The research community represents the heart and the initial core of GARR users. Of the many souls that compose it, the research is the one that most often manifests complex requirements, both in terms of bandwidth demand and advanced services and pushes GARR to develop innovative solutions and experiment with emerging technologies to meet these needs, both from the experiments of Big Science, both in support of the so-called "long tail of science": the goal? Provide all the researchers with state-of-the-art services, regardless of where they work on the national territory and with which countries they should collaborate..
It is no coincidence that the founding members of GARR are three of the major Italian research organizations (CNR, INFN and ENEA) and the universities, which also have a not less important research aim in addition to the training mission. To these, over the years, INAF, ASI, INGV, CREA and a large number of other research institutions have been added.
Customized design and support for user communities
The research support activity carried out by the GARR network, in addition to the predefined solutions and services offer, includes customized design and support interventions in response to particular requirements by an experiment, community or project. These are bespoke solutions created in close collaboration with the technical staff of the bodies involved and which are often experimental, ie not yet available on the market. The areas of intervention concern all the disciplines of research and culture. For some of them separate infrastructures have been built.