Read morePSNC – In Solidarity with Ukraine

Like thousands of people across Poland, we do not want to remain passive in the face of the horrors of war in Ukraine. That is why we have taken action at our headquarters to help refugees seeking rescue. We have also launched an online fundraiser for our Ukrainian brothers and sisters.

Read morePolish IBM Quantum Hub

As part of the Polish Quantum Computing Hub initiative, PSNC has launched access to the IBM Quantum Hub. The Polish IBM Quantum Hub serves as an interface between a quantum computer and end users.

Learn morePIONIER Research and Classroom Services

Cloud of educational services available online from any web browser, desktop or mobile device, without the need to install additional software.

Get to know the tools, organize remote lessons and webinars, share files and create interactive tasks!

Get to know us better!Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center

PSNC is an ICT research and development centre affiliated to the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences and an internationally known node of the European Research Area in the field of IT infrastructure for science.

We try to be everywhere where science meets business, where innovation affects social life and research mission intertwines with responsible development of new technologies.

Have a look at our current offers!Start Working at PSNC

Are you looking for a job in a research unit that is a leader for many years in the field of information and communication technologies, modern IT infrastructure and network services? Do you dream of cooperation with international research groups as part of European projects, are you looking for for personal development and daily contact with modern technologies?

You’ve come to the right place! At the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, we’re looking for someone just like you!

Join us!Digital Science

Digital science introduces a radical transformation of the nature of science and innovation through the use of technology (ICT) in the research process. It is thus becoming more open, creative, global and collaborative, as well as closer to society.

From the very beginning, we have been challenging ourselves with research and development in order to create the best possible solutions through experiments and projects and, through experience and good scientific practices, to transform the results into effective commercial prototypes.

Work with us!Digital Industry

The rapid decline in computing costs, the emergence of the Internet as a communication tool, the development of mobile Internet, the proliferation of daily applications and the growing role of social networks and commercial platforms have had a significant impact on businesses, public organizations and personal life.

At PSNC we face the challenges of digital industry by developing digital prototypes within new generation networks, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence or Big Data to create innovations, test modern products and build broad cooperation with business environment.

Try with us!Social Innovation

Social innovation includes a number of activities aimed at improving the quality of life of individuals, organizations and entire communities, by introducing unique solutions, as well as new ideas, products, services or models that meet a wide range of social needs.

We strive to implement these activities on a technological basis among various social groups, by implementing new ICT applications and spreading knowledge and awareness about contemporary opportunities, but also by actively fighting against digital exclusion.

ICT Research and Development Center

PSNC provides access to a world-class e-Infrastructure for the scientific community, a specific research and development environment – DIGITAL SCIENCE – for “proof of concept” projects, prototyping or large-scale pilot projects. Another branch of our activity is in DIGITAL INDUSTRY, which is focused on the creation of innovations based on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), i.e. the execution of specific implementations for various fields of science and industry. Equally important is our work in the context of SOCIAL INNOVATION to spread knowledge and awareness of contemporary technological opportunities among various social groups, as well as actively fighting against digital exclusion.

Today, during the COVID-19 global quarantine, our technical infrastructure is prepared to serve new societal challenges: to enable contact, to provide tools for remote, collaborative and safe work, to provide the widest possible opportunities to ensure the continuity of research, education or business, and finally to support access to cultural or even spiritual needs.

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  • Results of the evaluation of research institutions for 2017-2021

    Results of the evaluation of research institutions for 2017-2021

    The Minister of Education and Science has decided on the categorization of national scientific entities. In accordance with the current rules, scientific categories (A+, A, B+, B or C) were granted separately for each discipline concerning the evaluated units. The Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry PAS has been categorized in three disciplines; in the biological sciences, the Institute was awarded the A+ category, while in the chemical sciences and in technical IT and telecommunications, the A category was obtained.

