The Spanish National Research Council-CSIC has deployed a distributed computing infrastructure
to facilitate CSIC researchers the accomplishment of scientific projects requiring computing resources
beyond the capabilities of a single user or research group. GRID-CSIC has been therefore given the
structure of a Horizontal Unit inside the Council. The coordination is done from the Institute of Physics
of Cantabria (IFCA), in Santander.
The GRID - CSIC infrastructure intends to foster multidisciplinarity and joint projects between CSIC
centers. Researchers from CSIC will have seamless access to a distributed infrastructure consisting in
the first phase (2008 - 2010) of over 8000 CPUs and a total storage of more than 1000 TeraB (1 PetaB).
GRID - CSIC is built in a completely interoperable way, which allows the resources to be shared with similar
initiatives in Europe and World-Wide. Special emphasis is put into the creation of a joint Grid infrastructure
together with the Institute des Grilles (CNRS) in France, dedicated to support to the collaborative work
between the researchers of both institutions.