| Project of the Month - February 2012

EGI-InSPIRE - EGI-Integrated Sustainable Pan-European Infrastructure for Research in Europe

EGI-InSPIRE  is a four-year project helping to establish the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) as an e-infrastructure to support research and innovation in Europe. EGI-InSPIRE is a collaborative effort involving dozens of partners in Europe and beyond. The project is co-funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme (contract number: RI-261323) to help lay down the EGI operational and support processes, as well as to build a sustainable e-infrastructure, independent from project cycles.

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Project description

EGI-InSPIRE (EGI-Integrated Sustainable Pan-European Infrastructure for Research in Europe) is a four-year project helping to establish the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) as an e-infrastructure to support research and innovation in Europe. EGI-InSPIRE is a collaborative effort involving dozens of partners in Europe and beyond. The project is co-funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme (contract number: RI-261323) to help lay down the EGI operational and support processes, as well as to build a sustainable e-infrastructure, independent from project cycles.

By the time EGI-InSPIRE finishes in 2014, EGI will be a sustainable and dependable provider of computing resources for European scientists and researchers.

The ultimate goal of EGI-InSPIRE is to provide European scientists and their international partners with a sustainable, reliable e-Infrastructure that can support their needs for large-scale data analysis. This is essential in order to solve the big questions facing science today, and in the decades to come.

EGI-InSPIRE will coordinate the transition from a project-based system (the EGEE series) to a sustainable pan-European e-Infrastructure. The four-year project will support grids of high-performance computing (HPC) and high-throughput computing (HTC) resources.

The project is ideally placed to integrate new Distributed Computing Infrastructures (DCIs) such as clouds, supercomputing networks and desktop grids, to benefit the user communities within the European Research Area.

EGI-InSPIRE will collect user requirements and provide support for the current and potential new user communities that need to reliably use e-Infrastructure across Europe and internationally. The project will also support the current heavy users of the infrastructure, such as high energy physics, computational chemistry and life sciences, as they move their critical services and tools from a centralised support model to one driven by their own individual communities.

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Contact point

Steven Newhouse
Project Director, EGI-InSPIRE
E-mail: director@egi.eu