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Advanced Computing and e-Science

Information entry point of the Research Line in Advanced Computing and e-Science.


Grid Computing Resource

Distributed research teams require an “enhanced” Science (or e-Science) framework, where they can interact through the network, sharing computing resources to support their larger needs for simulation, data storage and transfer, analysis, and collaborative work. You can find more information about our computing facilities in our wiki pages.

In particular you can find information regarding the following items:


Grid computing is a technology that allows in principle an integration of resources transparent to the final user, using digital certificates to access distributed resources in the authorization framework of what is known as a virtual organization. The research line on “Advanced Computing and e-Science” at IFCA started around 2002 due to the requirements from different projects for support for simulation and data processing within large international collaborations, like CMS at LHC or ESA Planck mission. 

The necessity to further develop the Grid technology  motivated our initial research work in European projects like CrossGrid and DataGrid, where the first test-beds across whole Europe where setup. The participation of the group in the series of EGEE projects between 2004-2010 has assured a proper infrastructure support to our users.

Over the past 3 years we extended our experience in Particle Physics and Astrophysics to new application domains: design of fusion reactor prototypes, modelling the flow in the atmosphere to understand pollution problems, simulation of the evolution of water resources.

One of our more active research projects is the development of middleware to support for parallel execution using the MPI protocol, and for interactive work. This was the objective of the Interactive European Grid project that we proposed and coordinated together with another twelve first line European centres, and has its continuation in the framework of ES-NGI and EGI.



The necessity for a stable framework regarding Grid infrastructures across Europe has led to the creation of the so called National Grid Initiatives. These are national level contact points with the mission of coordinating and promoting the usage of distributed computing infrastructures. The union of all the NGIs constitutes the European Grid Initiative, EGI.  We at IFCA coordinate the activity of the Spanish National Grid Initiative, ES-NGI, and represent the spanish grid community in the framework of the European Grid Initiative EGI.



Our centre is hosting a node in the Spanish Supercomputing Network, coordinated by the BSC centre in Barcelona. This fact contributed to our general interest on advanced computing techniques, including the mechanisms for their integration. You can find more information about the node Altamira here.




Proyectos del grupo

Miembros del grupo Computing and e-Science1 LABORAL PLASENCIAiscampos@ifca.unican.es942201343S115CSICAdvanced Computing and e-Science16 TITULARÁNDEZDEL CASTILLO<div class="ExternalClass2DF56E826873433EB921055E5F0D45D0"><p style="text-align:justify;">​Research on grid and cloud scheduling. User training and support for running parallel jobs in grids. Task Leader for definition of Quality Criteria for the software provisioning for EGI-InSPIRE. Leader of the gLite MPI PT in EMI.</p></div>mailto:enolfc@ifca.unican.es942206779S115+CSICAdvanced Computing and e-Science31 LABORAL Computing and e-Science96 LABORAL Computing and e-Science98 LABORALÓPEZGARCÍA<div class="ExternalClass767C8B1481C049AAB90B94D954068098"><p>​Interested in:</p><ul><li>Datacenter deployment, administration, monitoring and automatization.</li><li>HTC, HPC and distributed computing.</li><li>High Availability systems.</li><li>Virtualization and Cloud Computing.</li></ul></div>mailto:aloga@ifca.unican.es942200969S114CSICAdvanced Computing and e-Science48 LABORALÚS E.MARCODE LUCAS<div class="ExternalClassCD596ACF3AD74314859CFF3E767A740E"><p>​Research Lines:</p><p>-Advanced Computing & e-Science</p><p>-Experimental HEP</p></div>mailto:marco@ifca.unican.es942201458S116CSICAdvanced Computing and e-Science52 DE INVESTIGACIONÁNDEZmailto:orviz@ifca.unican.es942200969S114CSICAdvanced Computing and e-Science68 LABORAL Computing and e-Science97 LABORAL Computing and e-Science104 LABORAL

Publicaciones del grupo opportunities and trends for e-infrastructures and life sciences: Going beyond the grid to enable life science data analysis2015-01-01T00:00:00.0000000ZFrontiers in GeneticsDuarte A. A user-friendly web server for de novo rna-seq analysis using cluster computing2015-01-01T00:00:00.0000000ZEvolutionary BioinformaticsKornobis E. exploitation of a top 500 supercomputer for analysis of CMS data2014-01-01T00:00:00.0000000ZJournal of Physics: Conference SeriesCabrillo I.

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    E-39005 Santander
    Cantabria, España

  • El Instituto de Física de Cantabria es un Centro Mixto del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas y de la Universidad de Cantabria.