PIC, (Port d’Informació Científica: "Scientific Information Port"), founded in 2003 and maintained through a collaboration agreement among:

  • Institut de Física d'Altes Energies (IFAE)
  • Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológica (CIEMAT)
  • with the support of:

  • Departament d'Economia i Coneixement (DECO), Generalitat de Catalunya
  • Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (MINECO), Gobierno de EspaƱa
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
  • is a data center of excellence for scientific-data processing supporting scientific groups working in projects which require strong computing resources for the analysis of massive sets of distributed data.

    Since its creation in 2003, PIC has been collaborating closely with the LHC Computing Grid (LCG) as a Tier-1 centre and coordinates the participation of the seven research institutions (CIEMAT, IFAE, IFCA, IFIC, UAM, UB and USC) that constitute the Spanish contribution to the LCG.


    The team of the Port d'Informació Científica (PIC) supports scientific groups working in projects which require strong computing resources for the analysis of massive sets of distributed data.

    PIC, the Port d'Informació Científica is:

  • a key enabler for projects that require the storage and processing of large amounts of data in collaborative teams and under extremely difficult conditions
  • a provider of technology, innovation, coordination and economies of scale
  • a development centre of techniques and general services in the context of the emerging Global Information GRID
  • a centre of excellence to enable Spain to participate in European projects for the development of the International GRID Infrastructure for science and technology
  • Annual Report

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    The PIC is located in the Campus of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in Bellaterra.  Bellaterra is a town outside the Barcelona Metropolitan Area, but can be reached very easily from downtown Barcelona or the Airport by public transportation.


    Port d’Informació Científica (PIC)
    Edifici D,
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB),
    E-08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona), Spain

    Phone: +34 93 581 4109
    Fax: +34 93 581 4110

    Location: See this map

    Getting here? Indications from the UAB mobility and transport department here

    Latitude and longitude: 41.500850 2.110628

    If you are visiting PIC, those are the interest points

  • Hotel Campus (number 71, violete zone)
  • Train station - FGC Bellaterra (number 69, violete zone)
  • Train station - FGC Universitat Autonoma (number 70, green zone)
  • Train station - Renfe Rodalies (number 68, pink zone)
  • Facultat de ciencies (number 4, pink zone)
  • IFAE (number 31, pink zone)
  • PIC/Serveis informatics (number 59, pink zone)
  • Useful maps (external links)

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    Port d'Informació Científica, PIC
    Campus UAB, Edifici D ▪ E-08193 Bellaterra, (Cerdanyola del Vallès), Spain
    Phone: +34 93 581 41 09 ▪ Fax: +34 93 581 41 10 ▪ E-mail:
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