The most important fact about TASK network and CI TASK history

2020

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CK STOS PROJECT AND CITASK HEADQUARTER CONSTRUCTION

CK STOS PROJECT AND CITASK HEADQUARTER CONSTRUCTION. Qualification of the CK STOS project (Smart and Transdisciplinary knOwlegde Services Competence Center, 01/01/2019 – 31/12/2021) for implementation and financing from ERDF funds, signing the agreement with ARP as part of the 25th anniversary of CI TASK (May 6, 2019), signing the contract with the contractor for the new CI TASK building head office (06.2020).

Cooperation with NASK in order to connect schools to the network within OSE (Nationwide Educational Network).

2019

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PRACE-Lab PROJECT

Implementation of the PRACE-Lab project (01/01/2019 – 31/12/2023), which assumes cooperation in the field of advanced computing in Europe. It was placed on the Polish Roadmap for Research Infrastructures, which is the equivalent of the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). It concerns the thematic group (Development of intelligent systems and infrastructure). The European counterpart of this project – PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) is also on the ESFRI roadmap. The main goal of the project is to provide advanced HPC (High Performance Computing) computing services and data for the scientific community in Poland and Europe, and to enable calculations in the field of industrial research.

2018

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METEO PG PORTAL

CI TASK, together with the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Gdańsk University of Technology, developed and implemented the MeteoPG Portal, which provides weather forecasts for Poland and Pomerania, using the high-resolution version of the HRWRF 3.8.1/3.9.1.1 mesoscale model (High Resolution Weather Research and Forecasting). The HRWRF model uses optimized physics parameterization for the area of Central Europe. High-resolution geographic data was also used, including the fields of topography, surface roughness and land development and cover, information about which was obtained from domestic and foreign databases. CI TASK received the title of Euro Symbol of Innovation 2018.

2017

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TASKCloud

Providing computing cloud TASKcloud for selected users.

2016

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NEW ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

Updating the operation statue of CI TASK in connection with the implementation of many EU programs. Establishment of the IT Services and Applications Department.

Appointment of the new Executive Director of CI TASK, Professor Henryk Krawczyk.

2015

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POLISH INNOVATION AWARD

CI TASK receives a prestigious award from the Polish Agency of Entrepreneurship. The Polish Innovation Award is a distinction awarded to the most innovative institutes, companies and institutions operating in Poland, whose research and development work is used in various branches of the economy, contributing to its development.

Foundation of a new IT Services and Applications Department.

2014

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TRYTON SUPERCOMPUTER

Acquisition of the CD NIWA project (01/11/2013 – 31/12/2015) from EU funds (POIG 2.3), including the purchase of the Tryton 1.48 PFLOPS supercomputer (162nd place on the Top 500 list). Several experimental platforms for the construction and operation of IT services were launched, and the TASKcloud prototype (September 30, 2014) based on the IaaS infrastructure was completed.

2013

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ISO 9001 CERTIFICATION

CI TASK obtained an ISO certificate for the management system, which was then extended for the PN-EN ISO 9001: 2015 standard (in 2018) in the field of: computing with the use of high-power computers and specialized software, programming and application development, network and IT systems supervision, and project preparation and management.

2012

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WORLD NETWORK CI TASK

Through the Pionier network, new connections were obtained with networks in Austria (ACOnet), the Czech Republic (CESNET), Slovakia (SANET), Belarus (BASNET), and Ukraine (UARNET and URAN).

2011

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CI TASK VIDEOCONFERENCING SYSTEM AT TRI-CITY THE UNIVERSITIES

CI TASK, as the national leader in the implementation of videoconferencing, has installed a videoconference system in all Tri-City state universities. The undertaking was carried out on the basis of the Platon project.

2010

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KASKADA PLATFORM

Extension of CI TASK services by building utility applications, thanks to the MayDay 2012 project entitled “Supercomputer platform for contextual analysis of multimedia data streams to identify specified objects or dangerous events” (01.07.2010 – 31.01.2013). Purchase and launch of Galera Plus – a computing cluster with the capacity of 51 TFLOPS. The aim of this project was to build and implement (based on the GALERA computer cluster and using the fiber optic links of the TASK and PIONIER networks) a distributed real-time system for contextual analysis of multimedia streams from sources (cameras, microphones), located in public places (stadiums, airports, stations etc.) in terms of the analysis of terrorist threats and the recognition of images recorded with an endoscopic capsule.

2009

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PL-Grid, PL GRID+, PL GRID NG, PL GRIDE CORE PROJECTS

Network development through the following projects: PLATON (1.07.2008r. – 25.07.2012r.), NewMAN (1.02.2009r. – 30.06.2012r.), 100NET (01.04.2010 r. – 30.12.2015 r.), MAN HA (01.11. 2013r. – 30.11.2015r.) and the development of KDM thanks to the following projects: PL-Grid (1.01.2009 – 30.04.2012), PL GRID + (1.10.2011 – 31.05.2015), PL GRID NG (01/01/2014 – 31/12/2015), PL GRIDE CORE (01/01/2014 – 31/12/2015 – Cyfronet competence center).

2008

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GALERA COMPUTING CLUSTER AND COLABORATION WITH INTEL COMPANY

Relocating the CI TASK head office February 26, 2008) from the GUT Main Building to the newly commissioned building of the ETI Department. There, the Galera computing cluster with a capacity of 50 TFLOPS was put into operation, which was classified on the 28th place on the Top 500 list. It was the fastest counting machine in Poland.

