Consorzio Interuniversitario CINECA - Italy
The CINECA – Consorzio Interuniversitario, is the high technology bridge between the academic world, research and the world of industry and public administration. CINECA is the largest Italian computing centre and one of the largest at European level. It offers support to scientific research activities for academia and research institutions, providing HPC facility and specialized applications. CINECA implements a leading edge computing environment and advanced data centre architectures and technologies.
Among its institutional missions is the development of IS and services for universities and the Ministry of University and Research (MUR). In this role, the Consortium is engaged in the constant search for solutions capable of supporting universities in their governance processes. Over time CINECA has been appointed a specific technical role by the MUR in order to develop, deploy and maintain the infrastructure and systems to allow the interaction between all the components of the academic world and the central administration, guaranteeing the Ministry constant monitoring of the governance processes and coordination of activities. CINECA is also actively involved in technology transfer aimed at SMEs and local government bodies.
CINECA has been very active in the EU projects area in the FP4, FP5 and FP6 programs. Presently it coordinates HPC-Europa, aiming at the provision of access to the six main supercomputing centres in Europe. It contributes to STREPS: A-WARE, IMMUNOGRID, LHDL, SmartLM, BEinGRID. In the domain of large European infrastructure it has been appointed country representative for the PRACEEU initiative and project. CINECA is also member of the EXECOMM DEISA.