In February 2019, the EOSC-Nordic (European Open Science Cloud – Nordic) proposal was awarded funding from the European Commission. NeIC (The Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration) will be the coordinator of the EOSC-Nordic project. The SDU eScience Center provides e-infrastructures and secure data management for research. Currently, the eScience Center is working on a new cloud infrastructure, called SDUCloud, for handling and analyzing (sensitive) research data. SDUCloud has been selected as one of the three emerging services to be part of EOSC-Nordic.

“We are delighted to announce that the EOSC-Nordic (European Open Science Cloud – Nordic) proposal has been awarded funding from the European Commission. NeIC (The Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration) will be the coordinator of the EOSC-Nordic project and also lead a Work Package on FAIR (https://www.fairdanmark.dk/da/) data. FAIR works towards building bridges over the global digital divide: FAIR gives access to equipment, knowledge and training.
The coordination between the countries, EOSC-Nordic (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands and Germany) will create new synergies and thereby achieving greater harmonisation within politics and services in compliance with EOSCs standards and practices. In a small country like Denmark we have the advantage of participating in a collaboration across borders. EOSC-Nordic Coordinator, Lene Krøl Andersen (NeIC Executive Manager and Head of DeiC eScience Center) also adds that “We will be working with leading scientists and the best experts within the field of e-infrastructure. Now we need to prove that we can build an easily accessible and user-friendly structure with the tools that will support our researchers so that they can continue to exercise world class research – also going forward. A collaboration that requires EOSC-Nordic to be both critical and quality conscious about important cornerstones for example data quality, services and information security.”https://neic.no/

The SDUCloud solution provides a virtual research environment to cover researchers’ needs throughout the data life cycle by integrating storage, computing, data management, and publishing into one single platform solution.

Part of the e-infrastructure was developed in collaboration with Odense University Hospital, SDU Library, Aalborg University, Aalborg University Hospital, Aarhus University and the University of Bergen as part of the national project known as “National Science App Store“. The coordination between the countries, EOSC-Nordic (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands and Germany) will create new synergies and thereby achieving greater harmonization within politics and services in compliance with EOSCs standards and practices.

The ABACUS2.0 supercomputer continues to be used for courses and workshops at universities in computational subjects such as, biophysics, quantum chemistry, parallel computing, computational physics, bioinformatics, computational genomics among others.

In December 2018, SDU also acquired a new high-performance data analysis system dedicated to research in precision medicine. The system is expected to be used by Odense University Hospital and the Region of Southern Denmark for research and clinical use.

Here are some of the projects, which ABACUS2.0 was used in:

· Drone technology
· AI for precision medicine
· Biophysics
· Digital humanities
· Material technology
· Theoretical chemistry and physics
· Climate research
· Cyber security
· Robotics
· Wind turbine optimization

2018 was also the year when a new website (https://escience.sdu.dk ) was introduced for the eScience Center, which provides information to both the users of ABACUS2.0 and to the public. The eScience website has a dedicated section for the training of HPC.

In 2018, ABACUS2.0 at SDU has been visited more than 20 times by the public, schools and institutes. The ABACUS2.0 supercomputer continues to be used for courses and workshops at universities in computational subjects such as, biophysics, quantum chemistry, parallel computing, computational physics, bioinformatics, computational genomics among others and is available on demand by contacting the eScience Center via this email: escience@sdu.dk.

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Desirée Suhr Pérez

Desirée Suhr Pérez Administrator/Secretary for eScience Center, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, IMADA, T +45 65 50 90 86, dsup@imada.sdu.dk Ø9-602b-2, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, DK-5230 Odense M, www.sdu.dk