Advanced computing project launched in Barcelona
The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) aims to reinforce European leadership in the field. This EU network will be a key asset in European R&D. Catalonia will update its Mare Nostrum supercomputer to remain a PRACE?s key node.
Majó stated that this project represents a huge advance for Catalonia as it “contributes to the research capacity of the country”. The Commissioner for Research cited other important infrastructures for Catalonia, like the synchrotron radiation facility Alba, as an example of the consolidation of a genuine research cluster in Mediterranean Europe.
Moreover, the Secretary of State for Research, Felipe Pétriz, stated that thanks to the PRACE, “potential and adequate methodology” will allow users to increase the response capacity in the research field. Besides, he added that this project “will form a new European ecosystem of supercomputers able to compete against the United States and Asia, which will contribute to improving the European scientific and technologic capacities and will facilitate the creation of a new market for other types of technologies.”