CSCS is the largest Swiss Grid service provider and is member of the Swiss National Grid Association SwiNG (www.swing-grid.ch) and the Swiss National Grid Initiative NGI-CH. The CSCS Grid Site CSCS-LCG2 (https://twiki.cscs.ch/twiki/bin/view/LCGTier2/PhoenixMonOverview) is accessible trough the gLite (http://glite.web.cern.ch/glite/) and ARC Nordugrid (http://www.nordugrid.org/middleware/) middleware. It provides resources mainly to the LHC experiments ATLAS, CMS and LHCb. The H1 (http://www-h1.desy.de/) experiment at HERA (http://www.desy.de/research/accelerators/super_electron_microscope_hera/index_eng.html) is served on a best effort basis. Furthermore the VO's gear and dech are supported. Gear is intended to help new communities to be quickly merged into the Grid environment and check its performance for its own productions. The VO dech serves as a regional testbed for members of NGI_DE and NGI_CH and participants of training activities by those.
SwiNG's mission is to:
- Ensure competitiveness of Swiss science, education and industry by creating value through resource sharing.
- Establish and coordinate a sustainable Swiss Grid Infrastructure
- Provide a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration to leverage the Swiss Grid activities, supporting end-users, researchers, education centers, resource providers and industry.
- Represent the interests of the national Grid community towards other national and international bodies.
In a Memorandum of Understanding SwiNG has delegated the NGI-CH role to SWITCH (www.switch.ch), i.e. SWITCH together with the Swiss Institute of Particle Physics (http://www.chipp.ch/), represented by ETHZ (www.ethz.ch) and the Computational Chemistry group at UZH (http://www.oci.uzh.ch/group.pages/baldridge/) form the joint research unit currently participating in the FP7 EGI-InSPIRE project (http://www.egi.eu/).
In 2012 SwiNG will take over the NGI-CH role of SWITCH.