Need for resilient and reconfigurable e-Infrastructures: Need for resilient and reconfigurable e-Infrastructures
- Andreja Gomboc (University of Nova Gorica)
Since research has become strongly dependent on electronic Infrastructures (e-Infrastructures) including data-intensive Research Infrastructures, these are recognised as critical, not only for researchers, but also for the general public. The general public will be affected if Research Infrastructures and e-Infrastructures fail to provide their services, which are used to provide answers to global challenges (e.g. COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines rapidly developed with global collaboration supported by RIs/e-Infrastructures). The session aims to highlight this vital role of e-Infrastructures in such transient situations, which need to be reliable, resilient, reconfigurable and highly available, being able to recover from failures and adapt to such situations. Specific cases in terms of management and use of research infrastructures are reported, including support requests from governments, along with lessons learnt from the current threats. These include the on-going COVID-19 crisis, as well as volcano eruptions, earthquakes, and extreme weather conditions, like heat waves with extreme temperatures.