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2012 ANNUAL REPORT GALICIA SUPERCOMPUTING CENTRE


CESGA Annual Report 2012

CREDITS

2012 CESGA ANNUAL REPORT

DIRECTOR: Javier García Tobío. COORDINATOR: Fernando Bouzas Sierra. CONTRIBUTORS: Ignacio López Cabido, Andrés Gómez Tato, Carlos Fernández Sánchez, Maria José Rodríguez Malmierca, Francisco Landeira Vega, Ramón Basanta Cheda, Pablo Rey Mayo, Javier López Cacheiro, Aurelio Rodríguez, Carmen Cotelo Queijo, Emilio Otero Mera, Juan Villasuso Barreiro, Carlos Mouriño, Barbara Gesto, Pilar Iglesias Oubiña, Alejandro Feijóo Fraga, Diego Nieto Caride, Raquel García Tiagonce.

GRAPHS & CHARTS: Pika&Wafu. COPYRIGHT BY: Fundación CESGA. EDITED BY: CESGA Foundation Avenida de Vigo s/n (Campus Vida) 15705 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Ph: 34 981 569 810. dixitos@cesga.es www.cesga.es

CESGA Foundation is a non-profit organisation at the service of scientific research since 1993. The Regional Goverment of Galicia (Xunta de Galicia) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) participate as partners in Fundación CESGA.

CESGA Foundation infrastructures have been partially funded by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and by the Government of Spain through the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) as well as by the Xunta de Galicia and CSIC.

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TABLE

OF CONTENTS

Highlights of the year..................................................................................................................................................4 Mission Statement.......................................................................................................................................................5 Board of Trustees....................................................................................................................................................... 6 Organisational Chart...................................................................................................................................................7 Financial Information..................................................................................................................................................8 Services .......................................................................................................................................................................10 Quality of Services......................................................................................................................................................12 Computing Users Scientific Production...................................................................................................................16 Computing Users........................................................................................................................................................19 ICTS - Access Programme 2012..............................................................................................................................30 Computing Infrastructure........................................................................................................................................33 Data Storage...............................................................................................................................................................42 Scientific Applications...............................................................................................................................................43 Galician Science & Technology Network.................................................................................................................49 Energy Savings & Efficiency Plan........................................................................................................................56 Research Projects......................................................................................................................................................58 Geographic Information Systems............................................................................................................................70 e-Learning & Collaboration tools............................................................................................................................72 Knowledge & Technology Transfer........................................................................................................................74 Training Activities.......................................................................................................................................................76 Dissemination.............................................................................................................................................................78

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2012 HIGHLIGHTS IN

2012, every single member of CESGA’s staff put forth great efforts to achieve the highly ambitious objectives set for the year. Thanks to such efforts and to the decided backing of CESGA’s board of trustees, objectives were achieved. CESGA’s objectives in 2012 were framed under the following lines of activity: 1. Maintaining previous levels of research activity in Computational Science. 2. Increasing the quality of services to the Centre’s user community. 3. Increasing the Centre’s economic self-sustainability. 4. Strenghthening international collaborations.

2.5 The Galician University System was integrated into the National Research and Education Network, RedIRIS, through CESGA’s managed Regional Network, RECETGA. 2.6 RECETGA’s security systems were upgraded and ameliorated. 2.7 Users expressed a high level of satisfaction with CESGA’s services and gave us an evaluation mark of 4.6 over 5.

Increasing economic self-sustainability.

Here we summarize the results obtained for each of these lines of activity.

3.1 The Centre’s operational costs were diminished through the efforts undertaken in the plan of continuous amelioration of energy efficiency. CESGA’s power usage efficiency index (PUE) was reduced by 8.7%.

Research activity in computational science.

3.2 CESGA partnered with private enterprises in 15 research and technology development projects.

1.1 CESGA contributed to the development of HPC savvy professionals, through its participation in the “High Performance Computing Interuniversity Masters Programme”.

Strenghthening international collaborations 4.1 The Center actively participated in 12 international projects.

1.2 CESGA actively participated in several initiatives of both International Campus of Excellence in Galicia: Campus Vida (Life Science) and Campus do Mar (Ocean Science). 1.3 CESGA partnered in 29 research projects and showed proactive participation in 13 thematic networks and technology platforms.

Services for the Centre’s user community. 2.1 Several of the computing clusters that make up the Galician Virtual Supercomputing platform (SVG) were upgraded. 2.2 The Hadoop platform was put into production. 2.3 The Cloud computing platform for Small and Medium Enterprises was put into production. 2.4 CESGA’s e-Learning platform, AulaCESGA, which in 2012 surpassed 30.000 users, was upgraded and incorporated new capabilities.

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4.2 CESGA signed and put to work new collaboration agreements with 7 foreing institutions in 2012.


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MISSION STATEMENT The •

mission of CESGA is:

Thus, the Centre’s main functions are:

to provide high performance computing and advanced communications resources and services to the scientific community of Galicia and to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) as well as to institutions and enterprises with research, technology development, and innovation activity, and

to supply high performance computing and advanced communications services to users,

to manage the Science and Technology Communications Network of Galicia, RECETGA,

to promote and conduct high quality research in Computational Science in close collaboration with the research community of Galicia as well as other regions or countries around the world thereby contributing to the advancement of science, the transfer of technology to industry and administrations, and, as a consequence, the wellbeing of society as a whole.

to promote and develop cooperation between companies and institutions,

to promote the use of innovative ICT, and

to conduct research in Computational Science.

CESGA FUNCTIONAL AREAS

HPC, HTC, GRID and CLOUD COMPUTING RESOURCES

SERVICES

e-LEARNING & COLLABORATION TOOLS RTD PROJECTS

HPC, HTC Servers,

Code Optimisation

Viability Analysis

GRID Servers, Cloud Servers,

Problem Definition

Proposal Development

Scientific Software Applications

e-Learning Platform

User Support...

Project Negotiation

“AULA CESGA”,

RESOURCES

SERVICES

Storage Servers

Critical Storage

...

TRAINING (EDUCATION)

Systems Workshops and Training

COMMUNICATION NETWORK

DNS, Hosting, Mail Servers, Mailing List,

Technology

Multicast, Network

Network of Galicia

AccessGRID Room Network

Management, Security Systems, Statistics...

SERVICES Analysis Development Implementation Hosting of Solutions, Video-conference, MCU / Gateway

KNOWLEDGE & TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER RESOURCES

SERVICES

Technology Transfer

Viability Analysis

Courses for Users Computational Science Summer School

Unit

Project writing Partnership Formation

SERVICES

Science and Communications

Network and

Consortium Creation

DATA STORAGE

RECETGA

e-Learning Room

Parallelisation

Management

RESOURCES

RESOURCES

...

DISSEMINATION Web, Publications, Presentations, Seminars, Scientific Conferences ...

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS RESOURCES

SERVICES

Map Servers,

Analysis

Geographical

Development

Data Bases

Deployment Hosting of Solutions

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES

OF CESGA FOUNDATION

Data as of 31/12/2012

CESGA’S WORKFORCE IS OUR MOST VALUABLE ASSET

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CESGA FOUNDATION

ORGANISATIONAL CHART

19% of the Staff holds a Ph.D. Data as of 31/12/2012

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FINANCIAL INFORMATION The

following is a detailed description of CESGA Foundation accounts for the fiscal year 2012. CESGA’s main sources of operational income in 2012 came from the Galician Regional Government (Xunta de Galicia), the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the Spanish Ministry for the Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO), and from the European Commission. Out of a total operational income in excess of 3.1 million euros, in 2012, almost one third came from competitive project funds.

2012 OPERATIONAL INCOME

27.12%

Galician Government

CSIC

41.62%

Spanish Government

European Comission

9.96% Other (Financial, grants and others)

12.98%

8.29%

2012 OPERATIONAL EXPENSES

15.02% 46.80%

Personnel

Current expenses & taxes

Amortisation

38.17%

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2012 FINANCIAL ACCOUNTS

2012 OPERATIONAL INCOME

GALICIAN GOVERNMENT

CSIC

Services to User Community

599,817.70

313,160.00

Competitive Projects

252,797.13

SPANISH GOVERNMENT

EUROPEAN COMISSION

OTHER

TOTAL

912,977.70 147,781.80

1,069,520.30

Finnancial and others

743,360.21

743,360.21

Applied for amortization

417,346.54

417,346.54

TOTAL

852,614.83

260,751.01

313,160.00

260,751.01

408,190.36

408,190.36

1,308,488.55

3,143,204.75

2012 EXPENSES

2012 EXPENSES

Personnel

1,464,723.86

Current expenses & taxes

1,194,723.42

Amortisation

TOTAL

470,1 8 6 . 61

3,129,633.89

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SERVICES CESGA

provides a varied repertoire of services to researchers and innovators as well as to industry users, administrations, and research institutions. Here we present a list of the services offered by area.

Computing Systems

High Performance Computing (HPC)

ScientiďŹ c Applications & Projects

Scientific computing

High Throughput Computing (HTC)

Technical support (parallelisation, tuning, debugging, porting, algorithms)

GRID Computing

Training

Cloud Computing for HPC

RTD & Innovation Project design and management

User technical support

Project partnering

Data Storage

Project grant search

Data Centre auditing and advanced services

Project partner search

Network Communications

Knowledge & Technology Transfer

Centre connection: analysis and connection plan

Project design and management

Communications consulting: connectivity, security, and advanced services

Project partnering

Project partnering Web hosting (contents of interest for researchers) Server housing Virtual server hosting Security (firewalls, IDS, IPS...) HPC advanced services Training

Voice communications and videoconferencing management User support Management of new services (IPv6, multicast, mobility...)

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Technology transfer advanced services


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Geographical Information Systems

Collaboration Tools and e-Learning

Public Relations & Communication

GIS project design and management

Project design and management

PR services for researchers

GIS project partnering

Project partnering

Edition of scientific dissemination materials

Geo-referenced data production and analysis

Project grant search

Promotional space in CESGA’s media (Díxitos magazine, web & others)

Project partner search Digital map processing GIS application development

e-Learning platform for courses and events

GIS advanced services

Virtual classroom for webinars

GIS user training

Videoconferencing

GIS platform

Access GRID rooms

Cartographic service hosting

Multicasting of events

PR & communication advanced services for users and project partners Scientific conference and event organisation

e-Learning advanced services

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QUALITY MANAGEMENT

SYSTEM

PROCESS FLOW CHART STRATEGIC PROCESSES Technological Observation

Technology Transfer

External & Internal Analysis

Problems & Opportunities Analysis

Quality Management System Improvement

Management Planning

VALUE PROCESS

e-Learning & Collaboration Tools

Computing

Technology Transfer Storage

GIS Stakeholder Management

Stakeholder Feedback

Promotion and Dissemination

Networking

Creativity Analysis & Selection of Ideas

Acquiring & Contracting

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Infraestructures & Facilities Management

Project Design and Development

Human Resource Management

R&D&i Results Management

Funding Search

Administrative Management

Security


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Quality Management System

During

2012, CESGA Foundation renewed again the certification of quality, ISO 9001:2008, an updated version of the ISO9001:2000 that was originally obtained in December 2005. CESGA was the first supercomputing centre in Spain to hold such certification. This certification was the culmination of intensive work related to the application of the norm, as well as to the continued improvement of the internal processes and procedures with the aim of increasing the quality of the services provided to users.

During the specific year in which the certification was in place, CESGA was audited three times with successful results. Two of them were internal audits performed by external auditors and the other was the periodic external auditing process. In 2012, ongoing advances in the automating of all processes associated with quality control were made, in addition to improvements in the monitoring systems of the Centre (users, systems, applications, etc.) in accordance with the norm. In 2012, CESGA also renewed the UNE 166002 certification, related to research management, development, and innovation activities. Extensive work has been conducted to adapt the existing procedures and to create new ones that can describe precisely the RTD and innovation activity developed by CESGA’s personnel. CESGA’s quality management system now comprises of these two certifications assuring an outstanding level of quality in CESGA’s internal and external business processes.

User satisfaction levels keep scoring high

Every

year, CESGA attempts to measure user satisfaction levels with regard to the technical solutions and support services provided by the Centre’s staff and resources. Since we first started taking these measurements in 2007, user satisfaction levels have remained high, as indicated by the data collected from the survey. Users are asked to value their perception of the quality of services on a scale ranging from 1 (very poor) to 5 (excellent). Year after year, users have marked their perceived quality of services on the high end

4.6 over 5

of the scale (consistently above the 4.2 mark). In 2012, users reported satisfaction levels that scored higher than in the previous year, reaching a 4.6 mark. We would like to express our deepest appreciation to our user community for their participation in these surveys. The comments we receive from users through such surveys are most useful in our attempt to constantly ameliorate and permanently maintain updated services, thereby demonstrating the highest standards of quality.

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CESGA User Technical Helpdesk Service Requests in 2012

Most

USER SUPPORT ACTIVITY 2012

often, users interact with CESGA’s technical helpdesk personnel through e-mail or by phone. Either way, requests are kept track of through an automated request tracker application, called RT. Every time a user places a helpdesk service request, a ticket is opened in the RT application. This provides users and helpdesk personnel with an opportunity to track at all times how the request is being handled, which actions are taken, and when the actions are taken regarding the problem posed by the user.

AREA

NUMBER OF REQUESTS

Communications

554

Applications

373

Systems

738

Infrastructures

40

GIS

51

Service tickets are categorized according to the type of request solicited and the technnical area involved in the provision of a solution. The table on the right summarises the amount of service requests attended in 2012, categorized by service type.

e-Learning

User satisfacction with services provided in 2012

CESGA

conducts a yearly survey to collect data relating to user satisfaction levels with the different services. It also requests user reections and thoughts on how to improve services to them. To conduct this user satisfaction survey, an on-line questionnaire is made available for all users to declare their level of satisfaction with services and provide their views and insights on how to improve them. In order to encourage users to express whatever negative views they may have, answers are automatically collected anonymously. Here we account for the 2012 survey results.

Excellent

Good

Average

9.39%

1.865

General

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TOTAL

3.637

HPC Services User Satisfaction Levels

Questions

related to user satisfaction levels with computing, storage, and related support services were posed to 435 active user account holders. A total of 149 answers were collected through the 2012 survey (a 34.25% response rate). Satisfaction levels expressed through the survey scored high across all dimensions. The following pie charts summarize the results of this survey.

Poor

Very poor

N/A

50.33%

4.69%

23.48%

31.54%

53.64%

52.34% 0.67% 1.34%

33.55%

17.44%

20.80%

0.67%

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Computing

Storage

Support

mean 4,5

mean 4,6

mean 4,7


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IN SPITE OF UNFAVORABLE CONDITIONS,

USERS EXPRESS HIGHER THAN EVER SATISFACTION LEVELS Recetga Network Services and IT Services User Satisfaction Levels Questions related to user satisfaction levels with RECETGA network connectivity, RECETGA network services, and network support helpdesk services were posed to 80 contact persons in the different labs and centres that RECETGA interconnects or in the institutes and organisations that use IT services provided by the Communications Department. A total of 15 persons completed the survey which represents an 18.75% response rate. RECETGA and IT Service user satisfaction factors received high scores. The following pie charts summarize the results of the survey.

