The Polish Grid Infrastructure has been built within the PL-Grid project (2009 – 2012) to provide the Polish scientific community with an IT platform based on Grid computer clusters, enabling e-science research in various domains of e-Science. The infrastructure supports scientific investigations by integrating experimental data and results of advanced computer simulations carried out by geographically distributed research teams.
PL-Grid not only extends the amount of computational resources provided to the Polish scientific community by over 230 TFlops of computing power and more than 3600 TB of storage space, but - more importantly - facilitates effective use of these resources by providing innovative grid services and end-user tools, as well as continuous technical support. Extensive collaboration between Project developers and domain scientists has led to the release of new domain-specific services and applications.
Another important achievement of PL-Grid was the introduction of a professional separation of responsibilities upon which the infrastructure is based. This organizational schema enables better user support and ensures consistent quality of service, in line with European Commission policies which actively encourage development and integration of distributed computing infrastructures under the EGI-InSPIRE and PRACE projects’ umbrella.
At present, the PL-Grid Infrastructure is being extended within the framework of the new project (2012 - 2014) - PLGrid PLUS: Polish Roadmap toward Domain-Specific Infrastructure for Supporting Computational Science in European Research Area.
Cracow Grid Workshop 2012 (22-24 October)
Building a National Distributed e-Infrastructure - PL-Grid. (2012) M. Bubak, T. Szepieniec & K. Wiatr (Eds.), Springer Books (ISBN 978-3-642-28266-9)
(News) New middleware for new communities, 1 November 2012
(Case Study) Designing better antibiotics, June 2012
(Newsletter) How to build a grid, Inspired Spring 2012
(Profile) Project profile: PL-Grid, iSGTW (22 September 2010)