SIENA NIST SIENA’s objectives are complementary to the role of the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in cloud standards, guidance and technology. NIST partners with the EC and SIENA specifically in these areas. SIENA & NIST have developed a working relationship to help exchange efforts in common needs, recommendations and next steps.


SIENA, the Standards and Interoperability for eInfrastructure Implementation Initiative (2010-2012), is a Support Action (CSA-SA of the INFRA-2010-3.3: Coordination Actions, conferences and studies supporting policy development, including international cooperation for e-Infrastructures.

SIENA will contribute to defining a future eInfrastructures roadmap focusing on interoperability and standards, in close collaboration with the European Commission, Distributed Computing Infrastructures (DCI) projects and Standard Development Organisations (SDOs) to gain an in-depth understanding of how distributed computing technology is being developed in this context. The roadmap will define scenarios, identify trends, investigate the innovation and impact sparked by cloud and grid computing, and deliver insight into how standards and the policy framework is defining and shaping current and future development and deployment in Europe and globally.

SIENA & OGF-Europe

SIENA continues the commitment made through the OGF-Europe project [2008-2010] while expanding co-ordination for the adoption and evolution of interoperable Distributed Computing Infrastructures across related Standard Development Organisations through the reinforcement of the Open Standards message.

SIENA is aligned with the recommendation of the e-IRG Roadmap 2010 to improve the interoperability of e-Infrastructure components by pursuing global standardisation efforts to ensure long-term interoperability of different implementation technologies used for providing eInfrastructure services.


The main strategic objective of SIENA is to accelerate and co-ordinate the adoption and evolution of interoperable DCIs through engagement with other SDOs and major stakeholders to forge community agreements on best practices and standards for distributed computing.

Specifically, SIENA seeks to:

  1. Drive forward the development and adoption of interoperability and standards for eInfrastructure implementation in relation to the European DCI community.
  2. Develop the future research infrastructure scenario through roadmapping exercises in line with requirements from both academia and industry, connecting into relevant SDOs to drive forward the production of relevant standards and best practices.
  3. Support, plan and organise a series of outreach events comprising two roadmap workshops in Europe and two Cloudscape events.

The main output of the project will be the roadmap on “Grids and Clouds for Research and for Public Services” through close liaison with the EC.

SIENA Consortium

The SIENA Consortium brings together top research centres and academic institutes from around EU27, and key enterprise companies, experts in Distributed Computing Infrastructures, representing different disciplines and having complementary skills. The table below briefly describes project Consortium members:

Partner Name & Logo Competences & Inputs
Barcelona Supercomputing Center

BSC is the National Supercomputing Facility in Spain and coordinator Spanish supercomputing network (RES). The mission of BSC-CNS is to investigate, develop and manage information technology in order to facilitate scientific progress. With this aim, special dedication has been taken to areas such as Computational Sciences, Life Sciences and Earth Sciences. All these activities are complementary to each other and very tightly related. In this way, a multidisciplinary loop is set up: the exposure to industrial and non-computer science academic practices improves the understanding of the needs and helps BSC focusing its basic research towards improving those practices.
OGF.eeig combines both communication and marketing expertise with technical skills to provide a wide range of services from marketing & communication services, event organisation, international community development and awareness raising activities to development and distribution of web-centred, multichannel communication solutions. Oxford e-Research Centre
Oxford e-Research Centre

The OeRC is one of the core programme regional UK e-Science centres. Through the application of innovative computational and information technologies, the Centre enables the exploration of new research areas in the sciences, humanities and social sciences, and the development of multidisciplinary collaborations. OeRC personnel will provide SIENA with a broad range of expertise in distributed and collaborative computing across research and industry. They have strong links into user and research communities with further experience working with standardisation bodies and commercial interoperability activities for production systems.

ATOS brings to SIENA its expertise in the uptake and commercial exploitation of cutting edge technology, particularly Grid and Cloud Computing, SOA, virtual hosting environments and virtualization. Thanks to its many years experience in business modelling and strategic consultancy with clients employing innovative technologies and exploring new business paradigms, ATOS will provide SIENA with a strong link to the industry. Acting from a R&D department of a company of client-focused operations, ATOS is in a key position to evaluate user requirements among industry sectors, in addition to fosterling links between its technical research in EC funded initiatives and the eScience community interoperability.
Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare

INFN is a governmental research organisation, which promotes, co-ordinates and funds nuclear and high-energy physics related researches. Considerable experience on high performance distributed computing. Ludwing Maximilians Universitàt München
Ludwing Maximilians Universitàt München

Through its strong links to Grid projects in Europe and around the world, LMU will thus emphasize their contribution into SIENA. LMU is participating in FP7 projects in the field of Grid Computing with the focus on standardization, interoperable e-Infrastructures and Remote Instrumentation in Grids.