  • EUhubs4data: completion of AI4SAM experiment supported by PSNC

    EUhubs4data: completion of AI4SAM experiment supported by PSNC

    The experiment AI4SAM – AI for fostering soft and active mobility to accelerate European’s transition to climate neutrality ran by Kentyou in the framework of EUHubs4Data’s first round of experiments focused on the optimisation of the location of soft mobility stations (shared/electric bikes, scooters, cars) in different cities (urban, rural, industrial) to reduce CO2 emissions caused by mobility.

  • EOSC DIH 2nd Expression of Interest for Business Pilots

    EOSC DIH 2nd Expression of Interest for Business Pilots

    The EOSC DIH has launched the 2nd Expression of Interest (EoI) for Business Pilots. The goal is to onboard businesses developing innovative solutions and – with EOSC technologies and services – help them bring products and services to market. The deadline for submitting offers is June 24, 2022.

  • NLPQT: launch of Quantum Key Distribution link between Poznan and Warsaw

    NLPQT: launch of Quantum Key Distribution link between Poznan and Warsaw

    Within the NLPQT project - National Laboratory for Photonics and Quantum Technologies - a transmission link of Quantum Key Distribution technology between Poznan and Warsaw was launched. QKD transmission system uses dedicated fibres of PIONIER network with total length of 380 km.

  • Welcome to Droniada 2022

    Welcome to Droniada 2022

    We invite you to the 9th edition of the technology competition, which is organised for the first time in the form of a multidisciplinary contest. We are talking about Droniada 2022, which will start on June 25 and will last until the end of the month. PSNC is a co-organiser of this event.

  • TNC22: „Navigating the unexplored”

    TNC22: „Navigating the unexplored”

    After a two-year break due to a pandemic, Europe's largest research and education networking conference returns in its traditional, stationary format. TNC 2022 will be hosted in the Italian city of Trieste. Traditionally, the conference is accompanied by an exhibition, during which PSNC and the PIONIER Consortium will present current projects and initiatives.

  • Welcome to Neighbourhood Inspirations 2022

    Welcome to Neighbourhood Inspirations 2022

    This coming Saturday, June 11, we would like to invite you to the Old Zoo in Poznan for the second edition of Neighbourhood Inspirations. This year's topics will focus on health and ecology. We invite everyone who implements any interesting project locally and wants to develop valuable initiatives.

  • Join EOSC DIH session during the Data Week 2022

    Join EOSC DIH session during the Data Week 2022

    The session entitled "Exploiting the opportunities of the European Open Science Cloud to SMEs" will take place on Friday, June 3 at 14:30-16:30 as part of the Data Week 2022. It will be an introduction to the main mechanism of the EOSC DIH as well as the presentation of data services offered by EOSC related projects. We warmly invite you to join this extraordinary event.

  • PSNC at ISC 2022 – Where innovation is everyday

    PSNC at ISC 2022 – Where innovation is everyday

    PSNC booth at ISC 2022 Conference was devoted to the use of data and HPC infrastructure (High Performance Computing) to build IT services, the support for projects from the Polish Roadmap for Research Infrastructures, as well as key European projects from the ESFRI map (European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructure).

  • Video: PSNC representatives on the IMPACT’22 stage

    Video: PSNC representatives on the IMPACT’22 stage

    The Impact Conference is not only a space for industry talks and discussions which have a real impact on the future. It is a unique place where business, science, modern technologies and public administration meet. Representatives of the world's largest brands joined the two-day discussion. PSNC, which was a supporting partner of the event, was represented by Cezary Mazurek, PhD, Mikołaj Buchwald, PhD and Marcin Lawenda, PhD.

  • Virtual farm – a practical assistant for farmers within the eDWIN platform

    Virtual farm – a practical assistant for farmers within the eDWIN platform

    Warnings about weather breakdowns, pests and hazards in the field, quick contact with an agricultural advisor and advice on when and how much to apply plant protection products - these are just some of the advantages of the "Virtual Farm" e-service, which will be available within the eDWIN advisory platform.

