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The EGI-InSPIRE project (Integrated Sustainable Pan-European Infrastructure for Researchers in Europe) started on 1 May 2010, co-funded by the European Commission (contract number: RI-261323) for four years, as a collaborative effort involving more than 50 institutions in over 40 countries. Its mission is to establish a sustainable European Grid Infrastructure (EGI).

EGI-InSPIRE is ideally placed to join together the new Distributed Computing Infrastructures (DCIs) such as clouds, supercomputing networks and desktop grids, for the benefit of user communities within the European Research Area.

EGI-Inspire Objectives

The ultimate goal of EGI-InSPIRE is to provide European scientists and their international partners with a sustainable, reliable e-Infrastructure that can support their needs for large-scale data analysis. This is essential in order to solve the big questions facing science today, and in the decades to come.

EGI-InSPIRE will coordinate the transition from a project-based system (the EGEE series) to a sustainable pan-European e-Infrastructure. The four-year project will support grids of high-performance computing (HPC) and high-throughput computing (HTC) resources.

The project is ideally placed to integrate new Distributed Computing Infrastructures (DCIs) such as clouds, supercomputing networks and desktop grids, to benefit the user communities within the European Research Area.

EGI-InSPIRE will collect user requirements and provide support for the current and potential new user communities, for example the ESFRI projects. The project will also support the current heavy users of the infrastructure, such as high energy physics, computational chemistry and life sciences, as they move their critical services and tools from a centralised support model to one driven by their own individual communities.

EGI-InSPIRE is a consortium of 50 partners, including 37 National Grid Initiatives (NGIs), two European International Research Organisations and eight partners from the Asia Pacific region.

EGI-InSPIRE partners

European partners

Partner Institution Acronym Country
Stichting European Grid Initiative Netherlands
Universiteti Politeknik i Tiranes UPT Albania
Institute for Informatics and Automation Problems of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia IIAP NAS RA Armenia
Institute for Parallel Processing of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences IPP-BAS Bulgaria
United Institute of Informatics Problems of National Academy of Sciences of Belarus UIIP NASB Belarus
Teleinformatikdienste für Lehre und Forschung SWITCH Switzerland
University of Cyprus UCY Cyprus
Cesnet, Zajmove Sdruzeni Pravnickych Osob Cesnet Czech Republic
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie Kit-G Germany
Univerzitet u Banjoj Luci Elektrotehnicki Fakultet UOBL-ETF Bosnia and Herzegovina
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas CSIC Spain
Csc-Tieteen Tietotekniikan Keskus Oy CSC Finland
Centre National de La Recherche Scientifique CNRS France
Georgian Research and Educational Networking Association GRENA Georgia
Greek Research and Technology Network S.A. GRNET Greece
Sveuciliste U Zagrebu Sveucilisni Racunski Centar SRCE Croatia
Mta Kfki Reszecske-Es Magfizikai Kutatointezet MTA KFKI Hungary
The Provost, Fellows & Scholars of the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth, near Dublin TCD Ireland
Inter University Computation Centre IUCC Israel
Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare INFN Italy
Vilniaus Universitetas VU Lithuania
Research and Educational Networking Association of Moldova RENAM Moldova
Javna Ustanova Univerzitet Crne Gore Podgorica UOM Montenegro
Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje UKIM Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Stichting Nationale Computerfaciliteiten NCF Netherlands
Uninett Sigma As SIGMA Norway
Akademia Gorniczo-Hutnicza Im. Stanislawa Staszica w Krakowie ACK CYFRONET AGH Poland
Laboratório de Instrumentação e Física Experimental de Partículas LIP Portugal
Institut za Fiziku IPB Serbia
Arnes Arnes Slovenia
Ustav Informatiky, Slovenska Akademia Vied UI SAV Slovakia
Tubitak Ulusal Akademik Ag Ve Bilgi Merkezi TUBITAK ULAKBIM Turkey
Science and Technology Facilities Council STFC United Kingdom
Københavns Universitet UCPH Denmark
Vetenskapsradet VR-SNIC Sweden
Latvijas Universitates Matematikas Un Informatikas Instituts IMCS-UL Latvia
National Association of Research and Educational E-Infrastructures "E-Arena" Autonomous Non-Commercial Organization E-Arena Russian Federation
Nordunet A/S Nordunet A/S Denmark
Institutul National de Cercetare-dezvoltare In Informatica ICI Bucuresti Romania

European International Research Organisations

Partner Institution Acronym HQ
European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN Switzerland
European Molecular Biology Laboratory EMBL Germany

Asia-Pacific partners

Partner Acronym Country
Academia Sinica ASGC Taiwan
Advanced Science and Technology Institute ASTI Philippines
Institut Teknologi Bandung Bhmn ITB Indonesia
Inter-University Research Institute Corporation, High Energy Accelerator Research Organisation KEK Japan
Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information KISTI Republic of Korea
University of Melbourne UNIMELB Australia
National University of Singapore NUS Singapore
Universiti Putra Malaysia UPM Malaysia
National Science & Technology Development Agency NSTDA Thailand


Project Participants from Moldova.

Moldova participates in the project as MD-Grid JRU Consortium with RENAM as Contractor and following third parties - JRU members:

  • FRT-TUM - Faculty of Radioelectronics and Telecommunications of Technical University of Moldova
  • IGS ASM - Institute of Geology and Seismology of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova
  • SHMS State Hydrometeorological Service of Moldova.

RENAM is responsible for NGI development and its sustainable operation, extension of the National Grid infrastructure by installation of new clusters and their inclusion into common Grid segment of Moldova
and into the Pan-European infrastructure. RENAM assures operation of Grid sites, support of development and functioning of applications in the fields of seismology, climate modeling, ecology and mathematics. RENAM is responsible for users and Grid sites engineers training and takes part in dissemination and public relations activities.

FRT-TUM cooperates with a significant number of universities and centres from different countries, participate in project as a third party behind RENAM Association. The grid node installed at the faculty together with its grid infrastructure and specialists participate in the EGI-Inspire project offering resources for weather environment and earthquake monitoring applications development and use support in collaboration with regional neighbors from Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey.

IGS ASM provides contributions on real-time monitoring of earthquakes and development of regional monitoring capacities, implementation of real-time seismic data processing and real-time data exchange at regional and international level. Despite the territory having high earthquake hazard and risk, its seismic activity remains poorly monitored. Moreover, cross-border data exchange and regional applications for data accumulating and processing, which are essential for good quality monitoring, are very limited. As a consequence, it is constraining ability to cooperate with the international research and engineering community.

SHMS contributes by testing and deployment of a pilot application. The service infrastructure and specialists are involved into MD-Grid JRU scientific research and production grid activities in requirements definition, input data provision and interpretation of results on national, regional and international levels.

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