June 23, 2015
The EGI InSPIRE (Integrated Sustainable Pan-European Infrastructure for Researchers in Europe) project aimed to establish a sustainable European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) by bringing together National Grid Initiatives (NGIs) and other organisations across the EU. The project ran from May 2010 to December 2014, after which it was evaluated with the highest mark, by the European Commission (EC) review in February 2015. Originally, EGI InSPIRE dealt with the heavy computational requirements of big data users at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, where physicists adopted the paradigm of distributed computing worldwide to solve their big data problems. But after its initial success, the model was considered to effectively serve “any pan European research community facing the problem of scalable access to large datasets.” Through EGI InSPIRE, EGI offers users high throughput distributed data analysis by federating the computing, storage and data management capacity of 350 affiliated data centres and 21 cloud service providers worldwide. Currently the model has been sufficiently widely replicated to be, in terms of geographic footprint, the largest distributed computing infrastructure worldwide.
The work of EGI InSPIRE will continue through EGI Engage, a project set up to accelerate the implementation of the Open Science Commons by expanding the capabilities of a European backbone of federated services for computing, storage, data, communication, knowledge and expertise, complementing community-specific capabilities.