  • INSENSION project: Increasing independence for the profoundly disabled

    INSENSION project: Increasing independence for the profoundly disabled

    For people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD), interaction with the environment is not so easy. In most cases, they are probably dependent on family and caregivers to carry out even basic functions due to severe physical and sensory impairments. And if their communication is not through conventional symbols and at the pre-verbal level, this makes life even more difficult. Such people will be supported by the INSENSION platform, co-created by PSNC.

  • Ambisonic Audioplays as a Window to the World for Blind Children

    Ambisonic Audioplays as a Window to the World for Blind Children

    Audioplays are re-entering the stage in a new form and becoming a window to the world for the blind and visually impaired. PSNC has commenced collaboration with the Special Education Center for Blind Children [Polish: Ośrodek Szkolno-Wychowawczy dla Dzieci Niewidomych] in Owińska, Poland, to present the pupils with two ambisonic (360°-sound) audioplays. Ambisonic sound imitates authentic sound distribution in space, which enables the listener to fully immerse and actively participate in the performance.

  • Atomic clock available in Poznan thanks to the PSNC link

    Atomic clock available in Poznan thanks to the PSNC link

    As part of the NLPQT project, PSNC launched the first test connection of the system for distribution of the optical carrier at the end of January (optical reference frequency generated by optical clocks), i.e. ultra-precise and ultra-stable frequency standard. The system is also being developed thanks to close cooperation with the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun and the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow.

  • Results of the evaluation of research institutions for 2017-2021

    Results of the evaluation of research institutions for 2017-2021

    The Minister of Education and Science has decided on the categorization of national scientific entities. In accordance with the current rules, scientific categories (A+, A, B+, B or C) were granted separately for each discipline concerning the evaluated units. The Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry PAS has been categorized in three disciplines; in the biological sciences, the Institute was awarded the A+ category, while in the chemical sciences and in technical IT and telecommunications, the A category was obtained.

  • Welcome to Droniada 2022

    Welcome to Droniada 2022

    We invite you to the 9th edition of the technology competition, which is organised for the first time in the form of a multidisciplinary contest. We are talking about Droniada 2022, which will start on June 25 and will last until the end of the month. PSNC is a co-organiser of this event.

  • PSNC at ISC 2022 – Where innovation is everyday

    PSNC at ISC 2022 – Where innovation is everyday

    PSNC booth at ISC 2022 Conference was devoted to the use of data and HPC infrastructure (High Performance Computing) to build IT services, the support for projects from the Polish Roadmap for Research Infrastructures, as well as key European projects from the ESFRI map (European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructure).

  • Video: PSNC representatives on the IMPACT’22 stage

    Video: PSNC representatives on the IMPACT’22 stage

    The Impact Conference is not only a space for industry talks and discussions which have a real impact on the future. It is a unique place where business, science, modern technologies and public administration meet. Representatives of the world's largest brands joined the two-day discussion. PSNC, which was a supporting partner of the event, was represented by Cezary Mazurek, PhD, Mikołaj Buchwald, PhD and Marcin Lawenda, PhD.

  • EUhubs4data: completion of AI4SAM experiment supported by PSNC

    EUhubs4data: completion of AI4SAM experiment supported by PSNC

    The experiment AI4SAM – AI for fostering soft and active mobility to accelerate European’s transition to climate neutrality ran by Kentyou in the framework of EUHubs4Data’s first round of experiments focused on the optimisation of the location of soft mobility stations (shared/electric bikes, scooters, cars) in different cities (urban, rural, industrial) to reduce CO2 emissions caused by mobility.

  • TNC22: „Navigating the unexplored”

    TNC22: „Navigating the unexplored”

    After a two-year break due to a pandemic, Europe's largest research and education networking conference returns in its traditional, stationary format. TNC 2022 will be hosted in the Italian city of Trieste. Traditionally, the conference is accompanied by an exhibition, during which PSNC and the PIONIER Consortium will present current projects and initiatives.

