The HELIX NEBULA initiative is a preliminary step towards a European cloud-based scientific e-infrastructure: HELIX NEBULA – the Science Cloud. The Science Cloud Strategic Plan was presented and adopted by representatives of European Industry, Research and Space organisations (CERN, EMBL, ESA in partnership with CNES and DLR) and the European Commission in June 2011.
The HELIX NEBULA initiative now started 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 HEP, molecular biology and earth-observation will be used as a proof of concept. The Science Cloud infrastructure will be initialized with large-scale unique data sets and bring thousands of scientists on the platform.