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The Spanish National Research Council-CSIC has deployed a distributed computing infrastructure to facilitate CSIC researchers the accomplishment of scientific projects requiring computing resources beyond the capabilities of a single user or research group. GRID-CSIC has been therefore given the structure of a Horizontal Unit inside the Council. The coordination is done from the Institute of Physics of Cantabria (IFCA), in Santander. The GRID - CSIC infrastructure intends to foster multidisciplinarity and joint projects between CSIC centers. Researchers from CSIC will have seamless access to a distributed infrastructure consisting in the first phase (2008 - 2010) of over 8000 CPUs and a total storage of more than 1000 TeraB (1 PetaB). GRID - CSIC is built in a completely interoperable way, which allows the resources to be shared with similar initiatives in Europe and World-Wide. Special emphasis is put into the creation of a joint Grid infrastructure together with the Institute des Grilles (CNRS) in France, dedicated to support to the collaborative work between the researchers of both institutions.
|The IAA has a Grid node and a support group for the maintenance of infrastructure. One of the main tasks of the group is to train researchers to use the infrastructure. On the other hand, the group is also helping researchers through the migration of their applications to infrastructure. Also, they give information service by means mailing lists, tutorials, wiki, forums, and the group's own website
The degree of acceptance in the center is high. Many researchers decided to use the infrastructure to run experiments when they need lots of computing power and storage. Therefore, the support group continues the work referred to further contribute to the development of this technology.