Excellent

Good

Average

Poor

Very poor

N/A

6.6% 26.6%

20%

40%

20%

80%

73.3%

33.3%

Connectivity

IT Services

Support

mean 4,7

mean 4,5

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COMPUTING USERS

SCIENTIFIC PRODUCTION

SCIENTIFIC PRODUCTION REPORTED BY CESGA USERS 2004-2012

300 300

250 250

200 200

150 150

100 100

50 50

00 2004

2005

2006

2007

Scientific Journals Articles Master Theses / Post Grad. Projects

16

2008

2009

Presentations at Conferences Books / Chapters

2010

2011

Ph.D Dissertations

2012


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Users published

238

ScientiямБc Articles

DISTRIBUTION OF ALL USERS SCIENTIFIC PRODUCTION BY YEAR

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

134*

147

154

208

225

218

245

296

264

ACCEPTED / IN PRESS

20

16

26

19

21

24

22

12

5

SUBMITTED

26

27

23

24

31

14

20

20

21

PUBLISHED

91

104

105

165

173

180

203

264

238

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

72*

65

105

101

148

160

121

137

69

DOCTORAL THESES

32

24

18

18

20

14

10

15

21

DEFENDED

5

9

10

11

10

10

7

8

7

PRESENTED

-

-

3

5

1

-

-

1

-

IN PROCESS

27

15

5

2

9

4

3

6

8

12

14

5

10

14

12

7

1

-

DEFENDED

5

13

3

8

10

12

7

1

-

IN PROCESS

7

1

2

2

4

-

-

-

-

NA**

5

4

3

9

13

5

4

1

ACCEPTED / IN PRESS

NA**

4

1

1

1

2

2

-

-

SUBMITTED

NA**

1

-

2

-

-

-

-

-

PUBLISHED

NA**

-

3

-

8

11

3

4

-

256

260

301

351

416

417

391

453

355

SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES

MASTER THESES / POST GRAD. PROJECTS

BOOKS / CHAPTERS

TOTAL

TOTAL INCLUDES CSIC, UDC, USC, UVIGO, ICTS, IEO, UIB, FPGMX, PdE, MeteoGalicia, AND CESGA. * 8 PUBLICATIONS & 16 CONFERENCES WITH AUTHORS FROM MORE THAN ONE INSTITUTION. ** NA: NOT AVAILABLE.

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CSIC users published

105

Scientific Articles

Galician Universities users published

124

Scientific Articles

DISTRIBUTION OF SCIENTIFIC PRODUCTION DECLARED BY USERS FROM CSIC AND GALICIAN UNIVERSITIES

CSIC

UDC

USC

UVIGO

121

31

67

34

ACCEPTED / IN PRESS

2

1

2

-

SUBMITTED

14

3

2

-

PUBLISHED

105

27

63

34

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

25

8

27

5

DOCTORAL THESES

3

6

4

1

DEFENDED

3

-

3

-

PRESENTED

-

-

1

-

IN PROCESS

-

6

-

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1

-

-

-

ACCEPTED / IN PRESS

-

-

-

-

PUBLISHED

1

-

-

-

-

-

2

-

150

45

100

40

SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES

MASTER THESES / POST GRAD. PROJECTS

DEFENDED BOOKS / CHAPTERS

OTHER TOTAL

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COMPUTING USERS The

number of active user accounts (that is, users with signiďŹ cant CPU time consumption throughout the year) decreased during 2012. User accounts associated with CSIC decreased from 141 to 121. Active user accounts from Galician Universities experienced a decrease from 299 to 285. The total number of active user accounts, including CSIC, Galician Universities, and other institutions, decreased by 44, from 479 in 2011 to 435 in 2012. The bar chart below takes into consideration active user accounts linked to projects in which CESGA participates.

NUMBER OF ACTIVE USER ACCOUNTS

FinisTerrae and SVG, the later having increased its capacity, had 345 and 420 active user accounts respectively. The SVG cluster decreased by 0.5% from the previous year. This does not take into account GRID projects users, which belong to national and international institutions present in the different GRID initiatives in which CESGA participates (Spanish e-Science Network -RedIRIS-, IBERGRID, European projects as National GRID Initiative, RETELAB, CYTEDGRID, EGI-Inspire, and regional projects as FORMIGA CLOUD and G-FLUXO). The increase in capacity in the SVG cluster probably motivated that more users started to work with it.

435 ACTIVE USER ACCOUNT EVOLUTION BY INSTITUTION PER YEAR, 2002 - 2012

500

Active User Accounts

Active User Accounts in 2012

400

300

200

100

0 2002

2003

2004

2005

Other

2006

CSIC

2007

2008

2009

Galician Universities

2010

2011

2012

Total

* Other includes Technology Centres, CICA, Hospitals, IEO, UCM, UIB, MeteoGalicia, PdE, ICTS... (GRID users are not included in this chart).

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DISTRIBUTION BY INSTITUTIONS OF THE CPU TIME CONSUMED IN ALL SYSTEMS

In

2012, there was a 1.3% increase in the number of hours used. USC and CSIC registered the greatest number of computing hours used. USC consumed 19.22% of the available hours and increased the number of CPU hours used from 4.6 million to 5.2 million. CSIC consumed 35.86% of the available CPU time in 2012. As a whole, CSIC and the three Galician Universities represent 74.33% of the total consumption. The projects and services, Grid and technical support provided by CESGA were responsible for 25.68% of the hours consumed, including GRID and Cloud services. ICTS projects consumed 2.5 million hours.

% CPU TIME USE DISTRIBUTION BY INSTITUTION IN 2012

2.95% 14.30%

0.96% 5.70% 35.86% 1.77%

10.04%

19.22%

CSIC

UDC

USC

Contracts & Services (Technology Centres, IEO, UAB, UIB, Novi Sad U., ICTS, CESGA Projects, CloudPYME, PdE- Spanish Port Authority)

20

9.21%

UVIGO

Meteogalicia, Xunta de Galicia

CESGA Systems

GRID

FPGMX & HOSPITALS


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CPU DISTRIBUTION BY RESEARCH AREA

The

computing time related to Computational Physics Research, represented 25.3% of the total consumption (down from previous year ďŹ gure of 37.8%), Biochemical Modeling represents 32.9% (56% more than in 2011). These two areas together accounted for 58.2% of the total hours consumed.

CPU USE DISTRIBUTION BY RESEARCH AREA, 2001 - 2012

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CPU USAGE DISTRIBUTION BY INSTITUTION AND MACHINE

This

barchart shows which of the systems were most demanded by each of the institutions that use the computing servers at CESGA. It can be easily appreciated that CSIC researchers mainly utilized the FinisTerrae server, registering 49.7% of CPU hours used on FT, while the SVG server was shared mainly by the researchers from the Universities of Galicia.

CPU USAGE DISTRIBUTION BY INSTITUTION AND MACHINE IN 2012

100%

80%

60%

40%

CSIC

Hospitals

ICTS

UDC

USC

UVI

Meteogalicia

UIB

IEO

University of Novi Sad

UCM

20%

0% FINISTERRAE

22

CESGA

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GRID ACTIVITY

CESGA’s

Thus in 2012, in addition to providing Grid knowledge, technical developments and support, CESGA focused its efforts in Grid accounting and monitoring, software quality verification, migration to a virtualized cloud infrastructure and coordination of IBERGRID operations.

technical team is involved in the development of automated tools to facilitate the operation of the European Grid Iniciative (EGI) infrastructure. Technicians at CESGA are working on the consolidation of the Universal Middleware Distribution (UMD) as the software distribution for EGI, and the development of middleware for parallel computing in the Grid.

CESGA also provides computing nodes to the Grid. In 2012 there were 126 grid user accounts running jobs at CESGA Grid node. The number of CPU hours offered to these users was 2,580,454 hours. Users holding CESGA accounts benefited from the use of 2,133,133 hours on other nodes of this distributed infrastructure which as a whole provided computing services for more than 3,130 million hours.

Through these and other activities, CESGA contributes to the deployment and operation of several Grid initiatives (Spanish e-Science Network, IBERGRID, National GRID Initiative, EGI-Inspire), including the largest distributed computing infrastructure in production today, the European Grid Infrastructure.

126

User Accounts on CESGA Grid node

2,580 K CPU hours on CESGA GRID node

CPU USAGE DISTRIBUTION BY VIRTUAL ORGANISATION ON CESGA GRID NODE IN 2012

100%

80% OTHER 5%

FUSION 5%

60% PHYS.VO.IBERGRID.EU 10%

40%

3,133 K CPU hours on other GRID nodes

COMPCHEN 30%

AUGER 50%

20%

0

GRID

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USERS 2011 - 2012 CENTRES

RESEARCH GROUP

# active user accounts 2011

2012

CPU hours used 2011

2012

CSIC - CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTÍFICAS

Centre de Investigació en Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (CIN2) Barcelona CIN Theoria and simulation

4

1

126.598,6

6.834,6

1

1

1,4

2.165,1

Centre d’Estudis Avançats de Blanes Oceanografía Operacional

1

2

48.194,5

67.136,6

Centro de Astrobiología Grupo de Astrofísica Molecular y Unidad Asociada de la Universidad de Valladolid

0

3

0,0

4.906,7

5

2

257.331,8

4.154,7

4

5

185.538,6

102.016,9

1

1

4.452,0

2.387,3

Centro de Investigaciones sobre Desertificación Ecología Vegetal

0

1

0,0

229,4

Centro Nacional de Biotecnología Estructura de Adenovirus

1

1

328.584,7

1.203.944,8

Genética Molecular de Plantas - Variación Natural y Vid

0

2

0,0

4.283,1

Servicio de Informática Científica

1

1

2.674,1

267,5

Centro Técnico de Informática Área de Informática Científica

1

1

158,2

0,8

Estación Biológica de Doñana Biología de Poblaciones de Plantas

0

3

0,0

57.157,1

Biología Evolutiva ; Integrative Ecology Group

6

1

799.185,6

187.952,6

Conservation and Evolutiornary Genetics

1

2

0,1

69.883,5

Evolución de relaciones planta animal

2

2

4.243,6

3.815,9

Genética de la conservación

6

1

23.660,8

2.218,3

Plant Invasions Group (Dpto., Ecología Integrativa)

0

1

0,0

3.122,2

2

2

155.162,5

58.693,2

0

1

0,0

12.558,3

Nanophononics and Nanophotonics Group

Polymers and Soft Matter Group Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas Grupo de Resonancia Magnética Nuclear Structural Biology of Host-Pathogen Interactions

Estación experimental del Zaidin, Ciencias de la Tierra y Química Ambiental/ Química Teórica y Modelización Molecular Ecología Genética de la Rizosfera

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USERS 2011 - 2012 CENTRES

RESEARCH GROUP

# active user accounts 2011

2012

CPU hours used 2011

2012

CSIC - CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTÍFICAS

IFISC (UIB-CSIC) Física Interdisciplinar y Sistemas complejos

2

2

190.817,0

86.415,3

TMOOS

0

1

0,0

3.212,4

Neurobiología del Desarrollo

2

1

192.224,5

169.833,4

Instituto de Catálisis y Petroleoquímica Departamento de Biocatálisis

0

1

0,0

20.066,4

Grupo de Catálisis Fundamental y Aplicada

2

2

292.601,2

299.346,8

Modelling for Theoretical Catalysis

3

4

443.603,1

872.901,6

Instituto de ciencia de Materiales de Madrid Teoría Intercaras y Crecimiento

6

5

99.811,7

285.825,8

Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona Departamento Teoría y simulación materiales

4

5

176.174,1

478.000,6

11

10

1.054.915,3

890.868,7

Instituto de Ciencias del Espacio (CSIC-IEEC) Grupo de Astronomía de Ondas Gravitatorias - LISA

1

2

230.791,5

504.055,9

Instituto de Ciencias de Materiales de Sevilla FQM282

1

1

271.380,8

209.560,1

Instituto de Ciencias Marinas de Andalucía Modelado de procesos y cuantificación de incertidumbre en la dinámica de niveles

0

1

0,0

19,3

Instituto de Estructura de la Materia Departamento de Física Molecular

2

2

143.697,5

10.925,8

Departamento de Química y Física Teóricas

3

1

108.484,9

85.247,7

Física Macromolecular

1

1

52.665,6

114.290,4

Instituto de Física Teórica Instituto de Física Teórica

1

2

806,3

632.973,2

Instituto de Investigación en Inteligencia Artificial Multi-Agent Systems

2

2

75.399,9

1.234,9

Instituto de Investigaciones Químicas Departamento de Química Inorgánica y Catálisis

1

1

105.873,9

74.513,1

2

2

146.723,6

207.725,4

Instituto Cajal

Estructura Electrónica de Materiales

Grupo de Carbohidratos

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USERS 2011 - 2012 CENTRES

RESEARCH GROUP

# active user accounts 2011

2012

CPU hours used 2011

2012

CSIC - CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTÍFICAS

Instituto de Matemáticas y Física Fundamental, Departamento de Física Atómica y Molecular Teórica

9

8

1.439.459,8

1.340.984,8

6

4

252.592,8

358.808,0

Instituto de Microelectrónica de Madrid Grupo de epitaxia de haces moleculares

1

1

1.666,5

2.044,1

Instituto de Química Avanzada de Cataluña Química teórica y computacional

3

1

9.732,5

468,8

Instituto de Química Médica Quimioterapia

2

2

313.388,6

237.482,6

1

1

47.483,7

37.315,5

0

1

0,0

44,1

Laboratorio de Radicales Libres y Química Computacional

3

4

Productos Naturales

3

Química Orgánica Biológica

Matemáticas

Quimioterapia/QuimioInformática Instituto de Química Orgánica General Grupo de Investigación de Pedro Noheda (PNRG)

39.196,4

159.208,2

1

351,4

1.319,0

3

2

31.685,8

35.704,7

2

2

12.462,4

62.232,1

Catálisis y Procesos Catalíticos

1

3

2.910,3

8.079,4

Compuestos Organometálicos y de Coordinación

4

6

33.837,7

272.066,0

Instituto de Tecnología Química Instituto de Tecnología Química

3

1

16.347,7

15.299,4

Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales Departamento de Biodiversidad y Biología Evolutiva

2

1

165,4

433.737,1

Unidad Asociada CSIC-LABEIN Unidad de Materiales Nanoestructurados

1

1

1.441.479,7

53.384,5

Escola Universitaria Politécnica Superior Enxeñeria Naval e Oceánica

1

2

47,3

48.439,3

Facultade de Ciencias Bioloxía Animal

2

1

665,6

367,6

1

5

10.767,4

11.465,9

Instituto de Síntesis Química y Catálisis Homogénea Activación de Enlaces por Complejos Metálicos

UDC - UNIVERSIDADE DA CORUÑA

Bioloxía Molecular

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USERS 2011 - 2012 CENTRES

RESEARCH GROUP

# active user accounts

CPU hours used

2011

2012

2011

2012

6

7

347.959,0

553.768,3

20

18

444.217,9

1.072.529,3

1

1

5.498,0

2.475,3

Electrónica y Sistemas

16

14

32.439,0

216.208,9

Tecnoloxías da Información e as Comunicacións

8

10

2.097.656,9

596.532,7

UDC Xenérico

42

48

6.652,5

3.258,3

1.917,3

6.458,7

UDC - UNIVERSIDADE DA CORUÑA

Facultade de Ciencias Química Física e Enxeñaría Química I Química Fundamental Facultade de Informática Computación

UDC Xenérico

USC - UNIVERSIDADE DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Facultade de Farmacia Química Orgánica

1

1

Electrónica e Computación

13

12

571.537,3

303.687,3

Física Aplicada

16

14

1.490.788,9

1.692.985,6

Física da Materia Condensada

16

12

985.218,9

481.800,0

Física de Partículas

3

5

9.454,2

132.410,8

21

19

1.295.489,0

1.752.953,0

25

23

865.150,0

833.028,7

3

3

23.138,6

22.739,3

19

22

789,8

3.204,4

0

1

Facultade de Física

Facultade de Química Química Física Química Orgánica Instituto de Medicina Legal Medicina Legal USC Xenérico USC Xenérico

UVIGO - UNIVERSIDADE DE VIGO Escola Superior de Enxeñaría Informática Ourense Departamento de Informática

0,0

4.245,0

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USERS 2011 - 2012 CENTRES

RESEARCH GROUP

# active user accounts

CPU hours used

2011

2012

2011

2012

1

1

52.823,3

11.317,4

2

2

6.126,2

17.972,2

1

1

351,4

17,3

2

3

23.047,4

36.919,3

Facultade de Ciencias do Mar Física Aplicada

13

10

554.027,6

540.508,0

Facultade de Ciencias de Ourense Física Aplicada Ourense

2

1

3.062,4

733,9

Facultade de Química Química Analítica e Alimentaría

7

7

94.773,8

136.890,7

Química Física

10

7

412.947,6

338.395,9

Química Inorgánica

1

1

61,7

16.605,6

Química Orgánica

22

19

1.702.242,9

1.627.849,2

UVIGO - UNIVERSIDADE DE VIGO Escola Técnica Superior de Enxeñaría de Telecomunicacións Matemática Aplicada Teoría de la Señal y Comunicaciones Escola Técnica Superior de Enxeñaría Industrial Física Aplicada Facultade de Bioloxía Grupo de Bioinformática e Evolución Molecular

