Partnership established to stimulate and facilitate the adoption of Hardware/Software HPC environments (Parallel and distributed computing in its different paradigms) for research, industrial, societal and commercial applications.

InSPIRE - Integrated Sustainable Pan-European Infrastructure for Researchers in Europe


Co-Funded by: European Union

Duration: 4 years - from: 1 May 2010 to: 30 April 2014

General objectives:

The ultimate goal of EGI-InSPIRE is to provide European scientists and their international partners with a sustainable, reliable e-Infrastructure that can support their needs for large-scale data analysis. This is essential in order to solve the big questions facing science today, and in the decades to come.

EGI-InSPIRE will coordinate the transition from a project-based system (the EGEE series) to a sustainable pan-European e-Infrastructure. The four-year project will support grids of high-performance computing (HPC) and high-throughput computing (HTC) resources.

The project is a collaborative effort involving more than 50 institutions in over 40 countries. Its mission is to establish a sustainable European Grid Infrastructure (EGI).

EGI-InSPIRE is ideally placed to join together the new Distributed Computing Infrastructures (DCIs) such as clouds, supercomputing networks and desktop grids, for the benefit of user communities within the European Research Area.


Activity :

  • WP1: Management
  • WP2: External Relations
  • WP3: User Community Coordination
  • WP4: Operations
  • WP5: Provisioning the Software Infrastructure
  • WP6: Services for the Heavy User Community
  • WP7: Operational Tools

SPACI Activity:

WP6 - Task SA3.2: Shared services and tools

The services and tools within this task are already being used by multiple communities, and have been identified as having benefit to other specific communities or the general user community. It is expected that by the end of the project many of these services and tools will have been migrated into UMD (i.e. be supported independently of the EGI project by an external software provider) and deployed within EGI as part of the core, supported infrastructure. This migration will be justified by the continued adoption and use of these tools and services by HUCs and the broader EGI user community.


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