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IJERA - Integrating Jordan into the European Research Area

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LINKSCEEM-2: Linking Scientific Computing in Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean – Phase 2

"Euro-Mediterranean research cooperation on gender and science: SHE Euro-Mediterranean Research Area” (SHEMERA)

Project name: LINKSCEEM-2: Linking Scientific Computing in Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean – Phase 2


BRIEF SUMMARY OF OVERALL PROJECT WITH THE MAIN OBJECTIVES

The LinkSCEEM-2 project aims at the establishment of a high performance computing (HPC) eco-system in the Eastern Mediterranean region by interlinking and coordinating regional compute, stor-age and visualization resources to form an integrated e-infrastructure.
The main project objective is to enable scientific research in the region by engaging and supporting research communities with an initial emphasis in the fields of climate research, digital cultural herit-age and synchrotron radiation applications.
To achieve its mission, the project will link e-resources, provide user support and training, carry out targeted networking activities, and, develop and implement a well-structured HPC resource alloca-tion mechanism.
Three regional HPC centers, namely CaSToRC, BA and NARSS contribute computational resources to the integrated e-infrastructure of LinkSCEEM-2. Additional computational centers from the re-gion may participate through integrating their resources during the course of the project.
The LinkSCEEM-2 project has received funding from the European Community's seventh frame-work programme FP7 (2007-2013), Capacities Research Infrastructure, INFRA-2010-1.2.3 Virtual Research Communities, Combination of Collaborative Project and Coordination and Support Ac-tions (CP-CSA) under grant agreement no RI-261600.
Objective 1: Promote the establishment of user communities in Computational Science in the East-ern Mediterranean
Objective 2: Establish a resource allocation mechanism to coordinate access to the integrated simu-lation platform and its usage for research
Objective 3: Provide adequate training programmes
Objective 4: Develop dissemination and outreach program to publicize the project to the HPC and computational science communities in Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean region. The program included the organization of an international conference, a continuously updated website and fo-cused outreach programs for computational scientists.
Objective 5: Provide adequate user support
Objective 6: Adapt and develop software to support the optimization of parallel applications, data management and visualization tools
A. Provide advanced user support via cross-disciplinary research activities
B. Port data management and scientific workflow codes to the regional computational re-sources and, optimize to the regional connectivity bandwidth limitations
C. Implement and deploy visualization software for developing collaborative virtual spaces
Objective 7: Optimize scalability of existing and develop new climate codes for the infrastructure provided by the project
Objective 8: Exploit the benefits of visualization in Cultural Heritage research
A. Prototype a small, portable imaging centre at CaSToRC
B. Produce software tools for tele-immersive collaborative environments
Objective 9: Develop an online Cultural Heritage digital library for the Eastern Mediterranean
Objective 10: Port existing common and new algorithms at synchrotrons to GPU's

THE PROBLEM AREA ADDRESSED

Climate Modelling: There are now robust predictions, notably from the Intergovernmental Pan-el on Climate Change (IPCC) showing that the increase in temperature due to global warming will be particularly severe in the Eastern Mediterranean region, resulting in the worsening of water scarcity.
One of the key issues concerns more accurate climate change predictions, relying on higher res-olution models that take into account the chemistry of the atmosphere. There is a well-established group at the Cyprus Institute, working in close collaboration with the Max Planck Institute of Chemistry (MPIC) in Mainz, and with links to research groups in Israel, Egypt, Greece and Turkey. This has constituted a very favourable basis, engaging a broad regional user community that highly benefited from the resources at CaSToRC and BA, and the expertise provided by the consortium partners, notably MPIC.
Digital Cultural Heritage: The preservation and showcasing of cultural heritage in digital for-mat constitutes one of the priorities of the EU. The Eastern Mediterranean region possesses a rich cultural heritage. The history and culture of the area is among the oldest in the world. The first signs of civilization in Cyprus traced in archaeological excavations and research date back 9,000 years to the 7th millennium BC. This rich cultural landscape involves hundreds of archae-ological sites scattered throughout the region, representing various historical periods in the evo-lution of the region. The EU's digital libraries initiative sets out to make all Europe’s cultural heritage resources accessible to all, and preserve them for future generations. It is important for the region to develop a similar project creating a digital library that will function as a single, us-er-friendly access point for the collections. It is imperative that digitization of Cultural Heritage efforts in the region are accelerated in a coordinated manner to match similar activities in the EU countries. This project has contributed to these efforts by creating an imaging center, an appro-priate software and a data repository for cultural heritage.
Synchrotron radiation research: Synchrotron radiation facilities like SESAME and ESRF en-able scientific research in a broad variety of fields: atomic and molecular physics, biology, mate-rial science, spectroscopy, archaeology and imaging. They therefore help develop cross-disciplinary research leading to a large range of potential applications. For example, x-ray imag-ing can offer unprecedented resolution for several applications, including medical imaging, se-curity screening and industrial non-destructive testing. Studies of novel materials can lead to the construction of new devices such as thin films with controllable electronic properties having po-tentially large impact on future applications in sensors and computing. The first measurements from SESAME are expected in 2016. This project contributed expertise and know-how for the future analysis of SESAME data. It has also demonstrated the successful integration of computa-tional and storage resources that will remain functional during the operational phase of SESA-ME.

DESCRIPTION OF THE ACHIEVEMENTS

The infrastructure at CaSToRC and Bibliotheca Alexandrina has provided for most users the first opportunity to use supercomputers instead of office workstations /PCs or small clusters. The one-group one-cluster model is the starting point for many applications. However, in order to make use of capability computing and for optimal usage of the computational resources, ac-cess to common infrastructure and availability of user support for the development and optimi-zation of codes was indispensable. The project contributed to the integration of compute re-sources with the data and visualization resources that are required for applications to have opti-mal scientific impact. Moreover this project contributed to the sharing and coordination of methodologies and practices, catalysed by the presence of Tera-scale systems and by the transfer of high-level expertise and know-how from internationally reputed institutions. This in turn cre-ated greater integration between the resources that are actually involved in the project and the local clusters operated by research groups in the region, which favoured the development of a regional HPC eco-system, similar in spirit to that which PRACE is promoting in Europe, but of a more modest scale.
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