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European scalable and power efficient HPC platform based on low-power embedded technology
Multiscale Materials Modelling on High Performance Computer Architectures

With the accelerating materials development cycles, the development of simulation approaches for predictive, de-novo characterization and optimization of materials and device properties emerges as a grand challenge to European R&D. A unified multi-disciplinary approach towards the deployment of models, tools, algorithms and simulation and visualization techniques is required to transform isolated solutions for specific problems into comprehensive, industry-ready platforms, which are capable of predicting the properties of complex materials on the basis of their constitutive elements. While many techniques exist to address the specific questions, a lack of integration of the existing methods into readily available multi-scale modelling platforms has to date limited the impact of materials-modelling techniques in materials design. In this project we will develop an integrated e-infrastructure for multi-scale materials modelling, where expert groups unite with computational resource providers to deliver an integrated infrastructure.

MUVI - Virtual Museum of daily life in Bologna in the XXth century

Communicate historical content to a wide and varied audience is an increasingly felt task that need new ways to attract and involve people with compelling arguments. For involving the audience of non-professionals is important to develop appropriate solutions, mixing scientifically sound content with immediacy and ease of access, starting perhaps from familiar issues in order to avoid a strain on that part of the public less at ease with historical topics.

New Electronic Museum: the city in four dimensions: virtual Bologna

Computer applications of virtual reality are a valuable tool to provide new means of access to the history of a city. A virtual visitor can roam at will in the streets or stand on a tower or take off and fly over the present day city or its historical reconstruction, can walk under the porticoes or give e closer look at the battlements of the Asinelli tower. The presence of a "time machine", available through the computer, allows visitors to venture into the past and see how the same location changed in different historical periods.


An Italian system for the retrieval, storage, access and diffusion of environmental and climate data from mountain and marine areas.


OpenAgri is a project led by Milan Municipality in the context of the European Urban Innovative Actions programme. It aims at creating an "Open Innovation Hub on Peri-Urban Agriculture" in Cascina Nosedo, an ancient farmhouse located in Porto di Mare, an area defined as “urban fringe”. “Cascina Nosedo” will be re-structured and will serve as a living lab for social inclusion, jobs and skills creation, open innovation along the food supply chain while increasing the level of resilience and sustainability of the City. Cineca will contribute designing Open Badges and Open Badge Pathways for the "New Skills for New Jobs in PeriUrban Agriculture" growing in the hub.


The openVM project aims at promoting and scaling-up VM in HE in Europe through achievement, assessment and recognition of Virtual Mobility Skills of HE educators and students in line with the Bologna and Open Education principles.


The reasons for the aforementioned transformation are manifold: legal aspects, regulations, business requirements, economic factors, etc. Technological trends such as SOA, Software as a Service, Virtualisation are influencing the way in which IT services are rendered. Model-based approaches and IT-Governance are prominent candidates to bridge evolving business contexts and IT, in order to adapt the provisioning of IT for business needs. This challenge can be met by capitalizing on semantic

Po River Delta Park

2003 Po River Delta Park: Reconstruction of the landscape
Software: Visman (CINECA), ERMapper, Terravista (Terrex)


The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe prepares the creation of a persistent pan-European HPC service, consisting of several tier-0 centres providing European researchers with access to capability computers and forming the top level of the European HPC ecosystem. PRACE is a project funded in part by the EU’s 7th Framework Programme.



Earthquake and seismology research addresses fundamental problems in understanding the Earth's internal wave sources and properties, thereby aiding society in the management of natural hazards, energy resources, environmental changes, and national security. VERCE is supporting this effort by developing a data-intensive e-science environment to enable innovative data analysis and data modelling methods that fully exploit the increasing wealth of open data generated by the observational and monitoring systems of the global seismology community.

Virtual Rome

Virtual Rome is a project coordinated and directed by Maurizio Forte (up to December 2007) and Sofia Pescarin for CNR and Luigi Calori for CINECA. The project involves the use of a virtual reality system for accessing contents, like a real in-progress laboratory about ancient landscape, with an updatable interactive view that can be integrated with other projects related to the Roman landscape.


VOA3R is the innovative research project for digital libraries and stands for: "Virtual Open Access Agriculture & Aquaculture Repository: Sharing Scientific and Scholarly Research related to Agriculture, Food, and Environment". The general objective of the VOA3R project is to improve the spread of European agriculture and aquaculture research results by using an innovative approach to sharing open access research products. That will be achieved by carrying out innovative experiments with open access to scientific agriculture and aquaculture contents and by developing and providing services that integrates existing open access repositories and scholarly publication management systems by means of a federation approach.


VPH-Share will develop the organisational fabric (the infostructure) and integrate the optimised services to:

 expose and share data and knowledge   jointly develop multiscale models for the composition of new VPH workflows , facilitate collaborations within the VPH community.