Partnership established to stimulate and facilitate the adoption of Hardware/Software HPC environments (Parallel and distributed computing in its different paradigms) for research, industrial, societal and commercial applications.

Southern Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructures

The SPACI project has been presented at the MIUR, in the National Operative Program "Ricerca Scientifica, Sviluppo Tecnologico, Alta Formazione" (2000-2006), funded by the Italian Ministry for Education, Universities and Research and established to pursue excellence in the field of Computational Science and Engineering.
The project has born in order to create a productive collaboration among University of Lecce (CACT), Center for Research on Parallel Computing and Supercomputers (CPS/CNR) of Naples (joint venture between CNR and University of Naples) and University of Calabria, in the High Performance Computing area (Parallel and Grid computing).
The main goal of the project is the creation of a Computational Grid in the southern Italy, following the success story of US/NPACI interconnecting more than 40 research institutes in 20 states of the USA.
The computational grid is composed of three primary nodes belonging to the regions of the Objective 1:

  • Center for Advanced Computational Technologies (CACT, director prof. G. Aloisio) of the NNL: involved in several Grid technology developments and application projects and with experience in middleware development;

  • Center of Excellence MIUR for High Performance Computing (HPCC - Calabria, director prof. L. Grandinetti) of the University of Calabria: one of the leading research institutes centred on parallel and distributed processing research and development with experience on software and algorithms in various research fields;

  • CPS/CNR (director prof. A. Murli) - Naples established in 1994 as a joint initiative between National Research Council and University of Naples "Federico II". CPS/CNR, was at the beginning involved in the project due to its strong experience in middleware and parallel scientific libraries development.


In the future other research centers and institutes could connect to SPACI for the resolution of problems with high computational complexity, fostering scientific collaboration and the development of funded technological projects.

The partnership will realize a sharing of computational resources and scientific and technological competency with particular reference at application fields that require the use of high performance computing.

The leaders of the SPACI project (prof. G.Aloisio, prof. L.Grandinetti, prof. A.Murli) are involved, with their research groups, in the european project EGEE (Enabling Grids for E-science in Europe) which integrates current national, regional and thematic Grid efforts to create a seamless European Grid infrastructure for the support of the European Research Area. In this project SPACI will support the IA64 community providing user support, partecipating to porting of LCG middleware on this platform and supplying site manager of IA64 farms with further documentation and software.

The SPACI project falls within a range of projects in the PON that stood out for the effectiveness of its findings, for their innovative nature or for its contributions in solving particular problems (pdf document of MIUR).

Following are the link to final project report (forwarded to the Nazional Research Council general director by project responsible, prof. A. Murli) and a report describing scientific and technological activities performed  in the project context.