ICSC National Research Centre in High Performance Computing, Big Data e Quantum Computing


The High-Performance Computing, Big Data e Quantum Computing Research Centre, created and managed by the ICSC Foundation, is one of the five National Centres established by the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNNR).

The Center covers designated strategic sectors for the development of the country: i.e., simulations, computing, and high-performance data analysis, Agritech, development of gene therapy and drugs via RNA technology, sustainable mobility, biodiversity. The National Center provides a fundamental opportunity for the national system at the scientific, industrial and economic level to face present and future scientific and social challenges, strengthening and expanding existing skills and infrastructural resources.

The Center is structured according to the hub and spoke model: the Hub is responsible for the validation and management of the research program, whose activities are elaborated and implemented by the “Spokes” and their affiliated institutions, as well as through open tenders. The Hub is also starting to implement all activities in education and training, entrepreneurship, knowledge transfer, policy and awareness raising. The Hub and the Spokes are made up of universities, research bodies, private and public operators. The National Center includes a transversal Spoke (Spoke 0 “Supercomputing Cloud Infrastructure”) and 10 thematic spokes.

The National Center has two main objectives:

  • create a national computing / computing infrastructure, similar to a Datalake, grouping the existing High Performance Computing (HPC), High Throughput Computing (HTC), Big Data and network infrastructures, with new targeted resources, activated through internal funding, in order to provide the scientific and industrial communities with a flexible and uniform Cloud interface;
  • create an attractive ecosystem around the infrastructure that supports the academic world and the industrial system, favoring the exploitation of IT resources and the development of new advanced computing technologies.

Call: PNRR

Start date: 01/09/2022

End date: 31/08/2025

Duration in months: 36

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Partners: ICSC Partners

Contacts: Maurizio Ortali

E-mails: m.ortali@cineca.it