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Cern pilots data sharing in open clouds

Cern, the European particle physics centre near Geneva, is working on projects supporting the creation of the European Open Science Cloud, a computing initiative pushed by the European Commission.

On 14 July, Cern announced that it would team up with the Square Kilometre Array, a radiotelescope project, on “extreme-scale” computing. Eckhard Elsen, Cern’s director for research and computing, told Research Europe that the organisations aim to have a small pilot in place by 2019. The project will “show the way forward” for the open archiving of data from different research fields through shared, distributed computing infrastructure, he said.

The pilot will be a step towards a broader collaboration among members of the EIROForum, which comprises Europe’s largest intergovernmental research organisations. The members will create what Elsen called a federated scientific data hub. According to an EIROForum position paper, the hub is intended to become “a core feature” of the science cloud.

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