  • Virtual farm – a practical assistant for farmers within the eDWIN platform

    Virtual farm – a practical assistant for farmers within the eDWIN platform

    Warnings about weather breakdowns, pests and hazards in the field, quick contact with an agricultural advisor and advice on when and how much to apply plant protection products - these are just some of the advantages of the "Virtual Farm" e-service, which will be available within the eDWIN advisory platform.

  • INSENSION project: Increasing independence for the profoundly disabled

    INSENSION project: Increasing independence for the profoundly disabled

    For people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD), interaction with the environment is not so easy. In most cases, they are probably dependent on family and caregivers to carry out even basic functions due to severe physical and sensory impairments. And if their communication is not through conventional symbols and at the pre-verbal level, this makes life even more difficult. Such people will be supported by the INSENSION platform, co-created by PSNC.

  • EOSC DIH 2nd Expression of Interest for Business Pilots

    EOSC DIH 2nd Expression of Interest for Business Pilots

    The EOSC DIH has launched the 2nd Expression of Interest (EoI) for Business Pilots. The goal is to onboard businesses developing innovative solutions and – with EOSC technologies and services – help them bring products and services to market. The deadline for submitting offers is June 24, 2022.

  • Welcome to Neighbourhood Inspirations 2022

    Welcome to Neighbourhood Inspirations 2022

    This coming Saturday, June 11, we would like to invite you to the Old Zoo in Poznan for the second edition of Neighbourhood Inspirations. This year's topics will focus on health and ecology. We invite everyone who implements any interesting project locally and wants to develop valuable initiatives.

  • Ambisonic Audioplays as a Window to the World for Blind Children

    Ambisonic Audioplays as a Window to the World for Blind Children

    Audioplays are re-entering the stage in a new form and becoming a window to the world for the blind and visually impaired. PSNC has commenced collaboration with the Special Education Center for Blind Children [Polish: Ośrodek Szkolno-Wychowawczy dla Dzieci Niewidomych] in Owińska, Poland, to present the pupils with two ambisonic (360°-sound) audioplays. Ambisonic sound imitates authentic sound distribution in space, which enables the listener to fully immerse and actively participate in the performance.

  • NLPQT: launch of Quantum Key Distribution link between Poznan and Warsaw

    NLPQT: launch of Quantum Key Distribution link between Poznan and Warsaw

    Within the NLPQT project - National Laboratory for Photonics and Quantum Technologies - a transmission link of Quantum Key Distribution technology between Poznan and Warsaw was launched. QKD transmission system uses dedicated fibres of PIONIER network with total length of 380 km.

  • Join EOSC DIH session during the Data Week 2022

    Join EOSC DIH session during the Data Week 2022

    The session entitled "Exploiting the opportunities of the European Open Science Cloud to SMEs" will take place on Friday, June 3 at 14:30-16:30 as part of the Data Week 2022. It will be an introduction to the main mechanism of the EOSC DIH as well as the presentation of data services offered by EOSC related projects. We warmly invite you to join this extraordinary event.

  • Atomic clock available in Poznan thanks to the PSNC link

    Atomic clock available in Poznan thanks to the PSNC link

    As part of the NLPQT project, PSNC launched the first test connection of the system for distribution of the optical carrier at the end of January (optical reference frequency generated by optical clocks), i.e. ultra-precise and ultra-stable frequency standard. The system is also being developed thanks to close cooperation with the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun and the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow.

e-Infrastructure Center

Our mission is “Integration and development of IT infrastructure of science”. We provide the scientific community with access to world-class IT infrastructure. As the operator of the national PIONIER network and the city’s POZMAN network, we provide fast and secure access to the Internet and network services at international, national and local level. As a Supercomputing Center, we offer a wide range of computing services, access to virtual servers, cloud services, while allowing for fast and scalable data management.

