ECRI 2010

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Ministerio de Ciencia e InnovaciónPresidencia Española 2010EUESFRI


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MareNostrumEarly in 2004, the Ministry of Education and Science (Spanish Government), Generalitat de Catalunya (local Catalan Government) and Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) took the initiative of creating a National Supercomputing Center in Barcelona.

BSC-CNS (Barcelona Supercomputing Center – Centro Nacional de Supercomputación) is the National Supercomputing Facility in Spain and was officially constituted in April 2005. BSC-CNS manages MareNostrum, located at the Torre Girona chapel.

The mission of BSC-CNS is to research, develop and manage information technology in order to facilitate scientific progress. With this aim, special dedication has been taken to areas such as Computational Sciences, Life Sciences and Earth Sciences.

All these activities are complementary to each other and very tightly related. In this way, a multidisciplinary loop is set up: our exposure to industrial and non-computer science academic practices improves our understanding of the needs and helps us focusing our basic research towards improving those practices.

The BSC-CNS is at the service of the International Scientific Community and Industry that need High Performance Computing resources. Our multidisciplinary research team and the 10240 processor MareNostrum supercomputer, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe, makes BSC-CNS a worldwide Center of Excellence in e-Science.

We actively participate in the main HPC projects in Europe, being connected to the main Supercomputing Centers. Our mobility programs allow scientists worldwide to visit the BSC-CNS in order to cooperate in cutting-edge research projects.
Our own research is focused in three main fields: Computational Sciences (Deep Computing and Computer Architecture), Life Sciences and Earth Sciences. World renowned scientists are members of all our research groups. We work in basic as well as in applied research with companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Intel, Sun, Airbus or Desafío Español America's Cup 2007.