Data Infrastructures (HPC, Cloud)
What are Data Infrastructures / e-Infrastructures
E-Infrastructures address the needs of European researchers for digital services in terms of networking, computing and data management.
E-Infrastructures and is motivated by the following priorities:
- Integrating e-infrastructure resources and services across all layers (networking, computing, data, software, user interfaces), in order to provide seamless services tailored to user needs
- Implementing the e-infrastructure to ride the wave of "big data"
- Providing support to the e-infrastructure for Open Access
- Implementing the e-infrastructure part of the EU strategy on High Performance Computing (HPC)16, in particular the provision of services, the infrastructure for computing applications (Centres of Excellence) and a network of HPC Competence Centres for SMEs
The European Commission launched the "European Cloud Initiative - Building a competitive data and knowledge economy in Europe" to capitalise on the data revolution. Under this initiative, a European Data infrastructure will combine world-class supercomputing capability with high-speed connectivity and leading-edge data and sofware services for science, industry and the public sector. This will stimulate Open science and innovation by enabling researchers to access and re-use the huge amounts of scientific data.
The European Cloud initiative will fully unlock the value of big data and foster scientific and technological innovation while helping achieve the objectives of the Digital Single Market Strategy.
More information is available on the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) webpage: