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Primeur weekly 2019-06-11

Exascale supercomputing

Cray wins Gold and Silver Honours in 2019 American Business Awards ...

Quantum computing

New research unlocks properties for quantum information storage and computing ...

Focus on Europe

One of the most competitive supercomputers in the world to be placed in Kajaani, Finland ...

EuroHPC JU approved 840 million euro funding for eight supercomputers ...

First steps towards a made-in-Europe high-performance microprocessor ...

From 9,4 to 22 Petaflop/s in 2020: Inauguration of Joliot-Curie, the French supercomputer dedicated to French and European research ...

Atos to deliver most powerful supercomputer in Norway to national e-infrastructure provider Uninett Sigma2 ...

MareNostrum 5 will host an experimental platform to create European supercomputing technologies ...

EuroHPC selects Barcelona Supercomputing Center as entity to host one of the largest European supercomputers ...

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing resources support generation of first images of a black hole ...

Hardware

Supermicro authorized WekaIO OEM partner ...

WekaIO and Penguin Computing deliver record-breaking performance on STAC-M3 "Tick Analytics" Benchmark ...

Boston announces first European NVIDIA RAPIDS test drive programme ...

Check Point Software Technologies propels Mellanox past one million Ethernet switch ports ...

NEC provides CLAIX-2018 supercomputer to RWTH Aachen University in Germany ...

NEC enters into a technology partnership with ANEO for utilizing the NEC SX-Aurora Tsubasa-Vector Engine ...

Applications

Cray Shasta sparks new AI research programme at Indiana University ...

Michael Zentner joins SDSC to lead Sustainable Scientific Software Group ...

Researchers rely on Comet to showcase colour-changing materials ...

Supercomputing dynamic earthquake rupture models ...

German Aerospace and HPC join forces for global change research ...

ANSYS and BMW Group partner to jointly create the industry's first simulation tool chain for autonomous driving ...

ANSYS 2019 R2 strengthens digital thread between design, engineering and manufacturing ...

The Cloud

Microsoft and Oracle to interconnect Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud ...

Univa collaborates with Intel Corporation to offer an Intel Select Solution for HPC and AI Converged Clusters ...

EuroHPC selects Barcelona Supercomputing Center as entity to host one of the largest European supercomputers


7 Jun 2019 Barcelona - The EuroHPC JU has selected Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) as one of the institutions that will host a pre-exascale supercomputer in the high-capacity supercomputer network promoted by the EC. The EC announcement describes the plan to acquire 8 supercomputers: 3 pre-exascale machines - with a peak performance of at least 150 Petaflops - and 5 petascale machines, capable of executing at least 4 Petaflops.

MareNostrum 5, the future BSC supercomputer, is one of the pre-exascale machines. It will have a peak performance of 200 petaflops (200 x 1015 floating-point operations per second) and will come into operation on 31 December 2020.

The European Union would invest in it around 100 million euro, the highest investment done by this institution in a research infrastructure in Spain. The rest of the investment will be borne by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, the Catalan Government and the states that supported the bid: Portugal, Turkey and Croatia, with contributions that are yet to be defined.

The Commission's announcement is one of the steps included in the roadmap of the European Commission and of the states that are part of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking to ensure that the European Union maintains an outstanding position in the international race in the supercomputing field.

"We have always thought that Europe should work together in a technological area in which we compete with countries as powerful as the United States, China and Japan and we are very satisfied to be able to say now that Barcelona will have one of the first supercomputers included in the new European supercomputing roadmap", stated Mateo Valero, the director of Barcelona Supercomputing Center. "Today's announcement is a recognition of over 15 years' experience in research and excellent service at BSC, as well as of our ambitions and plans for the future in the field of supercomputing."

In addition to putting BSC on the recently created European supercomputing map, MareNostrum 5 will imply a leap in scale over the current infrastructure at Barcelona Supercomputing Center.

Its peak power of 200 petaflops will be 17 times higher than its current supercomputer, MareNostrum 4, and 10.000 times higher than the supercomputer that began the saga in 2004, MareNostrum 1.

It will also be much larger in size, so the new machine will be physically spread out between the Torre Girona Chapel, MareNostrum's current base, and the lower floors of BSC's new corporate building, just a few meters away from the chapel.

