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Computing, Cloud, Storage and Network Services for EBRAINS
The High-Performance Computing (HPC), Cloud Computing, Storage and Network Services of the Fenix infrastructure are operated by and integrated in the distributed HBP and EBRAINS infrastructure. Additionally developed services, such as data or monitoring services, make them an integral part of the EBRAINS infrastructure as its backbone.
The services can be used for a variety of use cases, from developing and hosting platform services on Virtual Machines, to modelling, simulation and data analysis tasks, as well as for training and education.
Shiting Long (JUELICH) and Javier Bartolomé (BSC) about their contributions to the EBRAINS Computing Services:
Which services are available?
Fenix infrastructure services
Additional infrastructure services
While the ICEI project focused on the procurement of hardware and a few developments of generic (i.e., not community-specific) solutions, such as FURMS, the EBRAINS Computing Services operated these services and linked them to the EBRAINS infrastructure by developing, enhancing and operating additional services as required by the other parts of the HBP and the EBRAINS user communities.
Additionally, the EBRAINS Computing Services developed, deployed and operated a variety of different services for EBRAINS, which could also be useful for other communities:
- Central Data Transfer Services: for transferring data between Active or Archival Data Repositories at different Fenix sites (more information)
- Central Data Location Service: service integrated with the Knowledge Graph to find, download, upload and share data
- Infrastructure Monitoring Service: a production-level service for monitoring the operation of the distributed e-infrastructure services and for incident reporting (more information)
- Slurm plugin for resource co-allocation: co-allocating compute and high-performance storage resources in a multi-tiered storage HPC system (more information)
While the ICEI project was active, EBRAINS provided computing and storage services at leading European supercomputing and data centres, which are part of the Fenix infrastructure, to the neuroscientific community in Europe. These services could be requested and used separately or in combination, according to user’s needs. They included Scalable and Interactive Computing Services, e.g., for large-scale simulations and analyses, Virtual Machine Services for running customised environments, and Archival and Active Data Repositories for storing, sharing of and access to data.
European neuroscientists could apply through a dedicated, continuously open HBP-ICEI Call for Proposals. Users from other European research communities got access through the PRACE-ICEI Calls for Proposals.
How EBRAINS Computing Services supported research
EBRAINS Computing services offered key functionalities for enabling research workflows in different fields of neuroscience.
Inspiring success stories of scientific projects that leveraged the computing and storage resources for their research can be found on the Fenix website.
Project publications related to high-performance computing.View publications