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Europe’s Leading Public-Private Partnership for Cloud

The Helix Nebula Initiative is a partnership between industry, space and science to establish a dynamic ecosystem, benefiting from open cloud services for the seamless integration of science into a business environment. Today, the partnership counts over 40 public and private partners.

D3.1 Requirements Definition Template

Flagship use cases for the purposes of this document are European scientific computing infrastructure and services requirements.This document provides a template for assessment of potential flagship use cases to be considered for the Strategic Plan for a Scientific Cloud Computing infrastructure for Europe. This Cloud Infrastructure includes European R&D Cloud Computing Infrastructure that serves the need of European Research Area (ERA) and Space Agencies. Existing participants from the European research community include CERN, ESA and EMBL. This Cloud Infrastructure forms a public-private partnership between the research organisations and commercial cloud service providers with the potential to extend services to a broad range of customers including government and the wider commercial community at large in the future. The initial focus has been on IaaS which can be used to quickly support a small number of scientific flagship use cases with a view to adding PaaS and SaaS services based upon the IaaS framework at a later date. The initial flagship use cases were proposed by the demand-side were chosen for their scientific challenge with societal impact, ability to profit from existing services on the supply-side, community building aspects and innovation potential that helped form the private-public partnership. These aspects remain important for future flagship use case candidates also. The initial flagship use cases were selected so as to be complementary and maximise coverage of the objectives outlined in the Strategic Plan.


Helix Nebula is a new, pioneering partnership between leading IT providers and four of Europe’s biggest research centres, CERN, EMBL, ESA and PIC, charting a course towards sustainable cloud services for the research communities - the Science Cloud.