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Announcement - EGI takes next step forward at Roma workshop 


The recent European Grid Initiative workshop gathered more than 80 representatives to discuss  the first schema of the EGI functions presented by the EGI Design Study project partners.
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The recent European Grid Initiative workshop gathered more than 80 representatives of the National Grid Initiatives to discuss  the first schema of the EGI functions presented by the EGI Design Study (EGI_DS) project partners. The workshop was held at the Italian Ministry of University and Research in Roma from 13-14 March 2008.

The EGI organization aims to construct a sustainable grid infrastructure in Europe. The role of the EGI_DS project is to evaluate and to identify suitable processes and mechanisms for establishing the EGI. The EGI Roma workshop focused on defining the principal functions of the future organization. The different options for the operations, management and legal structure were presented and widely discussed by the participants.

According to Project Director, Dieter Kranzmüller, the workshop presented a great step towards the construction of this pan-European grid infrastructure:

“The EGI Roma Workshop was another important milestone on our path towards the EGI organization, as it was the first opportunity to present some early drafts of the EGI functionality to the broader community. Expectedly, it generated a number of sometimes emotional and very detailed discussions, which I take as an indicator of the importance of this activity for the community. We, the EGI Design Study, will take these comments as valuable input for advancing the functionality definition, and we are looking forward to presenting the findings at the next EGI Workshop in Geneva.”

38 National Grid Initiatives have already expressed their support for the EGI Design Study. It has been unanimously agreed that the NGIs are the building block of the future EGI organisation. Therefore discussion with the NGI representatives had a central role in the meeting, and they were highly encouraged to give their visions as well as to inform of their needs and requirements for the EGI.

According to Gaspar Barreira, the Portuguese NGI representative, the NGIs had formed a new EGI Policy Board.

“The body represents and puts together all the National Grid Initiatives in Europe. It follows and endorses the entire process of designing the future European Grid Infrastructure. The interoperable permanent grid computing framework will be for the benefit of the increasing community of users.”

The next EGI workshop will concentrate on the structure of the EGI. It will be held in Geneva on the 30 June to 1 July 2008.

The EGI Design Study project was launched in September 2007 with the support of the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme. The project will continue until the end of November 2009. According to the current plans, the EGI organization will start its functions in early 2010. The EGI_DS has nine principal partners and is already endorsed by 38 National Grid Initiatives.

- European Grid Initiative

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