EBRAINS provides computing and storage services at leading European supercomputing and data centres, which are part of the Fenix research infrastructure. Fenix is realised through the Interactive Computing E-Infrastructure (ICEI) project. These services can be requested and used separately or in combination, according to your needs. They include Scalable and Interactive Computing Services, e.g. for large scale simulations and analyses, Virtual Machine Services for running customised environments, and Archival and Active Data Repositories for storing, sharing of and access to data.

  • Scalable Computing Services that can, e.g., be used for large-scale simulations or heavy machine-learning workloads
  • Interactive Computing Services that allow using high-end servers, e.g., for interactive data analysis
  • Virtual Machine Services to run your customised environment in a cloud environment
  • Archival Data Repositories for storing data in preparation for sharing through EBRAINS Data and Knowledge Services
  • Active Data Repositories for fast access to private copies of your data assets from the supercomputer

Access services

Europe-based neuroscientists are eligible to apply for access to Fenix services, in particular whose research falls into the following subjects:

  • Analysis of brain data leading to understanding brain function
  • Building of multi-scale scaffold theory and models for the brain
  • Simulation of brain function
  • Brain-inspired computing, data analytics and robotics

Details related to eligibility criteria are available in the call texts. Although the applying Principle Investigator needs to be based in Europe, the project members can also be working outside of Europe

The project results are expected to lead to a significant European added-value and major impact at international level.

Proposals can be submitted at any time. Applicants should target allocation of resources that do not exceed 12 months. Renewal of applications is possible if the project exceeds this period.

Proposals will be processed by the EBRAINS Infrastructure Allocation Committee (IAC) that manages the review of technical viability (supported by technical teams at the Fenix sites) and scientific excellence (possibly with experts in the corresponding scientific field).

Contact and assistance with proposal preparation: icei-coord@fz-juelich.de


Background

The e-infrastructure services

The distinguishing characteristic of the Fenix Infrastructure and its services is that data repositories and scalable supercomputing systems will be in close proximity and well integrated.

Below is a short description of all available Fenix services for research communities and users. Click on each title for more details on the specific services.

Interactive Computing Services
Quick access to single compute servers to analyse and visualise data interactively, or to connect to running simulations, which are using the scalable computing services.

Scalable Computing Services
Massively parallel HPC systems that are suitable for highly parallel brain simulations or for high-throughput data analysis tasks.

Virtual Machine Services
Service for deploying virtual machines (VMs) in a stable and controlled environment that is, for example, suitable for deploying platform services like the EBRAINS Collaboratory, image services or neuromorphic computing front-end services.

Active Data Repositories
Site-local data repositories close to computational and/or visualization resources that are used for storing temporary replicas of data sets. In the near future they will typically be realised using parallel file systems.

Archival Data Repositories
Federated data storage, optimized for capacity, reliability and availability that is used for long-term storage of large data sets which cannot be easily regenerated. These data stores allow the sharing of data with other researchers inside and outside of EBRAINS.

A list of all available and planned e-infrastructure services can be found on the Fenix website.

Community

Fenix User Forum

The Fenix User Forum is organised by the ICEI project, in which five European supercomputing centres, namely BSC (Spain), CEA (France), CINECA (Italy), CSCS (Switzerland) and JSC (Germany), align their services to facilitate the Fenix Infrastructure.

The Forum is managed by Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. Its aim is to enable interaction between Fenix and its users as well as among the users themselves. It allows Fenix users to discuss and share their experiences, express their needs and provide feedback on the current services and resources of the Fenix Infrastructure.

In addition, the Forum organises meetings and events that Fenix users can join to learn and discuss about Fenix. Upcoming meetings will be posted on the Fenix events page.

To register for the Fenix User Forum please visit the Fenix Website


Success Stories

Please find inspiring success stories of scientific projects that used the Fenix resources to leverage their research on our Fenix Website.