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Mateo Valero on how RISC-V can play a major role in New Supercomputer Architectures

In this eeNews report, Mateo Valero, Director of the Barcelona Supercomputer center, explains how the RISC-V architecture can play a main role in new supercomputer architectures. Valero was the keynote speaker at the recent RISC-V Workshop in Barcelona. “Born in academia and research, RISC-V ISA delivers a new level of free, extensible software and hardware freedom on architecture, paving the way for the next 50 years of computing design and innovation.”

MareNostrum provides 470 million core hours to European scientists

The PRACE initiative continues to sponsor ground-breaking research in Europe. “In the 16th PRACE Call for Project Access, Spain has allocated 470 million core hours on MareNostrum to 17 projects led by scientists from different European countries. With this allocation, this is the second time in a row that this unique supercomputer – which is installed in a chapel – has been the largest contributor in number of core hours in the last two PRACE Call for Proposals.”

BSC to host the RISC-V Workshop on the Road to European Processor Initiative

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center will host the RISC-V Workshop next week, a gathering the open source processor design community to share RISC-V updates, projects and implementations. Founded in 2015, the RISC-V Foundation comprises more than 100 members building the first open, collaborative community of software and hardware innovators powering innovation at the edge forward. BSC is promoting the adoption of RISC-V as a key partner of the European Processor Initiative, the consortium to design and develop Europe’s low-power processors and related technologies for extreme-scale, high-performance computing, which will be funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 program.

BSC Adopts Supergeek Mascot to get kids into Supercomputing

Getting young people interested in STEM careers is a big concern for the HPC community. Maybe what we really need is a superhero. “A new mascot at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) has the mission to bring supercomputers closer to young people and stimulate their interest in science and technology.”

The Mont-Blanc project: Updates from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center

Filippo Mantovani from BSC gave this talk at the GoingARM workshop at SC17. “Since 2011, Mont-Blanc has pushed the adoption of Arm technology in High Performance Computing, deploying Arm-based prototypes, enhancing system software ecosystem and projecting performance of current systems for developing new, more powerful and less power hungry HPC computing platforms based on Arm SoC. In this talk, Filippo introduces the last Mont-Blanc system, called Dibona, designed and integrated by the coordinator and industrial partner of the project, Bull/ATOS.”

Supercomputing New Risk Variants for T-2 Diabetes

Reanalysis of public genetic data using innovative computational methods has allowed the identification of new genetic markers associated with an increased risk to develop Type 2 Diabetes (T2D). “The study, led by Barcelona Supercomputing Center and published today in Nature Communications, represents a new way of exploiting preexisting genetic data to obtain new and relevant discoveries for genetics and biomedicine, highlighting the importance of data sharing initiatives and policies in science.”

New HPC for Energy White Paper looks at Exascale Architectures for Greener Combustion Systems

The use of new Exascale architectures and the corresponding advances in codes to fully exploit new chip capabilities will help address challenges for combustion technologies, wind power generation and hydrocarbon exploration, allowing a transition to greener and more advanced energy systems based on alternative fuels combined with renewable energy technologies. “This project has revealed the synergies between European and Brazilian researchers, and has strengthened the bilateral relationships. From the point of view of the technical results, the project has been a success, having achieved all the planned objectives.”

MareNostrum 4 Named Most Beautiful Datacenter in the World

The MareNostrum 4 supercomputer at the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre has been named the winner of the Most Beautiful Data Center in the world Prize, hosted by the Datacenter Dynamics Company. “Aside from being the most beautiful, MareNostrum has been dubbed the most interesting supercomputer in the world due to the heterogeneity of the architecture it will include once installation of the supercomputer is complete. Its total speed will be 13.7 Petaflops. Its main memory is of 390 Terabytes and it has the capacity to store 14 Petabytes (14 million Gigabytes) of data. A high-speed network connects all the components in the supercomputer to one another.”

MareNostrum Supercomputer to contribute 475 million core hours to European Research

Today the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre announced plans to allocate 475 million core hours of its supercomputer MareNostrum to 17 research projects as part of the PRACE initiative. Of all the nations participating in PRACE’s recent Call for Proposals, Spain is now the leading contributor of compute hours to European research.

Jesús Labarta from BSC to receive Ken Kennedy Award

Today ACM and IEEE Computer Society named Jesús Labarta of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center as the recipient of the 2017 ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award. Labarta is recognized for his seminal contributions to programming models and performance analysis tools for high performance computing. The award will be presented at SC17.