HOSPITALS & FUNDACIÓN PÚBLICA GALEGA DE MEDICINA XENÓMICA Hospital do Meixoeiro Servizo de Radiofísica e Protección Radiolóxica

0

1

Fundación Pública Galega de Medicina Xenómica Fundación Pública Galega de Medicina Xenómica

2

1

0,0

87.677,5

4

130.110,5

41.213,2

1

1.273,0

542.727,3

Hospital Xenérico Hospitais Xenérico

IEO - INSTITUTO ESPAÑOL DE OCEANOGRAFÍA

Centro Oceanográfico de A Coruña Grupo de Modelado Oceanográfico

5

5

38.500,8

27.983,1

Centro Oceanográfico de Vigo Modelado y Análisis de Sistemas

1

1

367,7

2.151,1

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USERS 2011 - 2012 CENTRES

RESEARCH GROUP

# active user accounts 2011

2012

CPU hours used 2011

2012

5.581,7

UAB - UNIVERSIDAD AUTÓNOMA DE BARCELONA Arquitectura de Computadores y Sistemas Operativos High Performance Computing for Efficient Applications and Simulation

0

1

0,0

1

1

18.090,9

248,8

0

2

0,0

14.362,2

8

8

329.384,2

481.858,4

AIMMAP – Associação dos Industriais Metalúrgicos e Metalomecânicos de Portugal AIMMAP

0

1

0,0

20,6

AIMEN - Asociación de Investigación Metalúrgica del Noroeste AIMEN

0

2

0,0

281,5

CATIM - Centro de Apoio Tecnológico à Indústria Metalomecânica CATIM

0

2

0,0

4.913,7

UIB - UNIVERSITAT DE LES ILLES BALEARS Química Química

UNIVERSITY OF NOVI SAD - SERBIA Faculty of Technical Sciences Faculty of Technical Sciences

METEOGALICIA - XUNTA DE GALICIA MeteoGalicia Predición e Investigación Numérica

TECHNOLOGY CENTRES

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ICTS

ACCESS PROGRAMME 2012

Since

2008, Finis Terrae was acknowledged by the Spanish Government as a “Unique Scientific and Technological Infrastructure” (ICTS). Thanks to this, remote access to the FinisTerrae Supercomputer and research visits to CESGA are possible for any researcher from EU countries. Through the ICTS programme, scientists from communities outside Galicia and CSIC can get access to resources for their research projects, acquiring knowledge, or receiving training in technologies in use at the Centre. Over the last three years, CESGA developed an intensive activity as a Spanish National ICTS. In 2012, CESGA opened 20% of the computing time available through two calls for proposals, which granted access for two different periods (semesters). These calls were open to all European researchers. The access protocol is described in detail at http://icts.cesga.es. All projects granted access last year were proposed by Spanish research groups, most of them from researchers that already held a CESGA user account. Lack of additional ICTS funding in 2012 accounts for this, as CESGA assumes the cost of access for users from the Galician Universities and CSIC; however, researchers from other institutions must fund the use of resources. As special case, CESGA assumes the cost of those projects considered “Excellent” by the External Access Committee.

Computing Time Granted

More

than 4.5 million hours of computing time were granted in 2012. Following a peer review process conducted by over 30 experts, the External Access Committee granted access to 23 proposals. All the computing time for these proposals was granted as “prioritised time”, because the total requested computational time did not exceed the computational time available. Despite the good scientific and technological quality of the proposals, 17% of the beneficiaries had to be rejected due to lack of specific funding. In addition to the usual services provided by CESGA (computing, storage, and support services), an ICTS access lends a higher priority level in the applications execution or even exclusive access to the resources. These is the main reasons for CESGA regular users to request access through the ICTS periodic calls.

GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION OF ICTS USERS

42.1% 21.1%

REMOTE ACCESS & RESEARCH VISITS MODALITY

APPLICATIONS

BENEFICIARIES ACCESSES

1

7

7

6

2

16

16

13

Total

23

23

19

15.7% 5.3%

10.5%

5.3%

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48%

ICTS executed activities in 2012

Centre

Department

CSIC

Instituto de Matemáticas y Física Fundamental

Department of Theoretical Atomic and Molecular Physics

Reactive processes of astrophysicist interest and on nano metallic objects V

5

CSIC

Instituto de Matemáticas y Física Fundamental

Department of Theoretical Atomic and Molecular Physics

Reactive processes of astrophysicist interest and on nano metallic objects VI

5

CSIC

Instituto de Ciencias del Espacio (CSIC-IEEC)

Gravitational Waves Astronomy Group-LISA

Gravitational Waves from Binary Black Hole Mergers

CSIC

Instituto de Ciencias del Espacio (CSIC-IEEC)

Gravitational Waves Astronomy Group-LISA

Simulations of Binary Black Holes in General Relativity and in Scalar-Tensor Theories of Gravity

CSIC

Instituto de Investigaciones Quimicas

Group of Carbohydrates

Simulations of molecular dynamics of complexes  glicosaminoglicano-protein

2

CSIC

Instituto de Investigaciones Quimicas

Group of Carbohydrates

Simulations of molecular dynamics of complexes  glicosaminoglicano-protein from docking solutions

2

CSIC

Instituto de Tecnología Química

Institute of Chemical Technology

Evaluation of structural properties, adsorption, and diffusion of gases in metal-organic porous solids using computational techniques

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Department of Computing

UAB

Dynamic tuning of applications in shared memory environments

1

UAB

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelonal

Extraction of parallel scientific application I/O patterns

1

Computational study by DFT methodology of new materials active in the valorisation of photocatalysis of CO2

1

Performance assesment of algorithms for untangling and smoothing of tetrahedral meshes in parallel shared memory computer architectures

1

IMDEA

ULPGC

UDC

Architecture & OS

Department of Computing Architecture & OS

Fundación IMDEA Energía

Thermochemical Processes

Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

SIANI

Facultade de Informática

Electronics and Systems Dept.

Activity

A proposal for the migration of processes in checkpointing based MPI applications

Users

3

3

1

1

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USC

Centre

Department

Activity

Facultade de Física

Applied Physics

Superelastic films based on the adsorption and self-organisation of supramolecular complexes formed with ciclodextrines and tensioactives

UDC

Facultade de Ciencias

Chemistry

USC

Facultade de Física

Applied Physics

UVIGO

Applied Physics Facultade de Ciencias de Ourense

UVIGO

Facultade de Ciencias de Ourense

UVIGO

Facultade de Química

UVIGO

Facultade de Química

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Applied Physics

Análisis de las constantes de acoplamiento y desplazamientos químicos mediante cálculos DFT en modelos con estereoquímica desconocida y en nuevos compuestos actividad siderófora

Users

4

1

Molecular dynamic simulations oriented to new materials design

4

WACCM-4 coupled model simulations. Solar cycle effect on different greenhouse gas concentrations.

2

Tropospheric and stratospheric 11 year oscilations; solar cycle, effects of other natural forcings or nonlinear combination?

2

Organic Chemistry

Homogeneous vs heterogeneous catalysis mechanisms in gold catalysed reactions

Organic Chemistry

Molecular dynamics simulation of mechanical properties of nanocomposites

3

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COMPUTING INFRASTRUCTURE COMPUTING SERVERS

Different

architectures of high-performance computing systems are available for CESGA’s community of users. Depending upon the algorithms involved, users choose the computing architecture that is most appropriate for their needs. The 2012 highlights regarding computing servers are listed below:

27,3 million CPU hours.

Users employed more than

Efforts were undertaken to improve energy efficiency, reducing energy usage by

New computing platforms were deployed.

21.2%.

The computing servers available to users in 2012 appear in the table below:

HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING SERVERS SERVERS FinisTerrae

YEAR INSTALLED 2008

ARCHITECTURE SMP (NUMA) CLUSTER

PROCESSORS, MEMORY, PEAK PERFORMANCE 2,272 CORES, 18.2 TB, 13,632 GFLOPS

HTC SERVERS INTEGRATED IN THE GALICIAN VIRTUAL SUPERCOMPUTER (SVG) SERVERS

YEAR INSTALLED

ARCHITECTURE

PROCESSORS, MEMORY, PEAK PERFORMANCE

SVG 2011

2011

HP SL CLUSTER

1,200 CORES, 2,400 GB MEMORY, 10,240 GFLOPS

SVG 2012

2012

HP SL CLUSTER

192 CORES, 1,536 GB MEMORY, 3,788 GFLOPS

SERVERS FOR PROJECTS SERVERS

YEAR INSTALLED

ARCHITECTURE

PROCESSORS, MEMORY, PEAK PERFORMANCE

CLOUD PLATFORM

2009

PC CLUSTER

324 CORES, 576 GB MEMORY, 16 TB DISK

eIMRT

2009

2 NODES

4 CORES, 8 GB MEMORY, 770 GB DISK

SmartLM

2009

1 NODE

1 CPU, 1 GB MEMORY, 160 GB DISK

SIFI-GALICIA

2008

1 NODE

2 CPU, 2 GB MEMORY

RETELAB

2008

PC CLUSTER

32 CORES, 32 GB MEMORY, 288 GB DISK

RGB

2009

1 NODE

8 CORES + 1 GPU tesla, 12 GB MEMORY, 146 GB DISK

RGB

2009

PC CLUSTER

RGB

2011

HP SL

2 QUAD-CORE P.U. INTEL X5,520 NEHALEM, 12 GB MEMORY, 146 GB DISK, 1 GPU TESLA C 1,060 288 CORES, 576 GB MEMORY, 2,534 GFLOPS

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PEAK PERFORMANCE

PEAK PERFORMANCE EVOLUTION AT CESGA (in GFLOPS*)

35,936

36,000 35,000

33,106

34,000 33,000 32,000 31,000 30,000 29,000

x10,278

28,000 27,000

25,696 25,696

26,000 25,000 24,000 23,000 22,000

21,000

21,000 20,000 19,000 18,000 17,000 16,000

7,500 6,000 6,500 6,000 5,500 5,000

x 15.5

4,500

4,184.5

4,000 3,500 3,000 2,500

x 10.5

2,000

1,957.5

1,500 867.5

1,000 500 YEAR

2.5

2.5

2.5 2.5

93

94

95

2.5 26.2 2.5 2.5

36

36

96

99

00

97

98

1,379.5

45.9 125.9 01

02

03

04

* 1GFLOPS= 1,073,741,824 (floating point operations per second)

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06

07

08

09

2010

2011

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EVOLUTION OF CPU CONSUMPTION

During

2012, the FinisTerrae system and the SVG cluster were the main available servers at CESGA. The number of hours consumed increased from 26,856,100 hours in 2011 to 27,213,302 hours in 2012, incrementing the total by 1.3%.

27.2 million hours in 2012 CPU TIME USAGE EVOLUTION IN HOURS, 2003 - 2012

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NUMBER OF JOBS EXECUTED

A

“job” is a unit of work running in a computing server. The number of jobs executed does not only depend on the available computing capacity but also on the resources necessary for the execution.

NUMBER OF JOBS EXECUTED BY SYSTEM BY MONTH IN 2012

Jobs 140,000

120,000

100,000

80,000

60,000

40,000

20,000

0

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

CLOUD

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Jun

Jul

FINISTERRAE

Aug

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AVERAGE IN-QUEUE WAITING TIME

The

average in-queue time represents the average amount of time that users must wait from the moment that they request CESGA resources until their jobs begin to run. This time varies as a function of the quantity of jobs being performed. It is CESGA’s aim to keep the waiting time as low as possible in order to deliver a better service to users. This average is a good indicator of the level of saturation that exists in the computational resources, because the higher the computing systems occupation level, the longer the in-queue time until the required resources are available. Usually, the waiting time decreases during the summer and winter holidays.

AVERAGE IN-QUEUE TIME FOR ALL PROCESSES IN ALL SYSTEMS (JAN 2001 - DEC 2012)

Hours 45 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

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HPC : HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING SERVERS

High

performance computing systems involve machines designed to solve a reduced number of problems of large dimensions in a limited time. These architectures incorporate scalar high performance processors with access to large memory size, utilizing internal networks with low latency time and high transfer capacity. In 2012, the users had access to three high performance systems.

SMP NUMA CLUSTER TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

COMPUTER

APPLICATION AREAS

MULTIPLE CONCURRENT O.S.

8 HP ProLiant SL230s Gen8 - Compute node

Integrity r x 7640/Superdome Itanium 2 Cluster

Computational Science Applied to: Nanotechnology, Health & Life Sciences, Ocean Sciences, Energy, HPC

Unix, Linux, Windows

OPEN SOFTWARE

Linux, Lustre, Globus, ...

COMPILERS, LIBRARIES, & DEVELOPMENT TOOLS

Intel C/C ++ and Fortran, Intel MKL, Vtune, HP-MPI, and HP UPC

PROCESSOR

2x Intel Sandy Bridge E5-2670 2.6 GHz, 20 MB Level 3 Cache, 115W, 8 cores per processor

MEMORY

64 GB

STORAGE

NETWORKING INTERCONNECT NODE

Infiniband 4x DDR at 20 Gbps

EXTERNAL NETWORK CONNECTION

10 Gbps

PROCESSOR

Intel IA-64 Itanium 2 Montvale Dual Core 1600 MHz (6,4 Gflops)

COMPUTING NODES

- 142 nodes, each with 16 cores & 128 GB memory - 1 node with 128 cores & 1.024 GB memory - 1 node with 128 cores & 384 GB memory

PROCESSING CORES

2.580

MEMORY

19.670 GB

STORAGE NODES

22 nodes with 96 cores

HIERARCHICAL STORAGE

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1 x 2TB 6G SAS 7.2K

Dual Port Intel 1 GbE NIC Dual Port Infiniband FDR 40 Gb

2 HP DL 560 Gen8 - Fat node (node configuration)

390.000 GB on disk & 2.200.000 GB on tape

PROCESSOR

4x Intel Sandy Bridge E 5-4620 2.2 GHz, 16MB Level 3 Cache, 95W, 8 cores per processor

MEMORY

512 GB PC3-1333R

STORAGE

6x 1 TB 3G SAS 6G 7.2K NHP

NETWORKING

Four Port HP 1 GbE NIC Dual Port Infiniband FDR 40 Gb


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CLOUD AND HTC : Cloud Computing to provide High-Throughput Computing, GRID Servers and SpeciďŹ c Project Servers

CESGA

offers different architectures designed to solve a large number of problems with diverse computational complexity in a short period of time. The High-Throughput Computing servers incorporate a large quantity of scalar processors with fast access to a local memory of limited size. These servers have an internal interconnect network with medium-high latency. This type of architecture is ideal for iterative processes with low dependency between them such as, genetic algorithms, massive processing of experimental data, rendering of images, parametric computing, etc. SVG reects the wager that the Centre made in 1999 to provide low cost cluster systems as an ideal solution to the increased demand in throughput jobs. HTC systems, as well as other clusters, are increasingly more abundant in the laboratories and departments of research groups. These groups use the services of CESGA as a complement to their own, without the necessity to port their applications or to learn new operating systems. Due to their characteristics, the HTC servers installed at CESGA are used in GRID platforms and projects.

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SERVERS FOR PROJECTS

In

addition to the HPC, HTC, Cloud and GRID servers available, CESGA also houses equipment to provide service to the projects in which it participates.

