CSC on the roadmap of national research infrastructures

CSC on the roadmap of national research infrastructures

The Finnish Research Infrastructure Committee of the Academy of Finland selected 29 research infrastructures for the national research infrastructure roadmap for 2021-2024. This roadmap defines the significant national research infrastructures that are part of the ecosystem of research infrastructures in Finland.

In addition to CSC itself forming one research infrastructure, CSC coordinates or participates in seven other research infrastructures selected for the roadmap.

– It is wonderful that so many research infrastructures have found CSC as a partner in carrying out IT solutions in infrastructure. All three infrastructures coordinated by CSC are also on the roadmap, says Pekka Lehtovuori, director of Computing Services for CSC Research.

The Research Infrastructure Committee has taken the view that in funding applications for FIRI (Finnish Research Infrastructures) most of the funding is reserved for the roadmap's research infrastructures. The next application round for FIRI funding begins in the spring of 2021.

Research infrastructures coordinated by CSC

CSC research infrastructure services (Tier-1) 

CSC – IT Center for Science, has offered IT services and solutions required by Finnish science communities already since 1971. CSC is one of the biggest HPC centers in Northern Europe and is involved in many European e-infrastructures of research. CSC research infrastructure services (CSC RI) offers services to all fields of science free of charge at the request of the Ministry of Education and Culture. CSC RI recently upgraded its national computing and data management environment and the research and education network Funet to correspond to today's needs.

EuroHPC and Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe PRACE (Tier-0) 

The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking is building a world-class high-performance computing ecosystem by acquiring some of the world's most efficient supercomputers and by offering high-performance computing services to research and business. LUMI, one of the pre-exascale supercomputers, will go to the CSC datacenter in Kajaani. The most important distribution channel for the resources of the EuroHPC computers will be PRACE, which is an established ESFRI and FIRI research infrastructure. 

ELIXIR - European life-science infrastructure for biological information

ELIXIR is a research infrastructure of European countries, which brings together resources of biosciences and health sciences, such as material databases, software tools, training materials, cloud storage capacity, and scientific high-efficiency computing. ELIXIR consists of 22 member states and more than 220 European research organizations. ELIXIR Finland works together with Biocenter Finland and with Finland's BMS ESFRI partial centers. In Finland CSC is responsible for the activities of the national ELIXIR Finland.

CSC is a partner in these research infrastructures

FCCI - Finnish Computing Competence Infrastructure (Tier-2)

FCCI (Finnish Computing Competence Infrastructure) produces Tier-2 level computing and storage resources for Finnish universities. FCCI integrates these capacities into a single whole which is coordinated with the help of collective hosting and integrated into the computational Tier-1 and Tier-0-resources. FCCI coordinates the cooperation of universities in computational research, supports the education of top professionals in computational science, and reinforces Finland’s identity as a leading country of computational science. 

The consortium includes the University of Helsinki, Aalto University, CSC, the University of Eastern Finland, the University of Jyväskylä, LUT University, the University of Oulu, the University of Tampere, the University of Turku, and Åbo Akademi University.

FIQCI - Finnish quantum computing infrastructure 

The purpose of the national research infrastructure of quantum computing (quantum computer) is to procure a quantum computer and to offer quantum computing services such as computing time and training. The infrastructure also aims to offer possibilities to carry out experiments in quantum physics. The operator and owner of quantum computer is the consortium comprising VTT Technology Research Center of Finland, Aalto University, and CSC.

FIN-CLARIAH - Common language resources and technology infrastructure 

FIN-CLARIAH is a research infrastructure for the humanities with two components: FIN-CLARIN and DARIAH-FI. FIN-CLARIN continues to make inroads in research based on language materials, while DARIAH-FI develops a new infrastructure for big heterogeneous research materials in the humanities. The best-known service of this infrastructure is the Language Bank of Finland ( 

The FIN-CLARIAH consortium comprises the University of Helsinki, Aalto University, CSC, the University of Eastern Finland, the University of Jyväskylä, The National Archives of Finland, the Institute for the Languages of Finland, the University of Tampere, the University of Turku, and the University of Vaasa.

EU-OS FI - European infrastructure of screening platforms for chemical biology 

EU-OPENSCREEN ERIC (EU-OS) is a European research infrastructure consortium that focuses on chemical biology, offering open access to world-class research infrastructures, technologies and special skills, a unique collection of more than 100,000 compounds, and an open database. This helps create new opportunities for scientific breakthroughs, in the development of new compounds and in designing medicines, for example. The service also benefits many fields of industry, such as the pharmaceutical industry. 

The consortium comprises the University of Helsinki, the University of Turku, and Åbo Akademi University.

FIN-EPOS - European plate observing system 

EPOS-ERIC (the European plate observing system) is a dispersed pan-European earth science research infrastructure, comprising national measuring stations, data networks, international data centers and data warehouses, as well as a headquarters that steers the activities. Finland's national FIN-EPOS consortium is a community of Finnish universities and research institutes which maintains observatories and laboratories and delivers data to international data centers and to the EPOS data center. The FIN-EPOS portal gives Finnish researchers, students, authorities, and citizens access to the extensive multidisciplinary research materials in the EPOS data center.

The consortium includes The University of Helsinki, Aalto University, the Geological Survey of Finland, the National Land Survey of Finland, the University of Oulu, VTT Technology Research Center of Finland, the Finnish Meteorological Institute, and CSC.

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