SEE-GRID, SEE-GRID-II ve SEE-GRID-SCI
South Eastern European Grid-enabled elnfrastructure Development (2004-2006)
SEE-GRID aims to provide specific support actions to assist the participation of the SE European states to the pan-European and worldwide Grid initiatives by establishing a seamless and interoperable pilot-Grid infrastructure that will expand and support the European Research Area (ERA) in the region. The SEE-GRID vision is to pave the way towards the provision of an independent-of-geographic- location, round-the-clock, common market of computing resources to the distributed research communities in the region. The interconnection of the regional infrastructure to the pan-European and worldwide Grid initiatives will translate into benefits for the smaller, less-resourced sites in SE Europe to access computing power that would otherwise be unaffordable. In this perspective, the proposed initiative will ease the digital divide and release the scientific & productive talents of the region and will allow equal participation of the targeted countries in pan-European Grid Efforts in the immediate future.
Create a human network in the area of Grids, eScience and eInfrastructures in SE Europe.
Integrate incubating and existing National Grid infrastructures in all SEE-GRID countries.
Capture eScience user requirements for Grid middleware and services in the region.
Support feasibility studies and provide roadmaps and cookbooks for the rapid integration of the SEE Grid area to the ERA.
Build upon and exploit the infrastructure provided by the Gigabit Pan-European Research & Education Network (GEANT) and the South-East European Research and Education Networking (SEEREN) initiative in the region.
Migrate and test Grid middleware components and APIs developed by pan-European (e.g. EGEE, etc) and national (e.g. Hungarian ClusterGrid, etc) Grid efforts in the regional infrastructure.
Deploy (adapt if necessary) and test Grid applications developed by EGEE (Large Hadron Collider Computing Grid, Biomedical Grids) in the regional infrastructure. Demonstrate one more Grid application of regional interest (e.g. earthquake prediction, meteorology/climate).
Integrate available pilot Resource Centers of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR of Macedonia, Serbia-Montenegro and Turkey into the EGEE-compatible infrastructure. Expand the operations and support center of the EGEE SE Europe Federation to cater for the operations in the above countries.
Promote awareness in the region regarding Grid developments through dissemination conferences, training material and demonstrations for hands-on experience, in coordination with EGEE, which will promote the project results to the private and public sector, ultimately reaching the general public.
Ease the digital divide and bring SEE Grid communities closer to the rest of the continent.
Promote regional and international collaboration in SEE and with neighbouring countries.
Establish a dialogue at the level of policy developments for research and education networking and provide input to the agenda of national governments and funding bodies.
SEE-GRID Project is ended in May, 2006.
South Eastern European Grid-enabled elnfrastructure Development-2 (2006-2008)
SEE-GRID-2 aims to further advance and integrate the existing SEE Grid infrastructure and services, capitalize on the existing SEE-GRID human network to further strengthen scientific collaboration and cooperation among participating SEE communities, and ultimately achieve sustainability for regional and national eInfrastructures that will endure beyond the project’s lifetime.
The sustainability of the SEE eInfrastructure is the highest priority of SEE-GRID-2 and will be primarily pursued by achieving involvement and cooperation at the national government and research/academic level in every SEE country. The sustainability efforts will be supported by the framework of a National Grid Initiative, through the maturing of grid organizational structures and provision of reliable services, including the establishment and operation of Grid Operation Centers and accredited National/Regional Grid Certification Authorities. Furthermore, dissemination conferences and PR events will be utilized to raise awareness at all society levels and attract national & regional political and financial support for materializing the eInfrastructure vision.
In terms of available Grid resources, SEE-GRID-2 will pursue the expansion of the current SEE grid infrastructure to new countries in the region as well as by proliferation of the participating Resource Centers in each SEE country in order to increase the available regional resources (e.g. processing power, storage) thus boosting the performance of the regional infrastructure; furthermore, this will positively impact the diversity and distribution of participating teams per country thus strengthening cooperation and collaboration at national level. The actual usage of the Grid infrastructure will be stimulated by the support of multi-disciplinary grids, involving a range of research and academic institutes and scientific communities in all SEE countries, with emphasis on the deployment and support of a range of Grid applications in order to engage as many user communities as possible and increase the utilization of the available resources.
SEE-GRID-2 will also pursue the strengthening of the human network through extensive national and regional-level training in order to develop both the necessary Grid user-interface familiarization and computing-resources sharing culture among the scientific communities -paving the way for adoption of this policy by the public at large-, as well as hands-on experienced Grid administrators that will spread their accumulated know-how among their countries’ National Grid Initiatives resource centers.
Overall and in the long-term, SEE-GRID-2 aspires to contribute to the regional cooperation and stability, in order to demonstrate the importance of collaborative efforts in science and technology areas like eInfrastructures, and help add one more element in the continuing EU efforts to ease the SEE digital divide and aid the integration of the region with the rest of the continent.
• Securing Sustainable Development and Operation;
• Upgrading the SEE Grid infrastructure; and
• Strengthening the regional and national Human Network.
SEE-GRID-II Project is ended in April, 2008.
SEE-GRID eInfrastructure for Regional eScience (2008-2010)
eInfrastructure in Europe has reached a mature state where the GÉANT network forms a communications backbone on top of which a distributed computing infrastructure – the Grid – provides processing and storage services for eScience research. The South-East European eInfrastructure initiatives are committed to ensuring equal participation of the less-resourced countries of the region in European trends. SEEREN initiative has established a regional network and its GÉANT connection and the SEE-GRID initiative the regional Grid. SEE-GRID-SCI will leverage the SEE eInfrastructure to enable new scientific collaborations among user communities.
SEE-GRID-SCI will stimulate widespread eInfrastructure uptake by new user groups extending over the region, fostering collaboration and providing advanced capabilities to more researchers, with an emphasis on strategic groups in seismology, meteorology and environmental protection. The initiative thus aims to have a catalytic and structuring effect on target user communities that currently do not directly benefit from the available eInfrastructures. In parallel, it will enlarge the regional eInfrastructure to cater for demands of the communities by increasing the computing and storage resources and involving new partner countries in the region. Finally, SEE-GRID-SCI will help mature and stabilise the National Grid Initiatives in the region, allowing them to join the new era of longer-term sustainable Grid infrastructure in Europe. In this context, SEE-GRID-SCI will aim to attract local political support for materializing the eInfrastructure vision.
In longer term, SEE-GRID-SCI aspires to contribute to the stabilisation and development of South-East Europe, by easing the digital divide and stimulating eInfrastructure development and adoption by new user communities, thus enabling collaborative high-quality research across target scientific fields.
Engaging international user communities and providing application-specific service extensions.
Providing infrastructure for new communities.
Consolidating actions towards long-term sustainability and European Grid Initiative inclusion.
Strengthening the regional and national human network.
SEE-GRID-SCI Project is ended in April, 2010.