VENUS-C (Virtual multidisciplinary EnviroNments USing Cloud infrastructures)
VENUS-C (June 2010 – May 2012) aims to develop and deploy an industrial-quality service-oriented platform based on virtualisation technologies to serve research and industrial user communities, leveraging previous experiences and competences of grids & supercomputing, while investigating new sustainable business models. In particular, VENUS-C plans to foster the development of Cloud Computing service offerings taking advantage of existing international opportunities and European industrial potential. By exploiting commercial solutions, but avoiding vendor lock-in with effective interoperability, VENUS-C can provide an easy way to deploy end-user services, dynamically extending e-infrastructures capabilities, addressing all aspects of a sustainable infrastructure. VENUS-C is a Europe-driven industry-led consortium with skilled partners and a strong, international advisory committee formed by worldwide experts in distributed computing and scientific applications. The user communities involved are: Bioinformatics, System Biology, Drug discovery, Civil Protection, Civil Engineering, and Digital Libraries. Twenty short-term experiments will be supported in the second year of VENUS-C through a competitive selection process.
VENUS-C and D4Science Ecosystem have a precise point of contact by mean of the Data-centered scenario that is going to be developed as part of the VENUS-C activities. In such scenario, the AquaMaps VRE will be ported on top of a cloud platform developed by the VENUS-C team, revealing both requirements for the cloud technology or potential improvements for the VRE technology enable by the cloud model.
Based on the outcomes of the AquaMaps VRE migration, it will be possible to identify specific services that the D4Science Ecosystem community may be allowed to use.
D4Science Ecosystem and VENUS-C are working to establish joint communication and networking initiatives in order to promote both the projects and the complementarities in the technologies used.
Plans for the future
D4Science Ecosystem will be part of the VENUS-C user Community to promote the outcomes of the AquaMaps VRE migration and to support the adoption of VENUS-C by other research teams or Communities, as part of the VENUS-C open Call.