A Cloud Consultation Group meeting
This closed-door meeting will cover the following topics:
- How the European Open Science Cloud can best harness the existing e-infrastructures in the private and public sectors,
- The case for further public investment in e-infrastructure in the EU and the extent to which Europe needs its own independent and competitive technology supply,
- The role of the European Data Infrastructure (EDI) and high performance computing (HPC)
- The role of commercial cloud service providers and telecoms companies.
11.20 Overview of EOSC progress from Jean-Claude Burgelman/ Q&A with Jean-Claude Burgelman
12.00 How the European Open Science Cloud can best harness the existing e-infrastructures in the private and public sectors
- The Commission contends that European scientists and industry increasingly process their data outside the EU because their needs are not matched by the computation time or computer performance available in the EU. Is this correct and if so, how big an issue is it?
- Existing public sector e-infrastructure – what works, what doesn’t? What needs to change for the EOSC?
- Is connectivity good enough? Is there sufficient storage capacity in Europe?
- What is the best way to tap the private sector?
12.45 Lunch and informal discussion with DG Grow officials
13.30 Focus on high performance computing (HPC)
- How will it change science and research?
- How will it impact the EOSC?
13.45 The case for further public investment in e-infrastructure in the EU
- Does the public sector in Europe need to invest more in e-infrastructure? Compared to its competitors from USA, China or Japan, Europe is underinvesting in HPC with a funding gap of EUR 500-750 million per year, according to the Commission. Is this accurate?
- Is the January proposal to invest €1 billion in supercomputers sound? Should the figure be higher or lower?
- How important is it for Europe to have its own exascale machines?
- Does Europe need its own hardware/processors? Does Europe needs its own independent and competitive technology supply?
14.15 The role of commercial cloud service providers and telecoms companies
- How should they engage with the EuroHPC initiative?
14.40 Develop a list of recommendations and next steps
For more information, please contact Stefania Gavra at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The meeting will take place at the Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities (Rue du Trône 98, B-1050 Brussels).