The Bologna Technopole at the heart of the digital revolution

The landing of the European Weather Center in the former Tobacco Factory in the Emilian capital is the first act of an operation worth over 220 million euros

A rendering of the Bologna Technopole destined to host the ECWMF
A rendering of the Bologna Technopole destined to host the ECWMF

THEECMWF extension it is only the first of the great news that will interest Via Piero Gobetti, the landing of which was officially inaugurated on 14 last September. It is the foundation stone of a very long road whose route has been traced.
But what is the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts? Based in Reading in UK and offices a Bonnin Germany, and its Data Center a Bolognain Italy, is an independent intergovernmental organization founded in 1975 and supported by 34 states members and cooperators, mainly in Europe, to which the Swiss Confederation.
The member countries are Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom United Kingdom, those cooperating instead Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia, Romania and Slovakia.
Lo European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, hence the abbreviation ECMWF extension, is both a research institute and an operational service twenty-four hours a day out of twenty-four, seven days out of seven, which produces medium- and long-range global numerical weather forecasts for its member and cooperating states and the wider Western population community.
The center also has one of the largest offices in England, Germany and Italy digital data archives on weather forecasts in the world and on climate.

The Data Center of the European Meteorological Center has been inaugurated in Bologna

The supercomputer of the European Center for Medium-Term Weather Forecasts inside the Big Data Technopole of Bologna (Photo Giacomo Maestri)
The supercomputer of the European Center for Medium-Term Weather Forecasts inside the Big Data Technopole of Bologna (Photo Giacomo Maestri)

The ECMWF Data Center will be “in line” with Bonn and Reading

Al Technopole of Bologna a national and European hub is being born on new technologies, Big Data, climatology e human development which develops over time 120.000 square meters surface areaformer tobacco factory of the city, designed and built in the Fifties of the twentieth century from Pier Luigi Nervi.
This is an important intervention by urban redevelopment: spaces are now reinterpreted to accommodate supercomputing infrastructure of international importance, such as the aforementioned Data Center of the European Weather Center or European supercomputer Leonardo, cutting-edge activity in the field of research and development, common areas for incubators and the headquarters of some important Italian scientific institutes and research centres.

Video, the "engine room" intended for the Leonardo supercomputer
Video, the timelapse works of the new European Weather Centre
Video, the Bologna Technopole illustrated by Stefano Accorsi

The inauguration ceremony of the Bologna office of the ECWMF, the European Center for Medium-Term Weather Forecasts (Photo Giacomo Maestri)
The inauguration ceremony of the Bologna office of the ECWMF, the European Center for Medium-Term Weather Forecasts (Photo Giacomo Maestri)

In the old factory 1.500 people including researchers, technicians, employees

It fits into a territorial ecosystem that has seen the Emilia Romagna region to give birth 10 technopoles of research, with 20 locations placed at the center of the most important supply chains, support beyond 80 research laboratories accredited, finance 300 doctorates and research grants, hundreds of business innovation projects, new areas dedicated to the creation, development andacceleration of start-ups e 9 Cluster Associations formed by over 600 public and private subjects who also operate in the most important regional supply chains.
Thanks to Technopole of Bologna, Italy will enjoy a position of absolute advantage in the field of Big Data and computing power.

Fotogallery, the weather forecast infrastructure 4.0

The dislocation of the various entities that will occupy the Big Data Technopole of Bologna
The dislocation of the various entities that will occupy the Big Data Technopole of Bologna

Under the Two Towers, 83 percent of Italy's computing power

Leonardo alone is destined to change the geopolitics of world supercomputing and the weight of Emilia-Romagna Data Valley: here we will focus about the83 percent of the power of national calculation and 20 percent di the European one, with Italy playing a decisive role in enabling Europe to to compete with the giants United States and China.
An applicable capability in all sectors: environmental protection and fight against climate change; health and life sciences; telemedicine; logistics and reorganization of city times; production processes; sustainable development and growth.
In particular, ecological transition e digitization both are great opportunities, supported by the resources of the Next Generation US. Easier to grasp and implement thanks to extraordinary investments in computing capacity, especially if the fallout is directed on people, companies and businesses.

Podcast, 10 years of technopolis of the Emilia-Romagna Region

The supercomputer of the European Center for Medium-Term Weather Forecasts inside the Big Data Technopole of Bologna (Photo Giacomo Maestri)
The supercomputer of the European Center for Medium-Term Weather Forecasts inside the Big Data Technopole of Bologna (Photo Giacomo Maestri)

A "full" of institutions, international and not, in via Piero Gobetti

As a whole, in addition to the Data Center of European Weather Center, Leonardo supercomputer and at the IFAB (International Foundation Big Data and AI for Human Development), at the Bologna Technopole the installation of, among others, is already foreseen: ENA Research Center in the areas of renewable energy and the circular economy; Italy Meteo Agency, Research Center ofUniversity of Bologna; Biobanks and Life Sciences ofRizzoli Orthopedic Institute; BI-Rex National Competence Center for industry 4.0; INAF (National Institute of Astrophysics and Space Science); Art-ER, a consortium company of the Emilia-Romagna Region for research and innovation, which associates all the universities and national research centers present in the area.
Within INAF, there will also be the management and administrative headquarters of theCTA Observatory, Cherenkov Telescope Array, which is the largest and most sensitive observatory in the world to study i gamma rays of the universe, with a network of 118 telescopes, located mostly in the Andes, in Chile, and on the island of La Palma, in the Canary Islands.
The ongoing interventions in the area of ​​approx 120.000 square meters are divided between six lots. For their realization, they are currently allocated over 220 million euro (125 million of state funds; 90 million of regional funds; 7 million of European funds).

The brochure "New ECMWF data center opens in Bologna" in English

Work in progress in the former Manifattura Tabacchi in Bologna transformed into the new Big Data Technopole (Photo Giorgio Maestri)
Work in progress in the former Manifattura Tabacchi in Bologna transformed into the new Big Data Technopole (Photo Giorgio Maestri)