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From cloud-ACTIVE to cloud-PRODUCTIVE, 14 May 2014, CERN Globe for Science and Innovation in Geneva, Switzerland

On 14th May 2014, Helix Nebula organised the "From cloud-ACTIVE to cloud-PRODUCTIVE" event at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland.

The event focused on showcasing the Helix Nebula production platform, characterized by:

  • A hybrid & federated ‘science cloud’ integrated with commercial providers to create an open cloud services market;
  • A growing set of innovative flagships;
  • Future directions and roadmap of the overall Helix Nebula Initiative. Attendance is free of charge, travel and lodging will be at the cost of participants.


Agenda & Presentations

14:00 - 14:20 Opening speech, Frederic Hemmer (Head of IT department, CERN)   Presentation / Video
14:20 - 14:40 EC policy initiatives on cloud computing, Zoran Stančič (Deputy Director-General, DG Connect, European Commission)     Video
14:40 - 15:00 The Helix Nebula Initiative, Bob Jones (CERN)   Presentation / Video
            Video: Helix Nebula Marketplace - a step towards federated "Information as a service"
15:00 - 15:30 The Helix Nebula Marketplace (HNX)

           A History, Michael Symonds (Atos)  Presentation / Video
           HNX in Production, Phil Evans (CGI)   Presentation / Video
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:30 The Flagship Applications on the Helix Nebula Marketplace Production Platform
           Introduction, Robert Jenkins (CloudSigma AG)    Video
           CERN flagship, Domenico Giordano (CERN)   Presentation / Video
           EMBL flagship, Rupert Lueck (EMBL)   Presentation / Video
           ESA flagship, Francesco Casu (CNR), Emmanuel Mondon (CloudEO), Antonio Cuomo (ESA), Wolfgang Lengert (ESA)   Presentation / Video
17:30 - 18:30 Helix Nebula: Future Direction(s)
           HNX Developments, Jurry De La Mar (T-Systems)   Presentation / Video
           Procurement Innovation for Cloud Services in Europe, Bob Jones (CERN)   Presentation / Video
           The eInfrastructure Commons Marketplace, Maryline Lengert (ESA)   Presentation / Video
18:30 - 20:00 Networking Cocktail in the Globe for Science and Innovation


Helix Nebula is a new, pioneering partnership between leading IT providers and four of Europe’s biggest research centres, CERN, EMBL, ESA and PIC, charting a course towards sustainable cloud services for the research communities - the Science Cloud.