Research Projects


ACC Cyfronet AGH attaches great significance to international cooperation. Center staff members participate in the management bodies of IT organizations as well as in program and organization committees of scientific conferences.

ACC Cyfronet AGH is involved in numerous projects co-financed by the EU funds and the Polish government. Research conducted in Cyfronet focus on grid and cloud environments, programming paradigms, research portals, efficient use of computing and storage resources, as well as on reconfigurable FPGA and GPGPU computing systems.

ACC Cyfronet AGH – in the scope of development of IT systems – since many years has been working with the Department of Computer Science AGH and the IFJ PAN in Krakow in creating an environment for large-scale computations for particle physics. The cooperation of these three institutions has resulted in taking by Cyfronet the role of the coordinator of the CrossGrid project (2002-2005,, in which 21 partners from 11 countries were involved and whose aim was to implement and deploy a set of interactive applications in a distributed computing environment. Success of CrossGrid, as well as the contacts and the experience gained in this project enabled Cyfronet to participate in many other projects during the 6-th and 7-th Framework Programme. Thanks to these projects ACC Cyfronet AGH, Department of Computer Science AGH and IFJ PAN significantly expanded research topics and increased the number of foreign partners.

In 2009-2012 Cyfronet was the coordinator of the PL-Grid project, whose aim was to build the Polish Computational Infrastructure (PLGrid Infrastructure). Next, the Centre coordinated the PLGrid Plus (2011-2014) and PLGrid NG (2014-2015) projects, which aimed a.o. at continued development of the infrastructure and preparation of dedicated domain-specific services for groups of researchers representing many different disciplines. At present, Cyfronet is recognized as a National Center of Competence in the field of distributed computing infrastructures. This was confirmed by the new grant for ACC Cyfronet AGH for the implementation of the new project - PLGrid Core (2014-2015). It aims at further, significant extension of the PLGrid Infrastructure resources, especially in ACC Cyfronet AGH, with particular emphasis on grid technologies, cloud computing and platforms supporting computations on big data.

Cooperation of ACK Cyfronet AGH and Department of Computer Science AGH also contributed to the establishment of the DICE (Distributed Computing Environments) Team, which consists of scientists and IT experts working in these institutions in the research projects carried out in Cyfronet. This team specializes in large-scale distributed computing and web, grid and cloud technologies. The team develops new methods, tools and computing environments and apply these solutions to the problems from different fields of science, healthcare and industry.

Cyfronet participation in activities and projects at an international or national level brought many other benefits:

  • introduction of new, promising IT technologies,
  • installation and connecting into the grid network multiple clusters at different computer centers in Poland and the inclusion of these clusters to European and global grid infrastructure,
  • substantial expansion of international cooperation by strengthening substantive contacts, participation in plenary meetings and technical sessions and joint publications,
  • developing the skills and knowledge of young IT professionals - training, summer schools, lectures at universities, as well as MSc theses and PhD dissertations,
  • the creation of conditions to work for users who are involved in international research activities (for example, particle physics),
  • creating jobs for young IT professionals.

Participation in projects financed by the European Union is considered an essential part of scientific activity of Cyfronet, and more broadly – of Polish scientific community, due to the benefits of technology transfer, the development of international cooperation and education of young staff.