ICEI: Interactive Computing E-Infrastructure for the Human Brain Project

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Five leading European supercomputing centres are committed to develop, within their respective national programs andservice portfolios, a set of services that will be federated across a consortium. The work will be undertaken by the followingsupercomputing centres, which form the High Performance Analytics and Computing (HPAC) Platform of the Human BrainProject (HBP):

  • Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC) in Spain,
  • The Italian supercomputing centre CINECA,
  • The Swiss National Supercomputing Centre CSCS,
  • The Jülich Supercomputing Centre in Germany, and
  • Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA), France (joining in April 2018).

The new consortium will be called Fenix and it aims at providing scalable compute and data services in a federated manner. The neuroscience community is of particular interest in this context and the HBP represents a prioritised driver for the Fenixinfrastructure design and implementation. The Interactive Computing E-Infrastructure for the HBP (ICEI) project will realisekey elements of this Fenix infrastructure that are targeted to meet the needs of the neuroscience community. The participating sites plan for cloud-like services that are compatible with the work cultures of scientific computing and datascience. Specifically, this entails developing interactive supercomputing capabilities on the available extreme computing anddata systems. Key features of the ICEI infrastructure are:

  • Scalable compute resources;
  • A federated data infrastructure; and
  • Interactive Compute Services providing access to the federated data infrastructure as well as elastic access to the scalablecompute resources.

The ICEI e-infrastructure will be realised through a coordinated procurement of equipment and R&D services. Furthermore,significant additional parts of the infrastructure and R&D services will be realised within the ICEI project through in-kindcontributions from the participating supercomputing centres.