PIONIER is the Polish national research and education network created to provide high-speed Internet access and to conduct network-based research. The operator of the PIONIER network is PSNC (Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center) celebrating in 2018 the 25th anniversary of its foundation. The network represents a base for research and development in the area of information technology and telecommunications, computing sciences, applications, and services for the Information Society. Currently connecting 21 Metropolitan Area Networks (MAN) and 5 High-Performance Computing Centers with high bandwidth links (80x 10 Gbit/s lambdas). The total length of the PIONIER network in Poland is 6932 km of fiber optics.
Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) affiliated to the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences is an internationally known node of the European Research Area in the field of IT infrastructure of science and an important R&D center in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT). As a development center of e-Infrastructure, PSNC designed and built the Metropolitan Network POZMAN, High-Performance Computing Center, and the national broadband network PIONIER maintained and still developed by PSNC. We are an institution of high development potential. A positive consequence of the Centre's exemplary activity in acquiring and implementing projects was the establishment of broad cooperation with international institutions. Projects developed at PSNC include cooperation with 927 units from 59 countries. All projects are focused on IT technology and concern new generation networks, grids, portals, digital libraries, IT energy efficiency, climate, weather, air quality, new sources of energy, digital humanities, personalized medicine, intelligent agriculture, industry 4.0, astronomy, bioinformatics, Big Data analysis, artificial intelligence, New Media, education, Smart City, cybersecurity. The list of areas of activity in which PSNC undertakes work is constantly expanding, providing an important example of taking up new technological challenges.