During the e-IRG Open Workshop, recently held in Belval/Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, we had the opportunity to talk with Mehmet Mirat Satoglu from ULAKBIM, the Turkish Academic Network and Information Center. Mehmet Mirat Satoglu is a new member to the e-IRG. He is the Director of TUBITAK, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. TUBITAK supports services and projects for infrastructure.
There are two main centres in Turkey. On the one hand, TUBITAK deploys the network infrastructure connection for all the universities in Turkey. For high performance computing there are again two centres. One of them, Istanbul Technical University, is a member of PRACE. The other one is the ULAKBIM Computing Center.
ULAKBIM has a system of 16.000 cores. This system will be upgraded in the next year. The type of machine that is located in Istanbul consists of tightly integrated, shared-memory processors. From the moment that there is any funding available, this system will be upgraded.
From the data viewpoint, there is an OpenStack data site. There is a collaboration going on with EUDAT and RDA. In October 2015, there was an Open Access Conference in Turkey where participants worked on research data management in order to be better prepared for the European Open Science Cloud initiative. The organizers were several consortia in Turkey.
For e-IRG, Turkey is working on a national roadmap which will be ready in a year. As far as the e-Infrastructures are concerned, Mehmet Mirat Satoglu will align the Turkish e-Infrastructure policy to the guiding directives presented by e-IRG. Turkey wants to be part of the overall e-IRG e-Infrastructure initiatives and is looking for more cooperation and collaboration in order to see which answers are available.