Merger of data storage, processing power and network connections to strengthen Danish research

Danish Center for Scientific Computing (DCSC) and the Danish research network Forskningsnettet has merged into Danish e?infrastructure Cooperation (DeIC). This has been done in order to strengthen the Danish effort in the e?science area, and thereby ensuring Danish research prominence internationally.

In all areas of modern research there is a need to collect, process and calculate data. An essential prerequisite when supporting this kind of research, – “e?science” is networking, computers and data storage capacity.

The merger of DCSC (responsible for the provision of computing and data storage for Danish research groups) and Forskningsnettet (delivering high?capacity Internet connections to universities and research institutions) will establish an organization with the necessary technology and capabilities needed to ensure the e?infrastructure to support Danish e?science in the future.

In addition to continuing existing services from the two organizations, DeIC will initiate and develop new services to enhance the use of e?science in Denmark. DeIC will be responsible for ensuring that Danish research continues to have access to an e?infrastructure that meets the highest international standards.

DeIC is already involved in the testing of a common Nordic supercomputer in Iceland and in establishing cloud facilities.
Through participation in international collaborations DeIC will ensure that the Danish e?infrastructure has a high international level that will be of benefit for Danish research and international research collaborations.

Furthermore and in connection to DeIC, a knowledge center will be established in 2012. The aim of the knowledge center is to collect and disseminate knowledge of the use of e?science and to make e?science accessible to all researchers regardless of discipline.

DeIC is established under the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation, and the Board is appointed by nomination from Universities Denmark, The Danish Council for Independent Research and The Danish Council for Strategic Research.
The board members are

  • Center Director Børge Obel, Interdisciplinary Center for Organizational Architecture, Aarhus University (chairman of the board)
  • Institute Manager John Renner Hansen, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen
  • Chief Technology Officer Ingrid Melve, UNINETT A/S
  • Institute Director Helle Rootzen, DTU Informatics, Technical University of Denmark
  • Institute Manager Peder Thusgaard Ruhoff, Institute for Technology and Innovation, University of Southern Denmark
  • Managing Editor Karen Skovgaard?Petersen, Society for Danish Language and Literature
  • Director Malou Aamund, Microsoft Enterprise and Partner Group

”By combining forces on the e?Infrastructure area, we wish to strengthen the use of e?science in research projects in favor of Danish research. It is our expectation that the new organization will contribute to the coherence and synergy between Danish research institutions’ activities in the field and toan appropriate sharing of responsibilities between national and local activities. All this in order to ensure efficient use of resources and appropriate technical and scientific solutions, ”says Director Hans Müller Pedersen , Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation.

The broad principles for DeIC are defined in an agreement with the 8 Danish universities.

“We look forward to working with DeIC, and having DeIC coordinating Danish e?infrastructure for research and education”, says Chairman of the Danish Rectors’ Conference Jens Oddershede. “The universities are well underway with e?science and have many initiatives in the rapidly growing field. It makes good sense to have one single organization, which in collaboration with the universities can supply the e?infrastructure. It is an advantage to operate in common and also act as a forum, where knowledge about the use of e?infrastructure for research and education can be assembled."

The newly appointed chairman of the Board, Center Director Børge Obel look forward to working with both existing and new users of DeICs services: "Today, e?science is a natural part of research, primarily within the natural sciences. As Chairman of DeICs Board, I look forward to working with existing users on the continued development of e?infrastructure, but also to disseminate knowledge and opportunities for the use of e?science to new user groups, for example within the humanities. The synergy effects, we can achieve with a comprehensive e?infrastructure and a wide user base will provide good opportunities for Danish research in the future."

Further information
Contact Chairman of the DeIC Board, Center Director Børge Obel, Aarhus University, Telephone +45 87 16 48 35 or e?mail: bo@asb.dk for further information.