GRNET – National Infrastructures for Research and Technology, provides networking and cloud computing services to academic and research institutions, to educational bodies at all levels, and to agencies of the public, broader public and private sector. It is responsible for promoting and disseminating network and computing technologies and applications, as well as for promoting and implementing Greece’s Digital Transformation goals. Thus, GRNET leverages the educational and research activity in the country, towards the development of applied and technological research in the fields of telecommunication networks and computing services.
GRNET holds a key role as the coordinator of all e-infrastructures in Education and Research. With twenty-plus years’ experience in the fields of advanced network, cloud computing and IT infrastructures and services, and significant international presence, GRNET shall advise the Ministry of Digital Governance on issues relating to the design of advanced information systems and infrastructures.
GRNET develops synergies with other agencies which provide digital services in the Greek public sector, by sharing best practices and know-how on advanced information systems and it represents the national research and technological community within the European Union’s Research Infrastructures. GRNET contributes to the country’s Digital Transformation via in-depth analysis, technological studies, standard solutions and specialized know-how, serving at the same time hundreds of thousands of users on a daily basis in the strategic fields of Public Administration, Education, Research, Health and Culture.
GRNET is also the National Research and Education Network (NREN).
In order to reach its goals, GRNET undertakes projects, initiatives and other activities related to information technology, digital technology, communication, e-governance, new and open technologies, including new big data technologies, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and in general, to the promotion, dissemination and transfer of know-how regarding network and computing technologies and their applications, to research and development, education and to the promotion of Digital Transformation.
- A nation-wide fiber optic network
- Large scale data centers;
- High-performance computing system;
- Internet, cloud computing, high-performance computing, authentication and authorization services, security services, as well as audio, voice and video services.
- Universities, Technological Educational Institutions (TEI) and Ecclesiastical Academies
- Research centers
- Public hospitals
- The Pan-Hellenic School Network
- Museums, Libraries and other Cultural Institutions.
GRNET offers an integrated environment of cutting-edge technologies, contributing to:
- the empowerment of the research community and the growth of research activity in the country;
- the enhancement of the educational processes and improvement of the educational experience;
- the extroversion of the Greek R&E community by ensuring equal participation in ICT global actions;
- the modernization of the Health sector and the improvement of the overall citizen experience;
- the shaping of new models of cooperation among public agencies, research and education communities, citizens and businesses;
- the optimization in the use of Greek State resources.
Advanced Digital Technologies for Public Administration, Education, Research, Health and Culture
Digital Transformation of Public Administration
GRNET, holds a key role in designing advanced information systems and e-Infrastructures, and acts as an advisor to the Ministry of Digital Governance in the implementation of Digital Transformation Strategy for the Greek Public Sector. The digital transformation is of high importance and it is implemented following a people-centric approach, for the first time on such a scale, in Greece.
GRNET utilises its experience and know-how, further conducts thorough analyses and studies, provides standard solutions for achieving interoperability amongst all Public Administration sector’s information systems, and contributes to the improvement of existing as well as the creation of new digital public services, for the benefit of citizens. In parallel, GRNET invests in collaboration with teams of executives offering different scientific and professional expertise, while it is active in the production and application of flexible methodology analysis tools, organizes workshops and hackathons, develops specifications and implements medium-term and short-term activities on behalf of the Ministry of Digital Governance. Thus, it produces added value, contributing this way to the strengthening of the role of the Public Sector, aiming to improve service provision for citizens and businesses.
Digital innovation in Education
GRNET introduces new, sophisticated methods into the educational process that improve the overall experience for students, faculty members and administrative staff of the Universities, Technological Educational Institutions and other schools. Through constant development of e-services, GRNET offers modern solutions in areas such as education, students’ internship, student care, as well as in the organization and support of internal processes deployed by the educational institutions.
At the same time, it provides support at all levels –from Network Operation Centers (NOCs) to end users – responding and resolving promptly to all needs thus providing better service to all users (https://grnet.gr/contact-us/support).
Advanced technologies for Research
GRNET provides an integrated environment of cutting-edge technologies for the development of scientific Research. It integrates and combines advanced network and compute e-Infrastructures and services that bring to researchers innovative techniques and new potential to their Research. Secure high-speed networking, availability of large-scale compute and storage resources, cloud computing and high-performance computing infrastructures, as well as big data management services are some of the solutions GRNET brings to Research on multiple scientific fields.
Digital capability for Health
GRNET provides innovative, by the Greek standards, e-Infrastructures and services to hospitals, Blood donor centers and services. It has established high speed internet connectivity (1Gbps-10 Gbps) to public hospitals ensuring fast data storage, data access and data exchange, as well as direct, high-speed links to the world’s leading research centers.
The GRNET services empower the hospitals’ scientific staff in carrying out their research and medical work. At the same time, the overall experience of every citizen is significantly improved whereas optimal use of resources is achieved.
Accessing Culture via modern technologies
GRNET collaborates with major cultural, educational and research institutions and provides access to live and recorded digital webcasts of lectures, seminars, artistic and other events. Thus, it contributes to the development and dissemination of high-quality, added-value educational, research and cultural audiovisual content, regardless of geographical distance, free of charge, for thousands of end users.
Furthermore, GRNET offers to selected historic and cultural venues wireless infrastructure for accessing “eduroam”, the world-wide roaming access service. Thus, it facilitates access to information about the visited venues using modern mobile devices, for visiting students, researchers and professors from universities across the world.
International Partnerships and eInfrastructures
GRNET activity expands beyond borders.. Through international partnerships and the coordination of EC co-funded projects, it creates opportunities for know-how development and exploitation, and contributes, in a decisive manner, to the development of Research and Science in Greece and abroad. GRNET‘s extroversion ensures access to international research and educational eInfrastructures and services, for users worldwide to benefit from Information and Communication Technologies. Thereby, mutually beneficial synergies among research and educational communities may be established.
European collaboration on e-infrastructures and services for Research and Education
Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe
- ARIADNE Foundation
Integrating existing archeological data infrastructure across Europe to explore research methodologies
- COPERNICUS Data Hubs
Collects, stores and provides access to data from the Sentinel satellites of the Copernicus Earth Observation program
Federated e-Infrastructure set up for the provision of advanced computing services for Research and Innovation
- EUDAT CDI
Collaborative Data Infrastructure
European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing
European Persistent Identifiers Service
The European Internet Exchange Association for strengthen and improve the Internet Exchange Point (IXP) community
GRNET Green Policy
Energy-efficient infrastructures and best practices for reducing annual greenhouse gas emissions
GRNET implements “green” technologies in its networking and compute eInfrastructure, in order to minimize its yearly greenhouse gas emissions’ footprint. To this end, it deploys energy-efficient equipment and develops monitoring tools for measuring energy consumption in real time. GRNET’s “green” data center at Louros River in Epirus achieves unprecedented, energy savings as it operates entirely on renewable energy sources. River water is used for the air conditioning system, essential taking advantage of its very low temperature, in order to cool the hosted IT systems.; a solution that is implemented for the first time in Greece.
The Greek Internet Exchange
GR-IX is a neutral and independent Internet Exchange which facilitates internet traffic exchange and accelerates the growth of the Greek Internet. It interconnects all major Internet players in Greece, namely Internet service providers, content providers, cloud providers etc. GR-IX is owned and operated by GRNET which, being a non-profit, state-owned company, guarantees the neutrality and independence of the Internet Exchange.