Participation in the projects

BalticGrid

The goal of the EU FP6 BalticGrid project (2005.-2008) was to extend the European Grid by integrating new partners from the Baltic States (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia) in the European Grid research community and to foster the development of Grid infrastructure in these countries.

Grid is one of the e-science tools for solving complex scientific problems, which provides access to large computing resources owned by various organisations or even located in different countries. Middleware and fast Internet has allowed combining of these resources in one infrastructure thus resulting in a single high-powered computing machine. Unlike the so-called desktop grid which uses regular computers during the idle time, this grid employs special technology which is usually held by university data centres — mainframes or supercomputers, computing clusters, and data storage facilities.

BalticGrid-II

In May 2008, the BalticGrid-II was launched. This project was a part of the Seventh EU Framework Programme and lasted until 30 April 2010. Aiming at extending and developing the e-Infrastructure of the Baltic States built during the first phase of the BalticGrid, the project included these tasks:

  • to include Belarus in the BalticGrid infrastructure;
  • to ensure interoperation of the gLite-based infrastructure with UNICORE and ARC Grid resources in the Baltic Region;
  • to engage new scientific communities in using Grid resources in nanoscience and engineering, for example;
  • to establish new Grid services for linguistic research, Baltic Sea environmental research, data mining tools for modelling.