IUCC (Hebrew: מחב”א, MACHBA), was established in 1984 by Israel’s research universities and supported by the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education. It operates as a non-profit organization. IUCC deals with communication infrastructures and security, digital information services, joint procurement, learning technologies and grid computing infrastructures and also promotes cooperation in these areas among its member institutions, and between research institutes and organizations active in research and education which share these common interests. IUCC implements, operates and maintains the National Research and Education Network (NREN) of Israel and in its sphere of activities, manages and provides a wide range of services. These include:
- National Research and Education Network (ILAN)
- Digital Technology & Research Services
- Grid and International Computing Infrastructures
IUCC currently serves thousands of academic faculty members, approximately 120,000 students at Israel’s eight universities and thousands of students in regional and teachers’ colleges as well as researchers at numerous R&D organizations in Israel. IUCC collaborates with numerous international bodies. IUCC is a member of PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe), enabling high performance computing through world class compute resources available to Israeli researchers, and GÉANT, the ultra-fast and reliable pan-European communications infrastructure serving all of Europe’s research and education community.