(PP12): ICEI: HPC Centres Delivering Federated E-Infrastructure Services
Big Data Analytics
Clouds and Distributed Computing
TimeWednesday, June 19th3:15pm - 4pm
DescriptionThe ICEI project (Interactive Computing e-infrastructure for the Human Brain Project) is funded by the European Commission under the Framework Partnership Agreement of the Human Brain Project (HBP). Five leading European Supercomputing Centres are working together to develop a set of e-infrastructure services that will be federated to form the Fenix Infrastructure. The centres (BSC, CEA, CINECA, ETHZ/CSCS and JUELICH/JSC) committed to perform a coordinated procurement of equipment, licences for software components and R&D services to realize elements of the e-infrastructure.
Fenix Infrastructure services include elastic access to scalable and interactive compute resources and a federated data infrastructure. The distinguishing characteristic of this e-infrastructure is that data repositories and scalable supercomputing systems will be in close proximity and well integrated. User access is granted via a peer-review based allocation mechanism. The HBP is the initial prime and lead user community, guiding the infrastructure development in a use-case driven co-design approach. While the HBP is given a programmatic access to 25% of the resources, 15% are provided to European researchers at large via PRACE.
The Fenix Infrastructure will deliver federated compute and data services to European researchers by aggregating capacity from multiple resource providers (Fenix MoU parties) and enabling access from existing community platforms, like for the HBP. In order to achieve these goals, the federation needs to rely on a robust and reliable authentication and authorisation infrastructure (AAI), a trustworthy environment where users can be managed and granted to access resources securely and as seamlessly, as possible.