The Science Cloud - Helix Nebula

Oct 20, 2014

The future of knowledge is in the clouds: The Helix Nebula Science Cloud represents a milestone for the collaboration between the scientific and economic communities in Europe. T-Systems is doing its part to contribute to the project’s success by offering cloud brokerage and hosting services as well as its expertise.
Large-scale scientific experiments generate large data quantities in short periods of time. For example, the CERN particle accelerator generates more than 25 petabytes (25,000,000,000,000,000 bytes or 1,000 terabytes) of new data per year. These data are distributed to more than 100 data centers throughout the globe for the purposes of further analysis. The IT systems used by universities and research institutes is often not enough to process the data quickly enough. The Helix-Nebula initiative arose to resolve precisely these kinds of cases – as well as to improve collaboration. The Science Cloud speeds up analysis of experiments that require short-term but enormous computing power, as it boasts the power of more than 10,000 virtual Cloud IT computers.

Science Cloud Solutions via the Cloud Broker

Institutions and companies – including T-Systems – employ state-of-the-art technology. Using Cloud Broker the Science Cloud solutions offered by various providers can be administered through one standard interface – including data migration between the providers. Integrated cost reporting creates transparency when using the Science Cloud. And separating the network connections into Public-as-a-Service and Private-as-a-Service facilitates data protection. MPLS (Multi Protocol Label Switching) as well as VPN-connections (Virtual Private Network) across the European research network guarantee secure data transfer.
The Helix Nebula marketplace is the central portal for all Science Cloud services. Here users can compare the services and pick and choose from among all the providers. Anyone involved can enter a new service and IT infrastructure here at any time. With T-Systems’ DSI vCloud, computing and memory capacity can be quickly and flexibly adapted to meet current needs. Resource management is easy and convenient using the Cloud Broker or the Vmware-based self-service portal. And state-of-the-art twin-core data centers ensure 99.9% platform availability.
DSI vCloud
Big data, collaboration and mobility call for increasing amounts of server capacity. With vCloud, companies can adapt their systems independently – transparently, as required and in line with the most up-to-date security Standards.

Science Cloud Pilot Projects

Three top-tier institutes are currently logging excellent results with the Science Cloud. The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva uses it as a tool for analyzing data quantity relating to the collision behavior of protons in the particle accelerator. The European Space Agency (ESA) uses Cloud-Services to analyze several terabytes of satellite images every day and to network research institutes worldwide for the purposes of natural catastrophe alerts. The European Molecular Biology Labor in Heidelberg (EMBL) uses the Helix Nebula’s cross-locational infrastructure for the large data quantities that are generated during genome analysis.