Cloud Platform Configuration summary:

32-node HP ProLiant SL2x170zG6, each with a dual quad-core Intel e5520 (Nehalem) and 16 GB of Advanced Calculus,

1 HP ProLiant DL160G6 node with dual quad-core Intel X5570 (Nehalem) and 32GB of memory,

1 HP ProLiant DL165G6 node with two AMD Opteron 2435 six-core processors and 32 GB of memory, and

6 HP ProLiant DL180G6 nodes with dual quad-core Intel e5520 (Nehalem) with 16TB of total storage.

eIMRT II (Previously known as BEinGRID) 2 servers A virtualized server

• • • • •

Project: BEinGRID and eIMRT II Processors: 2 Intel Xeon E5440 virtual cores with 2.83GHz Memory: 4 GB Disk: 135 GB (plus a USB external disk 500 GB) Operating System: x86_64 GNU / Linux CentOS 4.6

A physical server

• • • • • • •

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Project: BEinGRID and eIMRT II Processor: 2 Intel dual core processors CPU Xeon 3.60GHz Memory: 4 GB Disk: 135 GB Operating System: x86_64 GNU / Linux CentOS 4.6

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SmartLM • • • • •

Project: SmartLM Processors: 1x AMD Athlon (tm) 64 Processor 3500 + Memory: 1 GB RAM Hard Drive: 160 GB Operating System: openSUSE 11.0 (64bit) (has a small partition with the original XP computer)

Servers: SmartLM License Server 0.9

SIFI-GALICIA •

Project: Industry Analysis of the Transformation of Wood and Forestry in Galicia - the Potential Value of Using an Industrial (Forest) Information System

Number and type of processors, total memory: 2 Intel Xeon 3 GHz, 2 GB RAM

Number of servers: 1 Operating System: Microsoft Windows Server 2003

RETELAB •

Project: RETELAB - A Virtual Laboratory for the National Network for the Oceanographic Remote Sensing Cluster formed by 4 HP ProLiant BL460c servers: 2 Intel Xeon QuadCore X5355 (8 cores per team)

Frequency: 2.66 GHz, 8 GB of RAM, and 4 x 2 MB cache (L2)

Original records: 4 x 36 GB with subsequent enlargement of 2 72 GB discs

Operating System: Scientific Linux 4.5 on the nodes and Fedora Core 6

RGB •

Project: Galician Bioinformatics Network RGB houses a server at CESGA with 2 quad-core Nehalem Intel X5520

• • •

Memory: 12 GB Disk: 146 GB and 1 Tesla C1060 GPU Cluster with 12 servers, 288 cores AMD6174 @ 2.2 GHz, 576 GB of memory and 6 TB of storage.

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DATA STORAGE Available

storage reached 1,922 Terabytes by the end of 2012. The data storage service uses a type of hierarchy for the stored data in order to assure the best quality of service as a function of the information (criticality of data and speed of access). There were 109 requests for storage service demanding 130 TB of aditional data storage.

STORAGE SERVICE CRITERIA FOR THE CLASSIFICATION OF INFORMATION

In

2012, the Centre maintained the criteria regarding the classification of the types of data in the storage service. This system permitted the accommodation of the distinctive services to the specific necessities of each group of information, responding in this manner to the growing demand for quantity and quality of service such as the optimization of the different storage options available in the Centre. A description of the 5 types of information that are available in the service is presented below in accordance with the classification previously defined.

Serial scratch

has very low latency and maximum bandwidth. It affects the computing production of the Centre. Regarding average capacity, the data are only stored for the duration of the execution of the computing jobs. Availability may be low (they are temporary data) and it is not necessary to make back-ups.

Massive data storage is utilised to store databases and research results. Normally the content does not vary (they typically are of the WORM type) and the access velocity is not critical, although they require a high bandwidth to access the servers. Back-ups can be made on demand. Back-ups to disk are the copies of the data that users have in their own servers or PCs that are stored in CESGA systems in order to have a secure copy of their data. The availability of the service may be low.

Parallel Scratch

has the best performance (maximum bandwidth). In this case, the scratch data is shared between all of the nodes of the cluster and distributed among all of them. This permits an increase in both the access bandwidth to the files and the total capacity of the scratch well above the local disk capacity. Its availability may be low due to the fact that it depends on many components that are not redundant. No back-ups of these data are made.

Home Directories

contain critical data that are susceptible to being analysed and modified at any moment. The operation of the computing services of the Centre depends on their availability. As such, they should have maximum availability and the best balance between capacity and performance. Back-ups are made on a daily basis.

DATA STORAGE USED IN 2012

TYPE OF STORAGE

1,922 TB used in 2012 42

CAPACITY (TB)

Scratch

142

Parallel Scratch

239

Home + Massive Data Stge

180

Tape

1,360

TOTAL

1,922


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SCIENTIFIC APPLICATIONS The

predominant activity in the applications area during 2012 is listed below.

The completion of a large number of user support activities.

The installation of all applications demanded by CESGA users along the year. A total of 74 new versions of applications, libraries, compilers, and development tools were installed.

Support for the deployment of a new operational oceanography tool based on the MyOcean forecasting system for the Spanish Port Authority (PdE).

Porting and deployment of the full applications set to the SVG 2012 upgrade based on Intel Xeon E52670 processors.

Application activity is summarized below.

applications or scientific computing libraries were put into production. A total of 74 new software versions were installed or updated

50 374

requests for technical assistance were addressed

USER SUPPORT ACTIVITIES 2006 - 2012

500

Support Activities

447

400

300

327

200

100

91

241

251

2008

2009

374

123

0 2006

2007

2010

2011

2012

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PORTED ELEMENTS IN 2012

APPLICATION abinit Amber Blast CAMPARI CDO

VERSION 6.10.3 12 2.2.26+ 1.0.1 1.5.3

CHIMERE

2011 a+

COMSOL

4.2, 4.3

cortex_var CSD

1.0.5.11, 1.0.5.3 V5.33 (2012)

LIBRARY

VERSION

boost

1.41.0, 1.49.0

GSL

1.15

HDF5 Intel MPI Library

1.8.6 & 1.8.7 4.0.2.003, 4.0.3.008, 4.1.0.024

Matplotlib

1.1.1

MKL

10.3.11.339, 10.3.9, 11.0.1

Intel MPI Library

4.0.1.007

mpi4py

1.3

MVAPICH2

1.6, 1.7

dftb-Slater-Koster

1-1

Ncarg

6.1.0

EIGENSOFT

4.2

NetCDF

3.6.2

6.82

Py NIO

Ferret gnuplot Gromacs Gaussian 09 Gromacs idba_ud ILOG-CPLEX LAMMPS

1.4.1

4.4.4, 4.6.0 4.5.5 B.01 4.0.7 & 4.5.4

COMPILERS AND DEVELOPMENT TOOLS

VERSION

1.0.9 12.4 28Mar12

Migrate

3.2.16

Modules

3.2.9c

Intel C++ Compiler

2011.11.339, 2011.9.293, 2013.1.117

Intel Fortran Compiler

2011.11.339, 2011.9.293, 2013.1.117

Open64

4.5.1

PGI Compìlers Molden MrBayes NAMD

2.7, 2.9 3.2.1

OpenFOAM

2.1.0

ORCA

2010

plink

v1.07

ghull

2012.1

Schrodinger Suite SIESTA Turbomole UCLA AGCM VASP

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3.2

OpenBUGS

R

12.5, 12.6

5.0

2.14.1, 2.15.0 2011u01 2.0.2, 3.1 6.3.1 7.3 5.2.12Nov11, 5.3

Python Sun JDK

2.7.3 1.6.0_23, 1.6.0_26, 1.6.0_31, 1.6.0_33, 1.7.0_05


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STATISTICS OF APPLICATIONS USE DURING 2012 10 MOST DEMANDED APPLICATIONS CPU Hours

% of total CPU used

g98/03/09

4,423,637

25,70

User codes

3,707,582

21,54

These

statistics extracted from the accounting records summarise the use of applications from January 1st, 2012 through December 31st, 2012. Data collected for accounting purposes included only those entries with execution times greater than 30 seconds (both system and user time) in order to avoid saturating the system, except for CSD or other explicitly marked applications in which the threshold is lower, since the much shorter time used by this sort of applications. The 65 most used applications are presented in the Figure below (“others” means non-classified applications, fundamentally, those that are installed or developed by the users themselves, “system” means system management executables).

VASP

1,176,353

6,84

Gromacs

1,141,820

6,63

Xmipp WRF

1,030,308

5,99

626,083

3,64

Waccm

551,677

3,21

Amber

506,644

2,94

Cpdm

469,140

2,73

Cactus

440,067

2,56

Elapsed Time (%)

DISTRIBUTION OF CPU TIME CONSUMED BY APPLICATIONS, 2012

100

80

60

40

20

06/01

31/01

27/02

29/03

27/04

24/05

18/06

18/07

16/08

15/09

13/10

05/11

07/12

01/01

Day / Month

g98/03/09

Other

VASP

Xmipp

Gromacs

WRF

cpmd

NAMD

amber

Cactus

waccm

R

Nemo

LAUTREC

SIESTA

eimrt

Venus

DYCI

Molpro

CHARMM

dalton

ROMS

Turbomole

gamess

SYSTEM

PHYML

OpenFoam

parsec

python

pyMPI

cp2k

DL_POLY

MM5

Crystal

java

LAMMPS

CDO

nwchem

deMon

structure

RAxML

Grads

blast

aimpac

IMa2

ORCA

abinit

Gadget

netcdf

matlab

cortex_var

Mohid

MrBayes

batwing

ILOG-CPLEX

MSVAR

plink

Elmer

perl

molcas

molden

octave

octopus

Ferret

NCO

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Catalogue of applications and utility libraries installed in 2012 in CESGA computational servers, with access for all users. AREA Bioinformatics

APPLICATION

FINISTERRAE

batwing

X

BEAGLE

X

BEAST

X

Blast

X

CLUMPP cortex_var

X X

EIGENSOFT

X

Genehunter

X

idba_ud

X

IMa2

X

JAGS

X

Leadmix

X

Migrate

X

X

MrBayes

X

X

MSVAR OpenBUGS

X X

X

RAxML

X X

Cmake

X

GNU Compilers

X

Intel C++ Compiler

X

X

Intel Fortran Compiler

X

X

Open64

X

X

PGI Compilers

Math Libraries

X

Python

X

X

Oracle JDK

X

X

ACML

X

ARPACK

X

Blitz++

X

boost

X

CGAL

X

FFTW

X

GotoBLAS2 gsl

X

MKL

X

MUMPS

X

NumPy

X

octave

X

octcdf

X

PETSc

X

PSBLAS

X

qhull

X

SciPy

X

X X

ScaLAPACK

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X

plink

Structure

Compilers

SVG

X

X X

X


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AREA Math Libraries Molecular Calculations

MPI

APPLICATION

FINISTERRAE

SPARSKIT

X

SuiteSparse

X

abinit

X

X

Amber

X

X

AutoDock

X

cp2k

X

CPMD

X

Dalton

X

ESPResSo

X

Gamess

X

X

Gaussian 03

X

X

Gaussian 09

X

X

Gromacs

X

X

LAMMPS

X

X

Molden

X

X

NAMD

X

X

NWChem

X

Octopus

X

SIESTA

X

HP MPI

X

Intel MPI Library

X

MPICH2

Profiling Tools

Scientific Analysis Scientific DataBases

SVG

X X

MVAPICH2

X

Platform MPI

X

pyMPI

X

HP-Caliper

X

Intel Thread Checker

X

Intel Thread Profiler

X

Intel Trace Analyzer and Collector

X

PAPI

X

TotalView

X

4ti2

X

R

X

Singular

X

CSD

X

X

X

X

X

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AREA ScientiďŹ c Visualisation and Animation

APPLICATION

FINISTERRAE

CDO

X

etsf_io

X

ftgl

X

GMT

X

gnuplot

X

Grace

X

Grads

X

HDF

X

HDF5

X

ImageMagick

X

Matplotlib

Simulation

Structural, Fluids and Magnetism Calculations

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X

X

X

X

Ncarg

X

NCO

X

NetCDF

X

Panoply

X

Parallel-NetCDF

X

pgplot

X

szip

X

X

udunits

X

X

VMD

X

Aires

X

EMAN

X

FLEXPART

X

MEEP

X

PyNIO

Software Management

SVG

X

X

X

git

X

Modules

X

subversion

X

Elmer

X

OpenFOAM

X

X

X


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GALICIAN SCIENCE

& TECHNOLOGY NETWORK

During

2012, there was intensive activity related to the deployment of the new network. The dark fibre links and the DWDM switching were already installed by the beginning of the year. Thanks to years of fruitful collaboration between RECETGA and RedIRIS in the RedIRIS-NOVA project, in 2012 the work was concentrated in the effective deployment of internal lambda circuits and IP connectivity between university campuses in Galicia. Galician users are now set to enjoy world class communication services for years to come.

Backbone Network 2012 Highlights In 2012 CESGA undertook steps leading to the completion of the final stage of the backbone deployment in order to build a 10 Gbps ring topology network based on dark fibre infrastructure with redundant routing nodes. These steps included:

The deployment of 2 backbone routers based on Juniper MX480 platform in Vigo and Santiago. Now the network is resilient even to a full CESGA site fail.

The deployment of RECETGA NOVA regional 10Gbps ring providing connectivity from almost all university campuses in Galicia. For this purpose 9 new 10 Gbps regional links were activated linking the most populated areas in Galicia.

The deployment of new links in order to provide redundant IP connectivity to universities (each university connects its internal network to the core by means of redundant 10Gbps links to different geographic locations). For this purpose 4 new 10 Gbps regional links were activated from each university to each main RECETGA routing node.

The deployment of new links in order to provide an internal ring topology to comunicate all University of Vigo campuses. For this purpose 4 new 10 Gbps regional links were activated interconnecting the three campuses.

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Access Network 2012 Highlights

The centre of Instituto Español de Oceanografía at Vigo was migrated from 2 Mbps to 100 Mbps.

The Misión Biológica de Galicia (CSIC) in Pontevedra was migrated from radiolinks to fiber connectivity.

Campus do Mar was connected to RECETGA.

Design and deployment of a new load balancing system to improve access to CESGA’s services.

Design and deployment of a new wireless platform at CESGA.

Dissemination and Conference Activity during 2012 •

Participation in the HPC Inter-university Master Programme, covering networking and security topics.

Publication of technical report “Network virtualization technologies and applications to NREN”. https://www.cesga.es/es/biblioteca/downloadAsset/id/705

downloadAsset/id/704

Internal services were consolidated in order to improve energy efficiency.

Deployment of the new VPN SSL based access to CESGA’s internal services to allow users a safer access to resources (HPC and IT services users).

Deployment of a virtual firewall for University of Coruña’s internal service.

Publication of technical report “Network and services monitoring in RECETGA. https://www.cesga.es/es/biblioteca/

Publication of final HPC master’s project “Deployment of HPC services on cloud platforms. https://www.cesga.es/es/ biblioteca/downloadAsset/id/706

RECETGA TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS Based on Dark Fibre, leased lines and SDH Radio Links

Backbone Network

1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet and ATM links JUNIPER MX480, M20, M10 & M10i Gigarouters JUNIPER EX4500 10G Switches Based on Fibre Optics, SDH Radio Links, and other technologies such as

Access Network

WIFI, WIMAX, etc... Up to 10 Gigabit Ethernet as needed JUNIPER Gigarouters, JUNIPER, FORE, CISCO & ENTERASYS Switches

Network Management

Connection to RedIris

CESGA Internal network

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Developments based on open source software

Two links at 10 Gbps

Gigabit Ethernet, fast Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet JUNIPER, 3COM, ENTERASYS, DELL, HP & Alcatel Switches JUNIPER, ENTERASYS, CISCO Switchrouters


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Other activities at CESGA

Technical support was given to the “World Telecommunications Day Event” organised by the Telecommunications Engineers Association.

Quality indicators and procedures were changed in order to reflect and improve internal work processes.

Support was given to Misión Biológica de Galicia (CSIC) in order to improve its web presence on the Internet and secure access to CESGA’s services.

The internal mailing service was updated in order to provide a fastest service and calendar services for users and room resources.

A basic newtorking course was given to Cloudpyme project level 1 support centers (AIMEN and CATIM).

Management and coordination of final HPC master’s project “Deployment of HPC services on cloud platforms”.

