PIC: Port d'Informació Científica

Gonzalo Merino

The Port d’Informació Científica (PIC) is a scientific-technological center maintained through a collaboration agreement between IFAE and CIEMAT, with the support of UAB. PIC uses distributed high throughput computing technologies including clusters, Grid, Cloud and Big Data, to support the scientific mission of several data-intensive research projects spanning a wide range of disciplines such as particle physics, astrophysics, biology or environmental sciences.

PIC is a scientific-technological center specializing in data-intensive research where interdisciplinary teams of scientists and computer engineers collaborate with different research groups to accelerate scientific output by means of advanced analysis methodologies. PIC provides crucial support to IFAE data analysis activities.

PIC operates a large data center that provides production services to large collaborations and research groups. It currently runs 10000 CPU cores, 18 GPUs, 20 PB of disk and 30 PB of tape. PIC is part of the Spanish Supercomputing Network (RES), a recognized Singular Scientific and Technical Infrastructure (ICTS) offering advanced data services to the broad scientific community, including many physics groups. PIC stands out by the active use of its high-speed network connection (200Gbps) making it the largest scientific data traffic node of the whole Spanish academic network. It hosts the Spanish LHC Tier-1 computing facility supporting the preservation, processing and analysis of data from ATLAS, CMS and LHCb, and the ATLAS Tier-2 and local Tier-3 data centers. PIC also runs the MAGIC and PAUS Tier-0 data centers and is one of the four designated CTA data centers. PIC develops tools like the CosmoHub open data exploration web platform for cosmology and astrophysics, hosting large public data sets: DES, DESI, Gaia and others. CosmoHub is also used by Euclid, PAU and DES scientists to analyze private datasets, and it is currently being evolved to support gamma-ray data to become a general-purpose multi-messenger analysis platform. PIC is also a Science Data Center for the Euclid ESA mission,is part of the LIGO/Virgo and DUNE computing grids, and will host a data access center for the Rubin/LSST survey. In 2022, PIC started a new group on Applied AI.