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 Centre 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.

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: Zoran Bekić, PhD.
Deputy Director/CTO: Ivan Marić
Number of employees: 133
Web: www.srce.unizg.hr
E-mail: office [at] srce.hr
Phone: +385 1 6165 555