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Helix Nebula Science Cloud – phase 2 gets the go-ahead

by Editorial team

T-Systems is through to the next round of the competition for Europe's Science Cloud, as confirmed by CERN's award notice letter. In it, the lead institute in the Helix Nebula Consortium stated that the T-Systems' solution design concept was one of the three most economically advantageous proposals it had received.

The objective of the Helix Nebula Project: Hybrid usage of cloud resources which are to be available on an on-demand basis for 70 million researchers and scientists around Europe. Representing these people, the Helix Nebula Consortium is a group comprising ten of Europe's leading research institutes. The latest stage of the selection process took place at the end of March. Four consortiums were still in with a chance, and all four of them had to present their prototype solution designs in mid-March.

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T-Systems made it through to the next round of the competition for Europe's Science Cloud.

Three bidding consortiums still in the race

Once more, the team made up of T-Systems, OneData and divia won first place in this round, achieving the highest number of points in the grading system. Two other consortiums made it through as well – one led by RHEA System, the other by IBM – while the Indra-fronted consortium was knocked out.

In its concept, T-Systems makes resources from two sources available, and the Open Telekom Cloud is normally used when the applications work with up to 32 cores. Bare metal resources from the hww computer center handle tasks that have high latency requirements or that have to use a higher number of cores. An aside: The Open Telekom Cloud has another iron in the fire in the form of RHEA, but it is only one of the consortium partners in this instance. 

The road to achieving a cloud prototype

T-Systems' partners in the consortium impressed the judges in technical and non-technical matters alike, though some points still remain to be clarified before the end of July, which is when all of the theory-based preparations will finally be combined to produce a real prototype of what will to be used during operations at a later stage. This is what you could call the acid test to see if the proposal can meet the real-life requirements of Europe's top ten research institutes. 

Assembling the prototype must be completed by July 28, when it will start running, and CERN will commence its tests on August 3. The clock is ticking for the Open Telekom Cloud.

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