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ETICS 2

eInfrastructure for Testing, Certification and Integration of Software, Phase 2

E-Infrastructures are one of the key enablers for large-scale scientific research and the development of Information Society in Europe. Scientific software and the middleware components providing grid services act as the framework for many scientific developments. Different and incompatible implementations of the services, disconnected and short-lived software repositories, lack of clear procedures for validation and maintenance hinder the widespread adoption of grid technologies by many diverse communities and the implementation of commercial initiatives based on the provision of grid services.
EU innovation policies, as in the i2010 initiative and the capacity program, aim towards a generalised and widely used e-Infrastructure. The realisation of such vision to ensure that current and future public investments in e-Infrastructures can be preserved requires the definition and widespread adoption of common software lifecycle management procedures, manageable validation testbeds, distributed and federated repositories of code and software packages, as well as a widely agreed and enforced quality assurance processes and tools.
The ETICS 2 project aims at supporting the widespread adoption of grid technologies by promoting and expanding the use of grid-based software engineering technologies by existing and new communities. Building on the solid foundations established during the first ETICS project, the major objectives of the ETICS 2 project are to improve the current ETICS services providing an integrated combination of new key technologies (IPv6, testbeds virtualization, test management and workflow tools, release management tools) and actively involve new communities, such as the aerospace engineering community and the distributed supercomputing community through collaborations with key organizations and scientific research projects.
ETICS 2 also aims at increasing the awareness of the benefits of well constructed and high-quality grid and software intensive systems, in order to reach the goal of establishing a permanent and dependable e-Infrastructure. ETICS 2 will strive to establish a sustainable critical mass of educated users to trigger a 'natural selection' process that will allow making good quality software projects to surface and less mature projects to disappear or change. In addition, ETICS 2 will build upon international collaborations in Europe and internationally through its direct links with parallel initiatives and infrastructures in the US and will directly support the emerging National Grid Initiatives (NGIs). The culmination of these collaborations will be the adoption of ETICS as the foundation for a flexible, stable and reliable build and test environment that can be transitioned into the future long-term European Grid Initiative and used to establish official 'quality labels' for grid software and create trust between users and providers. This will also lead to the creation of a trust mechanism among software providers and users that allows stabilizing and consolidating the building blocks of the grid middleware and applications and accelerating the transformation of grid infrastructures from a research topic to a research commodity.

Partners

European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland
Project Coordinator

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany
The contact person is Daniel Mallmann d.mallmann@fz-juelich.de

Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Italy

Engineering - Ingeneria Informatica - S.P.A., Italy

4D SOFT Szamitechnikai KFT, Hungary

Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, U.S.A.

Magyar Tudomanyos Akademia Szamitastechnikai es Automatizalasi Kutato cr Intezet (SZTAKI), Hungary

VEGA Informations-Technologien GmbH, Germany


The project is funded by the European Union (EU) under grant agreement number RI-223782.

The grant period is March 2008 until February 2010.

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More detailed information about the project is available at the project's homepage.


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