The Helix Nebula – the Science Cloud is a €5.3 million Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) instrument for the establishment of a European hybrid cloud platform to support the deployment of high-performance computing and big-data capabilities for scientific research. HNSciCloud has developed and piloted a hybrid cloud platform in order to meet the growing requirements of 10 leading European research centres with applications and datasets successfully deployed from astronomy, high energy physics, life sciences and photon/neutron sciences. These innovative services support the connection of the research infrastructures identified in the ESFRI Roadmap to the nascent European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) intended to create a single digital research space for Europe’s 1.8 million researchers. Former related initiatives: 2012 - 2014: Helix Nebula - the Science Cloud: The Helix Nebula - the Science Cloud funded project supported the massive IT requirements of European scientists. The project aimed to pave the way for the development and exploitation of a Cloud Computing Infrastructure, initially based on the needs of European IT-intense scientific research organisations, while also allowing the inclusion of other stakeholders’ needs (governments, businesses and citizens). The pan-European partnership across academia and industry worked to establish a sustainable European cloud computing infrastructure, supported by industrial partners, which will provide stable computing capacities and services that elastically meet demand.
Trust-IT developed the Communication and Dissemination Strategy Plan for the Helix Nebula - The Science Cloud project. Trust-IT was also responsible for the delivery of a one year engagement plan to ensure the involvement of the key stakeholders in the initiative. Among various promotional activities, Trust-IT created the concept, storyboard and produced the "Helix Nebula Marketplace a step towards federated Information as a Service" video and contributed to the lessons learnt booklet.