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EPSRC Reference: EP/V000268/1
Title: Research Data Facility As A Service
Principal Investigator: Parsons, Professor M
Other Investigators:
Trew, Professor AS
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Department: Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre
Organisation: University of Edinburgh
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 May 2020 Ends: 30 April 2021 Value (£): 222,116
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We propose to provide a replacement to the Research Data Facility (RDF), operated at EPCC on behalf of EPSRC, as a service from May 2020 for a period of 12 months. The original RDF was first purchased in 2011 and expanded in 2013. Its oldest parts are over 8 years old and no longer maintainable. To reduce risk to users' data and to provide a low-cost solution to a complex data management challenge, EPCC proposes to operate the new RDF as a Service (RDFaaS), providing the upfront capital funding ourselves. EPSRC data will be copied from the old to the new system as part of the project. EPCC proposes to operate a one-year service providing 5 Petabytes of storage to the EPSRC ARCHER 2 and link Tier 2 scientific communities in the first instance.

The service itself will have exactly the same goals as the original service. Namely to:

1. Provide a secure, well-managed, robust, high-performance research data repository for EPSRC National HPC service users from across the UK;

2. Support collaborative working within consortia and with external collaborators including international collaborators; and

3. Ensure data can be copied on and off the service simply both to the National HPC service and to the users' home institutions as required.

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