The Helix Nebula initiative is connecting the continent’s scientific community via a Science Cloud.

Scientific computing

Tailored solutions for research and education

  • High performance computing at maximum speed
  • A one-stop shop for cloud services for research and education
  • Efficient collaboration between teams and institutes across all boundaries
  • Maximum availability, the very highest security and end-to-end cost transparency
Kornelia Bogen

UK Marketing Executive

Scientific computing: cloud support for science

Like in all other fields, the volume of data in science is also increasing inexorably as a part of digitization. There is also the added factor of a greater risk of hacking of infrastructures at research institutes and universities. There are repeatedly security incidents and related burdens on systems, resulting in a serious impairment to normal processes. Cloud users in research and education therefore need an environment for scientific computing which ensures maximum data protection, is available at all times, even when peak loads have to be handled, meets all legal requirements and also does not mean the institute is dependent on one provider for a long period of time.

Tried-and-tested infrastructure for education and research

In April 2016 CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, tested the Open Telekom Cloud from T-Systems for calculations in particle physics experiments as part of a proof of concept. 1,000 virtual machines and 500 terabytes of data memory were available to the organization for this high performance computing (HPC) project over a period of three months. The European Space Agency (ESA) also sets store by T-Systems: It is already using the Open Telekom Cloud successfully for its scientific computing projects.
Private HPC Cloud
T-Systems’ HPC cloud delivers the vast processing power needed for complex calculations and huge volumes of data.
Cloud-based, high-performance computing from T-Systems is 6,000 times faster than a conventional PC, and capable of crunching enormous volumes of data for complex calculations.
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Helix Nebula
The Helix Nebula Science Cloud is the digital platform for connected research and development.
Helix Nebula is embarking on phase 2 at the CERN nuclear research center: T-Systems’ tried-and-tested European research cloud is being further developed there. Read more
Made-to-measure solutions
T-Systems creates customized solutions for diverse research imperatives.
Tailored solutions are often necessary to fulfill highly specific needs. To this end, T-Systems develops made-to-measure services for various research fields.
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Freie Universität Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin ranks among Germany’s best centers of higher education. It was recognized by the government’s Excellence Initiative, and was awarded funding across all three of the program’s designated categories. In addition, it was honored for its forward-looking International Network University concept, which promotes the exchange of information and insights in research and education at regional, national and international levels. To set this innovative idea in motion, the university required cutting-edge ICT technology.

The challenge

  • Provision of audio, video, and web conference solutions for communicating and collaborating across the globe – for 38,000 university students and staff
  • Implementation of a state-of-the-art, future-proof solution
  • Seamless integration into Freie Universität Berlin’s processes

The solution

  • 1,800 Wi-Fi access points
  • Data connections at 175 sites
  • Roll-out of 8,000 Cisco IP phones
  • Implementation of unified communications (UC)

The customer benefits

  • End-to-end solution
  • Lower administrative effort and streamlined processes
  • Robust security and high availability – including mobile options
"Video ist the new voice."
Torsten Prill, Managing Director of the Freie Universität Berlin data center

Fachhochschule Flensburg
Flensburg University of Applied Sciences (FH Flensburg) focuses on research with real-world applications. It requires professional, cutting-edge ICT systems – that can retrieve and provision key facts and figures in seconds, support targeted analytics, and securely store data.

The challenge

  • Rapid implementation of an IT environment designed around specific research needs
  • Deployment of state-of-the-art technology
  • Simple, centralized management of ICT infrastructure

The solution

  • Establishment of a dedicated private cloud to be operated by FH Flensburg
  • Integrated solution, comprising server architecture, network solutions, and storage
  • Implementation of cutting-edge technology and IT components from Cisco (gateway and unified computing system), NetApp (FAS storage system) and VMware (vSphere virtualization software)

The customer benefits

  • Vendor-agnostic ICT support from specialist processes to network solutions to hardware and software
  • Access to scalable server and storage resources
  • Efficient, centralized management of the ICT environment
"With T-Systems’ help, we succeeded in creating the ideal IT environment for our research work within just a few short months."
Prof. Herbert Zickfeld, former President of Flensburg University of Applied Sciences
Deutsches Forschungsnetz (DFN)
The DFN is a German network for researchers, organized by scientific experts and based on its X-WiN platform. It connects universities, research centers, and enterprises – and is seamlessly integrated with international research and education networks, and with the Internet.

