ICSC is one of the five Italian National Centres created in the framework of the Next Generation EU funding by the European Commission. The aim of ICSC, designed and approved through 2022 and eventually started in September 2022, is to create the national digital infrastructure for research and innovation, leveraging exixting HPC, HTC and Big Data infrastructures evolving towards a cloud datalake model. It will be accessible by the scientific and industrial communities through flexible and uniform cloud web interfaces, and will be relying on a high-level support team; as such, it will form a globally attractive ecosystem based on strategic public-private partnerships to fully exploit top level digital infrastructure for scientific and technical computing and promote the development of new computing technologies.
The ICSC IT infrastructure is built upon existing scientific digital infrastructures provided by the major national players: GARR, the Italian NREN, provides the network infrastructure, whose capacity will be upgraded to multiples of Tbps; CINECA hosts Leonardo, one of the world largest HPC systems, with a power of over 250 Pflops, that will be further increased and complemented with a quantum computer; INFN contributes with its distributed Big Data cloud infrastructure, built in the last decades to respond to the needs of the High Energy Physics community.
On top of the IT infrastructure, several thematic activities will be funded and will focus on the development of tools and applications in several research domains. Of particular relevance to this audience are the activities on "Fundamental Research and Space Economy" and "Astrophysics and Cosmos Observations", strictily aligned with the INFN and HEP core activities. Finally two technological research activities will foster research on "Future HPC and Big Data" and "Quantum Computing".
In this contribution, the organisation of the National Centre and its relevance for the HEP community will be presented.
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