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Federico Ruggieri
 
Prof. Federico Ruggieri is Director of Research at INFN (Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics) and Head of the Computing and Storage Department of GARR, the Italian Research and Education Network. In INFN he works on On-Line and Off-line Computing Systems for High Energy Physics experiments. He promoted the first GRID project approved by the European Commission EU-DataGRID. He was the Director of CNAF in Bologna, where he started the LHC TIER1 for Italy. He played also an important role in the development of the Networks for Research in Italy. Presently he is also the Project Manager of the CHAIN-REDS Project co-funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme.
 
Abstract: "e-Infrastructures Technical and Organisational Challenges"
 
Research and Education need efficient communication and innovative services that can jointly be named e-Infrastructure. Several e-Infrastructures have been deployed in different regions of the world providing services ranging from the Network connectivity to Grid, Cloud and HPC Computing. Research and Education, however, is now globalised and Virtual Research Communities can address new scientific challenges thanks to the collaboration of groups distributed worldwide. European and non-EU e-Infrastructures have thus to interoperate to address the requirements of cross-continental research communities. Moreover, new and emerging regional e-Infrastructures are customising existing technical and organisational best-practices to their specific region and National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) are providing new services on top of the high bandwidth trying to find a balance between scalability and pervasiveness. These evolutionary paths are challenging both the technical and organisational aspects of e-Infrastructures. Coordination and harmonisation of e-Infrastructures among different regions of the world is the aim of the CHAIN-REDS project. The presentation shows the current achievements of the CHAIN-REDS project and the technical and organisational challenges that NRENs and Regional e-Infrastructures have to face today and in the near future.