The EU-IndiaGrid2 Consortium brings together top research centres and academic institutes from across Europe and India all expert in Grid computing, representing different disciplines and having complementary skills.
The Consortium is made up of organisations who are complementary and mobilise a network of interested subjects, as summarised below:
- "Technological & Scientific experts in the domain-field" (INFN, BARC, CAM, CDAC, CEA, ERNET, GARR ICTP, IISc, IITD,PUNE, SINP, TIFR, VECC) will provide the necessary know-how in specific subjects dealt with by the Project;
- "International Outreach Experts" (Trust-IT, ICTP) will all provide the necessary international outreach links;
- "Ongoing GRID & e-Infrastructure Projects" (see Letters of Support from GARUDA NGI, NKN, EELA2, EGEE, EUAsiaGrid, EUChinaGrid-PDA, EUMedSupport, OGF, SEEGRIDSCI, WLCG) will engage in the related Work Packages activities.
The EU-IndiaGrid2 Consortium is an extension of the EU-IndiaGrid one. Basically all the Institutions taking part to the EU-IndiaGrid project participate also to EU-IndiaGrid2. TRUST-IT replaced Metaware leading the dissemination activity but the person appointed to the WP5 responsibility has a consolidated experience within the EU-IndiaGrid project.
Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (Italy) – INFN (coordinator)INFN is the Italian National Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics (see http://www.infn.it). Founded in 1952, INFN is a governmental research organization, which promotes, co-ordinates and funds nuclear, particle and high-energy physics research. INFN runs a countrywide Grid infrastructure for e-science and, since the year 2000, takes part as a stakeholder in many European Grid Projects such as DataGrid, DataTag, CoreGRID, GridCC, EGEE/EGI, EELA, EELA2. INFN acted as coordinator of EUMEDGRID, EUChinaGRID and EU-IndiaGrid projects and still coordinates EUAsiaGrid. In the context of several EC FP6 projects, INFN develops the GILDA virtual laboratory for grid dissemination and knowledge dissemination activities. Presently, INFN is the coordinator of IGI, the Italian National GRID Initiative.
Cambridge University (UK) The University of Cambridge is consistently ranked as the top European university and usually second worldwide. It is the academic home to international leaders of their field and attracts exceptionally bright and motivated students from all continents. The University of Cambridge has a major India Initiative to develop its academic and other links with India, and senior academics in the University support the work of the CeSC Development Director to sustain collaborative projects with academic partners and link to www.cambridge-india.org
The Cambridge eScience Centre(CeSC): The eScience Centre (http://www.escience.cam.ac.uk/) supports research projects involving scientists and industry using Grid-enabled applications.
The main objectives of the Centre are: to support eScience projects involving scientists and industry in the Cambridge region; to enable new scientific advances by using Grid-enabled applications to tackle Petascale problems; to develop new generic Grid-based tools for massive data handling, high-performance computing and visualisation applications on wide area networks.
Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique, (France) – CEA Institute for Nanoscience and Cryogenics (INAC)The INAC (Institute for Nanoscience and Cryogenics) is the Grenoble branch of the DSM (Division of Sciences of Matter) of the CEA (Commissariat à l\'Energie Atomique), a French government-funded technological research organisation. The mission of INAC is fundamental research in physics and chemistry to support the applied research programmes of the CEA. A particular emphasis is placed on the field of the nanosciences, the CEA-Grenoble being the home of MINATEC, a major French initiative in nanotechnology involving 4,000 people in the Grenoble area. The institute also has research ties to two large nearby European facilities: the ILL (Institut Laue-Langevin) neutron reactor and the ESRF (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility).