Deployment of a quick-and-easy solution to present CESGA’s marketing contents on screen for display at the Centre’s entrance hall.

Improvements to CESGA’s network and services monitoring system.

RECETGA - REDIRIS EXCHANGED TRAFFIC IN MBPS, 2006-2012 Mbps 5000

4000

3000

2000

1000

0 2006

2007

Max.Outgoing

2008

2009

Max. Incoming

2010

Average Outgoing

2011

2012

Average Incoming

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CENTRES CONNECTED TO RECETGA

CENTRES

LINK

AVBLTY.

C.I. XUNTA BUGALICIA - Consorcio de Bibliotecas Universitarias de Galicia

Ethernet (100 Mbps)

99,987%

INTECMAR - Instituto Tecnolóxico para o Control do Medio Mariño de Galicia

ATM Radio Link (155 Mbps)

99,769%

CIMA - Centro de Investigacións Mariñas

E1 Radio Link (2 Mbps)

99,877%

CSBG – Centro Superior Bibliográfico de Galicia

Ethernet (100 Mbps)

99,986%

AGI - Axencia Galega da Innovación, Xunta de Galicia

Ethernet (1 Gbps)

99,993%

IEGPS – Instituto de Estudos Galegos Padre Sarmiento

Ethernet (100 Mbps)

99,967%

IIAG – Instituto de Investigacións Agrobiolóxicas

Ethernet (1 Gbps)

99,962%

IIM – Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas de Vigo

ATM Radio Link (155 Mbps)

99,809%

MBG – Misión Biológica de Galicia

Ethernet (100 Mbps)

97,786%

Delegación CSIC en Galicia

Ethernet (100 Mbps)

99,827%

CSIC

RTD CENTRES ANFACO-CECOPESCA - Centro Técnico Nacional de Conservación de Productos de la Pesca

Ethernet (100 Mbps)

99,929%

CETMAR – Fundación Centro Tecnológico del Mar

Wireless (54 Mbps)

99,804%

CIS Galicia – Centro de Innovación e Servizos do Deseño e a Tecnoloxía de Galicia (sede Ferrol)

Ethernet (100 Mbps)

CETECA - Centro Tecnolóxico da Carne

Ethernet (1 Gbps)

100,000%

99,907%

TECNOPOLE – Parque Tecnolóxico de Galicia

Ethernet (1 Gbps)

99,943%

CESGA – Fundación Centro Tecnolóxico de Supercomputación de Galicia

Ethernet (2x10 Gbps)

99,999%

COG – Fundación Centro Oncolóxico Galicia

Wireless (11/22 Mbps)

99,994%

CHUS – Complexo Hospitalario Universitario de Santiago de Compostela

Ethernet (1 Gbps)

99,997%

CHUAC – Complexo Hospitalario Universitario de A Coruña

Ethernet (100 Mbps)

99,967%

IEO Coruña – Instituto Español de Oceanografía (sede Coruña)

Wireless (100 Mbps)

98,903%

IEO Vigo – Instituto Español de Oceanografía (sede Vigo)

ATM Radio Link (155 Mbps)

99,204%

IEO Bouzas – Instituto Español de Oceanografía (sede Bouzas)

Wireless (54 Mbps)

99,716%

RedIRIS

Ethernet (2 x 10 Gbps)

99,949%

RETEGAL – Rede de Telecomunicacións Galega

Ethernet (1 Gbps)

99,992%

SERGAS – Servizo Galego de Saúde

Ethernet (1 Gbps)

99,999%

APL – Aula Productos Lácteos

E1 Radio Link (2 Mbps)

98,024%

CEIDA - Centro de Extensión Universitaria e Divulgación Ambiental de Galicia

Wireless (11/22 Mbps)

99,899%

FEUGA - Fundación Empresa-Universidad Gallega (sede Santiago)

Ethernet (1 Gbps)

99,999%

FEUGA - Fundación Empresa-Universidad Gallega (sede Vigo)

Ethernet (1 Gbps)

99,929%

UDC – Universidade da Coruña

Ethernet (2 x 10 Gbps)

99,989%

USC – Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

Ethernet (2 x 10 Gbps)

99,994%

UVIGO – Universidade de Vigo

Ethernet (2 x 10 Gbps)

99,994%

HOSPITALS

IEO

EXCHANGE WITH OTHER NETWORKS

PUBLIC BODIES & ORGANIZATIONS

UNIVERSITIES

OTHER CENTRES

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IES San Clemente – Instituto de Ensinanza Secundaria San Clemente

Ethernet (100 Mbps)

99,998%

MeteoGalicia

Ethernet (100 Mbps)

99,838%


Domaio

CETMAR

Instituto Español de Oceanografía (Sede Beiramar)

Rede Retegal

Instituto Español de Oceanografía

FEUGA

ANFACO

Vigo - Torrecedeira (Campus Universitario)

Dirección Xeral de I+D+i

Ourense (Campus Universitario)

Tecnópole

IES San Clemente

Delegación do CSIC

Santiago (Campus Universitario)

Vigo - Marcosende (Campus Universitario)

Padre Sarmiento

Complexo Hospitalario Universitario de Santiago

FEUGA

CIS Galicia

Instituto Español de Oceanografía

Centro Oncolóxico de Galicia

Lugo (Campus Universitario)

Instituto de Investigacións Agrobiolóxicas (CSIC)

A Coruña (Campus Universitario)

Pontevedra (Campus Universitario)

Misión Biolóxica de Galicia

San Caetano

Rede Xunta

Instituto de Investigacións Mariñas

Meteogalicia

Centro Ramón Piñeiro

Vilaxoán, Centro de Control de Acuicultura

Corón, Centro de Investigacións Mariñas

C.H.Universitario de A Coruña

Santa Cruz CEIDA

Ferrol (Campus Universitario)

2xINTERNET

ESPANIX

{

54 Mbps or higher (wifi)

10 Gbps RECETGA - RedIRIS 20 Gbps or higher 10 Gbps 1 Gbps 100 Mbps 2 Mbps (wifi)

GEANT

Clara Tein2 Internet2 GARR Renater Janet2

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CONNECTIONS THROUGH GEANT

GEANT TOPOLOGY

CONNECTION THROUGH REGIONAL NETWORKS

REDIRIS TOPOLOGY

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ENERGY SAVINGS

AND EFFICIENCY PLAN

CESGA SUPPORT INFRASTRUCTURES

In

order to guarantee 24 x 7 service to users and researchers at CESGA, the computing servers as well as the network core switching, and routing equipment have a support infrastructure available which provides the resources presented in the table below.

EQUIPMENT

CHARACTERISTICS

ELECTRICAL SUPPLY General Circuit Breaker Board Remodeling

10 New circuit breaker boards (general distribution board, UPS distribution boards, 6 distribution boards in data centre)

Transformers

1 - 1.600 KVA 2 - 630 KVA

UPS

2 x 400 KVA 2 x 180 KVA

External Electrical Supply Line Power Generator

1.5 Mw

1.100 KVA

COOLING Chilled Water Plants

2 x 580 Kw

CRAH

8 Units x 120 Kw

DATA CENTRE ROOM Technical Flooring Surface Area

340 m2

FIRE SUPPRESSION Fire Detection & Extinction System

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ENERGY SAVINGS AND EFFICIENCY PLAN

Energy

efficiency is increasingly more important for any supercomputing centre due to the fact that electrical consumption of elements (servers, storage, and the network) has skyrocketed. This is demonstrated by the fact that, today, a supercomputing centre such as CESGA has an average consumption greater than 600 KW which implies an elevated cost for electricity. Thus, it is very important to evaluate mechanisms to improve energy efficiency either by reducing usage or by taking better advantage of the required resources which would be of great benefit both economically as well as in terms of the environment. The basic objective of the Energy Savings and Efficiency Plan is the improvement of CESGA’s energy efficiency to levels that are similar to those of the best supercomputing centres. PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) is now the agreed measure for energy efficiency for the majority of data processing centres.

Actions

The PUE for CESGA decreased from 1.71 in 2011 to 1.56 in 2012. According to a recent study by the EPA* (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), the average PUE value of those centres that measure this variable is 1.924, with a minimum of 1.362 and a maximum of 3.598. Actually, an optimum PUE value in our geographical area is approximately 1.5. The reduction of our PUE means significant savings. For example, with an average annual consumption of 700 KWh (6,132,000Kwh a year), a reduction of 0.1 means savings of approximately 45,000€ per year. Thanks to actions taken in 2012, power consumption was reduced by 21.2% from previous year, despite the increase in services with the installation of new SVG nodes.

* http://www.energystar.gov/ia/business/evaluate_performance/data_center_tech_desc.pdf

Replacement of EC Fans. L15 fans were replaced with EC fans. These variable speed fans are much more efficient than the previously installed fans. Power consumption of L15 fans was reduced from 47Kw to just 10Kw. The investment was returned in less than a year.

Comfort heating system upgrading. A new heat pump system was installed at CESGA during 2012. This system is much more efficient than the previous one, and it was also better integrated with the chillers’ heat recovery system in order to minimize its power consumption.

The maximum utilisation of freecooling and heat recuperation technologies. Freecooling was used during 55% of the time in 2012.Shutting down obsolete hardware (for example, old SVG) and consolidation of equipment.

taken in 2012 related to the reduction of energy consumption include:

Completion of the installation of glass panels to separate cold and hot aisles in the computer room.

Continued development of an integrated management system for monitoring and tracking energy consumption and the support infrastructures, with instant measurement of the PUE as well as the generation of efficiency statistics.

Acquisition of efficient hardware from an energy use perspective. The new SVG has a performance of 858 Gflops/KW.

New lighting installation. Low power consumption LED lights were installed in those rooms that are used most of the working hours.

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RESEARCH PROJECTS In

2012, there was a decrease in the number of public open calls in which CESGA could participate. Fortunately, the important presence of CESGA researchers and technicians in European projects has mitigated the reduction of incomes from National funds. CESGA’s participation in European projects can be qualified as outstanding, contributing significantly to the improvement of Cloud infrastructures on BonFIRE, VENUS-C, EGI-Inspire, and EMI projects, providing new requirements and technical solutions. It is important to also remark the contribution to the competitiveness of the manufacturing SMEs from Galicia and North of Portugal with the creation of CloudPYME infrastructure, where they can run their product and prototype simulations. The e-Learning and Collaboration tools area had an impressive participation in European projects in 2012. This area earned three new projects (WIKI-SKILLS, MOVE IT, and ICT-GoGirls), one of these led directly from CESGA (ICT-Go-Girls) This is the first European Project in which CESGA acts as lead coordinating partner. This area is transferring the developed technology developed in the previous RuralSchools project, so geographicaly disperse and less-favored ICT schools can advanced computing services. Also, at an European level, the

FAROS project is demonstrating the feasibility of controlling discards/by-catch in the fishing sector. Several National and Regional projects have finalized during this year, with important contributions to the advance of Cloud and IT service technology, among others: The successful start of the mobile Meteosix application developed by UDC in this project in collaboration with MeteoGalicia, USC, and CESGA; the demonstration of the feasibility of helping doctors with a remote Computer-aided Diagnosis carried out by Bahía Software, CESGA, and USC; the development of a Cloud Environment to get the most out of the Computer rooms in the Universities or the aforementioned RuralSchools technology. Finally, it is important to highlight those activities related to operational services for oceanography: MyOcean and Océano projects. Participation in MyOcean is contributing to the creation of a pan-European oceanography forecast service whereas Océano is doing it at a Galician level. CESGA has contributed to make these services a reality, being a complex problem for a supercomputer center due to the tight deadlines as well as to the amount of computing resources needed.

AREA

PROJECTS 2009

2010

2011

2012

Computing

19

18

17

15

Network Communications

3

3

1

0

Collaboration Tools & e-Learning

9

5

5

6

Geographical Information Systems

3

3

3

4

e-Business

4

2

1

0

Other Grants for Research

6

6

6

4

44

37

33

29

2009

2010

2011

2012

European Comission

10

8

3

9

Spanish Goverment

13

9

9

7

Galician Regional Goverment

19

17

13

11

Industry

2

3

3

2

TOTAL

44

37

33

29

Thematic Networks Tecnological Platforms

19

14

13

13

TOTAL

GRANT SOURCE

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BonFIRE-VCOC Virtual Clusters on Federated Cloud Sites http://www.bonfire-project.eu Partners: The BonFIRE consortium brings together world leading industrial and academic organisations in Cloud computing to deliver a robust, reliable and sustainable facility for large scale experimentally-driven Cloud research. Multinational companies (ATOS, HP, SAP), renowned universities and supercomputing centres (UCM, EPCC, HLRS Stuttgart, IBBT, TUB), research centres (IT Innovation, FhG Fokus, INRIA, i2CAT) and technology analysts (451 Group) provide the complimentary expertise and infrastructure resources necessary to accelerate the research and development within the Internet of Services community. The consortium has now been extended to include additional research centres and companies using the facility for Cloud computing research (University of Manchester, CESGA, CETIC, Cloudium Systems and RedZinc). Coordinator: ATOS-Origin. Principal Researcher: Andrés Gómez Tato. Financing: European Commission. Project Code: 267386. CESGA budget: 233,344.00€. Total budget: 7,755,126.00€. Period: 01/09/2011 – 31/01/2012. Objective: VCOC, Virtual Clusters on federated sites is one out four new experiments in BonFIRE project which have been selected in the first open call. The aim of this experiment is to research the feasibility of using multiple Cloud environments for the provision of Services which need the allocation of a large pool of CPUs or virtual machines to a single user (as High Throughput Computing or High Performance Computing). It will run as use case the dose computation for radiotherapy treatments based on Monte Carlo methods, developed in the eIMRT project.

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NUM_SCES Computational Studies of StronglyCorrelated Quantum Systems

Period: 01/01/2010 – 31/12/2012. Objective: The main goal of this project is to study the physics of strongly-correlated quantum systems using advanced numerical techniques and high-performance computing. The focus is on novel quantum properties of both traditional condensed matter systems (electronic liquids, quantum magnets), as well as non-traditional many body systems (cold atoms in optical lattices, nanoscale conductors, qbits.) The proposal includes the use and development of in-house high performance computing codes, specifically suited to take advantage of the computing resources available at CESGA, such as the supercomputer Finis Terrae.

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MYOCEAN PROJECT Oceanographic Monitoring and Forecasting for the IBI Area http://www.myocean.eu Partners: Spanish Port Authority (PdE) and CESGA. Coordinator: CESGA. Principal Researcher: Ignacio López Cabido. Financing: Sub-Programme of Complementary Actions for Non-Oriented Fundamental Research Projects, Spanish Ministry for Science and Innovation. Project Code: CTM2011-14366-E. CESGA budget: 24,000.00€. Total budget: 24,000.00€. Period: 14/04/2011 - 13/04/2011. Objective: The aim of the proposal is to consolidate the activity of oceanographic operational simulation of the Atlantic area (IBI, Iberian-Biscay-Ireland) within the European project MyOcean. This consolidation will enable run operational oceanographic daily simulations in the FinisTerrae supercomputer and the publication of results on the Internet for end users from CESGA. This action will also consolidate the partnership between CESGA and PdE in computational oceanography.

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CLOUDERT-VENUS-C Cloud Experiments for Radiation Therapy http://www.venus-c.eu

Partners: CESGA. Coordinator: CESGA. Principal Researcher: Iván González. Financing: Spanish Ministry for Science & Innovation.

Partners: CESGA. Coordinator: CESGA. Principal Researcher: José Carlos Mouriño Gallego.

Project Code: PGI-FIS2009-13520. CESGA budget: 16,940.00€. Total budget: 16,940.00€.

Financing: European Commission. Project Code: 110 42011. CESGA budget: 26,600.00€.

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Total budget: 26,600.00€. Period: 01/09/2011 - 31/06/2012. Objective: VENUS-C (Virtual Multidisciplinary Environments Using Cloud Infrastructures) is a project funded under the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme drawing its strength from a joint co-operation between computing service providers and scientific user communities to develop, test and deploy a large, Cloud computing infrastructure for science and SMEs in Europe. CESGA presented their eIMRT platform and was selected as one of these pilots, called CloudERT. The eIMRT platform consists of a suite of remote tools to help medical physicists in the definition of treatment plans and their verification using MC simulations.

