"DIPC Colloquium: Barcelona Supercomputing Center - past, present, and future"

Who: Mateo Valero, Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC)

Place: Donostia International Physics Center

Date: Friday, 11 January 2019, 12:00

The BSC-CNS, Barcelona Supercomputing Center-National Supercomputing Center was established in 2005 and houses the MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. We are the pioneer center of supercomputing in Spain. Our specialty is high performance computing - also known as HPC or High Performance Computing - and our mission is twofold: to offer infrastructure and supercomputing services to Spanish and European scientists, and to generate knowledge and technology to transfer them to society. We are Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence, which recognizes us as one of the best in Spain, members of the first level of the European research infrastructure PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe), and we manage the Spanish Supercomputing Network (RES). As a research center, we have more than 600 experts, with more than 40% from 48 countries, organized into four major areas of research: Computer Science, Life Sciences, Earth Sciences and Computer Applications in Science and Engineering.

We have a close collaboration relationship with the industry and especially with leading companies in the information technology sector and users of supercomputing. This relationship has been reflected, among other agreements, in the creation of joint research centers with companies such as IBM, INTEL, Microsoft, Nvidia, and Repsol. The center has been very active in the EC Framework Programs and has participated in more than 150 projects funded by Brussels. In this colloquium I will explain some of the research projects we developed with the aforementioned companies, others within the European context and others of an internal nature to the BSC. I will also explain the three major challenges we are facing today, such as the use of supercomputers for Artificial Intelligence, for Personalized Medicine and finally the development of the European supercomputer.

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