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Helix Nebula @ HPC School, University of Tianjin, 06 & 07 August 2014

ESA visited the National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin (NSCC-TJ), the Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI), the State Key Laboratory of Numerical Modelling for Atmospheric Science (LASG) and met the local NRENs (CSRNET).

NSCC-TJ currently offers cloud computing and HPC on demand at their HPC center. The Orient+ project was discussed, how it could be used to access and share data and capacity between Europe and China, through its connection to London and Beijing.

NSCC-TJ is interested in launching a pilot project before the end of 2014.


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.