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13 Apr 2022

Reflections from the 3rd ask me anything webinar

Discover how you can access and provide compute services through the EOSC marketplace.

More and more, researchers find themselves in need of computational services. It is, therefore, no surprise that cloud services, HTC/HPC services, orchestrators, workload managers, notebooks and other services have become a standard element of many research workflows.

How is the EOSC portal helping researchers discover compute services? And how can providers offer their compute services through the EOSC marketplace? The 5 April  ‘ask me anything’ session dove into this topic... 

What’s available on the EOSC platform?

At the moment, 49 services in the ‘Compute’ category can be identified in the EOSC marketplace, including:

  • workload managers
  • workflow systems
  • orchestrators
  • infrastructure services (e.g. HPC/HTC services, Virtual Machine Management services and Container Management services).

Different types of organisations provide compute services through the EOSC platform: either as umbrella organisations (such as EGI Foundation or PRACE), offering services delivered by the multiple providers they represent, or providers that offer compute services by themselves (e.g. CESNET, CSC).

The user-provider dynamic

For users, it is possible to find a variety of service offerings, classified per provider (e.g. the Cloud Compute service offered by EGI). All services are accessible according to different order categories:

  • fully open access (without any restrictions or requirements)
  • open access (freely accessible, but authentication is required)
  • order required (order required through the provider).

Usually, when the provider is an umbrella organisation, the user can benefit from the larger organisation’s work on interoperability and technical support as well as training facilities. Alternatively, single-service providers can have the benefit of offering a more tailor-made approach, based on the requester’s needs (often country specific or funding related).

In any case, communication and contact between the user and the provider are central to EOSC.

OpenBioMaps: A use case

OpenBioMaps is a research community, coordinated by the University of Debrecen, Hungary, that deals with the collection, curation and analysis of biodiversity data. OpenBioMaps was in need of extra compute capacity to deploy their data catalogues in a scalable cloud environment. Specifically, they were looking to scale up to meet an increasing amount of data and users.

Through the EOSC portal, they found the EGI-ACE project and completed their setup on the EGI Cloud Compute service offered by IFCA (Spain). Their scalable OpenBioMaps service is now offered as a thematic service via the EOSC portal, allowing users to build their own OpenBioMaps.

Next steps

All of the compute services mentioned above, and during the session, can be found on the EOSC portal. If you have a compute service that could be interesting for other users, you can onboard it to the portal (check the EOSC providers portal).

For more information, watch the entire ask me anything webinar on compute.

Last but not least, if you are working on (or interested in) aggregator services, do not miss the next ‘ask me anything’ webinar organised by EOSC Future on 3 May  at 14.00 CEST.

Registration is open: https://eoscfuture.eu/eventsfuture/ask-me-anything-session-4-aggregators-and-integrators/