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

National Current Research Information System

As a part of the Scientific and Technological Foresight project (STF), lead by the Ministry of science and education, Srce is creating a national research information system, abbreviated as CroRIS (CroRIS web page).

Data Management Infrastructure

The development and maintenance of digital archives and data services is of significant importance for SRCE, together with the support and promotion of open science. Several digital archives and data services were implemented by SRCE alone or in partnerships, such as:

Identity management infrastructure

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

Advanced computing infrastructure

SRCE services Isabella (isabella web page) and HTC Cloud (CRO NGI web page) provide advanced computing infrastructure enabling researchers to solve complex problems that require significant compute resources – processors, accelerators, memory, shared storage, scientific applications and environments. Apart from providing resources, SRCE assists researchers in optimizing their scientific application for execution and provides training and helpdesk service.

Virtual Servers

Built upon already many years of experience in maintaining and operating virtualization platforms, SRCE provides a cloud-paradigm based service VPS (VPS web page) which would allow external users (academic partners and research institutes) access to and unrestricted control over various types of virtual resources, while preserving all features and advantages of running within a virtualized environment.

Network infrastructures

SRCE builds and maintains the network infrastructure for the University of Zagreb WLAN infrastructure (UNIZG-WLAN web page). Infrastructure is based on eduroam standard.

SRCE is hosting national internet exchange point Croatian Internet eXchange (CIX web page). 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.

Education and Training in ICT, E-learning

In 2022, SRCE is celebrating 50 years of continuity as the centre for education and training in the area of ICT application. SRCE holds number of courses, workshops and educational activities related to information and communication technologies and e-infrastructure and services SRCE provides. They are available to teachers, students, researchers, IT specialists and academic community as well as to citizens. Number of courses are self-paced and can be reached as well through E-citizens portal.

The E-learning Centre at SRCE (E-learning Centre web page) 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. The E-learning Centre is recognized on the national level, so Merlin- a virtual learning environment established at SRCE, contains e-courses from the majority of higher education institutions in Croatia, having per academic year more than 27.000 e-courses. The E-learning Centre is also providing high quality and tailored support to users, especially to teachers along with teacher training in use of e-learning technologies and their implementation into educational process.

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 2018, SRCE participated in a number of international programs such as GÉANT, EOSC-hub, ABCtoVLE and ELPID.

Croatian scientific and educational cloud (HR-ZOO)

In the next few years, a significant part of SRCE’s activities will be related to the implementation of the Croatian scientific and educational cloud (HR-ZOO). The project objective is to build the core components of the national research and innovation e-infrastructure in order to provide scientific and research community with advanced computing and storage resources and network connectivity necessary for modern and multidisciplinary science and education system. The project foresees the establishment of a network of sites (data centres) in Osijek, Rijeka, Split and Zagreb. A simple and controlled access to HR-ZOO services will be supported through the concept of e-scientists. SRCE is a coordinator of HR-ZOO project.

HR-ZOO is designed as a common infrastructure consisting of:

  • HR-ZOO e-infrastructure sites (data centres) in four major university cities: Osijek, Rijeka, Split and Zagreb
  • Advanced computing resources for:
    • High Throughput Computing (HTC)
    • High Performance Computing (HPC)
    • Computing for general purposes (Cloud)
  • Advanced storage resources
  • High-speed backbone of the National Academic and Research Network - up to 100 Gbps connectivity between HR-ZOO sites/cities
  • A team of specialists for operations and User support (IT specialists and e-scientists)

The project is co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund.

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: Ivan Marić
Number of employees: 160
Phone: +385 1 6165 555