Annual report on the tools and services of the heavy user communities


This document is the Annual Report on the HUC Tools and Services for Project Year 2 (PY21) of the SA3 (WP6) work package of the EGI-InSPIRE Project. It is a public report that describes the current status of the tools and services provided within SA3, their activity over the preceding year, and the future activities including measures to assure sustainability of the current work.



Heavy User Communities (HUCs) are Virtual Research Communities (VRCs) that have been using EGEE and now EGI routinely and thus have become more structured and advanced in terms of their Grid usage.

The communities identified as HUCs within this work package are: 

- High Energy Physics (HEP) 

- Life Sciences (LS) 

- Astronomy and Astrophysics (A&A) 

- Computational Chemistry and Materials Sciences and Technologies (CCMST) 

- Earth Sciences (ES) 

- Fusion (F) 



Description, capabilities and services offered

All HUCs


This task provides support for tools and services that are used by more than one community, including Dashboards, applications such as Ganga, Services such as HYDRA and GRelC, Workflows and Schedulers (SOMA2, Kepler, Taverna) and MPI.

High Energy Physics



The High Energy Physics (HEP) HUC represents the 4 LHC experiments at CERN, which are fully relying on the use of grid computing for their offline data distribution, processing and analysis. Increasing focus is placed on common tools and solutions across these four large communities together with their re-use by other HEP experiments as well as numerous different disciplines and projects.

Life Sciences



The Life Science (LS) HUC originates from the use of grid technology in the medical, biomedical and bioinformatics sectors in order to connect worldwide laboratories, share resources and ease the access to data in a secure and confidential way through health-grids.

Astronomy and Astrophysics


The A&A HUC is devoted to the evaluation of different solutions for the gridification of a rich variety of applications, as well as the accomplishment of a good level of interoperability among different technologies related to supercomputing, i.e. High Performance Computing and High Throughput Computing, Grid and Cloud.

Earth Sciences


Earth Science (ES) applications cover various disciplines like seismology, atmospheric modelling, meteorological forecasting, flood forecasting and many others. Their presence in SA3 is currently centred in the implementation, deployment and maintenance of the EGDR service to provide access from the grid to resources within the Ground European Network for Earth Science Interoperations - Digital Repositories (GENESI-DR).

The ES HUC includes also researchers and scientists working in the climate change domain. In particular most of them actively participate in the Climate-G use case. This use case exploits the GRelC service for distributed metadata management and the Climate-G portal as scientific gateway for this collaboration.


The full text of the report is placed here