Visit to CI TASK by the president of Intel Corp. and a member of the Google board – Paul Otellini and the President of the Republic of Poland Lech Wałęsa. CI TASK and INTEL Corp. concluded a cooperation agreement in the field of testing new HCP solutions on KDM computers.

2007

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NETWORK DEVELOPMENT

Development of network infrastructure (construction of 80 km of technical sewage system), replacement of network servers (Juniper M120) and Gigabit Ethernet switches, addition of 86 local networks. In 2007, around 20,000 servers and PCs in total were included.

2006

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INNOVATION IN SERVICES

Equipping the Holk cluster with the InfiniBand network, which enabled acceleration of calculations and reduction of data transmission time. The archiving system and the storage management system were also improved.

2005

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GLOBAL LEVEL OF CI TASK SERVICES

Launching the backbone of the TASK network in 10 Gigabit Ethernet technology with a bandwidth of 1 Gbit/s and joining the Pioneer network with a bandwidth of 10Gbis/s. Completion of the first stage of construction of own backbone network ring connecting Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia.

2004

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BALTIC FESTIVAL OF SCIENCE

Baltic Science Festival. Commencement of the implementation of a 55 km long network investment connecting Gdańsk with Sopot and Gdynia. Celebration of the 10th anniversary of TASK at the Artus Court in Gdańsk. CI TASK is a co-organizer of a series of meetings popularizing science with the participation of outstanding figures of Polish science as part of the Baltic Science Festival.

2003

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SUPERCOMPUTER ON THE WORLD TOP 500 LIST

Purchase of the HOLK computing cluster (8th position in the TOP 500 Clusters ranking and 231st position in the TOP 500 Supercomputers ranking). Putting into operation of the first stage of the nationwide broadband optical network for science PIONIER with a length of 2000 km and connection with the European research network GEANT.

2002

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NATIONAL FILE STORAGE AND EXCHANGE SYSTEM

National system for storing and exchanging files. Purchasing a SUN Fire 880 server with a disk array and an extensive number of interfaces to High Computing Power (KDM) servers located in all KDM centers for this purpose. The total processing power was 105 Gflops, the total memory was 10 TB.

2001

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GROUP APPLICATION PORTAL

Support for group work by five academic units: Cyfronet Kraków, PSNC Poznań, CI TASK Gdańsk, WCK Wrocław, Lodman Łódź, containing IT tools enabling easy and convenient communication and cooperation via information media.

2000

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PIONEER – POLISH OPTICAL INTERNET

Installation of a 128-processor cluster with a capacity of 100 Gflops and the launch of the national project PIONIER (Polish Optical Internet).

1999

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THE BRAIN OPERATION TRANSMISSION

Transmission of brain surgery from the operating room of the Children’s Surgery Clinic of the Provincial Hospital in Gdańsk and the University Clinic in Nottingham. The transmission concerned the image of the inside of the brain operated with the use of a neurofiberoscope, which, with the addition of sound, allowed for direct consultation of the procedure performed with eminent specialists in England.
New CI TASK financial regulation.

1998

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NATIONAL LSF CLUSTER

Connection of supercomputer centers with the fast POL-34 network, advisory system for PUK users, cooperation with Wirtualna Polska, replacement of the position of CI TASK manager with CI TASK director.

1997

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THE FIRST EDITION OF THE TASK QUARTELY MAGAZINE

The first publication of the TASK Quartely journal (01/01/1997), aimed at consolidating the scientific community in the field of scalable computing and its use in engineering practice (Prof. Jarosław Rybicki, Prof. Piotr Doerfer).

Inauguration of the industry conference INFOBAZY (23-25.06.1997).

1996

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CI TASK IS AN INDEPENDENT GDAŃSK UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

Acceptance of thenew CI TASK’s organizational structure: CI Network – head mgr in. Sławomir Połomski, High Power Computing Workshop (KDM) – mgr in. Rafał Tylman

1995

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THE FIRST COMPUTING SERVERS

In addition to the network, CI TASK launches additional services related to large-scale scientific computing, implemented on SGI Power Challenge (8 and 4-processor) and IBM SP2 (15-mode) servers.
Domain registration: gda.pl, gdynia.pl.

1994

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ESTABLISHMENT CI TASK

Establishment of the Centre of Informatics TASK (17/03/1994) at the Gdańsk University of Technology, which is the operator of the construction, expoloitation and development of the TASK network using fiber-optic technology with a transmission speed of 100 Mb / s. The first head of CI TASK was MSc. Eng. Mścisław Nakonieczny. The first headquarter of CI TASK was located in the Main Building of GUT. The ceremonial opening of the Center took place on December 17, 1994. Initiating the activities of the First Users’ Council.

1993

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BUILDING THE TASK NETWORK

3.11.1993
Agreement on the construction of the Tri-City Academic Supercomputer & Network by universities, Polish Academy of Science units and research institutions of the Tri-City. Appointment of the Users’ Council consisting of representatives of the Medical University of Gdansk (also representing the Institute of Maritime and Tropical Medicine – IMMT), Gdańsk university of Technology and University of Gdańsk (two representatives each) and the Gdańsk University of Physical Education and Sport, Gdynia Marintime University (representing also the Sea Fisheries Institute – MIR), PWSSP and Academy of Music in Gdańsk and one representative of the Polish Academy of Sciences.