Finnish Grid and Cloud Infrastructure acquires Dell EMC servers
The Finnish Grid and Cloud Infrastructure (FGCI) is upgrading its computing environment. In a call for tenders held by the FGCI consortium, Dell EMC was chosen as the contract supplier of distributed scientific computing servers. Jointly funded by the Academy of Finland and 13 Finnish research institutions, the Finnish Grid and Cloud Infrastructure offers researchers an extensive distributed grid and cloud computing environment that supplements Finnish supercomputers. Part of the capacity being acquired will be used locally by each research organization, while the rest will be shared in joint grid and cloud interfaces.
– This acquisition will expand the use of FGCI to more data-intensive direction and it will enable new kind of use based on artificial intelligence and machine learning, says Professor Kai Nordlund, the leader of FGCI consortium.
– Our technology has been designed especially the artificial intelligence and machine learning in mind and it supports the innovative and modern research work in the Finnish universities. We are pleased to continue the good cooperation that has been going for several years now, says Juha Vesala, Sales Director, Public Sector, Dell EMC.
The first phase of the acquisition of server resources will be in the early autumn and the servers will be up and running by the end of 2018. EUR 1.3 million will be spent during the first phase and EUR 1.7 million during next year. EUR 2.4 million has been earmarked for later, supplemental acquisitions. The contract period will run until 30 January 2022 and the total value of the acquisition is EUR 5.4 million. CSC is coordinating the acquisition, installation and operation of the hardware and will be responsible for maintenance of the computing environment.
– FGCI's centralized call for tenders will provide consortium members with considerable cost savings in the procurement of computational resources. CSC is happy to be involved in the promotion of research group cooperation and improvement of grid and cloud environments, explains Development Manager Jussi Heikonen of CSC.
The Finnish Grid and Cloud Infrastructure (FGCI) was launched in the spring of 2016. In Finland, distributed computing has been offered by, for example, MGrid in the early 2000s and its successor FGI/FGCI. Today, the FGCI consortium has further expanded. The following are members of the FGCI consortium:
- Aalto University
- University of Helsinki (including the Helsinki Institute of Physics (HIP) and the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT))
- Tampere University of Technology
- University of Eastern Finland
- University of Jyväskylä
- University of Oulu
- University of Turku
- Åbo Akademi University
- Turku Centre for Biotechnology (a joint department of the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University
- Finnish Meteorological Institute
- National Land Survey of Finland Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI)
- CSC – IT Centre for Science
Jussi Heikonen, Development Manager, CSC
tel. +358 (0)50 3819 808, jussi.heikonen at csc.fi
tel. +358 (0)400 956 030 juha.vesala at dell.com