how EGI supports big data based Open Science and contributes to the implementation of the EOSC vision. The talk goes through the services that EGI provides for scientific communities, and for the members of the federation, and will show how these services benefit research, science and innovation in Europe and worldwide. 

About the speaker

Gergely Sipos is the Head of the Services, Solutions and Support department at the EGI Foundation. He is responsible for the provisioning and innovation of services owned by the EGI Foundation, and for overseeing the operational status of the EGI infrastructure. The three teams of his department, with the help of EGI’s national e-infrastructures, perform user community engagement, requirement collection & analysis, service piloting and service customisation for communities, as well as deliver operational services, training and support. Gergely holds an MSc and PhD in computer science with specialisation in management, from the University of Miskolc (Hungary).