Helix Nebula - The Science Cloud (HNSciCloud) launched a €5.3 million tender for the establishment of a European hybrid cloud platform. The purpose of the platform is to support the deployment of high-performance computing and big-data capabilities for scientific research.
The HNSciCloud pre-commercial procurement project is funded by ten of Europe’s top research organisations1 and by the European Commission.
The platform will serve scientists and engineers working in high-energy physics, astronomy, the life sciences including biomedical research, and the photon/neutron science in which the ten procurers operate.
The platform must serve stakeholders beyond the initial procurers, reaching out to the private sector to offer innovative services that unlock the potential of research data. This will open up new possibilities for economic growth and contribute to the establishment of the European Cloud Initiative.
1 (1) The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) [Lead Procurer], Switzerland; (2) Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, (CNRS), France; (3) Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Germany; (4) The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Germany; (5) The European Synchotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), France; (6) Institut de Física d’Altes Energies (IFAE), Spain; (7) Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Italy; (8) Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Germany; (9) The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), United Kingdom; (10) SURFsara, the Netherlands.
All questions received will be handled on the Tender Information Day hosted by CERN in Geneva, Switzerland on 7 September 2016.