SIENA is funded European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7). The goal of SIENA, Standards and Interoperability for eInfrastructure implemeNtation initiAtive, is to accelerate and coordinate the adoption and evolution of interoperable distributed computing infrastructures through engagement with industry, standards development organisations (SDOs) and major stakeholders to forge community agreements on best practices and standards for distributed computing.
SIENA is the first initiative to bring to the same table standardization bodies to support the analysis of open standards-based interoperable grid and cloud computing infrastructures. The SDOs that have contributed include: the Open Grid Forum (OGF), the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association (IEEE SA), the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), the Organization for the Adoption of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), International Telecommunication Union Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) and World Wide Web Consortium (WC3).
The primary focus of the SIENA initiative is European electronic infrastructure for research which takes into consideration the points of view of both the people responsible for infrastructure creation and operation, such as service and application developers, and the “end users”, for example, researchers in science, the arts and humanities. The focus on standards and interoperability and the offer of services through European grid and cloud infrastructures will benefit the education sector, and will also be relevant for e-government and commercial enterprises that can take advantage of the substantial research background that underlies most e-infrastructures.
The main output of the project was the SIENA Roadmap on Distributed Computing Infrastructure for e-Science and Beyond in Europe
. With a foreword by Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission, the Roadmap assesses the current situation and challenges regarding the adoption and evolution of open standards-based interoperable grid and cloud computing infrastructure to support research in Europe. The document also sets out a clear set of Calls for Action necessary for this to become a reality. You can download the Roadmap here
SIENA has also created a critical mass of community engagement; a requirement to fulfil its wide roles as a facilitator of collaboration and cooperation among Europe’s distributed computing landscape stakeholders through a series of dissemination and outreach communities.
The self-sustaining Cloudscape
series of events has found its place as a key cloud computing event in Europe, because of the direct participation of the very same stakeholders detailed in this report, as well as SIENA’s leading connections in the standards development community.
Finally, SIENA has been instrumental in supporting the drive for the adoption of open standards by synergising with key SDOs to establish Cloud plugfest which sees the collaboration of major SDOs. SIENA has also supported DCI initiatives and has played an integral bridging role between EGI, DCI projects and SDOs for the EGI Federated Virtualisation Task Force.
International collaboration has also been forged through the lifetime of the project, in particular with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which lead to the mapping of NIST Use Cases and Cloud Usage Scenarios with European eScience developments. SIENA was cited in the NIST Cloud Computing Standards Roadmap.