Helix Nebula: Strategic Plan for a Scientific Cloud Computing infrastructure for Europe

The HELIX NEBULA initiative is a preliminary step towards a European cloud-based scientific e-infrastructure: HELIX NEBULA – the Science Cloud. The supporters of the HELIX NEBULA initiative include: ATOS, BT Global Services, CAP Gemini, CERN, CloudSigma, CNES, CNR, DLR, EC, EGI.eu, EMBL, ENEA, ESA, Logica, OpenNebula, Orange Business Services, SAP, SIENA, StratusLab, Server Labs, Six2, T-Systems International, Terradue srl, Thales and TrustIT. A Science Cloud Strategic Plan [1] was presented and adopted by these organisations. The HELIX NEBULA initiative will lead a two year pilot-phase during which procurement processes and governance issues for a framework of public/private partnership will be appraised. Three initial flagship use cases from HEP, molecular biology and earth-observation are being deployed and will be used to validate the approach, enable a cost-benefit analysis to be undertaken and the next stage of the Science Cloud Strategic Plan developed and approved. The Science Cloud infrastructure will be initialized with large-scale unique data sets and bring thousands of scientists on the platform. GEANT, EGI (European Grid Initiative) and PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) are existing e-infrastructures heavily used by the research community and co-funded by the European Commission. Interoperability with these infrastructures is important to allow the research community to migrate their data and applications between all the infrastructures and combine them so that the most appropriate resource can be used in an efficient manner. Cost-effective and high performance network access to the science cloud across the ERA will be an important aspect of its deployment. GEANT could provide high-performance network connectivity to HELIX NEBULA – the Science Cloud. Terena and the NRENs could play an important role in this initiative by facilitating the connection to the data centres of commercial cloud service providers. Examples of such connections already exist around Europe [2]. References: [1] http://cdsweb.cern.ch/record/1374172/files/CERN-OPEN-2011-036.pdf [2] http://www.ja.net/janetnews/2011/01/13/logicalis-connects-high-density-data-centre-and-hybrid-cloud-into-janet/#more-45



  • Bob Jones, CERN
  • Maryline Lengert, ESA
  • Rupert Lueck, EMBL

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