EGI-Inspire EGI-Inspire


MoU signed on 22 November 2011 (MoU)

About EGI

The Integrated Sustainable Pan-European Infrastructure for Researchers in Europe project (EGI-InSPIRE) supports the transition from a project-based system to a sustainable pan-European e-Infrastructure, by supporting 'grids' of High-Performance Computing (HPC) and High-Throughput Computing (HTC) resources. EGI-InSPIRE, the central organization that provides a coordinating hub for European DCIs, will also be ideally placed to integrate new Distributed Computing Infrastructures (DCIs) such as clouds, supercomputing networks and desktop grids, to benefit the user communities within the European Research Area (ERA).

Overview of the joint workplan

EGI and EDGI will work together to enable the vision of providing European scientists and international collaboration for sustainable distributed computing services to support their work. Specifically, this will be done through:
  • effort to integrate Desktop Grids into EGI's monitoring and accounting activities for a seamless operation of Desktop Grids;
  • to prototype, test and roll to production the devised solution (in collaboration with the Hungarian NGI) and to support the provided integration software;
  • once ready for production, to disseminate the integration solution through the existing appropriate channels (operations meetings, community meetings etc.)



Agreement OLA signed on 29 May 2012

About EMI

The European Middleware Initiative (EMI) is a close collaboration of the three major middleware providers, ARC, gLite and UNICORE, and other specialized software providers like dCache.

The project's mission is to

  1. deliver a consolidated set of middleware components for deployment in EGI (as part of the Unified Middleware Distribution - UMD), PRACE and other DCIs,
  2. extend the interoperability and integration with emerging computing models,
  3. strengthen the reliability and manageability of the services and establish a sustainable model to support,
  4. harmonise and evolve the middleware, ensuring it responds effectively to the requirements of the scientific communities relying on it.


The European Middleware Initiative and the European Desktop Grid Initiative sign an Operational Level Agreement