The EMI project was born on May 1st, 2010 out of the joint efforts of the major European distributed computing middleware providers.
ARC, gLite, UNICORE and dCache have joined forces and brought together years of expertise in distributed, secure compute and data management services. Their goal is to support and evolve the European and international research infrastructures, to allow an increasing number of scientists and researchers to access resources, data and applications across the world.
More than one hundred software developers, testers, designers, team leaders, and project managers from 26 Institutes in 18 Countries, in Europe and outside are now working together to implement this vision.
EMI's main goals are to improve the reliability, usability and stability of the middleware services, closely listening to the requirements of users and infrastructure providers.
EMI strives to adopt professional best practices in developing and supporting its software, truly implementing a vision of sustainable research infrastructures where the middleware becomes transparently part of the everyday work of academic and industrial researchers. EMI plans to do this by consolidating the existing middleware services, by making them simpler and easier to use, by adopting, improving and proposing working standards and by carefully integrating proven and new technologies.
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) Switzerland
Centro de Supercomputación de Galicia (CESGA) Spain
CESNET, zajmove sdruzeni pravnickych osob Czech Republic
CINECA - Consorzio Interuniversitario Italy
The complete list of the partners of the project can be found on EMI's website
Started on May 1st, 2010, the project will end on the 30th of April.
EMI is partially funded by the European Commission under Grant Agreement INFSO-RI-261611