HNSciCloud: Helix Nebula – The Science Cloud

Project start: 
Friday, 1 January, 2016
Project end: 
Saturday, 30 June, 2018

Over the coming 10-15 years the generation of vast amounts of data created by scientific research domains will create enormous challenges for capturing, managing and processing of this data. Today commercial cloud services do not play a significant role in the production computing environments for the publicly funded research sector in Europe. HNSciCloud will pull together commercial cloud service providers, publicly funded e-Infrastructures and the buyers’ in-house resources to build a hybrid cloud platform on top of which a competitive marketplace of European cloud players can develop their own services for a wider range of users. This project will bring Europe’s technical development, policy and procurement activities together to remove fragmentation and maximise exploitation.

Who is the service/solution designed for?: 

The HNSciCloud services will be made available to multiple user groups including High Energy Physics, Astronomy, Life Science, Photo/Neutron Sciences, scientists and researchers operating in the Long Tail of Science.

How will your solution/service benefit the end-user? 

The HNSciCloud project will establish a European hybrid cloud platform to support the deployment of high-performance computing and big-data capabilities for scientific research. It will address a set of challenges: compute and storage, network connectivity and federated identity management, and service payment models.

How can the solution/service help you become more efficient, more secure, faster or cost-effective?: 

The procured hybrid cloud platform will address the extreme needs of world class scientific research, providing a catalogue of secure and interoperable services from multiple suppliers; agile procurement process suitable for the dynamic cloud services market and tailored to the needs of the public research sector; development of monitoring frameworks to ensure compliance with international security and interoperability standards, performance criteria and financial benchmarking against global market leaders.

HNSciCloud will also reinforce Europe's cloud industry by reducing fragmentation across member states and permitting suppliers to offer trusted interoperable services and will improve cost-effectiveness of public sector IT systems through efficient joint procurement of cloud services (e.g. based on the adoption of standardised solutions and mutual recognition of accreditation requirements).