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IGE to help DRIHM researchers share, access, and process hydrometeorological data

posted 28 Nov 2012, 03:05 by Matthias Hofmann   [ updated 28 Nov 2012, 03:07 ]

The Initiative for Globus in Europe (IGE) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Distributed Research Infrastructure for Hydro-Meteorology (DRIHM) project. DRIHM intends to develop a prototype e-Science environment to facilitate easy access to hydrometeorological data and models, and facilitate the collaboration between meteorologists, hydrologists, and Earth science experts for accelerated scientific advances in hydrometeorological research (HMR).

Adapting DRIHM applications to take advantage of the Grid is an important step in improving the amount of work these researchers can achieve with their applications. With DRIHM leveraging IGE’s technical expertise and resources in this area, such as making use of IGE’s testbed for Grid-enabling their data conversion and simulation applications, this process will become easier. Plus, by making use of IGE’s technical support, the two projects can investigate appropriate Globus technologies for deployment within the DRIHM environment and how best to integrate DRIHM’s applications into the EGI and PRACE infrastructures.

IGE will also schedule training events for DRIHM researchers to familiarise themselves with Globus technologies, and with DRIHM joining the European Globus Community Forum (EGCF), they will be part of an active European Globus community even after the IGE project ends.

“We are very proud to announce that another important strategic partnership with an active user community could be established”, says Dr. Helmut Heller, project leader of IGE. “By having experienced technical support, the Gridification of our applications will lead to better productivity”, says Dr. Antonio Parodi, project leader of DRIHM.