Supercomputing Center

Polish Optical Internet PIONIER

Metropolitan Area Network POZMAN

Polish Map of Research Infrastructure

International research infrastructures

Initiatives

Innovation centers

Specialized  laboratories

PSNC Future Labs

Fields of activity

Science

From the very beginning, PSNC provides the scientific community with high-performance computing services, communication services, data archiving, regional databases, specialized services, cloud services and scientific applications using computing resources and virtualization techniques. The HPC Center operating within PSNC, provides computing power, disk space and archiving systems for science, business and public institutions, and the Eagle supercomputer was present on the list of the fastest computing installations in the world – TOP500.org. Our computing resources include systems with shared and distributed memory of various architectures (vector-parallel, multiprocessor SMP and clusters) connected by fast local networks with low latency.

IT and telecommunications

PSNC has been successfully implementing the construction of the PIONIER national fiber optic scientific network since 2001. Currently, PIONIER covers 6824 km of fibers in Poland and 2454 km in Europe, connecting all Polish academic environments, i.e. 21 municipal computer networks in 21 academic cities and 5 High-Performance Supercomputing centers. Within the framework of the PIONIER network, there have also been built cross-border fiber-optic connections with all scientific networks of neighboring countries and a large part of international scientific cooperation is realized thanks to these connections. Additionally, a node of the pan-European research network GÉANT has been built by PSNC and connected to the PIONIER network with a 100Gb/s connection.

Data protection and cybersecurity

The core areas of PSNC’s data protection and cyber-security activities include operational supervision of advanced network and computing infrastructure as well as cyber-security tasks within the framework of research projects. The team of IT security experts at PSNC actively participates in the work of the PIONIER-CERT group, whose main task is to handle all security incidents in which computers connected to the PIONIER National Broadband Scientific Network are directly or indirectly involved.

Education of the future

PSNC has designed and created a dedicated educational laboratory space that enables modeling and researching student and teacher interaction with next-generation digital network services based on interfaces using voice, motion and gesture, bioelectric brain activity, eye movement, and other sensory-motor activities. Currently, works are carried out in the field of advanced perception analysis of artificial multimodal stimuli, new interfaces involving various human perception systems, such as Tangible User Interfaces, haptic devices, sight and hearing, and virtual and augmented reality. R&D activities at PSNC are based on innovative applications, educational games and virtual vocational trainers which are the basis for student experiments.

Medicine, health and quality of life

At our Center, we promote and support applications of modern ICT technologies in a variety of contexts related to the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients, as well as increasing the quality of life of people at risk of social exclusion due to health condition or disability. Our challenges include the areas of personalized medicine, medical tele-education, telemedicine and patient e-Health services for patients. An important topic undertaken in our projects is the creation of innovative solutions to support active and healthy life of the elderly, adults and people with disabilities. These solutions are based on the integration of advanced technologies, including the Internet of Things or Artificial Intelligence.

Energy efficiency

R&D activities in the field of intelligent energy management aim at optimizing resources in order to minimize environmental impact. The development of environmentally friendly technologies and energy-saving methods is one of the key challenges for scientists and engineers. The implementation of green and energy-saving technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution is one of the European Union’s research priorities. Therefore, work on energy-efficient ICTs focuses, on the one hand, on the use of energy-efficient ICT equipment, the energy efficiency of applications, resource management, but also on the use of ICTs for modeling and simulation of heating and cooling processes, energy management in homes and offices or smart energy networks.

Smart agriculture and forestry

PSNC implements a number of research and development works aimed at developing and implementing dedicated platforms for data exchange, services and applications for innovative agriculture. PSNC is also making use of the Internet of Things infrastructure, satellite imagery, and drones to monitor crops and optimize agricultural processes. Thanks to the results of our work, farmers receive access to information and tools necessary to run a modern farm, and software producers and data providers – receive customers for their products and services. Special emphasis is placed on the dissemination of tools for managing the plant protection process using the decision support system.

