The CHAIN-REDS project, launched four months ago and gathering the main regional e-Infrastructure stakeholders, has already implemented a significant number of activities to support and promote the definition of a path towards a global e-Infrastructure ecosystem.
The newly launched CHAIN-REDS website (www.chain-project.eu) contains detailed and updated information on the project activities, as well as the beta version of the “CHAIN-REDS semantic search tool on linked data”, allowing to search among the semantically-enriched metadata coming from the Open Access Document Repositories (OADRs) and Data Repositories (DRs).
With the view of creating synergies and optimizing efforts to achieve common goals, the CHAIN-REDS project has already signed three Memoranda of Understanding (MoU), with related projects, namely EarthServer (www.earthserver.eu), ELCIRA (www.elcira.eu) and ENGAGE (www.engage-project.eu). Each MoU details a specific and concrete set of cooperative actions to promote standards and best practices in e-Infrastructures in Europe and beyond.
As part of the program of the International Symposium on Grids and Clouds (ISGC) 2013, which took place in Taipei, Taiwan, in March 2013, the CHAIN-REDS Partnership organized a workshop to explore the state-of-the-art and future developments of e-Infrastructures in the Asia Pacific region and to identify common and additional priorities between the CHAIN-REDS community and key scientific communities in the region.
The following day the CHAIN-REDS project has then reached one of its first milestones, holding a successful brainstorming meeting on interoperability and interoperation of Distributed Computing Infrastructures (DCIs) in co-location with ISGC 2013, during which the status of interoperation of intercontinental Grids solutions in all regions addressed by CHAIN-REDS (namely Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, India, China and Latin America) has been introduced. During the meeting the Science Gateway has also been identified as a tool facilitating interoperability between different middlewares (UMD, Garuda, CNGrid) and catering for job submissions on cloud and HPC resources, thus facilitating to some extent cross-technology interoperability. A draft version of the CHAIN-REDS vision on cloud interoperability has been presented and a CHAIN-REDS task force on interoperability of clouds has been set up with the short-term objective of organizing a demo at the next EGI Technical Forum in September 2013 in Madrid.
Upcoming events include the “All-Hands Technical Training and Development Meeting” co-organized by CHAIN-REDS and SAGrid in Pretoria (South Africa) on March 25-28, 2013, the CHAIN-REDS Birds of a Feather (BoF) session at the TERENA conference in Maastricht (The Netherlands) on June 4, 2013, as well as the CHAIN-REDS Science Gateway session at the Technical Workshop on Building Federated Identity Infrastructure, Amman (Jordan), June 17-19, 2013.
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