HZI-led Coronavirus Sero-Survey in collaboration with HIFIS

2020 August 03

The German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) builds a platform collecting methodologies and results of coronavirus antibody studies. In cooperation with HIFIS and led by scientists at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI), the project “LEOSS.sero-survey” is being implemented.

The LEOSS.sero-survey platform

The envisioned platform offers research groups the possibility to jointly evaluate anonymised data from various studies of different origins. This helps to increase statistical significance and study robustness. The approach drives the need for a commonly accessible data management. Virtual resources of the Helmholtz Association can be used for that. In this context, a data management system is being provided as a pilot project within HIFIS by the Helmholtz Centre Berlin (HZB).

Invitation for contribution

Interested researchers and centers are invited to participate in the LEOSS.sero-survey. Please visit the SeroHub Portal for further information and getting started.


Project Calls for HIP and HMC

2020 July 31

Two of our fellow Helmholtz Incubator platforms (HMC and HIP) recently announced their project calls. Make sure to not miss the respective deadlines in September and October!

Helmholtz Imaging Platform

The Helmholtz Imaging Platform (HIP) published their first call to facilitate innovative approaches focusing on imaging problems arising in all Helmholtz research areas.

Full information on the call can be found on HIP’s project page. Application deadline is 11 September, 2020.

Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration

Further, the Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration (HMC) platform put out their first call for HMC projects. This call aims for applications addressing practical challenges in the field of metadata generation and data enrichment.

More information on the call can be found here. Application deadline is 14th October, 2020.


Helmholtz AAI online

2020 July 24

The blueprint for the new official Helmholtz-wide Authentication and Authorization Infrastructure (Helmholtz AAI), derived from former HDF AAI, is now online and available for services and identity providers via and the respective development instance. It was drafted by FZJ and KIT, and is compatible to the AARC blueprint.

The establishment of such Helmholtz-wide AAI service is an organizational and technological key component to allow common access to IT services. Based on this infrastructure, cloud services, e.g. for data management, collaboration and scientific work are partially already in use as prototypes and will go into production by end of 2020. The full establishment of such federated IT infrastructure in Helmholtz will allow closer partnering to European IT and research communities such as EGI and EOSC.


Super-fast AI Computing System for HAICORE

2020 July 08

A super-fast computer system dedicated to Helmholtz artificial intelligence (AI) research has been installed at KIT. This is the first location in Europe to put the InfiniBand connected NVIDIA DGX A100 AI system into operation, funded from the Helmholtz AI Computing Resources Initiative (HAICORE). Common access to these capacities is established using the AAI service offered by HIFIS.


Guidelines for Online Collaboration

2020 June 26 (Updated)

The optimal use of online collaboration tools is prerequisite for successful research and especially in times of social distancing. We provide guidelines and helping information for video conferencing, chatting and collaborative note-taking.


HIFIS in EGI Newsletters

2020 June 08

Helmholtz Federated IT Services - Promoting IT based science at all levels, with friends from EGI Federation. In the EGI Newsletters, we give an overview of the new HIFIS platform.


HIFIS Software helpdesk launched

2020 June 01

The HIFIS Software Helpdesk has been launched. Using common HIFIS authorization and authentication infrastructure (future Helmholtz AAI), users can simply sign in using personal access data of their home institution or even their personal GitHub account.

HIFIS Software workshops in 2020

2020 Apr 15

Several different software development trainings will be offered to researchers.

  • “Software Carpentry” workshops introduce scientists to use- and powerful tools: Shell, Python and R for effective and reproducible scientific programming, and Git for version controlling your projects.

  • “Bring Your Own Script” workshops (like on May 12th and 13th) will help you to make your code publication-ready: Regardless of your preferred programming language, we will advise you on all aspects of making your research software (re)usable for others, e.g. how to add a license.

  • “GitLab for Software Development in Teams” introduces advanced GitLab features: GitLab’s project management, collaboration and automation features will help software development teams to improve software quality and speed up their release cycles. Join us on June 9th and 10th!

The HIFIS Software events page provides your with more details and keeps you updated about future events. More specialized events outside this core curriculum — like an Introduction to Snakemake — are being planned, so best keep an eye on that page!


HIFIS support for Folding@Home and research on SARS-CoV-2

2020 Apr 09

The Helmholtz platform HIFIS, the HZDR and the Center for Advanced Systems Understanding (CASUS) support the world-wide project Folding@Home in developing an antibody based therapy to prevent a respiratory infection by the virus. For this, a significant portion of the high performance computing capacity is provided to assist in computing protein structures of the Corona virus. The detailed knowledge of such structures is decisive to develop a successful therapy. In a coordinated effort with the computing center of the Helmholtz centre Dresden-Rossendorf, free resources of the CASUS high performance computer and the HZDR high performance compter "Hemera" are being combined.


Computer resources of KIT support distributed protein computing projects

2020 Apr 08

Since end of March, the Grid Computing Centre Karlsruhe and the HPC systems of KIT support the distributed computing projects Folding@Home and Rosetta@home, helping to improve the understanding of proteins, including those of SARS-CoV-2.


JSC: HPC support for COVID-19 research

2020 Mar 13

The Jülich Supercomputing Center (JSC) offers computing time and support on its HPC facilities for research on the COVID-19 virus.