Climate and natural environment

We cooperate with experts in the field of computer modeling of atmospheric phenomena, environmental monitoring, and atmospheric pollution. For many years PSNC research teams have been carrying out research and development activities and implementing new services and applications, providing information on the current and projected state of the environment on an urban, regional, national and international scale. Information and communication technologies, in particular high-performance computing and new techniques for processing and analyzing data generated by control and measurement equipment, terrestrial sensors, IoT networks, and satellite-based earth observation systems are playing an increasing role in addressing these great challenges.

Aviation and cosmonautics

At PSNC we use the huge potential of ICT infrastructure and many dedicated laboratories, including a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles, which are the basis for innovative applications in agriculture, among others in logistics and education. Together with the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency we take up a huge challenge to co-create innovative digital services and solutions for new generation aviation under the NaviHUB initiative. We plan to take advantage of the new experimental and laboratory space at the airport in Kąkolewo connected with the infrastructure of the PIONIER scientific network as well as data collection and processing services.

Culture and heritage

Specialized software packages supporting various processes of digitization of culture, art, and national heritage collections have been created at PSNC since 2002. We have successfully completed many implementations and individual orders both for individual entities and consortia. Our solutions are already used by several hundred institutions and companies in Poland and abroad, including libraries, universities, museums, archives and non-governmental organizations. During implementation, we take care of appropriate configuration and adaptation of our solutions to individual customer needs, which thanks to our experience is fully efficient and professional.

Digital art (Art & Science)

The natural path of using the technological knowledge of the Poznan Center is to support all activities on the borderline of audiovisual, multimedia, theater and film art. Many years of experience and cooperation with interdisciplinary artistic environments allow us to create original sceneries, attractive and non-standard use of research equipment, and implement complex ideas using the latest equipment and modern, often prototype IT solutions. Thus, at PSNC, we develop methods of creating innovation using the creative dialogue of engineering and art creators.

New media

PSNC has created dedicated laboratories for the development of new media technologies, providing scientists with access to modern test infrastructure. Existing PSNC laboratories can provide ultra-high resolution visualization (16K, 8K, 8K 3D), real-time encoding and decoding, as well as live streaming, real-time rendering of VR and 3D graphics for immersive spaces (cubic and cylindrical CAVE technologies with support of remote visualization) or interaction with multiple users around the world. PSNC is also a co-producer of international events using innovative new media technologies

Dissemination and promotion

Modern science and the development of new technologies require promotional activities in order to effectively reach a wide audience. Such activities in larger and smaller projects often become the nucleus of new and more interesting applications for scientific research, meeting the needs of different interest groups and contributing to the creation of a positive image of scientists. Our achievements include dozens of conferences, events and workshops, which support Polish science in the field of IT, using modern technologies with new media at the forefront. We are an important “point of contact” between scientists and society, showing how to do even better what they are passionate about.

Smart cities and civil society

One of the important areas of PSNC activity is the integration and implementation of scientific results in the form of services developed in partnership with public sector entities, acting as substantive partners – including public administration, medicine, education and the social sphere. Within the framework of this path of PSNC’s activity, cooperating with the City of Poznań since 1996, PSNC has created and develops information and service systems supporting the local government, as well as offers innovative services to the inhabitants of Poznań, including an information and service platform for the City of Poznań (Municipal Multimedia Guide), a system supporting recruitment to schools, an online platform of the Poznań Civic Budget or the city’s Open Data Platform.

Startups and business incubation

For many years we have been trying to create favourable conditions for the development and support of innovative undertakings in close cooperation with the local business community. Together with the City of Poznań, Poznań University of Technology and Poznań IT companies we have created the Wielkopolska IT Cluster. The aim of the Cluster is to connect and cooperate with local authorities, research and development units and business representatives in order to popularize and develop initiatives based on modern information and communication technologies.

