IT and Computing Science
CCTVal, through CTI-HPC, regularly holds training courses in diverse areas of Computing and IT, among them, satellite image processing courses, GPU-CUDA language courses, etc. In the development of this activities, CCTVal counts with the support of the Office of Naval Research Global (ONRG), the nVidia firm and others. CCTVal was declared a Cuda Teaching Center in 2012 by nVidia.
Project INIA (institute of Agriculture and Livestock Research)
By means of the development of genomic tools and genetic engineering, the aim is to obtain an efficient and swift program that could bolster a vine´s genetic improvement, thus obtaining new varieties of table grapes.
Project Mining Cluster
The project is about a knowledge management system relating to mining supplier companies through a geo-referenced technological platform with the purpose of measuring, developing, issuing reports and analyzing territorial competitiveness of the companies in the mining sector.
Oceana is an international organization focused on the conservation of maritime resources. CCTVal, together with Oceana, presented a project to the Chilean Government that looks to protect the maritime environment around the Salas and Gomez islands, by means of a Remote Surveillance System whose purpose is to monitor and regulate, in an efficient and timely way, the maritime areas protected (AMP´s) and defined as National Maritime Parks.
BioMed – HPC Medical Imaging
Project developed together with the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Chile, focused on the local and remote processing of imaging of the biological or medical kind, with pure research or medical diagnosis purposes. The project consults the gathered experience in storage, transmission and management of great volumes of data, and the use of HPC and computational network to carry out the remote processing, in the web, of the imaging and it constitutes an important step for the development of Computational Medicine. The project promotes interdisciplinary work on fields such as computing and IT, biomedical sciences, biophysics, neuroscience, etc.
Together with the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Chilean Navy (SHOA), and the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC), CCTVal develops a computational physics modelling project of Tsunamis as well as the design and implementation of a database for an estimate of the coastline sections at risk of flooding provoked by this kind of maritime disasters, given the intensity of the earthquakes that triggers them. With a baseline on High Performance Computing, valuable information will be obtained for the entities in charge of the security of the population and the coastal installations, like a tsunami´s arrival time to the coast, its height and potential flooding. Following the Japanese experience on the tsunami field, the core of the system is currently under development, it is a database which shall contain hundreds of computer simulations of tsunami triggering earthquakes.
High-performance computing and Grid computing
One of the main objectives for the area of Computing and IT is to maintain operational the computer cluster at CCTVal and to provide processing power, storage and data analysis for High Energy experiments conducted in the LHC at CERN. In addition, this area of CCTVal has been part of development projects on the field of grid computing at a global level, in projects like EELA (E-science Grid Facility for Europe and Latin America), GISELA (Grid Initiative for E-science Virtual Communities in Europe and Latin America) and presently in EPIKH (Exchange Program to Advanced E-Infrastructure Know-How), a European Union project whose objective is to diffuse Network Computing knowledge in the scientific community. Since 2013 CCTVal cluster is classified as Tier-2 level in WLCG (Worldwide LHC Computing Grid).