The benefits identity federations, and specifically eduGAIN, bring to scientific cyberecosystems was the subject of a recent article in HPCwire.
The HPCwire article summarises content from the recent URISC@SC17 workshop in Denver, Colorado. It highlights a number of success stories in fields such a high energy physics, astronomy, and computational biology. In particular, mention is made of a number of projects that South Africa is keenly involed in, not least of which being the Square Kilometre Array. It goes on to talk about how identity federation — and in particular, eduGAIN — plays a key role in simplifying these collaboration.
One of the earliest use cases for eduGAIN came from South African institutions collaborating with with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Likewise, the use of Globus has driven the adoption of Security Incident Response Trust Framework for Federated Identity (Sirtfi).
We’re proud of the small role SAFIRE, and our membership of eduGAIN, has played in this, and hope to continue serving our beneficiary community.