Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, affiliated to the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, was established in 1993 by the State Committee for Scientific Research.
PSNC is responsible for the management of the countrywide Polish National Research and Educational Network (NREN) PIONIER, which is built on PSNC’s own fibres and is connected to the GEANT2 network. From the very beginning PSNC has been a key player in the development of the polish e-Infrastructure, currently serving as an HPC service provider, network services provider, and operator of the Poznan Metropolitan Area Network (POZMAN), the Polish national scientific TV platform (PlatonTV), and the national digital library federation.
PSNC disposes of extensive ICT research infrastructure, including 2.3+ PFLOPS of computing power and 47 PB storage and data management infrastructure, providing direct support for the scientific communities in Poland as well as in Europe. PSNC has built a co-working space and is coordinating living lab communities. Via its coworking space, PSNC supports 15+ user communities, gathered around ICT technologies and application areas.
PSNC’s Poznan Living Lab, as effective member of ENoLL, runs city challenge workshops, hackathons and design thinking interdisciplinary courses. PSNC coordinates HPC4Poland Digital Innovation Hub, focused on HPC-High Performance, as well as the leading Polish ICT research driven Wielkopolska ICT Cluster with 100+ members. As one of the most recognised applied research centers in Poland, PSNC mission has been the integration and implementation of scientific research results in the form of fully-fledged services for scientists, the public administration, and different sectors including agri-food and others, as well as the deployment and maintenance of such services in the polish e-infrastructure.
In particular, regarding the agri-food sector, PSNC has focused part of its efforts during the last years towards the development of a smart agriculture infrastructure in Wielkopolska region. PSNC employs about 300 people in four divisions and has coordinated 20+ international EU projects and participated in 140+ European and national projects.
PSNC will contribute to the tasks related to the soil information system interoperability (WP1), spatial land suitability analysis tool (WP5), and to the Open Platform integration (WP6). Additionally, it will also contribute to the tasks related to pilots integration (WP7) and to dissemination and communication (WP9) in general and specially in Poland.