The University of A Coruña is a public institution whose primary objective is the generation, management and dissemination of culture and scientific, technological and professional knowledge through the development of research and teaching. Part of its mission is the formation of an open, critical, democracy and solidarity citizenship, capable of analyzing reality, diagnose problems, formulate and implement solutions based in knowledge and oriented to the common well-being. Central to that mission is the education of open, knowledgeable, critical, engaged, democratic and cooperative citizens, with a strong sense of solidarity and the ability to analyse their reality, identify problems, and propose and implement solutions based on knowledge and understanding. On June 2017, UDC obtained the “HR Excellence in Research Award”, which recognizes those universities aligned with the EU rules that guarantee transparent recruitment of researchers, appropriate working conditions and training and career development. The Centre for Information and Communications Technology Research (CITIC) is one of the four research centres of the University of A Coruña, which main objective is to promote the advancement and excellence in research, development and innovation in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and to promote the transfer of knowledge and results to the society.
The CITIC is composed by more than 200 researchers who in the last year (2018) raised more than 4,5 million € in competitive funds and academy-industry agreements, being a meeting point between the UDC research groups and ICT companies of the north of Spain. The scientific production of the Centre is highlighted, with more than 141 articles published in JCR journals per year, and 16 doctoral theses defended, among others. CITIC has two Data Centers. The first one has a hot-cold distribution layout, cooled via four APC InRows and a two-unit redundant cooling system. It has nine standard size racks and one extended size rack. The datacenter power load is protected by an APC Symmetra UPS (48KVA). The second Data Center is mainly aimed for those companies that are hosted on CITIC’s building that require a space for their servers and also hosts all of the Centre’s network infrastructure. It’s formed by 5 standard size racks and cooled by a three-unit redundant cooling system and protected by its own UPS. CITIC has significant computing capacities at a national level and comparable only to CESGA.