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Supercomputing Unified Platform - Emilia-Romagna
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SUPER (Supercomputing Unified Platform - Emilia-Romagna) is a regional project funded with the aim to extend the regional computing and storage infrastructure to support both scientific and industrial use cases.

Framework Programme: 

Azione 1.5.1, POR-FESR 2014-2020 Emilia Romagna

General notes: 

The project is based on few main concepts:

  • To rely on the geographical proximity of the major HPC and HTC centres in Italy, CINECA and INFN, respectively;
  • The federation of computing resources allows the data replication in an easy way, increasing resilience, and the availability and accessibility of data;
  • Security, flexibility, extensibility and scalability are key factors as the use cases evolve over time.

The project objectives are:

  • The update of the hardware platform with the acquisition of specific resources (both for computing and storage) to support to data intensive and data analytics applications. 
  • The implementation of federated basic and advanced services to easily and transparently access the resources of the different centres in the project. 
  • The enabling of use cases (UC) in different scientific domains (like genomics, regenerative medicine, and biobanks, advanced materials and innovative production systems) that will guide the implementation and serve as test beds also for other domains. While the UCs rely on different processes and data types, their needs for computation and data storage are similar and work will be carried out to define the minimum set of requirements and the resources needed from the infrastructure centres.
    • The regenerative medicine UC will make available a platform that will use big data for patients’ stratification, to improve diagnosis and consequently therapy. 
    • The genomics UC has high needs in computation and storage resources for the processing of the data: the SUPER infrastructure will make possible to process 200 genomes per week. 
    • The biobanks represent a strategic infrastructure allowing to maintain tissue samples over time to further run analyses, like the omics ones, which are one of the innovative elements of health 4.0. 
    • The advance material domain is characterised by the increasing demand for HPC/HTC which makes possible the predictive simulations of complex systems and processes and the screening of materials with certain properties. 
    • The industry 4.0 activity is aimed to demonstrate how to tackle the challenges of different use cases from regional industries (i.e. e-maintenance for industrial machines, laser-based transport systems for material stocking, predictive maintenance of energy production from sustainable sources).

The SUPER federated integration of the infrastructure will allow:

  • To tackle the big scientific challenges by integrating excellence HPC and HTC centres and services;
  • To support future regional, national, EU and international projects;
  • To move the frontier of research in fields of high socio-economic impact (like climate change, environment protection, artificial intelligence, and cyber security) besides those already explicitly supported by the project.

The consortium is composed by 12 partners and includes the major players in the region in above mentioned domains:

  • CINECA (coordinator)
  • INFN
  • CMCC
  • ENEA
  • CNR
  • INAF
  • INGV
  • Università di Bologna
  • Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia
  • Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli
  • Università di Ferrara
  • Università di Parma.

The project will also see the involvement of industries from the region which will support the project with their use cases.

Debora Testi

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