Building a competitive national e-infrastructure for research

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Building a competitive national e-infrastructure for research

  1. 1. Building a Competitive National e-Infrastructure for Research<br />The Dutch Approach<br />Dr. L.A. Plugge SURF Scientific Technical Council<br />EuroRIs-Net Final Workshop 11 Oct. 2011, Athens<br />
  2. 2. Our challenge in 1985<br />14 research universities<br />~8 big university IT centers for research<br />To keep up with competition:<br />8x investment needed, for similar equipment<br />Government proposal:<br /><ul><li>Collaborate in sharing facilities;
  3. 3. And we will invest.</li></ul>2<br />
  4. 4. 1987 SURF Foundation – innovation hotbed 1988 SURFnet BV – network services1991 SURFdiensten BV - procurement<br />Collaborate on challenges that <br />you cannot solve by yourself <br />and no one else will solve for you<br />SURF members:<br /><ul><li>All Universities (14+41);
  5. 5. 7 other institutions.</li></ul>SURFnet users:<br /><ul><li>All (Research) Universities;
  6. 6. Academic Hospitals;
  7. 7. Top Clinics;
  8. 8. Research Institutions;
  9. 9. University and Royal Libraries;
  10. 10. Other subsidized institutions.</li></ul>3<br />
  11. 11. New challenges since 1990 <br />(e)Science is increasingly a global multidisciplinary cooperative effort;<br />Need for excellent global connectivity;<br />Need to share resources;<br />Need to combine generic resources; <br />Exchange, combine and integrate data and information;<br />Reuse of methods and techniques across disciplines.<br />4<br />SURF – ICT innovation by and for higher education and research<br /><ul><li>Create a single national ICT infrastructure for research</li></ul>Hardware (network, computers and data storage facilities);<br />Software (web and grid middleware); <br />Harnessing resources.<br /><ul><li>Not in grant competition with our user community!</li></li></ul><li>Global Lambda Integrated Facility (GLIF) Infrastructure<br />5<br />SURF – ICT innovation by and for higher education and research<br />NetherLightGLIF Open Lightpath Exchange<br />For:<br /><ul><li>Service providers
  12. 12. Carriers
  13. 13. Research
  14. 14. GLIF members
  15. 15. NRENs</li></li></ul><li>National ICT infrastructure for research<br />6<br />SURF – ICT innovation by and for higher education and research<br />
  16. 16. Challenges ahead:<br />SURFsara<br />(the computing and data facility management organization)<br />Capability computing resources<br />(replacing the current national supercomputer Huygens)<br />Capacity computing cluster resources<br />(upgrading the current BiG Grid computing infrastructure)<br />Data storage resources<br />(upgrading and extending the BiG Grid storage infrastructure)<br />Structural funding for innovation<br />(not in competition with researchers)<br />Structural ICT budget reservation in research projects<br />(ICT budget for use of generic services)<br />Rethinking Scientific Communication<br />e.g., what is the future of University Libraries? <br />7<br />SURF – ICT innovation by and for higher education and research<br />
  17. 17. SURF – ICT innovationbyandforhighereducationand research<br />Dr. Leo Plugge<br />plugge@surf.nl<br />www.surf.nl/wtr<br />Thank you<br />8<br />

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