Industry 4.0

Thanks to the advanced PSNC laboratory base, in particular including experimental spaces consisting of robotic and cyber-physical systems and the experience of teams in the integration of technologies based on the Internet Things (IoT), cloud technologies and the existing HPC infrastructure, joint activities are undertaken together with PSNC partners (on a regional, national and EU scale) in the implementation of pilot solutions of Industry 4.0. Together with partners we create and provide digital transformation services of Industry 4.0. We develop technological competence of current and future employees by organizing dedicated workshops and demonstrations in the smart factory model.

Science
IT and telecommunications
Data protection and cybersecurity
Education of the future
Medicine, health and quality of life
Energy efficiency
Smart agriculture and forestry
Climate and natural environment
Aviation and cosmonautics
Culture and heritage
Digital art (Art[nbsp]&[nbsp]Science)
New media
Dissemination and promotion
Smart cities and civil society
Startups and business incubation
Industry 4.0

Technologies of the future

Next generation networks

The main goal of the New Generation Networks is to provide all users with a variety of services at the highest level of quality and reliability. Therefore, from the very beginning of its existence, PSNC has become an important research and development center in the field of information and communication technologies. The aim of its establishment was, among others, to build and coordinate the use of the POZMAN Metropolitan Area Network and supercomputers in Poznań by the units represented in the College of Rectors in the City of Poznań.

Supercomputing

PSNC, as a High-Performance Computing Centers, has one of the best Polish clusters called Orzeł (Eagle) with 1.7 PFlops of computational power. It is also one of the most energy-efficient systems, which was created in the region of Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). PSNC computing resources are used by scientists working in various fields of science: astrophysicists, biologists, chemists, and physicists. Topics of these calculations include quantum chemistry, molecular dynamics, crystallography, computational biology, astrophysics, physics, construction, and machine simulations.

Big data analytics

PSNC conducts research and development works related to the challenges for Exascale systems as well as tools and services supporting the creation and execution of large-scale scientific simulations on high-performance computing systems of the current and next generation. These activities are maintained in cooperation with leading teams using large-scale computer simulations in nuclear fusion research, biomedicine, and nanotechnology.

Archiving and disk resources

Research & development based on IT systems requires resources large data storage resources. PSNC, with the full support of specialists and using the latest equipment, offers a whole range of archiving, backup storage and long-term storage for R&D results. The systems, built on the basis of proven, reliable and secure solutions, on a national level, are available through the PIONIER scientific network and Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs), and allow for efficient and permanent access to data not only for the needs of the research and scientific environment in Poland, but also for state and local government institutions.

Clouds, virtualization and grids

The numerous problems faced by modern science often require international cooperation and the use of specialized equipment and expert knowledge. In order to meet such challenges, PSNC carries out projects in the field of cloud computing, i.e. methods and techniques allowing for virtualization of remote and shared resources, both scientific and industrial instruments. The possibility of using scientific and industrial devices, regardless of their physical location, helps to equalize the chances of using the instruments available so far only for a small group of people and contribute to the development of science and industry.

Digitisation and digital content

The history of the development of digitization and digital libraries at PSNC dates back to 1996 when research work began on the use of the PIONIER Network to provide access to the resources of scientific and cultural institutions for the needs of research, in particular in the humanities. The result of these works was a prototype system for building digital libraries. Currently, the PSNC Digital Libraries and Knowledge Platform Team is conducting advanced work in the field of digitization in the Visualization and Interaction Laboratory, which is a specific research tool for the processes of mass 2D digitization as well as long-term storage and sharing of digital objects.

Visualisation, immersion and interaction

Advanced visualization, including virtual reality (VR) and immersion, are the next stages of media development. VR applications, unlike traditional video, movies, and television, through their immersion make the experience of watching multimedia content increasingly intense, more interactive and personalized. However, regardless of the challenges posed to VR, hardware, and software manufacturers are faced with the need to carry out a large number of research and development activities to bring these technologies to the broad consumer market. This assumption underlies the research conducted at PSNC.

