CINECA is a non profit consortium, made up of 44 Italian universities, the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics - OGS, the CNR (National Research Council), and the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). Established in 1969, today it is the largest Italian supercomputing centre and one of the most important worldwide with an HPC environment. Some of the most important Italian industries (e.g. ENI, Toro Rosso, Centro Ricerche Fiat, etc.) use CINECA’s HPC facilities. The present supercomputing facility is based on an integrated infrastructure of more than 15.000 processors. The state of the art HPC system is an IBM SP Power 6 supercomputer with 5376 cores and 21 Tbyte of RAM memory (68 nodes, with 32 cores and 128 GB of RAM per node). The peak performance is 101 TFlop/s.
The HPC Group in CINECA has a long experience in cooperating with the researchers in parallelising,enabling and scaling up their applications in different computational disciplines, covering condensed matter physics, astrophysics, geophysics, chemistry, earth sciences, engineering,mathematics and bioinformatics, but also “non-traditional” ones, such as biomedicine, archaeology and data-mining. CINECA has a wide experience in providing education and training in the different fields of parallel computing and computational sciences.
At European level CINECA has a several years deep experience, due to his involvement in several projects, financed by the EU since the FP3. In FP7, CINECA coordinates HPC-Europa2, it is a main partner in DEISA2, EMI, MMHPC and has been appointed to represent Italy as Principal Partner in PRACE-1IP. Moreover, CINECA is partner in PLUG-IT, EUROPLANET, VMUST and some National and Regional projects.