University of Zagreb University Computing Centre (SRCE)

An Overview

The University Computing Centre (SRCE) has a long tradition in the area of information and communication technologies. It was founded in 1971 within the University of Zagreb, the only Croatian university at the time, with the purpose to enhance the implementation of information technologies in the academic community as well as in Croatia in general.

Today, SRCE is the main computing centre and the architect of the e-infrastructure, covering both the University of Zagreb and the whole research and high education system. Furthermore, SRCE is the competence center for information and communication technologies as well as the center for education and support in the area of ICT application.

National academic information systems

Information systems developed and maintained by SRCE include

  • the national high education information system (ISVU, www.isvu.hr)
  • academic id-cards management system (ISAK, isak.srce.hr)
  • student rights information system (ISSP, www.cap.srce.hr)
    • information system for educational programs quality assessment (Mozvag, mozvag.srce.hr).

The implementation, maintenance and development of digital archives and data services is of significant importance for SRCE, together with supporting the Open Access Initiative. Several digital archives were implemented by SRCE alone or in partnerships, such as

  • Portal of Croatian scientific journals (Hrčak, hrcak.srce.hr)
    • Croatian repositories and archives aggregator (Ara, ara.srce.hr)
    • Croatian web archive (HAW, haw.nsk.hr).

At this moment SRCE is building a national digital repositories infrastructure (DABAR). This infrastructure will enable institutions to build their own repositories ensuring easy-to-use, secure, sustainable and reliable service enabling at the same time content aggregation in order to build specific repositories.

Identity management infrastructure

In the middleware area SRCE operates and coordinates Croatian research and education identity federation (AAI@EduHr, www.aaiedu.hr) which is a part of the global research and education interfederation - eduGAIN (www.edugain.org). SRCE’s middleware activities also include coordination of the eduroam - national educational roaming access service (www.eduroam.hr), which is a part of the global eduroam service (www.eduroam.org).

Advanced computing infrastructure

The activities related to research and development of advanced computing systems is a significant part of SRCE’s portfolio. Good examples are the cluster Isabella, the biggest HPC resource for A&R community in Croatia (isabella.srce.hr) and the Croatian national grid infrastructure (CRO NGI, www.cro-ngi.hr), distributed HTC resource, consisting of six sites in the Republic of Croatia. As the leader in the area of cloud computing, SRCE provides the users with e-infrastructures conforming to the cloud computing paradigm.

Academic and national network infrastructures

SRCE builds and maintains the network infrastructure for student campuses (StuDOM, studom.srce.hr) in all dormitories and the University of Zagreb WLAN infrastructure (UNIZG-WLAN, wlan.unizg.hr). Both infrastructures are based on eduroam standard.

SRCE is hosting national internet exchange point Croatian Internet eXchange (CIX, www.cix.hr). Also, the international node for the pan European research and education network GÉANT which connects Croatian higher education and research area with European and worldwide, is located in SRCE. SRCE provides housing service for many relevant international internet providers in order to enhance the internet traffic management.

E-learning, training and user support

SRCE holds dozens of various courses, workshops and similar educational programs related to information and communication technologies. Some are intended for beginners, other for experienced IT professionals.

The E-learning Center has a central role in the systematic implementation of e-learning in Croatian higher education and provides support and training to teachers, students and institutions in use of e-learning technologies. Merlin, a virtual learning environment established at SRCE, is recognized on the national level as a stable and highly useful platform and utilized by numerous teachers and students in Croatia.

The international Journal of Computing and Information Technology (CIT, cit.srce.hr) is published by SRCE on regular basis.

International cooperation, programs and projects

A significant part of activities in SRCE are related to international programs. SRCE is a member of many international associations, with experts who participate in many international institutions and bodies, having leading roles in some cases. In 2014, SRCE participated in a number of international programs such as GÉANT, EGI and TALOE.

Croatian scientific and educational cloud (HR-ZOO)

In the near future, a significant part of SRCE’s activities will be related to the implementation of the Croatian scientific and educational cloud (HR-ZOO). HR-ZOO project will establish new broadband backbone of the national academic network connecting computing sites in four major university towns in Republic of Croatia (Osijek, Rijeka, Split and Zagreb). SRCE is a coordinator of HR-ZOO project.

HR-ZOO infrastructure will consist of:

  • six computing sites
  • advanced computing infrastructure:
    • cloud computing infrastructure
    • grid computing infrastructure
    • High Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure
  • advanced storage infrastructure
  • high-speed national network infrastructure based on modern optical platforms (DWDM, IP/MPLS)
  • new tools and services.

Through project a team of specialists dedicated to user support and maintenance of the infrastructure will be built.

Basic information about SRCE

Full name: University of Zagreb University Computing Centre
(Full name in Croatian: Sveučilište u Zagrebu Sveučilišni računski centar)
Short name: SRCE
Address: Josipa Marohnića 5, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Director/CEO: Zoran Bekić, PhD.
Deputy Director/CTO: Ivan Marić
Number of employees: 133
Web: www.srce.unizg.hr
E-mail: office@srce.hr
Phone: +385 1 6165 555