2 November 2016: Helix Nebula Science Cloud awards Design Phase contracts to four consortia
On the 2nd November 2016, the awards ceremony for the successful bidders of the Helix Nebula Science Cloud tender took place in Lyon, France, at the CC-IN2P3 (CNRS) premises. This €5.3 million joint Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) tender, led by CERN, will establish a European hybrid cloud platform that will support high-performance, data-intensive scientific use-cases sponsored by 10 of Europe’s leading public research organisations and co-funded by the European Commission. A total of 28 multinational companies, SMEs and public research organisations from 12 countries submitted bids during the summer. Here are the 4 winning consortia: 1. T-Systems, Huawei, Cyfronet, Divia; 2. IBM; 3. RHEA Group, T-Systems, exoscale, SixSq; 4. Indra, HP, Advania, SixSq.
This event marked the conclusion of the preliminary phase of the pre-commercial procurement and was the occasion to kick off the design phase of the Pre-Commercial Procurement that will see the four winners compete to go through to the prototyping phase. The presentations and the recording of the event are available here.
CERN has recently published a paper which outlines the establishment of the European Open Science Cloud that will enable digital science by introducing IT as a Service to the public research sector in Europe.
On the 23rd of April 2015, Bob Jones, CERN & HNI Co-Coordinator, was invited by the European Commission to present the ‘European Open Science Cloud’ at the 3rd Digital European Research Area (ERA) Forum meeting. The concept of open science and a European open science cloud seems to be widely accepted, but how to implement it remains largely unknown and Helix Nebula and the European Science cloud are examples that can be used to define the future structure...
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