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CLOUDPYME Cloud for Simulation and CAD/CAE in Manufacturing SME www.cloudpyme.es Partners: CESGA, AIMEN, CATIM, AIMMAP. Coordinator: CESGA. Principal Researcher: Andrés Gómez Tato. Financing: POCTEP. Project Code: 0448-CloudPyme_1_E. CESGA budget: 164,020.00€. Total budget: 417,280.00€. Period: 01/03/2011 - 30/04/2013. Objective: CLOUDPYME - Promoting and inserting Open Source Software (OSS) technology in manufacturing Small and Medium Enterprises (SME), for the numerical simulation and CAD/CAE through evaluation pilots in Cloud computing infrastructures, Demonstration and Evaluation. The project’s objective is to design, set-up and test a sustainable infrastructure to support Small and Medium Enterprises of manufacturing sectors to improve its international competitiveness through the usage of open source software including CAD and CAE, in order to boost the design of their products and processes. This project has been co-financed with FEDER funds through the second round of Cross-Border Cooperation Operational Programme Spain - Portugal, 2007-2013 POCTEP (0448_CLOUDPYME_1_E).

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EGI-INSPIRE http://www.egi.eu Partners: Over 50 European and international institutions including: CSIC, CESNET, CSC, CNRS, GRNET, NORDUNET, TCD, CERN, LIP,

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University Putra Malaysia, and the National University of Singapore. Coordinator: EGI.eu. Principal Researcher: C. Fernández. Financing: European Commission. Project Code: INFSO-RI-261323. CESGA budget: 1,352,784.00€. Total budget: 334,600,000.00€. Period: 01/05/2010 – 30/04/2014. Objective: The EGI-InSPIRE project will support the transition from a project-based system to a sustainable pan-European e-Infrastructure by supporting ‘GRIDs’ of high-performance computing (HPC) and high-throughput computing (HTC) resources. EGI-InSPIRE will also be ideally placed to integrate new Distributed Computing Infrastructures (DCIs) such as Clouds, supercomputing networks, and desktop GRIDs in order to benefit the user communities within the European Research Area.

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EMI European Middleware Initiative http://www.eu-emi.eu Partners: Over 20 European and international institutions including, for example: CSIC, STFC, FZJ Juelich, DESY, GRNET, TCD, CERN, CESNET, and CINECA. Coordinator: CERN. Principal Researcher: C. Fernández. Financing: Avanza I+D. Project Code: INFSO-RI-261611. CESGA budget: 90,000.00€. Total budget: 24,163,454.00€. Period: 01/05/2010 – 30/04/2013. Objective: The European Middleware Initiative is a collaboration of the three major middleware providers in Europe (ARC, gLite and UNICORE), and other consortia. EMI aims to deliver a consolidated set of middleware components for deployment in EGI, PRACE and other DCIs; to extend the interoperability between GRIDs and other computing infrastructures; to strengthen then the reliability of the services; and to establish a sustainable model to maintain and evolve the middleware thereby fulfilling the requirements of the user communities.

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NUBA Normalized usage of business-oriented architectures Partners: Telefónica I+D, Atos Origin, BSC, CESGA, UCM, Catón Sistemas Alternativos, Digital Bubble S.L., Xeridia SL. Coordinator: Telefónica I+D


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Principal Researcher: C. Fernández. Financing: Avanza I+D Project Code: TSI-020301-2009-30. CESGA budget: 171,638.00€. Total budget: 4,740,614.87.00€. Period: 01/07/2009 – 30/03/2012. Objective: The project focuses research on the management of a Cloud service-oriented infrastructure that integrates different providers and with which service providers can define the requirements of their virtual environments and deploy and manage their services transparently. It also provides automated monitoring, scaling, cost control, and remote management.

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OPTIMIZA Optimisation of irregular applications on emerging CPU/GPU High Performance Computing systems Partners: CESGA, USC. Coordinator: CESGA. Principal Researcher: Ignacio López Cabido. Financing: Directorate General for Research. Development and Innovation (DXIDI), Galician Regional Government (Xunta de Galicia). Project Code: 09TIC002CT. CESGA budget: 78,890.00€. Total budget: 92,805.00€. Period: 01/01/2010 – 30/12/2012. Objective: The project offers the assessment of the GPUs as suitable platforms to develop/optimise irregular applications with extension of the memory hierarchy models previously developed by the researchers to the new hybrid architectures, CPU/GPU. The development of new tools for irregular applications that take advantage of the new levels of the memory hierarchy in these systems will be introduced. Moreover, these tools will make their programming easier. The knowledge acquired about these hybrid architectures during the project will provide a good starting point for the next FinisTerrae supercomputer.

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FORMIGA-CLOUD Fostering re-usage of computer labs through their integration in the Cloud http://formigacloud.es

Principal Researcher: J. López Cacheiro. Financing: Directorate General for Research. Development and Innovation (DXIDI), Galician Regional Government (Xunta de Galicia). Project Code: 09TIC001CT. CESGA budget: 58,825.95€. Total budget: 110,000.95€. Period: 02/12/2009 – 31/10/2012. Objective: The project is dedicated to the creation of a Cloud based on the resources of the computer labs of Galician universities thereby extending the functionality of the existing FORMIGA platform.

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OCÉANO Production, processing, and distribution of oceanographic multipurpose operational fields using open standards and web services http://oceano.cesga.es Partners: CESGA, Laboratorio de Medio Ambiente de Galicia, USC. Coordinator: CESGA. Principal Researcher: Andrés Gómez-Tato. Financing: Directorate General for Research Development and Innovation (DXIDI), Galician Regional Government (Xunta de Galicia). Project Code: 09MDS009CT. CESGA budget: 74,134.75€. Total budget: 211,522.00€. Period: 01/10/2009 - 31/10/2012. Objective: The objective of the project is the development and adjustment of the ROMS (Regional Ocean Model System) model to the Galician coast as well as making it operational so that MeteoGalicia can use its results. Such results will be deployed using a data processing architecture and will generate products with added value starting with the output files and following correct organisation, management, and dissemination procedures. The methods will satisfy the European directive, INSPIRE, and will use the web service standards proposed by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).

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e-IMRT II Advanced Systems for Radiotherapy Planning Using Distributed Computation http://eimrt.cesga.es

Partners: CESGA, USC. Coordinator: CESGA.

Partners: CESGA, CHUVI, UVIGO, USC.

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Coordinator: CESGA. Principal Researcher: José Carlos Mouriño Gallego. Financing: Directorate General for Research Development and Innovation (DXIDI), Galician Regional Government (Xunta de Galicia). Project Code: 09SIN007CT. CESGA budget: 88,428.00€. Total budget: 243,752.85€. Period: 01/12/2009 - 31/10/2012. Objective: The previous e-IMRT project produced new remote services for the planning of radiotherapy treatments that require high computational capacity. This second project will develop new computational modules for treatment planning and optimisation and their parallelisation. We will use the Cloud Computing infrastructure as a remote computational resource and the platform will be validated by the hospital Radiophysics staff.

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MDCAD A Supercomputing Infrastructure for Medical Imaging Advanced Services: CAD and Storage Partners: Bahia Software, CESGA, USC. Coordinator: Bahia Software. Principal Researcher: César Veiga. Financing: Directorate General for Research. Development and Innovation (DXIDI), Galician Regional Government (Xunta de Galicia) Project Code: 10SIN030E. CESGA budget: 89,182.00€. Total budget: 123,217.00€. Period: 01/11/2010 – 30/06/2012. Objective: The goal is to research technical requirements and implementation details of medical imaging advanced services on a supercomputing infrastructure such as Computerized Aided Diagnostics (CAD), storage, and visualisation.

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CLIMA Extreme Phenomena in the Stratosphere’s Winter Circulation Partners: CESGA, UVIGO. Coordinator: UVIGO. Principal Researcher: Laura de la Torre Ramos, UVIGO. Financing: Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. Project Code: CGL2011-24826. CESGA Budget: 6,000.00€. Total Budget: 139,150.00€.

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Period: 01/09/2012 – 01/09/2015. Objectives: The stratospheric extratropical circulation during the cold season (i. e. the stratospheric polar vortex) undergoes two extreme processes: sudden stratospheric warmings (SSW, when the zonal winds weaken and even reverse) and periods characterized by a very intense vortex, usually after the SSWs. It has been shown that these extreme processes influence phenomena as important as the stratospheric ozone hole or the variability modes that lead the tropospheric temperature patterns and storm tracks, increasing their predictability. However, the number of studies about these phenomena is small, most of them about individual events, and they are centered around the polar anomalies, instead of following the vortex as it moves. The objectives of this project are understanding the processes that lead to the anomalous behavior of the circulation and studying its direct impacts, both in the polar cap and following the vortex. We will also look for the the keys of the different behaviors of the vortex (major vs. minor, displacement vs. split) and the differences with the final warmings at the end of the cold season, when the stratospheretroposfere dynamical coupling is not more possible. Also, the impacts on the Brewer Dobson circulation, the recovery of the stratospheric polar ozone, the polar tropopause or the polar jet will be studied. Finally, the evolution of the intensity and frequency of these phenomena in several climate change scenarios will be studied..

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ARTFIBIO Adaptive radiotherapy and prediction of the tumour response based on functional studies of MR and PET/CT in head and neck Cancer Partners: CHUVI, UVIGO Coordinator: CHUVI Principal Researcher: Victor Muñoz Garzón Financing: Instituto de Salud Carlos III Project Code: PI11/01683 CESGA Budget: 51.243,5 EUR Total Budget: 121.243,5 EUR Period: 26/12/2011 -- 30/12/2014 Objective: The aim of this project is to create an information network to develop predictive individualized models of the tumour response to radiotherapy in patients with head and neck cancer based on in vivo functional data. For this purpose, several studies of MRI and PET/CT were performed, and biopsy


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e-Learning & Collaboration Tools Projects

will be analyzed. Quantification of tumour cell density and oxygenation were calculated using image data and biopsied tissue. Functional images were obtained from pre- and posttreatment PET/CT, as is currently done, and from a serial 4 MRI studies (perfusion- and diffusion-weighted), which will assess tumour response and oxygenation. In vivo measurements from real patients will allow us to develop a predictive model much better than the currently established based on in vitro data and in animal experimentation. The project will develop a web plarform with several tools: anonymous database, non-rigid registration of several image modalities, visualization of tumour cell density as treatment is delivered, clinical prediction of the tumour response, evaluation of the treatment considering usual setbacks (breakdowns, non delivered beams,...) and the difference between delivered dose and planned dose, and variation between predicted tumour cell density and quantified one using control images performed three months after treatment.

ABC Learning Based on Competences: Intermediation System Based on the Semantic Web http://abc.cesga.es Partners: CESGA, UVIGO. Coordinator: CESGA. Principal Researcher: M.J. Rodríguez Malmierca. Financing: Directorate General for Research Development and Innovation (DXIDI), Galician Regional Government (Xunta de Galicia). Project Code: 08SIN004CT. CESGA budget: 96,428.65€. Total budget: 178,494.95€. Period: 01/09/2009 – 31/08/2012. Objectives: The ABC project goes deeper into e-Procura project findings.

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RURAL SCHOOLS Rural Schools Virtual Communities for Education in the Cloud http://rural.cesga.es Partners: CRA Boqueixón-Vedra, CESGA. Coordinator: CESGA. Principal Researcher: M. J. Rodríguez Malmierca. Financing: HP Labs. Project Code: None. CESGA budget: 40,500.00€. Total budget: 67,000.00€. Period: 01/09/2010 – 31/01/2012. Objectives: Rural Schools Virtual Communities for Education in the Cloud” is a research project carried out by the Supercomputing Center of Galicia (Spain) and funded by HP Labs in California (USA). The main objective of this project is to test a cloud-based solution to provide rich media e-collaborative and learning services to disperse rural school networks. This objective can be split into the following specific goals: To design and develop a cloud-based Open Source software and hardware solution suited for kids, teachers and parents in small rural schools; to test this solution in a real environment with rural schools in our region; to evaluate the solution from a technical point of view and from our users point of view; and to contribute with our findings to other communities with similar needs (small communities, dispersion, poor bandwidth). Awards: Finalist for EGANET: Under the category of Digital Education 91 nominations were submitted, and our project was selected among the 4 finalists. Winner in the Educared awards. Winners Modality A, category II: winners.

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WIKI-SKILLS Partners: Fondation Ynternet.org (Switzerland ), die Berater (Austria), Ellinogermaniki Agogi (Grecce ), Universidad de Barcelona (Spain), MAC-Team (Belgium), HEIG-VD (Switzerland), CESGA (spain), Wikimedia.se (Sweden). Coordinator: Fondation Ynternet.org (Switzerland). Principal Researcher: M. J. Rodríguez Malmierca. Financing: European Commission. Project Code: 519291-LLP-1-2011-1-CH-KA3-KA3MP. CESGA budget: 41.000 €. Total budget: 399.528€. Period: 01/01/2012 – 01/01/2014. Objective: The project aims to analyse and apply benefits of using the free software tool wiki for lifelong learning programmes, thus empowering civic behaviour, social inclusion, employability, cultural understanding and abilities to learn autonomously.

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REDE NUBE Rede de Escolas na Nube Partners: CESGA, Balidea Consulting & Programming, Xunta de Galicia. Coordinator: CESGA Principal Researcher: M. J. Rodríguez Malmierca. Financing: Cofinanced by Balidea Consulting & Programming, Xunta de Galicia, and CESGA. CESGA budget: 10,000.00 €. Total budget: 70,000.00€. Period: 01/09/2012 – 31/08/2014. Objective: This project aims to analyse and develop a software and hardware solution, based on cloud computing, which supports a collaborative, communicative ICT based methodology to improve education and collaboration in elementary and primary disperse rural schools in Galicia. This project continues a path started by an HP Labs awarded research project, also coordinated by Galicia Supercomputing Centre, named “Rural Schools & Cloud Computing” in 2010, where a team of researchers, teachers and computer technicians gather together to design and implement an adapted “cloud”, based on Open Source solutions and cloud infraestructure, to support learning and collaboration in a disperse rural school.

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MOVE IT Mobilising Opportunities in Vocational Education with Innovative TechnologiesPartners Partners: CESGA, , Myerscough College (UK), Central Ostrobothnia Rural Institute (Fin), IPC Groene Ruimte (nl), Association for Lifelong Learning in Rural Areas (Rom). Coordinator: Myerscough College (UK), Principal Researcher: M. J. Rodríguez Malmierca. Financing:. European Commission Community programme LEONARDO DA VINCI TOI Project Code:. 2012-1-GB2-LEO05-08040 CESGA budget: 49,535.00€. Total budget: 300,000.00€. Period: 30/10/2012 – 30/10/2014. Objective: The MOVE IT Project (Mobilising Opportunities in Vocational Education with Innovative Technologies) aims to adapt and transfer an innovative, effective work based delivery methodology incorporating e-learning and mobile technology for 16-24 year olds learning in the workplace.

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ICT-Go-Girls! Promoting secondary school girls entrepreneurship through ICT http://ictgogirls.eu/ Partners: CESGA, USC, Die Berater (Aus), Spoleczna Akademia Nauk (Pl), Institute Fraunhoffer IAO-Stuttgart Uni (Ger), CVO Antwerpen-Zuid (Belg) and Donau-Universitat Krems (Aus) Coordinator: CESGA Principal Researcher: M. J. Rodríguez Malmierca. Financing:. European Commission (Sócrates) Project Code:. 526590-LLP-1-2012-1-ES-COMENIUS CESGA budget: 73,259.00€. Total budget: 299,873.00€. Period: 01/11/2012 – 31/10/2014. Objective: ICT-Go-Girls is a 2-year Comenius Multilateral Project, co-financed by the European Commission, under LLP program. Its maing goal is to empower secondary school girls with the knowledge, skills and values to help them be able to create future opportunities for innovation and quality ICT related employment.


