16 January 2013
Europe/Zurich timezone
This high-level European event organised by the Helix Nebula consortium is part of an overall cloud computing initiative which aims to build a cloud computing platform offering a unique resource to governments, businesses and citizens. Participants will have the unique opportunity to interact with cloud computing experts, SMEs, representatives of the European Commission and leading research centres. Each participant will actively contribute to shaping the overall cloud strategy and provide feedback and suggestions on the results achieved during the proof of concept stage.
Please register here.

Starts 16 Jan 2013 14:00
Ends 16 Jan 2013 20:00
Via Galileo Galilei 00044 Frascati, Roma Italy
Helix Nebula-the Science Cloud aims to build an ecosystem composed initially of data providers, scientists, SMEs, IT and downstream industry working together to create a virtual & competitive market place for science, services and business. The partnership brings together leading IT providers and three of Europe’s leading research centres, CERN, EMBL and ESA in order to provide computing capacity and services that elastically meet big science’s growing demand for computing power and cross-domain community building. Helix Nebula-the Science Cloud provides an unprecedented opportunity for the global cloud services industry to work closely on the Large Hadron Collider through the large-scale, international ATLAS experiment, as well as with the molecular biology and earth observation. The three flagship use cases will be used to validate the approach spelled out in the Strategy1 and to enable a cost-benefit analysis. Helix Nebula will lead these communities through a two year pilot-phase, during which procurement processes and governance issues for the public/private partnership will be addressed to ensure sustainability. This game-changing strategy will boost scientific innovation and bring new discoveries through novel services and products. At the same time, Helix Nebula-the Science Cloud will ensure valuable scientific data is protected by a secure data layer that is interoperable across all member states. In addition, the pan-European partnership fits in with the Digital Agenda of the European Commission and its strategy for cloud computing on the continent. It will ensure that services comply with Europe’s stringent privacy and security regulations and satisfy the many requirements of policy makers, standards bodies, scientific and research communities, industrial suppliers and SMEs. Initially based on the needs of European big-science, Helix Nebula-the Science Cloud ultimately paves the way for a Cloud Computing platform that offers a unique resource to governments, businesses and citizens.