Consortium GARR (Italy) - GARR Consortium GARR (short name GARR) is an Association under Italian law. It was established by the national Academic and Research Community. Its member Institutions are the Italian Universities and the main governmental Research organizations. GARR interconnects over 300 sites of universities, laboratories, libraries, observatories and other research facilities. The latest generation of the GARR network, is a widespread infrastructure covering the whole Italian territory with more than 40 points of presence. Its backbone, based on a mesh of lambda circuits and dark fibres, reaches an aggregate capacity of about 100Gbit/sec and guarantees high reliability, security and error resilience. GARR is connected at 10Gbit/sec to GÉANT network. Advanced technologies such as IPv6, QoS, multicast and VPN have been introduced on the GARR network to supply new services and to fully support innovative applications such as telemedicine, e-Learning, multimedia, high energy physics, radio astronomy, earth observation and distributed supercomputing. The support of Grid infrastructures and application has been especially stressed in the last few years, as this emerging technology is of importance for a large part of GARR's user community. In this framework, GARR supports the LHC Computing Grid and a number of national and international initiatives and is actively involved in several Grid-related European projects. Besides supporting the Italian academic and research community, GARR is actively involved in a number of Research and Development activities both at national and international level. Currently, GARR participates to several European projects in FP6 and other programmes, both on networking, such as GN2, EUMEDCONNECT and EUMEDCONNECT2, ALICE, ORIENT, AugerAccess, MUPBED, FEDERICA, and grid technology, such as EGEE 2 and 3, EUMEDGRID, EUChinaGRID, EU-IndiaGrid. GARR staff is as well involved in international task forces like TF-NGN and IETF. Detailed information about GARR can be found at: http://www.garr.it
Trust-IT Services LTD (UK) – Trust-IT Trust-IT Services was established in the year 2002 to Communicate ICT to markets. Trust-IT staff is made up of a multi-national team of mother tongue English speakers covering a well-balanced mix of project management, communication, marketing and dissemination experience, business developments, networking skills and IT expertise. Trust-IT distinguishes itself in providing innovative, communication platforms for hi-end multicultural audiences, both from industry, research and academia. Trust-IT covers the following principal services:
- Marketing & communication services with a specialisation on advanced, hi-R&D-content ICT topics authoring high level white papers and strategic policy documents and roadmaps for a number of international clients, focusing on the strategic benefits and advantages of hi-end ICT technology;
- International ICT-focused events organisation through strategic promotion & communication contributes to the strategic planning, marketing, dissemination and general organisation of both small workshops (EGEE Business Days, London; OGF-Europe Cloudscape, Brussels) and international events (ie: EuroIndia, Global Research Library 2020, EGEEUF / OGF25);
- Development of international community of users for business launch and expansion purposes- facilitating knowledge exchange and idea sharing through connecting IT innovators globally (i.e. Business Communities for Grid Adoption – EGEE-III);
- Web presence: creation, maintenance & development produces a wide range of design solutions for a variety of projects from basic websites to complete make-overs using stringent quality controls, high quality design and implementation procedures. Trust-IT is directly involved in developments of Web 2.0-oriented websites and Web-Channel solutions;
- Raising awareness on promoting Research & Technology Development achievements internationally - access to a pool of international contacts throughout Europe, India, China, South-East Asia, and Latin America categorized in domain areas and business sectors giving immediate links to right contacts in real time.
Trust-IT representatives are also the technical coordinators of the FP7 OGF-EUROPE project which looks to mobilise communities in global Grid adoption, partners in the Euro-India ICT co-operation initiative, the FP7 EU funded project RESERVOIR (Resources and Services Virtualization without Barriers), EGEE-III, (Enabling Grids for e-Science) and EchoGRID whose aim is to foster collaboration in Grid research and technologies between Europe and China by defining short-, mid-, and long-term vision in the field.
Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (Int) - ICTP The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) (http://www.ictp.it/ ) is an international institute of research and high level training in pure and applied physics and mathematics offered mainly to developing countries scientists. In recent years, more than 5,000 scientists per year have visited ICTP to participate in the Centre\'s research and training activities and to conduct their own research in various fields. In particular, Indian scientists are spending almost 400 man-months per year in ICTP.
