RNCA – The National Network for Advanced Computing – is managed by the Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P. (FCT), with the aim of providing advanced computing services to the research, technology and innovation communities. It was created by the digital skills initiative Portugal INCoDe.2030, through the resolution of the Council of Ministers 26/2018. It was integrated in the National Roadmap of Research Infrastructures of Strategic Interest (RNIE) in April 2019 through Order No. 4157/2019 of the Office of the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education.
In accordance with internal regulations, the RNCA is organised as follows, after the formal appointment of the respective bodies:
- The “Coordination Council” is the maximum management body of the RNCA and is composed of one representative of each Operational Centre and of each Competence Centre.
- “RNCA Head” is responsible for the conduct of RNCA activities being accountable to the Coordination Council.
- The “Access Committee” is responsible for implementing access to RNCA resources. It appreciates and prioritizes proposals for use by user communities, through an access policy.
- The “External Advisory Committee” supports the FCT and the RNCA bodies, advising them where necessary, on the strategic direction of the RNCA.
- “RNCA Users’ Forum” is the body for knowledge sharing and advice from the wider RNCA user community.
Also essential components of the RNCA are the OCs and CCs:
- Operational Centres (OC)
The OCs provide the user community with advanced computing services as well as the respective technical support services, with a set of minimum requirements that must be met, namely in terms of technical capacity.
- Competence Centres (CC)
The CCs provide the user community, in a proximity-based approach, with functions
support functions for the effective and efficient application of advanced computing resources, namely technical support services, information visualisation, training, advice and support for programme development.