Parallel and distributed graphical processing on Grid structure of geographical and environmental data

National research project funded by the Ministry of Education and Research by the Excelence Research Programme  (2005-2008, contract 19CEEX-I03).

The MEDIOGRID project aims to accomplish a pilot program to process the images acquired in real time from meteorological and resource satellites, in order to extract the meteorological and environment parameters that characterize the atmospheric and terrestrial state.

MedioGrid is an academic and research Grid network that connects, over a wide geographic area, servers and workstations located at each of the seven partners from Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara and Bucharest.

Main objectives:

  • Develop Grid structure to support the parallel and distributed processing of huge data(geographical and environmental)
  • Develop algorithms for Grid based processing of satellite images
  • Develop and experiment environment supervising applications with data extracted from satellite images
  • Model and visualize the virtual geographical space

Main achievements:

  • The first academic and research Grid infrastructure in Romania, based on Globus Toolkit 4 (June, 2006)
  • Include Grid nodes from Cluj-Napoca (UTCN, iQuest), Bucharest (UPB), Timisoara (UPT) and up to 150 workers (UTCN, UPB, UVT, UPT, and iQuest Technology)
  • Experiment the development and execution of applications in Earth Science domain (GreenLand, WaterLand, Minerals, and Change detection)
  • Develop and experiment the MedioGrid Platform, the first version of the gProcess Platform, supporting the development and the execution of satellite image processing over the Grid infrastructure 


  • Computer Science Department, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, coordinator
  • Faculty of Geography, Babes Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca
  • iQuest Company , Cluj-Napoca
  • National Administration of Meteorology, Bucharest
  • Computer Science Department, Politehnica University of Bucharest
  • Informatics Department, West University of Timisoara
  • Computer Science Department, Politehnica University of Timisoara