Building a competitive national e-infrastructure for research

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