ICTP has an excellent network of contacts in Developing Countries and a long-standing tradition of formation and dissemination in IT themes. Starting from 2006 the ICTP organized workshops in Porting Scientific Applications on Computational grids (Trieste and Sri Lanka, 2006;Trieste, 2008), a part of which in the framework of EU-IndiaGrid project. ICTP has well established scientific collaborations with several Indian institutions in various fields of physics and mathematics.
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (India) - BARC The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (http://www.barc.gov.in) is an R&D Organization under Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India. It is a Multi-disciplinary R&D institution involved in basic science, applied research in nuclear technology and also focuses on the design, development and deployment of detector & sensor electronics and advanced information technology (IT) products and solutions. BARC has been actively engaged in the R&D in high performance computing (HPC) in the areas of Parallel Processing Supercomputers and Grid Computing.
The DAE researchers are also taking active part in CMS and ALICE experiment. India has established a regional WLCG network in India with Two Tier-2 centers one at TIFR, Mumbai for CMS experimentalist and other at Saha Institute/VECC Kolkatta for ALICE experimentalist. There are number of Tier-3 centres located at user's premises & Universities. The WLCG network has two international connectivity links; one 100 Mbps Geant link and other dedicated 1 Gbps link directly to CERN. Currently BARC engineers are working on the development Grid Operations software tools. BARC also actively participates in the design, development and implementation of National Knowledge Network (NKN) an e-infrastructure project in India and has upgraded bandwidth for VECC, BARC, TIFR and IGCAR to 1 Gbps through NKN. BARC took active part in EU-IndiaGrid very effectively in seamless integration of Indian (WLCG & GARUDA) Grid infrastructures with European Grids (EGEE) and developing applications in HEP.
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing Bangalore (India) - CDAC C-DAC is a premier Research and Development organization engaged in cutting edge technology design, development and deployment of products and solutions in the area of electronics and Information Technology. As a Scientific Society under the Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India, C-DAC is also spearheading the national initiatives in IT to meet the technological needs of the country (www.cdac.in).
C-DAC initiated the "National Grid Computing Initiative : GARUDA" project which connects 17 cities across the country in its Proof of Concept (PoC) phase with an aim to bring grid networked computing to educational institutes, research labs and industries. GARUDA aims at strengthening and advancing scientific and technological excellence in the area of Grid and Peer to Peer technologies. To achieve its objective, GARUDA brings together a critical mass of well established researchers from 45 research laboratories and academic institutions that have planned an ambitious program of activities. C-DAC successfully established and manages the first (and unique) Indian Grid Certification Authority (IGCA) internationally recognised by APGRIDPMA.
ERNET (Education & Research Network) India An autonomous scientific society under Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Department of Information Technology, Government of India is serving educational and research institutions in the country and innovatively connecting them on an Intranet and Internet using appropriate state of art technologies and techniques around the country. Its activities are organized around five technology focused areas: Nationwide Academic and Research Network; Research and Development in the area of Data Communication and its Application; Human Resource Development in the area of High-end Networking; Educational Content; and Campus-wide High Speed Local Area Network. Also ERNET is also registrar for domains such "res.in", "edu.in" and "ac.in".
The network of ERNET is a judicious mix of terrestrial and satellite network. ERNET had also deployed network for Indian grid initiative GARUDA by connecting 45 institutions across the country with a backbone bandwidth of 2.43 Gbits/sec.
ERNET India is also helping to create a truly global research community by connecting the GEANT2 network in Europe with ERNET and also forging stronger links with other research networks in Australia (AARNET) and USA (Internet2). ERNET is actively participating in the TEIN3 (Trans-European Information Network) initiative.
ERNET participated in the EU funded BELIEF project focusing on the development of reliable and robust e-Infrastructures worldwide and EU-India Grid project aimed at interconnecting the European and the Indian Grid Infrastructures under 6th Framework Programme (FP6).. ERNET is also participating in 7th frame work programme of European Union and collaborated with international institutions to execute the 6Choice and Belief2 projects.
