ECRI 2010

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Ministerio de Ciencia e InnovaciónPresidencia Española 2010EUESFRI

e-Infrastructure for Science

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09:30 - 11:00
Room Forum (H2-H3-J), Level -1
Peter Tindemans
Francesc Subirada
Roundtable discussion: 
Alejandro Ceccatto
Roundtable discussion: 
Janet Thornton
Roundtable discussion: 
Mário Campolargo
Roundtable discussion: 
Neil Geddes
Roundtable discussion: 
Peter Wittenburg

e-Infrastructures are a new research environment in which all researchers have shared access to unique or distributed scientific facilities. e-Infrastructures includes data, instruments, computing and communications, regardless of their type and location.

Its impact foreseen includes improvements in strategic competitiveness, attractiveness for researchers and supporting of industrial development.

e-Science is the 21st century way to enable key advancements of Science, complementing the theory and experimentation. All areas of Science can benefit from the use of e-Infrastructures: the classical ones (from Biology to Medicine, from Chemistry to Material Sciences, from Physics to Engineering, from Astronomy to Earth Sciences) and the new ones: Social Sciences, Humanities or Economic Sciences.

As the knowledge of scientists increases, a more detailed and multidisciplinary simulation is required; so, more powerful e-infrastructures are needed, with higher computing performance for analysis and execution, higher capacity networks for data interchange and larger facilities to store, curate, manage or handle data.

In order to be able to obtain the maximum economical profit and performance of the e-Infrastructures, it is recommended to have on board sufficient expertise at strategic, managerial and technical level, including the equipments definition, installation and exploitation. So, it is needed to concentrate the e-Infrastructures, considering them at European level, not just at National level.

One of the pillars of the e-Infrastructures is High Performance Computing. Access to capability computers of leadership class is essential for international competitiveness in science and engineering. Main European shortcoming is fragmentation.

The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) will install European HPC-facilities at the top of an HPC provisioning pyramid, providing unique tools to the European scientific community, boosting European competitiveness and positioning itself strategically at a leading rather than follower role in HPC and its applications.