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GÉANT Community SIG-CISS (Cloudy Interoperable Software Stacks) Side Meeting @ TNC23-June 5 2023

5 June 2023 14:00 – 17:30 CEST Chair: Mario Reale (GÉANT) The Cloudy Interoperable Software Stack Special Interest Group is the GÉANT Community body in charge of gathering the community of NRENs Cloud experts and Cloud infrastructure operators around best practices, technological challenges and options to collaborate. Its focus is on interoperability of software stacks, architectures based on standards, enabling the NRENs to build their Cloud infrastructure for their internal needs and for their supported User Communities. It keeps the Community together, informed, up to date, and supports synergies on the challenge of providing scalable, cost-effective and user-friendly Cloud infrastructures, integrated through open community...

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GÉANT Cloud Framework Work Shop: Side Meeting @ TNC23-June 5 2023

5 June 2023
09:00 – 12:30 CEST
Chair: Maria Ristkok (EENet)

This workshop focuses on the Cloud Framework activity, looking ahead to the next public procurement tender, but also giving space for assessing the development of the GÉANT cloud framework to date and understanding research and education success stories making use of the Framework. The agenda is coordinated with, and will lead into, the afternoon workshop by the SIG-CISS on building community cloud services.
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This is a side meeting. In order to attend, you will need to purchase a side meeting pass, in addition to your regular TNC pass. See the registration page for more details.

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10th SIG-CISS (Cloud Interoperable Software Stacks) at CS3 Conference – Barcelona / online, 8 March 2023

The 10th meeting of the Special Interest Group on Cloud Interoperable Software Stacks (SIG-CISS) will take place in Barcelona, on 8 March 2023, from 15:15 to 17:15. The meeting will be co-located with the CS3 Conference (Cloud Services for Synchronisation and Sharing). Remote participation via Zoom will be supported. This meeting will be an ideal opportunity to share solutions and technology from the community, in particular with presentations covering the Openstack TripleO component and its applications, the privacy preserving ABEBOX project, Kubernetes and OpenShift at CERN, and the PBSPro-Kubernetes Connector for Seamless HPC Submission. Finally, in the usual “NRENs building clouds” session, HEAnet will present their...

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6th Barcelona Techno Week: Scientific Computing in the Cloud | 29 May – 2 June 2023, Barcelona and online

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB) announces the 6th edition of its Techno Week workshop. The workshop is dedicated to the use of Cloud for scientific computing, and will be held at the premises of the ICCUB in Barcelona from 29 May to 2 June 2023. The Techno Week will be a hybrid event, with 40 seats for on-site participation and 100 seats for remote participation. It will include presentations on several cloud use cases from different disciplines and talks on cloud technology, tools, and initiatives, including a presentation on the OCRE project by GÉANT‘s Procurement Specialist Monique Pellinkhof. Additionally, on-site participation to the Techno Week will include three hands-on workshops with...

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Outcomes EOSC Future Procurement Call 1: European Research e-Infrastructures – Distribution of Commercial Cloud Services

The results are in! After extensive deliberation and oversight, the EOSC Future project is ready to announce the outcomes of its first procurement call: European Research e-Infrastructures – Distribution of Commercial Cloud Services mini-competition. Read more to discover the awardees and their solutions for making commercial services more accessible to R&E communities in the EU and UK via the EOSC Marketplace! A new funding mechanism: Opportunities for European RIs and commercial cloud services through EOSC In October 2022, the EOSC Future project published the EUR 2 million (+VAT) EOSC Future mini-competition call as part of a EUR 4.8 million adoption funding programme supported by the EU, aimed at bridging the gap between commercial...

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The RDA and Oracle for Research: Collaboration to accelerate data-driven discovery

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) and Oracle for Research  are delighted to announce a special collaboration for the global research data community. This landmark agreement, signed in January 2023, will run for 12 months and support the mission of RDA to build the social and technical bridges to enable open sharing and re-use of research data. Its aim is to accelerate the development of community-driven solutions across all technologies, disciplines, and countries. Facilitating and advancing open research and open science are common goals of the two organisations. Private sector engagement is a strategic priority for RDA, and Oracle for Research support will facilitate activities taking place within RDA working groups. These volunteer...

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OCRE Policy Brief: OCRE’s experience through researchers’ eyes

Recommendations on how to improve access to cloud and EO services for the scientific community in Europe Since  its  launch  in  January  2019,  the  EU-funded  Open  Clouds  for  Research  Environments  (OCRE) project has greatly improved ease of access to cloud services and EO data for researchers through several tendering processes. OCRE has played a strong supporting role in the development of cloud computing and innovation in Europe by providing European public institutions with an online catalogue of commodity-type commercial digital services. Via the catalogue the project granted access to a vast choice of cloud and EO data suppliers, many of whom were not previously available, and provided volume discounts to both research and...

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eduMeet Team Leader Featured in CONNECT

The GÉANT cloud team is an international collaboration of professionals from diverse fields, each contributing their superior talents and technological expertise to enhance the overall catalogue of pan-European cloud offerings. In this interview from a recent edition of GÉANT CONNECT, we invite you to get to know Bartlomiej (Bartek) Idzikowski. He is the Task Leader of the eduMEET / eduTURN task, among many other roles he plays in the community. “As the task leader of eduMEET, I support, together with my team, NRENs and organisations that would not be able to buy commercial web-conferencing systems otherwise. We are focusing also on security and privacy of collaboration systems, with the main aim of building awareness about these...

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Use Cases at the Cloud Forum: OCRE-Funded HPC in the Cloud at the University of Bath

GÉANT Cloud Services team hosts a bi-weekly Cloud Forum, a place where Cloud Delivery Service Managers from NRENs across Europe meet to share knowledge, ideas and tips on providing and deploying cloud services at member institutions. The original Cloud Forum started meeting regularly online since 2016 (way before everyone was meeting online!) and has proven a valuable channel to develop, disseminate and expand the single marketplace cloud service catalogue of the GÉANT project. This includes a wide range of public and community cloud service offerings support the kind of dynamic collaboration academic research requires. This diverse range of service providers and cloud services offers NRENs and the research and education community a quick...

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