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Bob Jones,CERN Geneva,Switzerland


The Helix Nebula initiative


Cloud Computing is not only having an impact on the private sector but also the public sector including research organisations such as CERN, ESA and EMBL. The feasibility of such a transformation is of great interest to the suppliers of cloud-based services and to the national and European funding agencies. The Helix Nebula initiative is a preliminary step towards a European cloud-based scientific e-infrastructure: Helix Nebula - the Science Cloud. The Helix Nebula initiative will lead and co-ordinate these stakeholders through a two year pilot-phase during which procurement processes and governance issues for a framework of public/private partnership will be appraised. Three flagship use cases from high energy physics, molecular biology and earth-observation will be used to validate the approach, enable a cost-benefit analysis to be undertaken and the next stage of the Science Cloud Strategic Plan developed and approved. The Science Cloud infrastructure will be initialized with large-scale unique data sets and bring thousands of scientists on the platform.


Bob Jones is head of the CERN openlab project which facilitates collaborationbetween CERN and its industrial partners to study and develop data-intensive solutionsfor scientists working at the next-generation Large Hadron Collider (LHC). CERN is the European organisation for high energy physics in Geneva Switzerland.Jones joined CERN in 1986 as a software developer with the information technology departmentproviding support for the physics experiments running on the Large Electron Positron (LEP)particle accelerator. He has been involved in several research projects for the LHC acceleratorand has held the position of Leader of the online software system for the ATLAS experiment at the LHC.

His experience in the distributed computing arena includes mandates as the technical directorand then project director of the European Commission co-financed EGEE projects (2004-2010 ), which established and operated a production grid facilityfor e-Science spanning 300 sites across 48 countries for more than 12,000 researchers. Thework of EGEE was preceded as deputy project leader for the EU DataGrid project (2001-2004 ), the flagship grid project of the European Commissionin its 5th Framework Programme. He is a member of the advisory board for several gridrelated European and national and European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures(ESFRI) projects. He regularly acts as an expert and reviewer for the IST programme andis a leader of the Helix Nebula – the Science Cloud initiative (, a public private partnership to explore the use of commercialcloud services for science applications.