The Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration (NeIC)
NeIC works to accelerate the development and provisioning of cost-effective, best-in-class eInfrastructure services beyond national capabilities.
The mission of NeIC is to enhance the productivity of researchers in the Nordic region beyond national efforts through new services, pooling competencies and sharing the resources of national eInfrastructure providers. NeIC wishes to strengthen partnerships and prospects for long-term funding through active stakeholder dialogue to promote sustainable services.
The collaboration was launched in 2003 (Nordic data grid test facility (NDGF) in response to a decision by the research funding agencies in the Nordic countries to contribute to a distributed computing infrastructure for analysing and storing the data generated by experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research).
NordForsk has been the host organisation for NeIC since 2012. The NordForsk Board has delegated the responsibility for strategic decisions regarding computing and data-storage infrastructure and reaction to upcoming opportunities to the NeIC Board. The NeIC Board reports to the NordForsk Board and to the boards of the national eInfrastructure organisations on an annual basis.
The NeIC Board is responsible for setting NeIC’s strategic priorities, and reports to the NordForsk Board annually and otherwise on request:
- Pekka Lehtovuori, Director, Services for Research, CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd. (chair)
- Ebba Þóra Hvannberg, Professor, University of Iceland
- Gunnar Bøe, Managing Director, UNINETT Sigma2 AS
- Jacko Koster, Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC), Sweden
- Steen Pedersen, CEO, Danish e-Infrastructure Cooporation (DeIC)
NeIC is managed by an Executive Team chaired by the NeIC Director. In collaboration with national eInfrastructure providers and user-community representatives, NeIC engages IT experts to participate in projects and operational activities. Projects are developed in accordance with the directions set out in the Nordic eScience Action Plan 2.0 (2015).
A list of current, potential and completed projects is found at the NeIC Wiki/Projects
The next NeIC conference: 29 May – 1 June 2017
Twice before, in 2013 in Trondheim and in 2015 in Espoo, NeIC has hosted a large bi-annual conference to gather the Nordic eInfrastructure community to discuss, develop ideas and prepare for the future.
Next time the four-day event will take place in Umeå, 29 May – 1 June 2017.
NeIC budget 2016: app. NOK 27 million
Denmark app. NOK 3.3 million
Iceland app. NOK 0.2 million
Finland app. NOK 3.3 million
NordForsk app. NOK 13.5 million
Norway app. NOK 3.3 million
Sweden app. NOK 3.1 million