The challenge

  • Implementation of high-performance access points for research centers
  • Continuous improvement of existing network performance
  • High-availability solution for more than 500 individual connections
  • Integration of multiple research organizations with diverse processes and imperatives

The solution

  • State-of-the-art synchronous digital hierarchy and Ethernet technology for data transmission
  • EthernetConnect: 100 Mbit/s to 10 Gbit/s
  • SDH technology: 2 Mbit/s to 2.5 Gbit/s
  • Multi-Gbit core network serving approximately 60 sites across Germany
  • Redundant power transmission and distribution

The costumer benefits

  • Seamless integration of all participating organizations
  • Close to 100 percent availability
  • More than 500 managed access points
  • Account team with extensive experience and outstanding knowledge of research
University of Bonn
The University of Bonn (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn) has approximately 35,000 students, and offers some 120 programs of study, making it one of Germany’s largest institutes for higher education. In addition, it established a consortium dedicated to cyber security, comprising 16 universities in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Its mission is to combat the growing threat of cybercrime – and effectively shield staff, students and associates, and their data.

The challenge

  • Implementation of an end-to-end security solution for 16 universities in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • Guaranteed protection for 420,000 authorized users
  • Cost-effective solution in line with universities’ limited budgets

The solution

  • Hardware
  • Anti-Spam und Web-Security-Software
  • Beratung und Support 

The costumer benefits

  • Complete protection for North Rhine-Westphalia universities
  • A coherent solution for all members of the consortium
  • Expert advice and support from T-Systems
  • Outstanding price-performance ratio

Helix Nebula: the Science Cloud

In the Helix Nebula project, which is funded by the European Commission, the scientific and business communities are raising cloud computing to a new level: Thanks to the Science Cloud, scientific institutes throughout Europe will benefit from gigantic virtual computing capacities. Computers boasting the very highest performance are vital to simulate complex processes. Apart from the ICT infrastructure, T-Systems offers in particular the necessary know-how as a long-standing partner to leading scientific organizations and research-based companies.

CERN, EMBL and ESA set store by Helix Nebula

In the meantime, Helix Nebula has proven itself to be a reliable platform for scientific computing and HPC. The research cloud is being further developed at the CERN nuclear research center so that it is available in future to many European institutes as an IaaS offering. Such an innovative solution approach is urgently needed, since the quantity of data generated at CERN alone is growing by some 50 petabytes a year. Particularly powerful ICT is required to process such volumes quickly and reliably. That is where Helix Nebula comes in: More than 10,000 virtual machines can be provided at short notice over the Science Cloud.
The European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg (EMBL) uses the cross-site infrastructure for genome analysis, for example. That is the basis for obtaining a better understanding of the genome and developing new ways of treating hereditary diseases or cancer.
The European Space Agency (ESA) uses scientific computing to analyze satellite images – several terabytes of them every day. Moreover, the agency is networked with other research institutes all over the world thanks to services from the Science Cloud developed specifically for science so that they can warn each other about natural disasters.

Collaboration and independence in research and teaching

Apart from the numerous application areas – from scientific programing, software engineering to grid computing –, Helix Nebula offers an additional advantage: Cooperation between all the institutions involved is actively promoted by a marketplace where research institutes can make their new, innovative services available to the community. As a result, all the parties benefit from networking and the Science Cloud fosters sustainable research, as well as speeding up progress. Thanks to the OpenStack platform, users are protected against the feared vendor lock-in at all times and always have the freedom to change vendor if necessary.

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