WHAT IS NEIC?

The Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration (NeIC) facilitates development and operation of high-quality e-Infrastructure solutions in areas of joint Nordic interest. NeIC is a distributed organisation consisting of technical experts from academic high-performance computing centres across the Nordic countries.

OUR VISION

Become a global role model for cross-border
sustainable e-infrastructure services.

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OUR HISTORY

In 2002 the Joint Committee of the Nordic Natural Science Research Councils (NOS-N) supported a pilot project with the aim of establishing an inter-Nordic data grid test facility (NDGF). The purpose of the NDGF was to distribute computing infrastructure. After a two-year pilot period, the NDGF was given the mandate to propose a Nordic grid infrastructure and an organisation to manage and develop the grid for scientific computing in the Nordic countries. The NDGF was hosted by NORDUnet A/S.

The NDGF pilot has since matured into the successful deployment of the first and only distributed Tier-1 service within the WLCG collaboration, and has served as a role model for regional collaboration.

STRATEGY AND FOCUS

Enhance the productivity of researchers in the Nordic region beyond national efforts through new services, pooling competencies and sharing the resources of national e-infrastructure providers.

Strengthen partnerships and prospects for long-term funding through active stakeholder dialogue to promote sustainable services.

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FOCUS AREAS

POOL COMPETENCES
  • Map skills, identify and prioritise needs
  • Establish NeIC and cross-border training programmes
  • Make NeIC more attractive to competent personnel
SHARE RESOURCES
  • Launch pilot projects to establish ambition levels
  • Create framework agreement (scope, CPU/storage)
  • Establish enabling processes and technologies
SECURE LONG-TERM FUNDING
  • Map funding sources, modalities and application mechanisms
  • Agree on total funding and share from each funding source
  • Adapt to unaligned funding periods
STRENGTHEN STAKEHOLDER DIALOGUE
  • Map stakeholders and partnerships
  • Create engagement plan (frequency, means)
  • Implement stakeholder and partnership monitoring (incl. surveys)

ORGANISATION

NordForsk is the host organisation for NeIC. The NordForsk Board has delegated responsibility for strategic decisions regarding computing and data-storage infrastructure and reaction to upcoming opportunities to the NeIC Board. The NeIC Board reports to the NordForsk Board and to the boards of the national eInfrastructure organisations on an annual basis.

NeIC is managed by an Executive Team chaired by the NeIC Director. Most of NeIC’s activities are organized in projects. The Executive Team coordinates the activities and participate in project steering groups as project owners.

In collaboration with national eInfrastructure providers and user-community representatives, NeIC engages IT experts to participate in projects and operational activities. Projects are developed in accordance with the directions set out in the Nordic eScience Action Plan 2.0 (2015).

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OUR VALUES

Open, reliable and continuously striving to
improve in our work, we are motivated by
adding value to research.

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