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METEOSIX Geographical Information System for the Management and Distribution of Meteorological and Oceanographic Information of Galicia http://meteosix.cesga.es Partners: MeteoGalicia, Laboratorio de Medio Ambiente de Galicia (LMAG), USC, UDC. Coordinator: LMAG. Principal Researcher: Francisco Landeira Vega. Financing: Directorate General for RTD, Galician Regional Government (Xunta de Galicia). Project Code: 09MDS034522PR. CESGA budget: 35,172.75€. Total budget: 157,430.00€. Period: 30/10/2009 – 31/10/2012. Objective: This project aims to provide adequate organisation, management, and dissemination of meteorological and oceanographic information in Galicia by implementing GIS components and web services.

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IDEPATRI Design and Development of a Data Model for an Archaeological SDI of the Iron Age in Galicia http://idepatri.cesga.es Partners: CESGA, USC. Coordinator: CESGA. Principal Researcher: Francisco Landeira Vega. Financing: Directorate General for RTD, Galician Regional Government (Xunta de Galicia). Project Code: 09SEC002CT. CESGA budget: 61,180.00€. Total budget: 121,762.00€. Period: 30/10/2009 – 31/10/2012. Objective: This initiative aims to create an operational system for the generation and supply of data from archaeological activities. The coordinated efforts of several research groups will design a platform for the exchange of archaeological geospatial information via the Internet.

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FAROS Integral Networking of Fishing Sector for Sustainable Exploitation of Marine Resources http://faros.cesga.es Partners: IIM-CSIC, CESGA, APV Puerto Vigo, CETMAR, IEO, INRB-IPIMAR. Coordinator: IIM-CSIC. Principal Researcher: Francisco Landeira Vega. Financing: European Commission. Project Code: LIFE08 ENV/E/000119. CESGA budget: 174,656.00€. Total budget: 1,063,357.00€. Period: 01/01/2010 – 14/04/2013. Objectives: The main objective of the project is the development and implementation of an efficient and integral discard and bycatch management network, implying all actors present in the fishing sector (fleets, ports, auctions, industries, etc.), which aims at both the minimisation of discards/by-catch as well as their optimal evaluation in order to recover and to produce valuable chemicals of interest in the food and pharmaceutical industries.

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ENARDAS Espaços naturais, arquitecturas, arte rupestre e depósitos da pré-história recente na fachada ocidental https://www.cesga.es/en/investigacion/ proyectos/Proyecto?id=257 Partners: U Minho, CESGA. Coordinator: U Minho. Principal Researcher: Francisco Landeira Vega. Total budget: 114,000.00€. Period: 01/02/2011 - 31/12/2013. Objectives: The objective of this project is the interdisciplinary study of the symbolic relevance of natural areas in the configuration of the neolithic communities in the bronze age in the western areas of north and central Portugal. This implies conducting studies that relate landscape with material evidences of these human communities. Research is approached from a landscape archaeology perspective.

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Other grants for Research

ANGELES ALVARIÑO PROGRAMME Human Resources

PARGA PONDAL PROGRAMME Human Resources

Financing: Angeles Alvariño Programme is part of the HHRR Programme – Galician RTD Plan, funded by Regional Ministry for Economy and Industry. CESGA budget: 81,666.66€. Period: 2010-2012. Objective: Enhance the action of inclusion of recent doctors enabling the improvement of their training.

Financing: The Parga Pondal Programme is part of the HHRR Programme – Galician RTD Plan, funded by Regional Ministry for Economy and Industry. CESGA budget: 68,400.00€. Period: 2012-2013. Objectives: Contract extension for a high level researcher at CESGA.

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PROMOTION OF HPC IN INDUSTRY Human Resources Financing: Cooperation Programmes - Directorate General for Employment Promotion – Regional Ministry for Work and Welfare CESGA budget: 27,434.34€. Period: 2011-12 (2 contracts, 9 months each). Objectives: Cooperation programmes in the field of collaboration with Public Administration agencies, other than the local, universities and non-profit entities, for hiring of unemployed workers.

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IMPROVEMENT OF ICTS CESGA SERVICES Human Resources Financing: Spanish National Programme for Hiring Human Resources for Research. 2008-2011 National Scientific Reseach, Development and Innovation Plan. CESGA budget: 56,700.00€. Period: 2011-2014. Objectives: Improve the ICTS CESGA services and collaborate in the leveraging of the European Grid Iniciative Platform (EGI).

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ISABEL BARRETO PROGRAMME Human Resources Financing: The Isabel Barreto Programme is part of the HHRR Programme – Galician RTD Plan, funded by Regional Ministry for Economy and Industry. CESGA budget: 45,600.00€. Period: 2012-2013. Objectives: Hiring of a high level technician to improve the communications services.

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EUROPEAN e-BUSINESS SUPPORT NETWORK http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/e-bsn/ Members: Over 160 Business Associations, University based research groups, Industries, Government bodies, Technology Centres throughout Europe. Coordinator: Iordana Eleftheriadou, European Commission. Financing: European Commission. Objectives: eBSN was funded in order to improve cooperation and increase synergy within the European space of commercial community policy. eBSN activities focus on the creation of networks and the exchange of best practices. More concrete objectives are listed below. Organise meetings of managers in order to adopt decisions in the field of business with the objective of sharing information and discussing the orientation to enlighten strategic policies. Provide a platform for the coordination of policies among European Union members. Provide a “one-stop-shop” in order to obtain information about initiatives and regional, national, and European financing possibilities for SMEs. Organise special meetings of governmental experts as a platform for sharing practical experience and to identify future challenges.

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eMOV Spanish Platform of Wireless Communications http://www.idi.aetic.es/emov/ Members: Over 150 Industrial Companies, Professional Associations, Universities, and Research and Technology Centres. Coordinator: Luis Jorge Romero, Telefonica. Financing: Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce, Ministry of Education and CDTI. Objectives: The objective of the Spanish Platform of Wireless Communications (eMOV) is to contribute to the strengthening of the agents who play a role in the development of mobile and wireless systems and services. In the end, this should have the effect of improving the economic situation of the sector in terms of the creation of employment and the generation of wealth, as well as to contribute to raising productivity and well-being through the adoption of mobile systems and services in other sectors and in Spanish society as a whole.

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RED ESPAÑOLA DE e-CIENCIA SPANISH e-SCIENCE NETWORK http://www.e-ciencia.es

Members: ACUALSA/UAL, ADE/UJ, ARCO/UNEX, ARCOS/ UC3M, ArTeCS/UCM, ATC/UCBIFI/UNIZAR, BSC, CESCA, CESGA, CeSViMa, CETA-UAA/CIEMAT, CETA-USE/CIEMAT, CFM/CSIC-EHU, CGG/CEIT, CICA, CIEMAT, CNB/CSIC, CNDS/ UPC, DELi/DEUSTO, DIPC/UPV, DPCS/UOC, e-CA, EEC/UNEX, ESAC-CSG/ESA, ETSF/UPV, Fi2cat, GAC/UDC, GAC/UMA, GAC/USC, GACSO/UAB, GASDS/UCM, GB/CIPF, GB/UPVLC, GCC/INTA, GCOC/UPVLC, GEA/UNEX, GFA/UGR, GFAE/USC, GFEAE/UB, GFTAE/UGR, GFTS/FATRONIK, GGC-IFIC/CSIC, GGE/UVEG, GGRID/UPNA, GHPC-CTI/CSIC, GIDS/UPM, GMA/ UC, GMI/UPVLC, GMT/UPVLC, GQMA/UPVLC, GQT/ UPV, GQTC/UVEG, GRTC/US, GRV/EUVE, GRyCAP/UPVLC, GTC/ UPVLC, i2BASK, I3A/UNIZAR, IFAE/UAB, IFCA-GRID/CSIC, IFISC/ CSIC, IMDEA-Networks, IMDEASoftware, IRAM/UGR, ISG/UPV, LabGP/IBMCP, LMFC/UPM, LNF/CIEMAT, MICINN, MTC-LABSIS/ USC, NEIKER, OEG/UPM, PIC, PRHLTG/UPVLC, PURG/UVEG, QcyCAR/UCLM, RAAP/UCLM, REBIUN, RedIRIs, RETICS/UCLM, SAVIE/UPVLC, SBG, SCompBio/CNIO, SDBG/ESI, SGI/IZO/EHU, SPAS/UAH, TIC/CIEMAT. Coordinator: Vicente Hernández García, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia. Financing: Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation Objective: The Spanish e-Science Network is designed to organise, coordinate, and move e-Science forward in Spain, as well as to constitute a tool that is complementary to projects, infrastructure programmes, and other resources within the e-Science environment.

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MATHEMATICA NETWORK CONSULTING AND COMPUTING OF GALICIA http://mathematica.nodo.cesga.es/content/view/13/27 Members: 14 research groups in applied mathematics and computing from Galician Universities and Technology Centres. Coordinator: Wenceslao Gonzalez Manteiga, USC. Financing: Galician Regional Ministry of Education, Xunta de Galicia. Objectives: The goal is to promote research and working relationships among members as well as to transfer of math and computing methods and technology to industry and administrations.

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INES Spanish Technological Platform of Software and Services www.ines.org.es

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Members: 136 Spanish Telecom Companies, Industries, Business Associations, Technology Centres, and Universities. Coordinator: Santiago Ristol, Atos Origin. Financing: Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism, and Commerce. Objectives: The objective is to define a strategic research programme adapted to Spanish necessities and capacities including proposals for unique scientific and technological strategic projects, setting medium and long term goals.

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RGB Galician Bioinformatics Network http://rgb.cesga.es Partners: Medicina Genomica-Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Grupo de Poblaciones Geneticas y CytoGenetica-Universidad de Vigo, Grupo de investigacion de Sistemas Complejos-Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Grupo de Bio-Farmacia- Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Grupo de MathBioinfo-Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Grupo de Red de Neuronas Artificiales y Sistemas Adaptativos- Centro de Informatica Medica y Diagnostico Radiologico-Universidad de A Coruna, CESGA. Coordinator: A. Pazos Sierra, UDC. Financing: Galician Regional Ministry of Education, Xunta de Galicia. Objectives: The RGB is an initiative that has the objective of structuring and integrating research and teaching activities in Bioinformatics that take place in Galicia.

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RED-GHPC Galician High Performance Computing Network http://ghpc.udc.es Members: Grupo de Antenas-Universidad de Vigo, Grupo de Arquitectura de Computadores-Universidad de A Coruna, Grupo de Arquitectura de Computadores - Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Grupo de Fisica de la Atmosfera y el Oceano-Universidad de Vigo, Grupo de Fisica no Lineal- Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Grupo Integrado de Ingenieria-Universidad de A Coruna, Grupo Laboratorio de Sistemas -Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Grupo de Metodos Matematicos y Simulacion Numerica en Ingenieria y Ciencias AplicadasUniversidad de A Coruna, Grupo de Quimica Teorica y Computacional-Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Grupo de Resolucion Numerica de Ecuaciones en Derivadas

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Parciales- Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Centro de Investigacion e Informacion Ambiental (CINAM), and CESGA. Coordinator: Ramon Doallo, UDC. Financing: Galician Regional Ministry of Education, Xunta de Galicia. Objectives:Red G-HPC is designed to put in contact and to encourage collaboration among groups and research centres of the University System of Galicia (SUG) and users of HPC technologies. The network has two fundamental purposes: 1. to promote interdisciplinary research collaboration among groups integrated in the network as well as other research groups or companies that may be interested in research and/or in the development of technologies that require supercomputing or other HPC techniques, and 2. the organisation of training courses, conferences, seminars, or workshops that help to disseminate knowledge concerning HPC technologies.

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VINDEIRA Galician ICT Technology Platform http://www.vindeira.org Members: ICT Companies: 151, Research Groups: 27, Technology Centres: 4, Business Associations: 4, Other organisations: 6 Coordinator: Antonio Rodríguez del Corral (R Cable y Comunicaciones Galicia, S.A.). Financing: Galician Regional Government, Xunta de Galicia. Objective: Promote relationships and generate synergies leading to stronger ICT innovation in Galicia. Participate in the research, technology development and innovation planning in Galicia. Promote further development of ICT industry.

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ELEARNINGEUROPA.INFO http://www.elearningeuropa.info Members: European Union e-Learning community and stake holders. Coordinator: María José Rodríguez Malmierca (CESGA). Financing: European Commission. Objective: The aim is to promote innovation in e-learning throughout a person’s lifetime.

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Research Networks & Technological Platforms in which CESGA actively participated in 2012

I+DEA Audiovisual Industry Technology Platform http://www.idea.org.es/?q=gl/node/121 Members: I+DEA is composed of businesses that are active in strengthening RTD and innovation, universities, technology centres, and other entities committed to technological progress in the audiovisual industry of Galicia, managers of policies and grant programmes, and the business associations related with the sector. Coordinator: Xunta de Galicia / Galician Audiovisual Cluster. Financing: Xunta de Galicia. Objective: The Technological Platform i +dea is an open work forum for the Galician audiovisual industry and research entities and other organisations related to their scientific and technological progress. The strategic objectives include: to elaborate a consensual vision of the priorities of the RTD of the sector, to develop a work programme that will stimulate technological advancement in the sector and exploit new business opportunities, to achieve better collaboration, coherence, and critical mass in RTD activities that are promoted for the sector, and to insert the strategic objectives of the sector into the organisations and forums of infl uence regarding RTD material.

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TELGalicia Technology Enhanced Learning Galicia. Rede de E-learning Galicia http://redetelgalicia.es/ Members: RedeTELGalicia has been initiated by the collaboration of 7 Galician research groups in cooperation with the CESGA e-learning department. Three of the groups have a background in ICTs and the other four come from the pedagogical area. In addition, other relevant groups from Spain and Europe are interested in this collaboration. Coordinator: Universidade de Vigo (Manuel Caeiro) Financing: Xunta de Galicia. Objective: RedeTELGalicia is a network of research groups interested in the application ICT in education, focusing on K-12 education. The participant groups have extensive experience in developing e-learning projects but following different approaches. Some of the groups have focused on developing technologies and infrastructures, while others are primarily concerned with teaching practice and pedagogies. This link between technology and pedagogy reflects interdisciplinariedade of this field of research that requires

the contribution and coordination of the two parties. The main purpose of RedeTELGalicia is to contribute to the improvement of teaching and learning through new pedagogies and technologies Existing initiatives in our community such as Abalar, Plataforma Proyecta and EducaBarrie demonstrate the social interest in this area. RedeTELGalicia research groups have an important “know how” that can contribute to this effort and the network will try to promote its transference to support practical activities in real schools. In addition, we hope this effort can contribute to further research in the same groups with real users and experiences.

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Rede TMATI Rede Tecnolóxica de Matemática Industrial Members: USC, UDC, UVIGO, CESGA. Coordinator: Peregrina Quintela Estévez. Financing: Galician Regional Government, Xunta de Galicia.. Objective: The creation of this network is a step toward the consolidation of the international leadership position of Galician Industrial Math research groups.

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REGICC Rede Galega de Investigación en Cáncer Colorrectal http://www.regicc.ime.dir.udc.es Members: . Coordinator: Alejandro Pazos Sierra. Financing: Galician Regional Government, Xunta de Galicia.

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GIS The

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS

objective of the Department of Geographic Information Systems includes conducting analysis and calculus projects in the area of GIS, working with and processing raster and vector geo-referenced information, alphanumerical data bases, conducting studies in the ďŹ eld that include analysis, programming, visualization, and diverse outputs (print, applications, intranet, Internet). In addition, this department is responsible for the promotion and support of the use of GIS technology in the research community.

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NOTEWORTHY ACTIVITY IN 2012. Projects

MeteoSIX:

Geographical Information System for Management and Distribution of Meteorological and Oceanographic Information of Galicia.

This project aims to provide adequate organisation, management, and dissemination of meteorological and oceanographic information in Galicia by implementing GIS components and web services.

IDEPatri:

Design and Development of an archaeological data model for the Iron Age in Galicia.

