The EU-T0 International Consortium

The EU-T0 vision is to create a hub of knowledge and expertise to coordinate technological development, and integrate data and computing centres into a virtual Tier-0 centre, which can be more easily and transparently used by the different Scientific Communities.

It will extend and simplify access to the resources, through a common approach to authorization, authentication and accounting frameworks. It will innovate new services and software tools as required to benefit the Scientific Communities and in particular the means to store, move, archive, preserve, and provide open access for vey large scale data sets.

The EU-T0 consortium was initiated on 11th February 2014 by CERN, CIEMAT, DESY, IFAE, IN2P3-CNRS, INFN, KIT and STFC, funding agencies and organisations which between them fund and provide very large scale computing and data processing resources for a set of scientific communities which already have Exabyte scale requirements. INAF, CEA-IRFU and SURFsara joined in 2015. Participation in the consortium by similar funding agencies and organisations is encouraged.

The data centres of the consortium, and the communities they support, have been highly successful scientifically; they have innovated the development of distributed computing on a global scale, and represent an important part of the European e-Infrastructure for research. The forecast growth in both the rates and complexity of the data arising from the scientific communities is enormous, and will rise from Exabytes to Zettabytes within a decade. This gives rise to many technical and financial challenges in the future in order to meet these demands.

The EU-T0 partners already work closely together and now see the opportunity to cooperate even further in order to address the challenges and opportunities, with the expectation that this will yield scientific, technological and cost-efficiency benefits.

EU-T0 is multi-domain, its Scientific Communities include astronomy, astrophysics, astro-particle physics, cosmology, nuclear physics and particle physics and in some cases national and international photon and particle beam facilities as well as engineering and life sciences. EU-T0 seeks synergies with other research domains, and will collaborate with other projects and initiatives. EU-T0 will make an important contribution to structuring the European Research Area (ERA) through cooperation with ESFRI RIs.

EU-T0 will also seek to integrate with other e-Infrastructures and broaden existing collaborations beyond Europe. EU-T0 will explore and propose a new model of international coordination for joint procurement and joint services and resources provision.

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