The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) was established in 2005. It is the Spanish national supercomputing facility. Its mission is to research, develop and manage information technologies in order to facilitate scientific progress by combining expertise covering a wide range of High Performance Computing expertise. Following this approach, BSC has brought together a critical mass of first-rate researchers, high performance computing experts and cutting-edge supercomputing technologies in order to foster multidisciplinary scientific collaboration and innovation. The centre currently has over 500 staff from 41 countries.
BSC-CNS hosts MareNostrum, the most powerful supercomputer in Spain. After the last upgrade (2012-2013), MareNostrum has a peak performance of 1,1 Petaflops, with 48,896 Intel Sandy Bridge processors in 3,056 nodes, and 84 Xeon Phi 5110P in 42 nodes, with more than 104.6 TB of main memory and 2 PB of GPFS disk storage. As of June 2013, MareNostrum was positioned 29th in the TOP500 list of fastest supercomputers in the world. MareNostrum is managed by the Operations team that takes care of its availability, security and performance. An important task of this team is to support scientists in the usage of MareNostrum, as well as to help them in the improvement of their applications getting better research results. Marenostrum is also part of the PRACE Research Infrastructure as one of the 6 Tier-0 Systems currently available for European scientists.
BSC are leading WP2: Biomedical Research Activities, and heading the Development and Implementation of Multiscale and Workflow Interfaces. BSC has a unique combination of expertise, from hardware design to programming models, from simulation to visualization, from life sciences to engineering. Working together, BSC researchers develop HPC-based simulation tools capable of running efficiently on large supercomputers. The application department (CASE) creates simulation tools with a wide range of application domains. In particular, Biomechanics is one of the most active, with more than 20 researchers. In this project, the CASE department experts will coordinate WP2: Biomedical Research Activities, with a substantial contribution to WP6: Empowering Biomedical Applications.