Indian Institute of Science (India) - IISc The Indian Institute of Science (www.iisc.ernet.in) was estabilished as an University of Research in 1909 ( and is currently celebrating its centenary). It is an autonomous institution and offers a variety of Master\'s programs in Engineering, an integrated (post-B Sc) program in sciences and Ph D programs in a wide spectrum of disciplines in science and engineering. Many national facilities are housed at the institute. The library and computational facilities at the Institute are amongst the best in India. Recently a new Centre for Earth Sciences has been established and two new centres in areas of Neuroscience and Climate Change will start functioning soon. IISc fosters collaborative and interdisciplinary research in a vigorous fashion.
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (India) – IITD The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) is one of the new generation institutes of national importance in India established through an act of the Parliament. Its primary objectives are higher education and research and development (R&D) in several branches of science and engineering. Because of the high standards of teaching and research by its faculty members and the responsible positions occupied by its alumni, to-day, IITD has earned its unique position in the world.
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (India) – IITD The National Informatics Centre is a premiere S & T institution of the Government of India, established in 1976, for providing e-Government / e- Governance Solutions adopting best practices, integrated services and global solutions in Government Sector.
University of Pune, Department of Physics (India) - PUNE The Department of Physics of University of Pune (physics.unipune.ernet.in) started its activity in 1952, and has presently research programs in Materials Science, Condensed Matter Physics, Nonlinear Dynamics, Sc Cloud Physics, Thin/Thick Films, Nuclear and Accelerator Physics, Lasers, Plasma Physics, Biophysics etc. The department has 35 faculty members, and 80 Doctoral students. The department is rated (UGC) at amongst top 10 in the country.
SAHA Institute of Nuclear Physics (India) - SINP Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (SINP) (see http://www.saha.ac.in) is an autonomous National Research Institute which is under the administrative control of Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India. SINP was founded in 1951 and is recognized internationally for its research activities in Physical and Biological Sciences. A substantial number of faculties are also involved in teaching at various universities. At present, the institute has about 135 faculties, 25 post-doctoral fellows and 80 graduate students. The total staff strength is about 650.
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (India) - TIFR The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) was established in 1945 at the initiative of Dr. Homi Jehangir Bhabha. TIFR participates to the project with 2 institutes:
1). The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai - TIFR is proud to have produced many of the finest scientists of India who have been involved in seminal research in fields ranging from Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics and Science Education as well as some aspects of Public Health. There are at present about 400 scientists in the Institute working in various disciplines grouped into three major schools: the School of Mathematics, the School of Natural Sciences and the School of Technology and Computer Science. The Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education at Deonar, Bombay; The National Centre for Radio Astrophysics at Pune and The National Centre for Biological Sciences at Bangalore also form a part of TIFR activities. Scientists in the School of Natural Sciences work mainly in the fields of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Chemical Sciences, Condensed Matter Physics, High Energy Physics, Molecular Biology, Nuclear & Atomic Physics, Radio Astronomy and Theoretical Physics. The Institute is also actively involved in the field of educational research with a special emphasis on school level education as well as some aspects of public health.
2). The National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore - National Centre for Biological Sciences (http://www.ncbs.res.in) is a basic research institution in modern Biology. The Centre was founded in 1988, as a daughter institution of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), in Mumbai (http://www.tifr.res.in). TIFR has been one of the premier research institutions in India since its founding in 1945. Following some years on the campus of the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore NCBS moved to its own premises in 1999. The Centre currently has 27 groups in 5 main research areas of Biology and is continuing to expand. NCBS has post-graduate programmes at the Masters and PhD levels, an active visiting student programme.
Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (India) - VECC Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC) (http://www.veccal.ernet.in) is a premier R&D unit of the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India. This Centre is dedicated to carry out forefront research and development in the fields of Accelerator Science & Technology, Nuclear Science (Theoretical and Experimental), Material Science, Computer Science & Technology and in other relevant areas. VECC is a Constituent Institution (CI) of the Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), a deemed to be University. VECC has 584 numbers of employees, including 188 numbers of Scientific Officers / Engineers.