The EUROCC project is run under the auspices of the European Union's Horizon 2020 (H2020) programme. Participating countries are responsible for establishing a national HPC competence centre in their own country. They coordinate all HPC-related activities at the national level and act as contact points for industry, academia, (future) HPC experts and the general public. 50% of the EuroCC project is funded by the H2020 program (EuroHPC Joint Undertaking), while the remaining amount is contributed by the partner countries. The EuroCC has 33 members and is coordinated by the Stuttgart-based (HLRS). In Hungary, KIFÜ has been commissioned to establish an HPC Competence Centre and to perform related tasks.
The project aims to provide world-class high-speed network (Internet, special and dedicated communication network) and collaboration (Trust & Identity, multimedia, cloud, etc.) services and test environments related to these technologies and to make developments of excellent quality for education, academia and research. At the same time, the education and research infrastructure of KIFÜ plays a central role for GÉANT, in receiving and distributing information traffic, ensuring the possibility of international data traffic for most of the neighboring countries.
Participation in the GÉANT consortium (since 2000) and in the GN4-3 project (2019-2022) enables joining international research and development activities. It is also a contribution to international development, the enrichment of domestic knowledge and experience, and the acquisition of information.
The topics of the KIFÜ GN4-3 (N) project cover network development (WhiteBox router, quantum communication) and network services (Spectrum as a Service), supervision, WebRTC (web real-time communication), federal identification and authorization management (eduGAIN development, eduTEAMS and T&I development), the development and application of the NRENum.net (research-education number mapping) service, the provision of GDS-based international video conferencing and the European integration of cloud-based services (GEANT Cloud).
NI4OS - Europe
The NI4OS (National Initiatives for Open Science in Europe) project aimed to accomplish the EOSC (European Open Science Cloud) vision in the 15 countries participating in the project. In addition to exploiting local national and regional opportunities, its main goals are to develop Open Science guidelines, support on-boarding of services to EOSC, facilitate the adaptation of the FAIR - Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability and Reusability data management principles, and to organize consultations, trainings for the groups involved in the participation. The role of KIFÜ in the project is twofold: on the one hand, together with the University of Debrecen, it represents Hungary in the project. In this context, its tasks are to promote the benefits of EOSC collaboration among relevant funders, supporters and to facilitate accession for the research community and potential service providers. On the other hand, KIFÜ as an HPC service provider itself will join the EOSC cooperation.
PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) is a common European supercomputing infrastructure and collaboration created with the support of the European Union. The main goal of PRACE is to provide a world-class High Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure free of charge for European research, development and innovation, which will ensure Europe's competitiveness with other developed regions of the world and which individual European countries would not be able to create and maintain individually. KIFÜ's participation in the PRACE project is key, as it provides access to cutting-edge European technologies in this field and participation in professional collaborations, which are essential for improving the quality of domestic HPC services.