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Personnel from the EU team involved:

  • João Fernandes, senior member of staff of CERN IT Department, currently the director of H2020 EOSC ARCHIVER[1] project. Role: project leader.
  • Gerhard Deiters, Attorney at Law Partner BHO Legal, specializes in IT, data protection and international contract law as well as the security and defense sector, currently the data protection officer of KLEO Connect GmbH and GrapeCheck GmbH as well as the Chief Privacy Officer of the FUCHS Group. Role: responsible for the legal and contractual analysis of the CloudBank model.
  • Joshua Davison, manager of procurement activities for the IT department, the SCOAP3[2] open access publishing initiative, and several pre-commercial procurements (PCP) including the ARCHIVER project. Role: Assessment of the contractual analysis produced by BHO Legal.
  • Dr. Robert Jones, senior member of the CERN IT Department management and director of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Association. Role: responsible for the interaction with the EOSC governance and CERN management.
  • Dr. Sofia Vallecorsa, CERN physicist with extensive experience on software development in the High Energy Physics domain and member of CERN openlab. Role: Overseeing the deployment of scientific workloads in the domains of Quantum Computing, Machine Learning and Quantum Machine Learning, in the context of the CloudBank EU NGI experiment.
  • Anna Manou, project management officer at CERN IT External Projects unit. Role: Assistant on all the project management and interactions with NGI
  • Marion Devouassoux, CERN project analyst. Role: Responsible for the estimated cost analysis of the use cases being deployed in the scope of the CloudBank EU NGI experiment.
  • Inês Cruz, software engineer at CERN experienced in designing, developing, testing and maintaining high quality software. Role: Developer of an agnostic open-source billing and cost tracking solution to enhance the CloudBank portal capabilities.
  • Lucie Pocha, member of the CERN Legal Service. Role: Responsible for the legal activity for the NGI contract, CloudBank EU NGI consortium agreement and CERN/UCSD MoU.

Personnel from the US team involved:

  • Dr. Vince Kellen, Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the University of California, member of the Chancellor's Cabinet, and vice chancellor and chief financial officer's senior management team. Role: Holding public webinarson CloudBank for research sector organisations.
  • Shava Smallen, co-chair of the PRAGMA Steering Committee for the University of California and a major contributor to the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment. Role: Oversee the technical operations.

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NGI related Topic :

Decentralised data governance - experimentation of results
Discovery and identification technologies
Privacy and Trust enhancing technologies

CloudBank EU NGI

Experiment description

The CloudBank EU NGI experiment will accelerate the adoption of public cloud services in Europe’s public funded research sector. The experiment's transatlantic existence would promote collaboration between the US and EU research communities in their adoption of public cloud services. The legal and contractual analysis of the CloudBank model in relation to European legislation will foster trust among procurement offices of public sector research organizations such as CERN, resulting in the simplification of their in-house cloud service procurement processes and expanding the model's applicability in a broader setting in Europe. The experiment will help to create a secure, sovereign and federated European business cloud infrastructure for research users based on Interoperability, open source software and open standards, and will help to identify synergies with EU commercial data infrastructure initiatives.

The experiment CloudBank EU NGI is to extend CloudBank through the GEANT Network and EduGAIN service to the European research organizations, thereby paving the way for the introduction of European cloud service providers and the transatlantic infrastructure resulting from it to be used. There are 15 use cases that cover most phases of the research data processing workflow that have been selected for deployment from various administrative frameworks within CERN, including LHC studies, the LHC accelerator, Theory, and IT Departments. Priority has been given to use cases that allow the NGI experiment to cover a wide range of applications while limiting procurement investment and reducing any additional support effort required for CERN IT operations personnel.

The experiment will be a successful development for researchers. This alignment would encourage stronger technical collaboration between the public research sector and the private sector across Europe in a “European way” as part of a global research activity. The CloudBank EU NGI experiment will report publicly on its progress toward its objectives, lessons learned, and a recommendation on whether there is a case for expanding the model to a wider audience, as well as a proposed timeframe.

Expected Impacts :

Impact 1: Increased EU-US cooperation in Next Generation Internet, including policy collaboration.

Impact 2: Reinforced collaboration and increased synergies between the Next Generation Internet and the Tomorrow's Internet programmes.

Impact 3: Development of interoperable solutions and common demonstrators, standard contributions.

Impact 4: An EU - US ecosystem of top researchers, hi-tech start-ups / SMEs and Internetrelated communities collaborating on the evolution of the Internet.

Expected Results :

The final result is a report summarizing progress towards the goals:

● Lessons learned with a recommendation as to whether the model could be extended in 2021 and beyond.

● Data protection and contractual analysis of the CloudBank model carried with respect to European legislation (such as GDPR, but not national legislations).

Future Plan :

CERN would prepare for the integration of European cloud service providers into the CloudBank model by drawing on the experience and contacts gained through the HNSciCloud[12], OCRE[13], and ARCHIVER[14] projects, with the goal of increasing the relevance of this procurement approach for the European Open Science Cloud. This expansion would create new market opportunities for cloud service providers in Europe. If deemed appropriate, CERN and UCSD would be willing to pursue this second CloudBank uptake phase as a long-term project as part of a future open call.

NGI related Topic :

Decentralised data governance - experimentation of results

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The 30-months project will push the Next Generation Internet a step further by providing cascade funding to EU-based researchers and innovators in carrying out Next Generation Internet related experiments in collaboration with US research teams.

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