BSC was set up in 2004 by the Spanish Government, the Catalan Government and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). It was based around a core group of UPC lecturers led by Mateo Valero and the first supercomputer, MareNostrum 1.

Since then, it has grown significantly from a centre employing 60 people to a staff of more than 600 highly-qualified workers, who come from more than forty different countries. Its success is due to having a computational science research department at the highest level worldwide and three research departments - Life Sciences, Earth Sciences and Engineering, which are experts in advancing their respective disciplines with supercomputing.

Throughout all these years, BSC has offered supercomputing services to Spanish and European researchers who are interested in working with this technology. The European Commission's decision to include the centre in the European supercomputing map consolidates it as a leading institution at European level and a magnet for attracting talent.

"The demand for supercomputing services is rising as scientists find out what a supercomputer can contribute to their research and varies in accordance with the technological trends of the moment. Having a supercomputer such as the future MareNostrum 5 will allow us to continue to offer a top-level service from Barcelona", stated Sergi Girona, the director of BSC's Operations Department.

In March, Barcelona Supercomputing Center announced that it was submitting its candidacy to house one of the pre-exascale supercomputers that will operate in the EU at the start of 2021.

For its candidacy, the centre has been backed from the first moment by the Spanish Government, which introduced the topic in the Spanish-Portugal summit of November 2018 and added the support of Portugal.

More recently, the governments of Turkey, Croatia and Ireland have also joined the candidacy.

The rest of BSC shareholders institutions have also supported the initiative from the first moment and the Catalan Government has committed economically to the project. The proposal has also had the institutional support of the Barcelona City Council.

"Neither the candidacy nor the success achieved would have been possible without the trust placed in us by our centre's trustees since it was founded in 2004. A large part of today's triumph is due to the fact of having been continually supported by the Spanish and Catalan governments and UPC", stated Josep M. Martorell, the associate director of BSC.

Source: Barcelona Supercomputing Center - BSC

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Primeur weekly 2019-06-11

Exascale supercomputing

Cray wins Gold and Silver Honours in 2019 American Business Awards ...

Quantum computing

New research unlocks properties for quantum information storage and computing ...

Focus on Europe

One of the most competitive supercomputers in the world to be placed in Kajaani, Finland ...

EuroHPC JU approved 840 million euro funding for eight supercomputers ...

First steps towards a made-in-Europe high-performance microprocessor ...

From 9,4 to 22 Petaflop/s in 2020: Inauguration of Joliot-Curie, the French supercomputer dedicated to French and European research ...

Atos to deliver most powerful supercomputer in Norway to national e-infrastructure provider Uninett Sigma2 ...

MareNostrum 5 will host an experimental platform to create European supercomputing technologies ...

EuroHPC selects Barcelona Supercomputing Center as entity to host one of the largest European supercomputers ...

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing resources support generation of first images of a black hole ...

Hardware

Supermicro authorized WekaIO OEM partner ...

WekaIO and Penguin Computing deliver record-breaking performance on STAC-M3 "Tick Analytics" Benchmark ...

Boston announces first European NVIDIA RAPIDS test drive programme ...

Check Point Software Technologies propels Mellanox past one million Ethernet switch ports ...

NEC provides CLAIX-2018 supercomputer to RWTH Aachen University in Germany ...

NEC enters into a technology partnership with ANEO for utilizing the NEC SX-Aurora Tsubasa-Vector Engine ...

Applications

Cray Shasta sparks new AI research programme at Indiana University ...

Michael Zentner joins SDSC to lead Sustainable Scientific Software Group ...

Researchers rely on Comet to showcase colour-changing materials ...

Supercomputing dynamic earthquake rupture models ...

German Aerospace and HPC join forces for global change research ...

ANSYS and BMW Group partner to jointly create the industry's first simulation tool chain for autonomous driving ...

ANSYS 2019 R2 strengthens digital thread between design, engineering and manufacturing ...

The Cloud

Microsoft and Oracle to interconnect Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud ...

Univa collaborates with Intel Corporation to offer an Intel Select Solution for HPC and AI Converged Clusters ...