Academic Supercomputing in Europe
Population: 22.4 million
GDP/capita: € 6,000
A subprogramme of the National R&D Plan addresses the transition to an Information Society. This strategic objective
of the Romanian government for the period 2001-2007 is one of the conditions for EU accession. One goal of this subprogramme
is the development of academic networks
Supercomputing facilities for the academia
- National Institute for Aerospace Research: Beowulf cluster (32 Athlon/1800)
National academic network
There are two academic networks in Romania.
The RNC (Romanian National Computer Network) connects 6 universities and over 100 other education institutes.
The backbone capacity is 100 Mbps. The connection to RoEduNet is 100 Mbps. RNC is operated by the National R&D Institute for Informatics. The € 1 million funding in 2004 comes
from the government (70%) and from its users.
The RoEduNet network is co-ordinated by the Ministry of Education and Research. It provides connectivity to
universities, high-level education institutes and research institutes but also to the high schools and elementary
schools and to not-for-profit and governmental institutions (e.g. ministries, city councils, hospitals, etc).
Its backbone operates at 34 Mbps and 155 Mbps and connects 7 network operating centres situated in the cities with
large universities. A total of 40 PoPs are linked to these 7 NOC’s with 2 Mbps links. The link to GÉANT is 622 Mbps.
The 2005 budget is € 2.6 million and is provided by the government.
The RoGRID initiative aims to establish a national scale Romanian computational grid. RoGRID is co-ordinated by the
National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics.
Contacts and Addresses
Prof. Sergiu Stelian Iliescu
(President National Agency for Communications and Informatics)
Bd. Libertatii 14
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