This initiative aims to create an operational system of generation and supply of data from archaeological activities. The coordinated efforts of several research groups will design a platform for the exchange of archaeological geospatial information via the Internet.

FAROS:

Integral Networking of Fishing Sector Actors to Organize a Responsible, Optimal and Sustainable Exploitation of Marine Resources.

The main objective of the project is the development and implementation of an efficient and integral discards and by-catch management network, involving all actors present in the fishing sector (fleets, ports, auctions, industries, etc.). It aims for the minimization of discards/by-catch as well as their optimal valorization to recover and to produce valuable chemicals of interest in the food and pharmaceutical industry.

Dissemination Activities Sueloempresarial.com: The web of industrial parks developed for the Consorcio Zona Franca of Vigo, was maintained operative. Map of Gas Stations. This web with the distribution of gas stations along Galicia was maintained and the gas prices updated weekly. http://servergis.cesga.es/website/gasogal/viewer.htm “Geoportal for the management of fishery discards: providing data for the Marine SDI: FAROS Project”. Paper at JIIDE 2012 “Geoportal for the management of fishery discards: providing data for the Marine SDI: FAROS Project”.

Training Activities Teacher Training course of the Regional Ministry of Education: “Possibilities of Networked Geographic Information Systems”. Participated teaching at INCIPIT-CSIC Master programme: The application of geographic information technologies in archaeology. Conference “SDIs and Web Mapping”. Conference at  EXPER-I-CIENCIA CSIC 2012. C.P.I. AURELIO MARCELINO REY GARCIA, for primary school students. Conference: GIS Applications.

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e-LEARNING Objectives To conduct research in the area of ICT applied to education and collaboration in different environments. To promote and disseminate the use of ICT applied to learning and collaborative processes, as well as to promote e-learning and e-collaboration tools in research and education. To provide e-learning & e-collaboration tools services and support for CESGA’s users.

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Aula Cesga. An e-learning and collaboration platform open to all teachers from Galicia as well as researchers. Audio and video streaming for training sessions. Professional videoconferencing equipment for training or collaborative sessions. Seminar. Webminar for live collaboration and training. Fully equipped computer room for training courses (IP multiconferencing, Access Grid, videowall, interactive board, etc.). Equipment for several e-learning models (T-learning, M-learning, B-learning). Web 2.0 tools for e-learning and e-collaboration (live collaborative doc editing, wiki platform, etc.).

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10th Anniversary of Aula Cesga, the biggest e-learning open platform for research and e-learning in Galicia, with more than 34.500 users, and over 1.000 learning and collaborative active spaces. Technical design, support of the 2nd High Performance Computing inter-university Master course, with USC and UDC. Agreement signed with ICT company Balidea Consulting & Programming to continue research in the field of cloud computing and rural schools, which allowed to start a second project: “Escolas na Nube”, together with Xunta de Galicia. First European project coordinated from CESGA. Aproval of the proposal “ICT-Go-Girls! by the European Commission, under Lifelong Learning Programme - Multilateral Centralized Comenius Actions. Two new European projects with CESGA as technological partner, requiring its e-learning expertise: UnderstAID (Ambient Assisted Living Program) and MoveIT (LLP Leonardo Transfer of Innovation). Participation in a funded network for e-learning experts in Galicia: TELGalicia, together with researchers from the 3 Galician universities. CESGA was invited to present project results and host a session in the biggest E-learning Conference in Europe, Online Educa Berlin 2012. Consulting activities in e-learning solutions and strategies to Galician Universities, primary and secondary education centres, and private companies. Collaboration with Galician Ministry of Education to present two European projects in partnership. Publication of one article in international proceedings, regarding reserch project “ABC”. Presentations in 4 conferences in ICT and education sectors, 2 international.


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Participation in 7 e-learning projects in 2012

“Rural Schools & Cloud Computing” International research project, co-financed by HP Labs, California, under “Cloud computing and Education” competitive call. The project designed, implemented and evaluated the possibilities of cloud computing technologies and strategies as a means o sharing, learning, and collaborating in a local network of small public rural schools. The project finished in January 2012, and gave way to a second project, “Rede de Escolas na Nube”. http://rural.cesga.es

“ABC. Competence based learning. Semantic based mediation system” “ABC” was a R+D project financed by Xunta de Galicia, R+D dept, starting sept 2009 through Aug 2012. It was coordinated by e-learning area at CESGA, with the collaboration of the Telematics engineering dept at Vigo University. This project aimed to develop a technological-pedagogical platform based on semantic technologies, to define learning competencies as well as to locate training courses easily from a browser. This system would allow someone to search for courses by specifying the skills / competences he/she wants to achieve. http://abc.cesga.es

“Wiki Skills” Wiki Skills is a European funded project in KA3 action, Lifelong Learning Program. Its main objective is to foster the use of wikis to promote creativity, competitiveness, employability and entrepreneurial spirit, equity, social cohesion and active citizenship. The project is run by a consortium of eight organizations from 5 European countries, coordinated by Ynernet. org (Switzerland), including CESGA (Spain), Die Berater (Austria), Universidad Barcelona (Spain), WikiMedia Fundation (Sweden), Ellinogermaniki Agogi (Greece), MAC Team (Belgium), HEIG-VD (Switzerland). http://wikiskills.net

“RedeNube. Network of Schools in the Cloud” This project is the sequel to Rural Schools & Cloud Computing project. It started in June 2012, after a signed agreement between CESGA and Balidea Consulting & Programming, where CESGA transfered knowledge of the previous project to this company, which also collaborates and co-finances the second part of the research, RedeNube project. Galicia Ministry of Education and State Agency of ICT Modernisation from Xunta de Galicia, are actively participating in the project. http://www.escolasnanube.net.

“ICT-Go-Girls!: Promoting Entrepreneurship among Secondary School Girls in ICT” ICT-Go-Girls is a 2-year Comenius Multilateral Project, co-financed by the European Commission, under LLP program. It is coordinated by E-learning Area at CESGA. Its maing goal is to empower secondary school girls with the knowledge, skills and values to help them be able to create future opportunities for innovation and quality ICT related employment. The experts behind this project belong to 7 institutions from 5 European Contries: University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), Die Berater (Austria), Spoleczna Akademia Nauk (Poland), Institute Fraunhoffer IAO-Stuttgart Uni (Germany), CVO Antwerpen-Zuid (Belgium) and Donau-Universitat Krems (Austria). http://ictgogirls.eu

“MoveIT” MOVE IT Project is a European Leonardo Transfer of Innovation project, led by Myerscough College (UK). Partners are: Central Ostrobothnia Rural Institute (Finland) ; IPC Groene Ruimte (Netherlands), CESGA (Spain), AEPMR (Romania). MoveIT will adapt and transfer an innovative, effective work based delivery methodology incorporating e-learning and mobile technology for 16-24 year olds learning in the workplace (land based sectors). This project will include mobile learning and other e-learning strategies. CESGA is the technological leader, and an active actor in technological transfer of e-learning to the consortium.

“UnderstAID” UnderstAID is a European project under Ambient Assisted Living Call. It focuses on easing the lives of Alzheimer informal caregivers’ and directly addressing their currently unmet needs for easily accessible educational support, based on new user-centred, personalized, and context-based e-learning models, that will provide customized and relevant guidance on how to deal with dementia according to each user’s profile. The project is lead by VIA University in Denmark, and involves 3 other Danish partners, 3 Spanish (CESGA, UDP and Balidea) and 2 from Poland - received a positive evaluation and has been selected for a grant in 2012.

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KNOWLEDGE & TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER CESGA

Foundation charter specifically states as one of its goals that of transferring knowledge and technology to businesses and public administrations alike. Thus, CESGA Foundation has the goal of actively collaborating in the transfer of research results in the field of computing, storage and communications to other research, technology, and innovation centers as well as to businesses and public administrations. Another mandate specifically gathered under CESGA Foundation charter is that of collaborating with other institutions, as well as with private businesses in order to fulfill technological needs of entities and companies in the field of supercomputing. CESGA’s Strategic Plan also addresses the knowledge and technology transfer issue from the very top. CESGA’s 2025 Vision: To become a world-class reference centre in research, services and transfer to industry in the application of computational science. Transfer activities are encouraged across the whole of CESGA’s Strategic Plan. In general, all transfer activities are aimed at fulfilling CESGA Charter Mission Statement of contributing to the advancement of science and technology, by means of research and application of high performance computing and communications, collaborating with other institutions in pursuit of benefits and boons for society. In this section, we present relevant examples of the transfer activities undertaken in 2012.

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2012 Highlights Following its strategic goals, CESGA went on collaborating with industry and transferring technology and knowledge to various businesses and administrative bodies and agencies. Here we present some of 2012 most remarkable cases.

Oceanic hindcasts and forecasts (MyOcean): The Spanish Port Authority, Puertos del Estado (PdE), within the 7th Framework Program projects MyOcean & MyOcean2, publishes everyday reference information on the state of the ocean. This information enables PdE to describe the physical state of the ocean through hindcasts and forecasts, and contributes to climate research providing time series of the parameters analyzed. The service is free for businesses and MyOcean products are open for access from European companies through registration in MyOcean website (http://www.myocean.eu/web/24catalogue.php). Prospection on visualization for Computer Assisted Diagnosis in the medical sector (MDCAD): Cesga, Bahia Software, and University of Santiago de Compostela have searched for solutions that allow the integration of several technologies (in research status, under development or present in the market), for Computer Aided Diagnostic CAD, visualization and archiving of medical images in a distributed environment. Based on an idea of specialization, in the near future there will co-exist several specialized actors playing different tasks and roles in the hospital environment: image acquisition and data gathering (in dedicated hospitals, with very high technology), infrastructures for processing the information, visualization and CAD (specializing computer centres) and treatment of the patient (conventional hospitals). The project is a Prove of Concept (PoC) about the technological viability of a centralized solution for Computer Assisted Diagnosis, and related technologies that make it possible, as archiving and visualization technologies with satisfying results. The project was funded through in.ci.te programme (10SIN030E). OSS cloud platform for numerical simulation and CAD / CAE technologies for manufacturing SMEs (CloudPYME):CloudPYME is a project for promoting innovation by using Open Source Software for numerical

simulation and CAD / CAE technologies in cloud computing infrastructures through evaluation pilots in Small and Medium manufacturing Enterprises (SME). The project’s objective is to design, set-up and test a sustainable infrastructure to support Small and Medium Enterprises of manufacturing sectors to improve its international competitiveness through the usage of open source simulation software including CAD and CAE, in order to boost the design of their products and processes. Cesga with AIMEN, CATIM and AIMMAP are working in this project that has been co-funded with FEDER funds through the second round of Cross-Border Cooperation Operational Programme Spain - Portugal, 2007-2013 POCTEP (0448_CLOUDPYME_1_E). Other CESGA transfer cases are those related to positioning and simulation software with the companies Cartogalicia and Análisis y Simulación (AYS).

Cartogalicia and CESGA signed an agreement to replicate and secure the GALNET data service. This network was developed by Cartogalicia and was the first Galician service of high precision positioning, with receivers able to process GPS, GLONASS and GALILEO data. This agreement will also allow the scientific community to access these data at no additional cost.

AYS and CESGA signed an agreement for collaboration for the promotion and training in FEM technology and its application to structural calculus and manufacturing processes simulation. The agreement is addressed to promote the knowledge and use of these technologies by Galician SMEs, in order to improve their design and manufacturing capabilities, as well as their overall competitiveness.

CESGA contributed to many events with participation of industry agents, as well as in the European transfer event EU Cohesion Policy- INTERREG IVC’s achievements in mainstreaming good practices Event, held in Cyprus in November, 2012.

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TRAINING ACTIVITIES Training Activities in 2011. CESGA provides training opportunities for users and personnel. CESGA’s users, RTD Companies personnel, public administration officials, university teachers, researchers, students, and the Centre’s personnel benefited from training activities carried out in 2012. CESGA’s Annual Training Plan is the keystone around which the organisation of these activities is structured. During 2012, the Centre participated in the organisation of a total of 14 training activities. The vast majority of these activities were related to the optimal use of advanced technologies available at the Centre. Most courses focused on topics related to the best use of computing systems, and included topics such as compilation, optimisation, parallelisation, programming languages, debugging, and algorithms. In 2011, we highlighted the celebration of the forth edition of the CESGA Computational Science Summer School which took place with training sessions, speakers, and students of the highest quality.

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TRAINING FOR USERS Activity

Type

Scientific Programming in C Summer School 2012

Course

Code compilation, execution & optimization Summer School 2012

Responsible Organisation

Start

End

Hours

CESGA

05/11/2012

09/11/2012

20

Course

CESGA

25/10/2012

26/10/2012

10

Parallel architectures, Summer School 2012

Course

CESGA

22/10/2012

22/10/2012

5

Open CL, Summer School 2012

Course

CESGA

17/12/2012

18/12/2012

8

Monte Carlo & Bayesian Techniques Summer School 2012

Course

CESGA

19/11/2012

23/11/2012

20

FORTRAN

Course

CESGA

12/03/2012

14/03/2012

15

GPU Programming with OpenACC

Course

CESGA

25/06/2012

27/06/2012

12

TRAINING FOR CESGA STAFF Activity

Type

Responsible Organisation

Start

End

Hours

Definition of requierments, UML, V&V test design

Course

CESGA

28/05/2012

01/06/2012

20

NetCDF/HDF5

Course

CESGA

10/09/2012

11/09/2012

8

Introduction to programming with MapReduce

Course

CESGA

09/07/2012

10/07/2012

5

LOPD (Personal data protection act)

Course

CESGA

14/06/2012

14/06/2012

3

Computer Architectures

Course

CESGA

10/02/2012

01/03/2012

20

Advanced Virtualization Course

Course

CESGA

23/01/2012

26/01/2012

12

English Language Course

Course

CESGA

01/01/2012

31/12/2012

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DISSEMINATION Objectives

Planning, coordination, and execution of CESGA dissemination activities.

Development and maintenance of communication tools (website, “Díxitos” magazine, annual workshop, annual report, etc.).

Edition of CESGA publications.

Organisation and logistics of the Annual Training Plan for CESGA personnel and users.

Organisation of conferences, workshops, and seminars.

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2012 Highlights

Putting into production a new content management system for the Centre’s web site, www.cesga.es. This work was developed under the guidance and direction of the Communications department. Participation in the organisation and dissemination of courses, workshops, and seminars for CESGA users.

Publication of the periodical magazine, “Díxitos”.

Publication of the 2011 CESGA Annual Activity Report.

Management of the Centre’s profiles in social networks.

Production of contents related to CESGA for CSIC-Galicia Annual Report.

Collaboration in the Galicia - North of Portugal Eurorregion Open Days in July.

Communication, public relations, and dissemination support for the Centre’s projects and activities including: BONFIRE, EGI-Inspire, EMI, NUBA, RENDER, FormigaCloud, METEOSIX, GIS-Oceano, EGEE-III, Smart-LM, i-MATH, Rural Schools, CLOUDPYME, FAROS, RAIA.co, and IDEPATRI.

Management of media relations: production and distribution of press releases and the organisation of media conferences related to CESGA’s projects and initiatives.

Dissemination support to thematic networks, associations, and technological platforms: the Galician Bioinformatics Network (Rede Bioinfo), the Spanish Network for Mathematics and Industy, and the Galician ICT Technological Platform (VINDEIRA).

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Collaboration and participation with CSIC officials in the Exper-i-Ciencia dissemination activity in 2012. Compilation of users’ scientific production data from 2011 and preparation for the collection campaign of the same type of data for 2012.

Support to the Spanish Royal Society of Mathematics (RSME), the International Mathematics Olympics (IMO), the Society of Statistics and Operative Research (SEIO), and the European Courses in Advanced Statistics (ECAS) concerning the hosting of their websites on CESGA servers.

Collaboration regarding the maintenance of CESGA’s ondemand video repository for training and dissemination activities, tv.cesga.es.

Production of dissemination videos for www.cesga.es.

Organisation and attention to over 500 visitors from 16 different educational and technological institutions.

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