Peter Michielse


Peter Michielse (1962) holds a Ph.D. (1990) in numerical mathematics and parallel computing from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Through Philips and Convex Computer Corporation he joined Silicon Graphics. Peter has served as pre-sales and professional services manager, principal systems engineer and head of European systems engineering. He joined the Dutch agency for national computing facilities, part of the Dutch Research Council (NWO), in 2004 as deputy director. After that, he became employed by SURFsara as manager Compute Services (November 2011), and later as Director of Operations and Engineering (March 2016), responsible for national compute and data infrastructures. He has been appointed as SURFsara CTO in September 2017. He is also program manager for the SURF Innovation Program Compute- and Data-infrastructures, which has an annual budget of around 20M. In this role his focus area is the development of innovative data and compute infrastructure facilities for research.

Peter has served a chair of the Advisory Board for Supercomputing in Flanders and as chair or member of various review committees in the UK and by the EC. He has been the secretary of the Dutch BiG Grid project (32M) and is currently the Dutch delegate in the PRACE consortium for advanced computing in Europe.

ICT Research Infrastructures for Life Sciences and Health

The increasing demands of data sharing, linking and analysis drive the development and implementation of collaborative ICT-infrastructures.  Partnerships and collaborations between national e-infrastructures such as SURF, and health research infrastructures and programs such as BBMRI, NFU Data4LifeSciences, ELIXIR-NL and Health-RI are vital to support these developments.

Today, a set of ICT infrastructure services for research including data and tools are provided on local institutional, national and international level.  However, access to these services is not harmonized, their level of integration and interoperability varies largely, and usage is far from seamless. Various Virtual Research Environments (VRE’s) are in place or in development to create tailored workspaces for research groups and use cases where they have seamless access to distributed data and analytical services.

Our vision is a multi-site Research Infrastructure offering an open & controlled self-service platform that seamlessly federates, integrates and provides access to distributed tools & services.  The environment will be designed in accordance with FAIR data principles to support research and innovation, through a set of supported digital workspaces or VRE on site.  This is in line with the general vision of the European Open Science Cloud.

Key elements of this platform include a set of common services, such as federated identity and access management, container and VM orchestration across multiple cloud providers, service catalogue and selection, licensing, reporting, billing and invoicing, data access workflows and data provenance. These common services will be vital building blocks of the platform. It will put the researcher and research institute in the driver’s seat to choose data, application and compute based on policy frameworks: local, public or nationally. It will reduce fragmentation and enable the sharing of data infrastructures and ICT-infrastructure services, whilst improving the prospect of data preservation and reuse.

In this talk the underlying ICT Research Infrastructure vision is presented, its current state as well successive steps for its implementation.