Marconi peak performance
20PF
Rank in Top500
19
HPC Course Students in 2017
670

Since its origins in 1969, Cineca offers support to scientific research, public and industrial, through supercomputing and the use of the most innovative computing systems based on state-of-the-art architectures and technologies.

Since the late 1960s, the Italian Ministry of Education together with four Italian universities founded consortium to manage a supercomputing center,  which hosted the first Italian supercomputer, a CDC 6600, designed by the father of the supercomputing Seymour Cray.

Since then, Cineca's supercomputers are among the most important in Europe and worldwide, always present in the Top 500 list of the most powerful supercomputers in the world.

Cineca's aim is to accelerate the scientific discovery by providing high performance computing resources, data management, as well as HPC services and expertise. Moreover, Cineca provides technical and scientific services related to high-performance computing to the Italian and European research community.

The staff dedicated to HPC supports the users, and offers consultancy in tools and techniques in several disciplinary fields ranging from medicine to meteorology, from seismology to fluid dynamics, to bioinformatics and chemistry, to provide a solid and reliable computing environment for the scientific community.

Today Cineca's flagship supercomputer is MARCONI, a highly parallel system that in November 2019 was ranked 19th in the Top500. One of its partitions, thanks to the collaboration between Cineca and ENEA, is reserved for the European consortium EUROfusion, born to study how to produce electricity starting from nuclear fusion by the middle of the century.

  • Supercomputing and Big Data analytics are essential tools for national and research. Cineca provides an extremely high-performance computing system with a "green’ soul" capable of helping researchers to address the major scientific and socio-economic challenges of our time. 

  • One of the most challenging objectives that the HPC centers are facing nowadays is to manage the huge amount of data from many diverse research groups and projects. All Cineca HPC systems share the same common environment with the goal to help the resources use and data and software portability to better support research carried out by Cineca users.

  • Cineca has a particular focus on future technologies, carrying out continuous experimentation from emerging technologies in the field of virtual reality to quantum computing, to the most advanced techniques of management and analysis of a large amount of data.

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    The development of the new technologies as well as the emergencies of the new techniques combined with the availability of large computing resources, has allowed a significant acceleration in the study of new methods of automatic learning, predictive analysis, and image processing.