GridUNESP - Spin-off of SPRACE

GridUNESP, a multi-campus Grid Computing infrastructure for the São Paulo State University (UNESP), is the first campus Grid in Latin America built to provide processing power and storage resources to the researchers of UNESP.

The GridUNESP project received a suport of R$ 4.4 million from the Ministry of Science and Technology, through the Research and Project Finance Agency (FINEP). The hardware acquisition and the datacenter construction occurred during the years 2008 and 2009, respectively.

It follows the tier topology of WLCG, being a spin-off of the project SPRACE. GridUNESP has a Tier 0 site located in São Paulo city, the capital of São Paulo state, and other six Tier 1 sites distributed across the state. There are 370 servers (spread over 7 sites) with 2,944 CPU cores, providing 33.3 teraflops of computing power, and 160 TB of storage in 10 storage servers (also spread over 7 sites).

GridUNESP is part of the Open Science Grid cyberinfrastructure, being the only OSG Virtual Organization (VO) outside USA. Since the system came to life, in Jan 2010, it was produced more than 5.2 million simulations, corresponding to 180 million CPU hours (successfull jobs). More than 20 scientific applications were installed, including Crystal, Gamess, Gaussian, Gromacs, MrBayes, Dirac, etc.

The project serves more than 40 research projects, with more than 200 users (researchers, students). Among these projects, the main research areas are Biology and Biophysics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geosciences, Materials Science, Meteorology, and Physics.