HNSciCloud User Groups

The procured cloud services will be made available to multiple user groups including:





High Energy Physics

WLCG: The Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG) project is a global collaboration of the four LHC experiment collaborations and more than 170 computing centres in 42 countries, linking national and international grid infrastructures. WLCG is responsible for the physics data processing of the CERN Large Hadron Collider experiments. The participation of WLCG in the scope of the HNSciCloud project is sponsored by CERN, INFN, CNRS, KIT, SURFsara, STFC, DESY and IFAE.

Belle II Physics experiment: The Belle II experiment is a particle physics experiment conducted by the Belle II Collaboration, an international collaboration of more than 400 physicists and engineers investigating CPviolation effects at the High Energy Accelerator Research Organisation (KEK) in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. The participation of Belle II in the HNSciCloud project is sponsored by INFN, KIT and DESY.

COMPASS Physics experiment: COMPASS is a high-energy physics experiment at the Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS) at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. The purpose of this experiment is the study of hadron structure and hadron spectroscopy with high intensity muon and hadron beams. The participation of COMPASS in the HNSciCloud project is sponsored by INFN and KIT.


ILC: The International Linear Collider (ILC) is a proposed linear particle accelerator. It is planned to have a collision energy of 500 GeV initially, with the possibility for a later upgrade to 1000 GeV (1 TeV). Design studies for ILC use the German National Analysis Facility (NAF), which is set up in the framework of the Helmholtz Alliance 'Physics at the TeraScale'. The NAF also serves the German LHC and Belle II communities. The participation of ILC in the HNSciCloud project is sponsored by DESY.



CTA: The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) will be an advanced facility for ground based very-highenergy gamma ray astronomy, based on the observation of Cherenkov radiation. The participation of CTA in the HNSciCloud project is sponsored by IFAE.


MAGIC: Major Atmospheric Gamma Imaging Cherenkov (MAGIC) is a new generation two-telescope system located at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory at the La Palma Canary Island, Spain. The participation of MAGIC in the HNSciCloud project is sponsored by IFAE.

Pierre Auger Observatory: The Pierre Auger Observatory is the world’s leading science project for the exploration of cosmic rays. More than 500 scientists from 16 countries have been working together since 1998 in the Province of Mendoza, Argentina, to elucidate the origin and properties of the most energetic particles in the Universe, coming to us from the far reaches of the cosmos. The participation of Pierre Auger in the HNSciCloud project is sponsored by KIT.


Life Sciences

ELIXIR: ELIXIR unites Europe’s leading life science organisations in managing and safeguarding the massive amounts of data being generated every day by publicly funded research. It is a Pan-European research infrastructure for biological information. ELIXIR provides the facilities necessary for life science researchers – from bench biologists to cheminformaticians – to make the most of our rapidly growing store of information about living systems, which is the foundation on which our understanding of life is built. The participation of ELIXIR in the HNSciCloud project is sponsored by EMBL.

Euro-BioImaging: Euro-BioImaging is a large-scale pan-European research infrastructure project on the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap. It will provide open user access to a complete range of state-of-the-art imaging technologies in biological, molecular and medical imaging for life scientists in Europe and beyond. The participation of Euro-BioImaging in the HNSciCloud project is sponsored by EMBL.

Pan-Cancer: The Pan-Cancer Analysis of Whole Genomes (PCAWG) project of the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) and The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) is co-ordinating analysis of more than 2,000 whole cancer genomes. This approach focuses on the genome beyond genefocused studies and requires analysis of larger amounts of data. The participation of Pan-Cancer in the HNSciCloud project is sponsored by EMBL. Download the use case factsheet
BBMRI/LSGA: The Large Scale Genomic Analysis (LSGA) held at BBMRI (Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure) consists of processing raw data coming from genomic sequencers to whole genomes, detect and analyse genomic variants to find the genetic causes of diseases, becoming the first, data-intensive step in the whole genome analysis. The participation of BBMRI/LSGA in the HNSciCloud project is sponsored by SURFsara.

WENMR/HADDOCK: HADDOCK (High Ambiguity Driven protein-protein DOCKing) is an information-driven flexible docking approach for the modelling of biomolecular complexes in the field of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, part of the worldwide e-Infrastructure for NMR and structural biology project (WE-NMR). HADDOCK distinguishes itself from ab-initio docking methods by the fact that it encodes information from identified or predicted protein interfaces in ambiguous interaction restraints (AIRs) to drive the docking process. HADDOCK can deal with a large class of modelling problems including protein-protein, protein-nucleic acids and protein-ligand complexes. The participation of HADDOCK in the HNSciCloud project is sponsored by SURFsara. Download the use case factsheet


Photon/Neutron Sciences

PETRA III Petra III: PETRA III is a photon science facility based on the new high-brilliance 3rd generation Synchrotron Radiation Source at DESY. The participation of PETRA III in the HNSciCloud project is sponsored by DESY.
3DIX 3DIX: The 3DIX project produces 3D Imaging with X-rays. The objective is to make 3D images (volumes) of nanoscale objects to study their characteristics on a nanoscale. These studies can then be applied to a wide variety of objects and scientific fields such as chemical studies, life sciences, structure of materials etc. The participation of 3DIX in the HNSciCloud project is sponsored by ESRF. Download the use case factsheet
OCEAN OCEAN: OCEAN is used in the field of X-ray research and consists of a versatile and user-friendly package for calculating core edge spectroscopy including excitonic effects. This is a firstprinciples code based on both ground-state density-functional theory and the Bethe-Salpeter equation (BSE). The participation of OCEAN in the HNSciCloud project is sponsored by ESRF.

OSIRIS: OSIRIS is a fully relativistic, massively parallel particle-in-cell (PIC) code extensively used in the Plasma Physics domain. The participation of OSIRIS in the HNSciCloud project is sponsored by DESY.


Long Tail of Science

Long Tail of Science Long Tail of Science: A vast amount of scientific knowledge is inaccessible to the scientific community due to a lack of computational resources or tools for small laboratories to analyse or share experimental results. The purpose of this use case is to ensure collaboration within leading institutions to look for ways that software can bring this data out of hiding, revealing untapped value in the "long tail" of scientific research. The inclusion of this “long tail” use case in the HNSciCloud project is sponsored by CERN.


Who's behind HNSciCloud?

HNSciCloud Pre-Commercial Procurement is driven by ten leading research organisations from across Europe.