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Thursday, 12 February 2015

A delegation from ICN2 visits Barcelona Supercomputing Center

The ICN2 group was formed by Erwan Guillotel, Aron Cummings, Lorenzo Riches and Jose Eduardo Barrios and Alex Argemi. Research lines developed within ICN2 benefit from the enormous calculation power of this National Supercomputing Facility.

BSC-CNS (Barcelona Supercomputing Center) is the National Supercomputing Facility in Spain and was officially constituted in April 2005. A delegation from ICN2 visited yesterday BSC-CNS and MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe, located at the Torre Girona chapel. The ICN2 group was formed by (from left to right) Lorenzo Riches, Erwan Guillotel, Jose Eduardo Barrios, Aron Cummings and Alex Argemi (taking the picture).

The mission of BSC-CNS is to investigate, develop and manage information technology in order to facilitate scientific progress. With this aim, special dedication has been taken to areas such as Computer Sciences, Life Sciences, Earth Sciences and Computational Applications in Science and Engineering. Research lines developed within ICN2, both theoretical and applied, might benefit from the enormous calculation power of supercomputers. One recent example is a spintronics project that received 22 million supercomputing core hours from PRACE.

The BSC offers the opportunity to visit the Supercomputer facilities (learn more). The visits includes an amazing video about some of the challenges faced with supercomputing. Watch it on Youtube.