The Institute for High Performance Computing and Networking is an Institute of the National Research Council (CNR) that belongs to the Department of Engineering, ICT and Technologies for Energy and Transport (DIITET) . ICAR is present on the national territory with three offices: Rende, Napoli and Palermo. ICAR offers innovative solutions in terms of research, technology transfer and high education in the area of intelligent systems with complex functionality (cognitive systems and robotics, knowledge representation, extraction and reasoning, human-computer interface, optimization) and high performance computing (cloud computing, parallel and distributed environments and advanced technologies for the Internet). Significant applications are developed in the areas of e-health, energy, security, bioinformatics, cultural heritage, smart cities.
It was founded in June 2002 by the union of the Institute for Systems and Computer Science of Cosenza, the Research Center for Parallel Computing and Supercomputers of Naples and the Study Center on the Computer Networks of Palermo. Today its research activity is focused on four important thematic areas: cognitive systems, distributed systems and internet of things, knowledge and data and bioinformatics.
Although geographically distributed, today ICAR, thanks to an internal reorganization process, is a single large institute, where each site has developed and developed its own scientific identity. Rende has as its objective the research and application of computer technology to improve the quality of life of urban areas (Urban computing); Naples produces research and develops technologies in the field of electronic health (eHealth), Palermo is mainly engaged in developing ICT technologies for the maritime sector (Maritime).