The project action plan consists of four networking activities, three service activities and a joint research activity.
WP1 – Project administrative and technical management – will set a management structure, and decision & communication mechanisms to enable an effective administrative and technical management of the consortium.
WP2 – National and Regional HPC initiatives and international liaison - will provide support for organizational models on national and regional levels. The crucial issues cover integration and compatibility of and between national HPC infrastructures, regional infrastructures, as well as pan-European infrastructures. This activity also supports the provision of know-how for specifications and purchase approaches for new HPC installations envisaged in the region.
WP3 – Dissemination and training – will focus on outreach, both to the wider public as well as to specific HPC operator and existing and new user communities. A set of dissemination and training events will seek to cover the wider spectrum of the HPC community, with significant regional events bringing together the user and infrastructure operator community, thus fostering broad cooperation and knowledge exchange.
WP4 – Virtual Research Communities support – is the central activity of the project which will provide round-the-clock user support for a range of national and SEE-wide applications. Country-level user support teams will support the local applications, while dedicated support teams will be created for the SEE-wide applications. The focus will be on crucial virtual research communities in the fields of computational physics, computational chemistry, life sciences, fostering cooperation between user communities of different countries between themselves and with infrastructure operators / engineers.
WP5 – Regional HPC operations and interoperation – will ensure that integrated services will be provided to end users, by deploying the regional HPC infrastructure on top of the existing networking infrastructure, complementary to the existing Grid infrastructure, and fused with end-user services. The infrastructure will be open for use not only of infrastructure provision countries, but of wider user community, too.
WP6 – Procurement and network design – will conduct the procurement of the connectivity elements between core points in south Caucasus region and a GEANT PoP in South East Europe. The procurement will abide by EU legislation, harmonized in all member-states.
WP7 – Network operations - will ensure stable operation of the connections of South Caucasus National Research & Education Networks (NRENs) to the European Academic network GEANT3. The establishment of the connectivity will be followed by the deployment of advanced network monitoring tools in parallel to GEANT consortium facilities, for ensuring the stable operation of the infrastructure by day-to-day supervision. Moreover, network traffic management tools, developed/used by GEANT3 members, will be deployed in each NREN for enabling advance traffic management over GEANT3. IPv6 connectivity will be supplied and the current CSIRT/CERT activities performed in these NRENs will be harmonized according to European standards, to satisfy the security needs of user communities..
Joint Research activities
WP8 – Software stack and technologies updates – will support activities for analysis and integration of software stacks used, as well as permanent technology watch. The work package will analyze software stacks being used in the region and capture application requirements regarding the use of the heterogeneous HPC infrastructure being formed in the region and assess the commonalities. This activity will develop and deploy tools (such as high level portal frameworks) and extensions to foster transparent access to the integrated infrastructure (science gateway) and support applications deployment. Carrying out the permanent technology watch, and analyzing and integrating actual stacks will ensure that the service provided by the infrastructure to the virtual communities will be customized to community needs and improved both quantitatively (stacks suitable for applications) and qualitatively (through gateway and extension services).