CINECA – Consorzio Interuniversitario established in 1969, is a non-profit consortium of 70 Italian Universities, 5 Italian Research Institutions, and the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR).
Cineca is the largest Italian supercomputing centre with an HPC environment equipped with cutting-edge technology and highly-qualified personnel which cooperates with researchers in the use of the HPC infrastructure, in both the academic and industrial fields. Cineca’s mission is to enable the Italian and European research community to accelerate the scientific discovery using HPC resources in a profitable way, exploiting the newest technological advances in HPC, data management, storage systems, tools, services and expertise at large.
On mandate of the MIUR Ministry, Cineca represents Italy in PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (www.prace-ri.eu), a persistent pan-European Research Infrastructure (RI) providing leading HPC resources to enable world-class science and engineering for academia and industry in Europe. Cineca is one of the four PRACE Tier-0 Hosting Centres.
Cineca is one of the founding members of the European Technology Platform for HPC (ETP4HPC), an industry led forum providing a framework for stakeholders, to define research priorities and action plans on a number of technological areas where achieving EU growth, competitiveness and sustainability requires major research and technological advances in the medium to long term period. Moreover Cineca SCAI is the Italian representative in the pan-European EUDAT Collaborative Data e-Infrastructure and core partner in Human Brain Project, the EU flagship project facing the big challenge of understanding the human brain.
The current supercomputing facility is based on an integrated infrastructure of more than 60.000 processors. The state of the art HPC system is MARCONI, a cluster based on the LENOVO NeXtScale platform and the next generation of the Intel Xeon Phi product family. Marconi-A1 entered in production in July 2016 with 1512 nodes based on Intel Broadwell processors (with a peak performance of 2 PFlops). It will gradually be completed in about 12 months to reach a total peak performance of over 20 PFlops. Additionally available systems are the following: the PICO Linux cluster dedicated to data intensive and "Big Analytics" applications equipped with 1480 Intel cores at 2.5GHz, and the GALILEO Linux cluster equipped with 8384 Intel cores at 2,4 GHz accelerated by 768 Intel Phi 7120p for a peak performance of 1 PFlops. Several Petabytes of high performance disk storage are available.
Besides the national scientific HPC facility Cineca manages and exploits the supercomputing facility of the Italian energy company (ENI), an integrated HPC facility with more than 60.000 cores. Some of the most important Italian industries (e.g. ENI, BMW, Oracle, Centro Ricerche Fiat, Dompè, etc.) use Cineca’s HPC facilities. The SCAI Department 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, CFD, mathematics, life sciences and bioinformatics, but also “non-traditional” ones, such as biomedicine, archaeology and data-analytics. Cineca has strong relationship with its own stakeholders and collaborates with the scientific communities to enable and develop new applications and tools to better address the challenges of the High-end HPC systems. Cineca has a wide experience in providing education and training in the different fields of parallel computing and computational sciences and is one of the six PRACE Advanced Training Centres (PATCs).
CINECA is a host centre providing the Fortissimo HPC-Cloud infrastructure.