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Port d'Informació Científica (PIC)

At Port d'Informació Científica (PIC)

The Port d'Informació Científica (PIC, the Scientific Information Harbor) is a high throughput scientific data processing center located on the campus of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB, Catalonia, Spain). PIC is a first level (Tier-1) data center for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments at CERN (the European Particle Physics Lab near Geneva, Switzerland) and the main data center of the MAGIC Telescopes and the PAUcam camera, both located at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in La Palma, Canary Islands. PIC is one of the Scientific Data Centers of the Science Ground Segment of the Euclid mission of the European Space Agency. PIC also gives support to other research projects in particle physics, astrophysics, observational cosmology and other fields. PIC is maintained through a collaboration agreement between the Institut de Física d'Altes Energies (IFAE) and the Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT).

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Machine information

Data projects Resources

Core Features: Archival projects and Data storage, regardless of discipline

Available storage space (TB)

 1200 TB

Standard protocol for external access

 webdav/https, gridftp, xrootd

Standard data transfer protocol

 Protocols webdav/https, gridftp, xrootd, and FTS service of transfer automatization. 

High speed network connection RedIRIS/autonomous networks

20 Gbps

Backup protocol


Security system


Monitorization system


Personnel assigned to support users who access the center through the network

 1 FTE

Optional characteristics: data storage and exploration projects (basic exploitation), generic and/or specific by subject area

Federated access protocol (EduGAIN, SIR, …)


Optimized transfer system for large volumes of data


Treatment of personal data and ethics committee


Data management policy

In 2021, the PIC will have a data management service based on the open source software Rucio

Additional features: More specific exploitation projects, with advanced tools, and/or depending on the subject area

Data services for scientific projects (maintained by the node)


Support and consulting service for other nodes of the data network

 Whenever possible

Support team / Contact

PIC provides support to users through its team of engineers, technicians and scientists with experience in the management and analysis of large volumes of scientific data.

To request support you can send an email to res-support@pic.es