The project is coordinated by the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) and involves ISMB and Politecnico di Torino. DemoGRAPE, which has a duration of 24 months, is funded by the Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca (MIUR) under the National Program for Antarctic Research (PNRA).

The core of the proposed activity is the realization of a demonstrator, DemoGRAPE, which aims to provide on selected case studies an empirical assessment of the delay and of the corruption induced by the ionosphere on satellite signals in the polar regions. The scope is to develop a prototype of a service addressed to the scientific and technological communities that relies on GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) for their investigations and applications.

DemoGRAPE will experiment the use of Cloud computing to create an innovative platform to share the computational resources and datasets, to transfer data and submit the jobs from the project partners and several different organizations located in different areas of the world. This platform will be developed by the Advanced Computing and Electromagnetics Research Area at ISMB, which also takes care of the prototype finalization and testing.

The initiative was born into GNSS Research and Application for Polar Environment (GRAPE), an Expert Group endorsed by Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). It involves several international partners, such as the University of Bath (United Kingdom), the University of New Brunswick (Canada), the National Institute for Space Research (Brazil), the South African National Space Agency (South Africa), the Space Research Center (Poland), and the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom).

Advanced Computing and Electromagnetics