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Video: Competence Centres in HPC – their Role in European Innovation

In this video from the HPE Conference, Bastian Koller from HLRS discusses Competence Centres in HPC and their role in European innovation. “The Centres of Excellence (CoE) develop leading edge technologies to promote the adoption of advanced HPC in industry and public administration, and increase competitiveness for European companies and SMEs through access to CoE expertise and services.”

EPEEC Project Fosters Heterogeneous HPC Programming in Europe

The European Programming Environment for Programming Productivity of Heterogeneous Supercomputers (EPEEC) is a project that aims to combine European made tools for programming models and performance tools that could help to relieve the burden of targeting highly-heterogeneous supercomputers. It is hoped that this project will make researchers jobs easier as they can more effectively use large scale HPC systems.

Barcelona Supercomputing Centre to Optimize Storage and Data Analysis with PPI4HPC

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) will provide a new storage infrastructure for enhanced data analysis capabilities thanks to the PPI4HPC (Public Procurement of Innovations for High Performance Computing). “The proposed infrastructure includes a disk tier built on all-flash technology and spinning disk drives. It changes the way underlying physical drives are managed, accessed and rebuilt in case of failures in order to minimize the impact to the scientific applications. It is a High-Performance Analytics compute infrastructure to run data analytics operations with the latest Power microprocessors and NVMe PCIe local storage to accelerate the workloads.”

MEEP Project to support European technology in Exascale Supercomputers

Today the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) launched the MareNostrum Experimental Exascale Platform (MEEP). The new project will support EuroHPC in its effort to create competitive European technology integrated into future exascale supercomputers. “The ultimate goal is to create an open full-stack (software and hardware) ecosystem that could form the foundation for many other European systems, both in high-performance computing (HPC) and embedded computing, with benefits for numerous stakeholders within academia and industry.”

Stepping up Efficiency for Exascale with FPGAs at the LEGaTO Project

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Robert Roe writes that European researchers have developed a framework to boost the energy efficiency of CPU, GPU and FPGA resources. “Legato (Low Energy Toolset for Heterogeneous Computing) is one such project with the lofty aims of developing a programming framework to support heterogeneous systems of CPU, GPU and FPGA resources that can offload specific tasks to different acceleration technologies through its own runtime system.”

BSC Powers Pan-Cancer Project

An international team has completed the most comprehensive study of whole cancer genomes to date, significantly improving our fundamental understanding of cancer and signposting new directions for its diagnosis and treatment. The Barcelona Supercomputing Centre has been involved from the initial stages of this project, and has contributed with the analysis of data, with the design of specific computing solutions for cancer genomics, as well as in the answering of specific questions related to with the biology of tumors.

Podcast: Sciencetown Investigates Extreme Computing at SC19

In this Sciencetown podcast, we follow experts from around the world to the epicenter of supercomputing – the annual, North American supercomputing conference or SC19. We ask them to weigh in on how the future of computers, artificial intelligence, machine learning and more are coming together to shape the way we explore and understand our world.

RISC-V Lagarto is First Open Source Chip Developed in Spain

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center has coordinated the manufacture of the first open source chip developed in Spain. “Lagarto is an important step in the search of the BSC, led by the center’s director, Mateo Valero, to develop European computing technology. This project is based on the premise that the instruction set of the future processors must be open source to ensure transparency and minimize dependence.”

BSC takes one of top spots in the IO500 10-Node Challenge

The Storage Systems for Extreme Computing team from BSC has taken the number 4 spot in the IO500’s ‘10- Node Challenge’ with GekkoFS. “The IO500’s “10-Node Challenge” list is a global ranking that uses multiple concurrent processes running in 10 compute nodes to benchmark the I/O performance of a HPC storage system in terms or bandwidth and throughput. GekkoFS’ score of 125 ranks it fourth in IO500’s 10-Node Challenge List and ninth in IO500’s Full List, with an average 21.41 GiB/s of bandwidth and an average of 728,680 operations per second.”

New LOCA Facility to Develop Open Computer Architectures at BSC in Barcelona

Today the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) announced the European Laboratory for Open Computer Architecture (LOCA). LOCA’s mission is to design and develop energy efficient and high performance chips, based on open architectures like RISC-V, OpenPOWER, and MIPS, in Europe, for use within future exascale supercomputers and other high performance domains. ““We are launching it with great conviction, because it is another step in our philosophy of paving the way for the creation of European HPC architectures.”