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PHIDIAS HPC – Building a prototype for Earth Science Data and HPC Services

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Description  and Scope

High-Performance Computing (HPC) technology is becoming increasingly important as a key driver to push European economic growth and Scientific Research. A comprehensive tool that can support the development of a wide array of scientific domains (like Big Data, earth observation and ocean study) and impact societal challenges as well.

The Webinar aims at introducing the Phidias HPC initiative to the European HPC and Research community, including main features, expected impact and advantages for Research & HPC ecosphere. The project is paving the way to increase the HPC and Data capacities of the European Data Infrastructure by pursuing the following objectives:

  • Building a prototype for earth scientific data
  • Enabling Open Access to HPC Services
  • Strengthening FAIRisation
  • Creating a framework combining computing, dissemination and archiving resources


Main Takeaways:

  • Better understand how HPC technology can enable more accurate data observation
  • Discover the benefits of Standardised DATA/HPC services for Earth Sciences
  • Keep abreast with the current status of the European HPC ecosystem


    Key Speakers:


    Agenda –  10:00 AM CEST

    10:00 – 10:10 – PHIDIAS offering to HPC community – Boris Dintrans

    10:10 – 10:20 – Improving the efficiency of the intelligent screening of environmental satellite data – Pascal Prunet,  WP4 Leader, SPASCIA

    10:20 – 10:30 – On-demand image processing for environmental monitoring: challenges and uses cases coming from earth observation data – Jean-Christophe Desconnets, WP5 Leader, IRD

    10:30 – 10:35 – Q&A

    10:35 – 10:45 – Boosting the use of cloud services for marine data studies – Cecile Nys, WP6 member, IFREMER

    10:45 – 10:55 – AI Services targeting user communities – Aleksi Kallio, Development Manager of data analytics, CSC – IT Centre of Science Ltd

    10:55 – 11:00 – Q&A

    11:00 – 11:05 – Final remarks



      Boris Dintrans

      Boris Dintrans


      Boris Dintrans is the PHIDIAS coordinator and has been the director of the C.I.N.E.S. (Centre Informatique National de l’Enseignement Supérieur) since 2017. He has previously been the director of the National programme of Astrophysics in the National Institute of Universe Sciences (INSU) of CNRS, after more than fifteen years working as a researcher in astrophysics in the team of "Physics of the Sun, Stars and Exoplanets" (PS2E) from the Institute for Research in Astrophysics and Planetology (IRAP).

      Cecile Nys

      Cecile Nys

      ORGANISATION: Ifremer

      She is the assistant manager of Ocean Data Cluster - Odatis at Ifremer. She is a bioengineer (Agricultural Engineer) specialising in the Management of Fisheries and the Coastal and Continental ecosystems and in Forests and Natural areas engineering. She joined Ifremer in 2019 and works on various national, European and international projects and in different groups involved in Ocean/Marine data: ODATIS, Data Terra, Blue Cloud, Phidias and EMOD-PACE. Previously she has worked on other marine-related European and international projects: Blue Forests (blue carbon), Ecopotential (marine earth observation), Tech4Whales (marine mammal collisions) and SIMNORAT (stakeholder engagement and Marine Spatial Planning)

      Jean-Christophe Desconnets

      Jean-Christophe Desconnets


      He is a senior engineer at the IRD. He is a geomatic scientist at MICADO research team of ESPACE-DEV. He has two complementary competencies: one in water science (PhD in Water Science, Montpellier University, 1994) and one in computer science (MSc in computer science, Montpellier University, 2000). He has specialized in Spatial Data Infrastructure design with an emphasis on semantic discovery and data processing capabilities. He has participated as WP leader or co-leader in different projects, where he has mainly led the design and implementation of the technical part of spatial data infrastructure. His research activities concern the needs of data and knowledge sharing to provide to the stakeholders with elements for decision support in the environmental domain. He is also involved in the French national land data centre, THEIA, where he leads the data and processing interoperability works with the CNES.

      Pascal Prunet

      Pascal Prunet


      He is the general director of SPASCIA, working in the processing, the analysis and the exploitation of remote-sensing Earth atmosphere observations from space for environmental applications, in strong connection with French and European research. Previously he has worked for NOVELTIS, a French independent private company which performs innovative scientific engineering studies and implements customised end-user solutions in the fields of Space, the Environment and Sustainable Development.


      Francesco Osimanti

      Francesco Osimanti

      ORGANISATION: Trust-IT Services

      BSc degree in International Affairs & Politics in 2008. His career, since, has veered into different paths until I became a Copywriter in today’s digital world. He like to test and craft the best Communication strategy for a wide array of clients, adjusting my working style accordingly. Blogging, content creation, on-site Seo and Social Media Management are definitely his core strengths. He has been lucky enough to obtain multiple, international knowledge spanning across different EU countries, the last in the Netherlands.

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