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Europe’s Leading Public-Private Partnership for Cloud

The Helix Nebula Initiative is a partnership between industry, space and science to establish a dynamic ecosystem, benefiting from open cloud services for the seamless integration of science into a business environment. Today, the partnership counts over 40 public and private partners.


The poster "Accessing commercial cloud resources within the European Helix Nebula cloud marketplace" demonstrating the work achieved by HNI at CERN was presented at the CHEP2015 conference, 13-17 April 2015, Okinawa, Japan.

On the 23rd of April 2015, Bob Jones was invited by the European Commission at the 3rd Digital European Research Area (ERA) Forum meeting to present the ‘European Open Science Cloud’.

Presentation by Sergio Andreozzi, EGI, on PICSE early achievements.

On April 2015, CERN published the paper "Towards the Open European Science Cloud". The paper outlines the establishment of the European Open Science Cloud that will enable digital science by introducing IT as a Service to the public research sector in Europe.

Opening and closing statement at the European Parliament plenary in Strasburg.

Helix Nebula - the Science Cloud Initiative - is a public-private partnership between Europe's leading scientific research organisations and European IT cloud providers. CERN contributed to this initiative by providing a flagship use case: the workloads from the ATLAS experiment. Aiming to gain experience in managing and monitoring large-scale deployments, as well as in benchmarking the cloud resources, a sizable Monte Carlo production was performed using the Helix Nebula platform.

On the 20th of January 2016, Bob Jones, CERN and PICSE & HNSciCloud Coordinator, presented HNSciCloud, the recently launched (Jan 2016) European Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) project co-funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 Programme.

Download the presentation here!