ACONET is the acronym for the "Association for the Promotion of an Austrian National Research and Education Network (NREN)", founded in 1986 (ZVR number 411302816). The acronym for this Austrian NREN is ACOnet.
ACOnet was originally funded by the Austrian Ministry of Science within the framework of the ACONET Association and was established in 1990 under the responsibility of TU Wien. Since 1992 ACOnet has been operated by the University of Vienna and has been continuously developed in cooperation with its participating organizations. In this process the ACONET Association acts as a user advisory board to the University of Vienna as ACOnet operator.
In July 2018 a consortium of Austrian universities, represented by the ACONET Association, joined the international "Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe" (PRACE). This step has opened up new opportunities in the field of supercomputing for Austria's science and research community.
Since August 2020 the ACONET Association is also a shareholder in ACOmarket GmbH. All members of the ACONET Association that fall in the category "Public Clients" can thus obtain services from ACOmarket GmbH without any tender procedure by applying the in-house privilege.
All legal entities that participate in the Austrian NREN ACOnet and have signed a corresponding participation agreement can become full members of the ACONET Association.
Further information can be found in the association's statutes (German only):