Research infrastructures with TU Wien participation and external
The Vienna Scientific Cluster, opens an external URL in a new window is a cooperation of several Austrian universities that offers supercomputer resources and corresponding services to its users. The current flagship of the VSC is the VSC-4, the most powerful computer ever put into operation in Austria. With 2.7 petaflops (one petaflop is one million billion computing operations per second), the VSC-4 achieves almost five times the performance of its predecessor, the VSC-3.
The EODC, opens an external URL in a new window operates a collaborative IT infrastructure for the archiving, processing and distribution of earth observation data. Together with its multinational partners from science, industry and the public sector, the EODC enables the use of earth observation data in geoscientific applications. The EODC offers its users
- access to global satellite data (Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2, etc.) and various geodata (in situ data, climate data, model data, etc.); selected data sets are available in a Data Cube architecture (Austrian Data Cube, Global Sentinel-1 Data Cube)
- virtual machines (VMs based on OpenStack) to use these data for research and development tasks
- HPC capacities for processing large amounts of data by quickly connecting the EODC data storage to the Vienna Scientific Cluster (VSC)
- support in the implementation of the FAIR data principles
- management and organization of collaborative software development processes to build fully automated end-to-end EO data processing chains
Scientists and experts all over the world can use the EODC infrastructure and services on the basis of service contracts. Beyond the pure use, there is the possibility to actively participate in the further development of the EODC as an EODC Cooperation Partner. The TU Vienna is one of the Principal Cooperation Partners of the EODC.
The Climate Change Centre Austria (CCCA), opens an external URL in a new window is a research network supported by Austria’s most important research institutions. It promotes climate research and climate impact research and fosters collaboration in and among those domains. The CCCA Data Centre as an operational department is responsible for the research data infrastructure to promote applicable data management for Austrian scientists and the Greater Alpine Region. The main objective is to provide a central climate data hub for models, climate scenarios as well as related research data and information services. The CCCA Data Centre considers data sharing principles and offers standardized data services for download, views and data analysing tools. We promote interoperability and collaboration between different science and research communities to raise awareness on climate change and serve as a central point for sharing knowledge and resources.
The hardware facilities of the CCCA include highly available server clusters with a storage capacity of 1 PB as well as the connection to the VSC and own High Performance Computing resources. CCCA member institutions can store and publish research data but it can also use as internal data storage for research projects.
The public Forschungsinfrastruktur database, opens an external URL in a new window of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) provides an overview of national research infrastructures. The database serves as an information platform and may be used to find and offer research infrastructures for new cooperation projects.