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 The Dutch ApproachDr. L.A. Plugge SURF Scientific Technical Council EuroRIs-Net Final Workshop 11 Oct. 2011, Athens
  2. 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; - And we will invest. 2
  3. 3. 1987 SURF Foundation – innovation hotbed1988 SURFnet BV – network services1991 SURFdiensten BV - procurement Collaborate on challenges that you cannot solve by yourself and no one else will solve for youSURF members:• All Universities (14+41);• 7 other institutions.SURFnet users:- All (Research) Universities;- Academic Hospitals;- Top Clinics;- Research Institutions;- University and Royal Libraries;- Other subsidized institutions. 3
  4. 4. 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. 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! 4SURF – ICT innovation by and for higher education and research
  5. 5. Global Lambda Integrated Facility (GLIF)InfrastructureNetherLightGLIF Open Lightpath Exchange For: • Service providers • Carriers • Research • GLIF members • NRENs 5 SURF – ICT innovation by and for higher education and research
  6. 6. National ICT infrastructure for research 6SURF – ICT innovation by and for higher education and research
  7. 7. 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? 7SURF – ICT innovation by and for higher education and research
  8. 8. Thank you Dr. Leo Plugge plugge@surf.nl www.surf.nl/wtr 8SURF – ICT innovation by and for higher education and research

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