Wanted: new pilot project for cloud computing research
Current VENUS-C user scenarios include bioinformatics, systems biology, drug discovery, civil engineering, civil protection and emergencies, and data for science. To expand this user community, gather additional requirements for the VENUS- platform, test and validate it, VENUS-C has launched an Open Call to fund between 10 and 20 new pilot prototypes with applications suited to the cloud. The Call is open to European public and private research organisations involved in Research and Technology Development (RTD) from the 27 member states and the 13 associated countries and will run until April 2011.
The Open Call targets a spectrum of application areas, spanning the Arts & Humanities, Engineering, Health & Life Sciences, Economics and Financial Services, Natural Sciences, as well as Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics with application characteristics such as dynamic scaling requirements, peak demands and ubiquitous availability. Specifically VENUS-C aims to bring on board research groups that have operational and scientifically productive application software already running on platforms, whether commodity clusters, HPC clusters, grids or clouds.
The call also showcases the role of VENUS-C as an ambassador of science by helping researchers develop a new generation of applications that embody the hybrid model of rich clients and cloud infrastructure for advanced scientific discovery. This is an essential step for enabling innovation in the research space and more generally with Europe centre stage.