PSNC is affiliated to the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy ofSciences (Instytut Chemii Bioorganicznej PAN) and is responsible for thedevelopment and management of PIONIER, the national research network in Poland,which is connected to the GEANT2 network at the speed of 10Gbit/s. PSNC employsabout 200+ people divided into four departments: Supercomputing, ScientificApplications, Network and Network Services. It is an HPC Center, Systems andNetwork Security Center as well as R&D Center of New Generation Networks, Gridsand Portals. PSNC is also the operator of Polish National Research and EducationNetwork PIONIER, Operator of Poznań Metropolitan Area Network POZMAN. PSNCis the Centre of Excellence of Sun Microsystems Inc. and Microsoft InnovationCenter. It is also the official Cisco Networking Regional Academy. The institutionparticipated in numerous projects e.g.: European: RINGrid, DORII, GridLab,CrossGrid, EGEE, int.eu.grid and national: PROGRESS, Virtual Laboratory, SGIgrid -High Performance Computing and Visualisation, PL-GRID and PLATON.
The work done by PSNC in PRACE and the plans for the new project are in cooperationwith other HPC centres in Poland: CYFRONET (Academic ComputerCentre CYFRONET AGH), ICM (Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical andComputational Modelling, University of Warsaw), TASK (Academic Computer Centrein Gdansk, Gdansk University of Technology), WCSS (Wroclaw Centre forNetworking and Supercomputing, Wroclaw University of Technology).
We will use our knowledge and experience in the project participating in technicalwork of activities WP9, WP8, WP7, WP6, WP4. PSNC is especially interested indevelopment of new promising technologies, co-operation between Tier0 and Tier1centres, distributed and parallel applications support, increased reliability andperformance of production HPC systems. We have also significant experience inuser and administrator trainings, organisation of tutorials and other disseminationactivities.