Il "Consorzio COMETA" is a No-Profit Institution operating since 2005 and based in Catania. Charter members are: (segue elenco).
The institutional tasks of the COMETA Consortium encompass:
a) promote both theoretical and experimental research activities to promote and develop new infrastructures for High Performance Computing, new systems for heavy data management and multimedia simulations;
b) Foster the development and widespread diffusion of the new "Grid paradigm";
c) Accept research tasks from Private or Public Institutions;
d) Promote high-rank training activities.
Since 2006, January 1st, the COMETA Consortium started the "Progetto per l'Implementazione e lo Sviluppo di una e-Infrastruttura in Sicilia basata sul paradigma della Grid" (PI2S2, www.pi2s2.it) founded as a part of the Programma Operativo Nazionale (PON) 2000-2006 (Avviso n.1575) of the Italian Minister for University and Research.
PI2S2 tasks are:
1) Create a Virtual Laboratory in Sicily for both academic and industrial applications, based on a Grid infrastructure;
2) Connect the Sicilian e-infrastructure to the European and overseas Grids in order to foster scientific cooperation and enhance the competitiveness of the Sicilian e-Science and e-Industry;
3) Disseminate the "Grid Paradigm" by dedicated events and training courses;
4) Favorite spin-offs in the field of Information and Communication Technology in order to reduce the "brain drain" towards other Italian regions and abroad.
COMETA infrastructure is distributed over 7 sites (located at Catania, Messina and Palermo) where high-performance computing clusters are connected by fast net links. Currently more than 200 CPUs and 250 TB (1 TeraByte=1 million MegaBytes) of data storage capacity are available.