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Barcelona launches bid to host Europe’s most powerful supercomputer

BSC-CNS seeks EU funding to build model competing with those in China, the US, and Japan

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24 March 2019 01:16 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) has announced its candidacy to host one of Europe’s most powerful supercomputers by 2021, which would be partially funded by the European Commission.

The EU will allocate €250 million to fund at least two of the chosen projects. The opening is part of a larger bid to build some of the world’s supercomputers and try catch up China, the United States and Japan.

The new supercomputers are expected to have a minimum capacity of 200 petaFLOPS (floating point operations per second).

  • “These two supercomputers will be the most powerful ones in Europe and will be among the Top 10 in the world, along with those in China, Japan and the US"

    Josep M. Martorell · BSC-CNS associate director

Currently, BSC’s most powerful supercomputer, the MareNostrum 4, has a capacity of 13.7 petaFLOPS.

“These two supercomputers will be the most powerful ones in Europe and will be among the Top 10 in the world, along with China, Japan and the US,” says Josep M. Martorell, the associate director of the center.

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center-Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) is Spain’s top supercomputing centre. They specialise in high performance computing (HPC) and employ around 500 people.

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  • The MareNostrum 4 in the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (by BSC)

  • The MareNostrum 4 in the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (by BSC)