Processing and transmission of multimedia

Multimedia streaming is one of the most natural, most common and also the most visually attractive services provided by the use of the broadband network. At PSNC, many projects in this area are associated with the development of high-speed Internet and evolutionary changes in the next generation of network e-infrastructure. For years, we have been successfully implementing, among others, UHD content streaming with effective compression or VR / 360⁰ content transmission in the best possible quality. The application of this type of streaming can be used in various areas and different scenarios, such as medicine, economy, culture or art.

Remote presence and videoconferencing

PSNC together with our partners from the Metropolitan Area Networks and High-Performance Computing Centres, based on previous experience, has become a leader in services addressed to the entire Polish academic community. Poznan Center offers high definition video conferencing services and scientific interactive HD television along with a national distribution platform for network television.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) issues are related to specific challenges at PSNC, such as automation of customer service, creating diagnostic models, selection of appropriate machine learning methodologies, support of clinical decisions, use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to extract knowledge from digital heritage collections, or efficient search of the ML model parameter space for optimization.

Motion tracking and biometrics

Biometrics is currently one of the most important aspects in the field of data processing and security. Systems using biometric techniques to confirm identity are beginning to be used worldwide. Biometric methods, for which authentication and identification are of particular importance, have also become the subject of research work at PSNC. These works relate to the application of biometrics in various sectors of public life, such as banking, administration, healthcare, and e-commerce.

Mobile applications

The ability to create application solution for many, sometimes small challenges, which in the package of common tools can constitute a big qualitative leap – is not only a long-term asset of PSNC but also a way to constantly look for methods to make life easier. Today, innovative PSNC applications are elements of larger, complex solution packages, integrating many years of knowledge of our technology specialists.

Web portals, services and applications

Many innovative services and applications created at PSNC are IT solutions supporting too long or non-automated processes. Some of them have evolved into separate areas of the Center’s activity, others meet the specific needs of users, and there are also some solutions that have been recorded in the history of PSNC as an important chapter of experience and expertise in completely new areas of science and economy.

New user interfaces

The field of user interface design has been developing very dynamically for years. Progress is primarily driven by the development of the consumer electronics market – especially mobile devices, where intuitiveness of operation is a feature that, along with other functions, can encourage the use of a given equipment. PSNC’s main challenges in this respect include manual interfaces in applications supporting pre-school and early childhood education, user interfaces for people with disabilities, aerial simulators and new user interfaces in accessing cultural, artistic and heritage resources.

Digital electronics

Digital electronics is facing countless challenges. PSNC recognizing the need for its own implementation of advanced solutions in this area has undertaken work to build a laboratory for the design and production of prototypes of electronic devices. The laboratory enables the implementation of all phases of hardware systems creation, starting from design through testing, up to prototype and small production series of modern digital electronics devices. As part of the CBPIO project, the laboratory will be complemented with a complete production line for complex printed circuits, maintaining standards and obtaining the parameters required in modern electronics.

Internet of Things

Internet of Things activities at PSNC are conducted in the Laboratory for the Integration of Network Services with IoT networks and the Scientific Use of Social Infrastructures. This laboratory is a kind of workshop for rapid prototyping of hardware solutions, currently offering services for scientific entities and companies, enabling research and development works in the field of the Internet of Things. It is equipped with a number of tools and devices, from developer’s sets of electronics, microcontrollers, sensors, to CNC processing equipment, weather stations or air quality testing stations.

Next generation networks
Supercomputing
Big data analytics
Archiving and disk resources
Clouds, virtualization and grids
Digitisation and digital content
Visualisation, immersion and interaction
Processing and transmission of multimedia
Remote presence and videoconferencing
Artificial intelligence and machine learning
Motion tracking and biometrics
Mobile applications
Web portals, services and applications
New user interfaces
Digital electronics
Internet of Things

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