Six European supercomputing centres, namely BSC (Spain), CEA (France), CINECA (Italy), CSC (Finland), CSCS (Switzerland) and JSC (Germany), agreed to align their services to facilitate the creation of the Fenix Infrastructure. The distinguishing characteristic of this e-infrastructure is that data repositories and scalable supercomputing systems are in close proximity and well integrated. An initial version of this infrastructure is currently being realised through the ICEI project (Interactive Computing E-Infrastructure), which is part of the European Human Brain Project (HBP). Researchers from or associated to the HBP are the initial prime users of this e-infrastructure.
The objectives of Fenix can be summarized as follows:
- To perform a coordinated procurement of equipment and related maintenance services, licences for software components, and R&D services for realizing elements of the Fenix e-infrastructure;
- Design a generic e-infrastructure for the HBP, driven by its scientific use-cases and usable by other scientific communities;
- Build the e-infrastructure having the following key characteristics
- Interactive Computing Services
- Elastic access to scalable compute resources
- Federated data infrastructure;
- Establish a suitable e-infrastructure governance
- Develop a resource allocation mechanism to provide resources to HBP users and European researchers at large; and
- Assist in the expansion of the e-infrastructure to other communities that provide additional resources.
Fenix endorses the European Charter for Access to Research Infrastructures, developed by the European Commission. The Charter sets out general principles and guidelines for how research infrastructures like Fenix draw their rules and conditions for access to and use of such infrastructures. Find out more here.
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