The Barcelona Supercomputing Center – Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC) is the national supercomputing centre in Spain specialized in high performance computing. Our mission is two-fold: to provide infrastructure and supercomputing services to Spanish and European scientists and to generate knowledge and technology to transfer to business and society.
As a research centre, more than 350 people from 40 different countries perform and facilitate research into Computer Sciences, Life Sciences, Earth Sciences and Computer Applications in Science and Engineering. These scientists conduct their own research and take part in other centres’ projects, facilitating the use of HPC through their experience in developing applications suitable for this kind of computing.
As a service centre, the center has several supercomputers and high-capacity data repositories. The MareNostrum supercomputer is the centre’s emblem, installed in 2013 with a capacity of 1.1 petaflops. It is also worth mentioning MinoTauro, which has an extremely energy-efficient architecture. BSC also has Big Data infrastructures, with a total storage capacity of 11 Petabytes.
BSC is an active and well recognized participant of different initiatives for the integration and consolidation of High Performance Computing in Europe. BSC coordinates the Spanish network of Supercomputing (Red Española de Supercomputación). At the international level, BSC is a founding member of ETP, coordinates the MontBlanc project for energy-efficient HPC, and is a strong participant in other exascale, ICT and applications projects.
In PRACE, BSC has been deeply involved since before its Preparatory Phase Project, including all Implementation Phase Projects, leading the WPs in Organizational aspects of the Research Infrastructure, as well as participating actively in all other work packages. BSC is also one of the six PRACE Advanced Training Centers (PATC).