EC funded NI4OS-Europe project contributes to the vision of the European Open Science Cloud, delivering its first integrated resources on its platform

HORIZON2002 NI4OS-Europe project brings scientific communities one step closer to the Open Science Cloud and Open Innovation vision, with the on-boarding of 19 new services to its digital service catalogue. NI4OS-Europe – National Initiatives for Open Science in Europe, is a key contributor to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), an integrated, interoperable digital environment that aims to provide scientific communities with seamless access to e-Infrastructures, services and data, enabling cross-border and interdisciplinary collaboration. The resources provided by the NI4OS-Europe digital service catalogue will be integrated into the EOSC portfolio, enabling millions of scientists around the world to access, store, manage, analyze, share and reuse research data.

NI4OS-Europe partnership consists of 22 organizations from 15 Member States and Associated Countries of the wider South Eastern European region. The project contributes to EOSC via a multi-level approach:

  • It contributes to the EOSC portfolio with computing infrastructure and services, data sets, as well as open data storage and management services;
  • It supports the development and inclusion of national Open Science Cloud initiatives in the 15 Member States and Associated Countries in the EOSC governance,
  • It provides training to instill within the community the EOSC philosophy and FAIR principles for data Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability and Reusability.

NI4OS-Europe platform lists in total 41 services, which have been tested in terms of their level of readiness for integration into the EOSC, through specialized models. In parallel, dozens of public trainings with various backgrounds and roles have been conducted, as well as consultations and studies for the adoption of Open Science policies. NI4OS-Europe has thus created a strong foundation for the implementation of the EOSC, with benefits for a wide range of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) scientists and professionals.

The NI4OS-Europe project is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 European research infrastructures grant agreement no. 857645


NI4OS National Dissemination Event in Bulgaria, 20 November, 2020

National Initiatives for Open Science in Europe – NI4OS-Europe, aims to be a core contributor to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) service portfolio, commit to EOSC governance and ensure inclusiveness on the European level for enabling global Open Science through supporting the establishment of the National Open Science Initiatives in the participating countries, promoting the FAIR data principles and providing technical and policy support for on-boarding of service providers into EOSC, including generic services (compute, data storage, data management), thematic services, repositories and data sets.

The NI4OS-Europe dissemination event in Bulgaria aims to gather Open Science Cloud stakeholders in Bulgaria. During this event main Open Science initiatives will be presented: EOSC, NI4OS-Europe, Bulgarian Open Science Portal, and National Science Program for ICT,,, and an overview of the Bulgarian activities in this field.

All presentations will be in Bulgarian. Representatives of research institutes and universities, e-Infrastructure and specific service providers, libraries, publishers and other interested parties are expected to attend the event.

The program is available at:

The registration can be done at the following link:

All registered will receive a link with a password to the ZOOM platform to participate in the meeting.

We look forward to your registration and participation!

Organizers: Prof. Aneta Karaivanova and Prof. Todor Gurov, IICT-BAS

Training for users to access and use the resources of the supercomputer “Avitohol”, September 14, 2020

The forthcoming training is intended for members of the teams working on the NPP “Environmental Protection and Reduction of the Risk of Adverse Events and Disasters” and on the scientific infrastructure “National Geoinformation Center “. The purpose of the training is to engage new users (scientists, students, PhD students) wishing to use computing resources of the supercomputer Avitohol in the implementation of their activities. The training will be conducted remotely, using the Zoom platform, and information about the event will be sent to the emails of registered participants.

You can see the schedule here.

More information at

Registration link: here.

Invitation to participate at the NI4OS training, 22 July 2020

This training is a part of a series of national capacity building training events in the domain of Open Science organized by the NI4OS-Europe project ( The main goal of this training is to give an opportunity to the trainees to gain knowledge and skills  about different OS aspects relevant to EOSC  such as service management, FAIR principles, certification and open research data management (ORDM). The target group includes national service providers, e-Infrastructure experts, repository management, libraries, academia and research communities as well as representative from industry and SMEs. The training will be online using the NI4OS training platform. Please, note that you have to register in order to participate in the training.

You can find more information (including the registration page and the training agenda) on the page:

The new ranking of the most powerful supercomputers

The new ranking of the most powerful supercomputers in the world was published on June 22 ( The first place is taken by the Japanese supercomputer Fugaku, located at the Riken Center for Computational Science in Japan. Fugaku has 7,299,072 processor cores and performs 415.5 quadrillion operations per second. Top 3 is complemented by the second-ranked supercomputer Summit, located in the United States, which has 2,414,592 processor cores, operations per second are 148.8 quadrillion. In third place is Sierra, also a US-based supercomputer, with estimates of up to 94.6 quadrillion operations per second. The list of the 10 most powerful supercomputers includes 5 supercomputers from the USA, 2 from China, 1 from Italy and 1 from Switzerland.

In the first place for the most energy efficient system of Green500 is ranked MN-3, based on a new server. He set a record of 21.1 gigaflops per watt while performing 1.62 petaflops. The system derives its superior energy efficiency from the MN-Core chip, an accelerator optimized for matrix arithmetic. It is ranked number 395 in the TOP500 list. More information on the various rankings can be found here.

More information: here.
You can read more about the Riken project and the Fugaku supercomputer here.

Our colleague Prof. Emanouil Atanassov was awarded with the annual scientific award in Bulgaria in the category “Supercomputing applications and Big Data analysis”

On the holiday of education and culture in Bulgaria on May 24, the awards for significant contribution to the field of science “Pythagoras” were presented. The official ceremony was broadcast on the Bulgarian National Television (BNT1). For the 12th time, the Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria presents awards to scientists, research teams and organizations for achievements in the field of science and technology, determined by an authoritative jury composed of previous winners of the award. Guests of the ceremony are Ms. Maria Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, and Mr. Krassimir Valchev, Minister of Education and Science in Bulgaria.

Our colleague, Prof. Emanouil Atanassov, the head of the Department of HPC systems, networks and algorithms at IICT-BAS, was awarded “Pythagoras” in the category “Supercomputing applications and Big Data analysis”. This is his second scientific award. In 2004 he received a “John Atanassoff” honorary diploma from the President of Bulgaria for outstanding contribution in the field of information technology.