ICEI launches its activities

02 Mar 2018

The Interactive Computing E-Infrastructure for the Human Brain Project (ICEI) project is executed by leading European supercomputing centres to realise the Fenix infrastructure. For this purpose these centres will deploy various infrastructure services in a federated manner. One distinguishing characteristic of this e-infrastructure is that federated data repositories and scalable supercomputing systems will be in close proximity and well integrated. Another new feature are the interactive computing services. The European Human Brain Project will be the initial prime user of this research infrastructure and its services.

A first step of the project is the organization of a Public Information Event the 15th of March in which the different partners will state their requirements and expectations as part of a joint market exploration and consultation effort. After this first contact, the interested suppliers of relevant solutions and services will have the opportunity to present their solutions during Request for Information (RFI) meetings.

"ICEI will not only realise an IT infrastructure tailored to the needs of the Human Brain Project, but also makes supercomputing centres innovating on how they deploy infrastructure services," says Dirk Pleiter, coordinator of the ICEI project.

The project is formed by BSC (Spain), CEA (France), CINECA (Italy), EPFL and ETH Zuerich/CSCS (Switzerland) as well as Forschungszentrum Juelich/JSC (Germany). The project, coordinated by EPFL, is planned to have a duration of 63 months starting on 1 January 2018.

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Fenix has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme through the ICEI project under the grant agreement No. 800858.