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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.”

Arm HPC User Group Returns to Denver Nov. 18

The Arm HPC team invites you to our 5th Annual Arm HPC User Group (AHUG) session at SC19. The all-day event takes place on Monday, Nov. 18 at the Curtis Hotel in Denver. “We have a full day agenda of strategic partners and end-users from all regions of the world sharing their experiences, best practices, plans, ecosystem advances, and results on Arm-based platforms for HPC applications. The goal of this event is, as always, to candidly share and network among the growing number of users and sites that are deploying Arm for HPC and to highlight the work of the many leaders in this area.”

ENERXICO to Empower Mexican Energy Sector with HPC

Recently launched in Barcelona, ENERXICO is a new project jointly funded by European Union and the government of Mexico to solve such real-world engineering problems. “Mexico through the ENERXICO project and the European collaboration aims to develop exascale-ready application codes, some of which Pemex plans to use as part of their production environment. This is a major effort that could boost HPC applications in Mexico in the energy sector.”

CSC Finland powers AI to help predict hybrid nanoparticle structures

Researchers in Finland have achieved a significant step forward in predicting atomic structures of hybrid nanoparticles. The work was carried out using supercomputing resources at CSC and the Barcelona supercomputing center, as a part of a PRACE project. “This is a significant step forward within the context of new interdisciplinary collaboration in our university. Applying artificial intelligence to challenging topics in nanoscience, such as structural predictions for new nanomaterials, will surely lead to new breakthroughs.”

Experiences developing and running numerical simulations on HPC platforms: BSIT and GeNESiS

Claudia Rosas from BSC gave this talk at the HPCKP’19. “In this talk, we present the general benefits of using the frameworks in current HPC platforms and describe both of them when applied to develop and deploy wave propagation simulations which are highly valuable for the Oil & Gas industry. The knowledge obtained from work with BSIT has motivated the concepts and methodology behind GeNESiS to consolidate years of experience in one robust, flexible and modern tool for numerical simulations.”

Rosa M. Badia from BSC receives Euro-Par Achievement Award

Rosa M. Badia from the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre has received the Euro-Par Achievement Award 2019. Euro-Par is a major series of European conferences on parallel processing. The Euro-Par Steering Committee has granted the Euro-Par Achievement Award at the yearly Euro-Par conference since 2008 individuals who have made special contributions to parallel processing.

CRAG Adopts Pure Storage for Agricultural Genomics

The Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) in Spain has announced plans to deploy Pure Storage solutions to improve its high performance computing environment. CRAG is dedicated to cutting-edge scientific research in plant and farm animal biology. The new solution ensures the speed, scalability and stability required by CRAG’s scientists to carry out vital research projects.

Future MareNostrum 5 Supercomputer at BSC to host Made-in-Europe Technologies

Today the Barcelona Supercomputing Center announced plans to host EuroHPC processor technologies within its future Mare Norstrom 5 supercomputer. “Offering an heterogenous architecture, probably based on two big clusters with different characteristics, is BSC’s proposal to optimize both response times and energy use of the different works that the future supercomputer will have to compute. The details of this heterogenous architecture will be defined as the works of definition and the infrastructure tender progress.”

EU Funds Eight Pre-exascale Supercomputers

The European Union has selected eight supercomputing centers to host pre-exascale supercomputers. “In total, 19 of the 28 countries participating in the Joint Undertaking will be part of the consortia operating the centers. Together with EU funds, it represents a total budget of € 840 million. The exact funding arrangements for the new supercomputers will be reflected in hosting agreements that will be signed soon.