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Project Management

The management of the DEISA project is the responsibility of the DEISA Executive Committee and the Project Coordinator who, as the chairman of the Executive Committee, represents the DEISA project. The Project Coordinator is responsible for the day-to-day management tasks and is assisted by the Project Management Team. He receives support from a Technical Coordinator

The management of DEISA concerns the coordination and integration of all the work packages with the aim to operate a persistent distributed research infrastructure. Conceptually, the management of DEISA is equivalent to the management of a continental virtual supercomputing centre involving operations, new technologies support, high-level application support, dissemination and research activities.

Objectives of the Project Management

  • Efficient coordination of the integration of all the work packages using an up-to-date communication infrastructure in a collaborative environment
  • Establishment of the management infrastructure for the efficient operation of a large distributed HPC infrastructure
  • Efficient collaboration within the consortium
  • Coordination support for the scientific management of resources
  • Communication with the European Commission
  • Quality assurance of the technologies employed and the services offered, and a proper implementation of the work packages
  • Control of the financial budget.

Management Structure

The management structure has been adapted with regard to the advanced objectives of DEISA2, particularly concerning the integration of European Virtual Scientific Communities, the Associate Partners and the relation between DEISA and PRACE.

The following definitions describe the constituents of the management structure, their roles and relationship in DEISA2:
 

 

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DEISA Management Structure and communication paths between the instances

 

Quality Control

The internal assessment of project progress is a principle management task. A hierarchical communication structure is put in place that ensures an efficient project progress control. This structure involves the Work Package leaders that are organized in the Technical Board, the Technical Coordinator, the Project Coordinator, and the DEISA Executive Committee. Work Package leaders provide regular progress reports. The essential parts of the reports concerning the progress towards the objectives will be part of the regular management reports to be provided as deliverables.

Internal Operational Authority Scheme

The Project Coordinator (DEC chair) collaborates closely with the Technical Coordinator.

The Technical Coordinator, together with the Technical Board, takes decisions concerning technical affairs. 

The Work Package leaders coordinate their tasks via standard communication procedures.

External Operational Authority Scheme

The external operational authority scheme takes into account:

  • the cooperation with the complementary FP7 project PRACE. Both HPC projects collaborate via the joint DEISA - PRACE working group.
  • the pan-European scientific scope, particularly the relations to Virtual Science Communities. These relations are managed by WP1 in conjunction with WP2.


The following general relations have to be managed by WP2 (External Relations):

  • relations to other EU projects
  • relations to international HPC and related projects and initiatives.

Scientific Management of Computational Resources

DEISA2 is continuing the scientific management procedures established within DEISA1. The scientific management of computational resources is currently implemented by means of National Scientific Evaluation Committees which perform the scientific evaluation of the DECI proposals based on a ranking of scientific priorities.

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