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MareNostrum 4, the third most powerful supercomputer in Europe
The Barcelona Supercomputing Center-Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) has launched MareNostrum 4, the third most powerful supercomputer in Europe and the 13th in the world.
The MareNostrum 4 project, budgeted at 34 million euro, was funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness. Once fully set up, MareNostrum 4, which is ten times faster than its predecessor, will use 11.1 petaflops – that is, 11,100 million operations per second – for scientific production, boosting research and analysis in each and every area.
MareNostrum 4 can be found at the Girona Tower, next to the Chancellor’s Office of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-Barcelona Tech (UPC). The building is home to the BCS-CNS, a centre gathering 500 employees, 400 of them researchers in a variety of fields. A 27-strong team in the operations department is in charge of managing the new supercomputer.
MareNostrum 4 is available to scientists across Europe. Teams have to file a request to the Spanish Supercomputing Network (RES) or the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE), which have access to 16% and 80% of computing hours respectively. The remaining 4% is for BSC-CNS researchers.
Supercomputers are a useful tool in both basic and applied research. They can perform large calculations, simulations, and process huge amounts of data. Today, they are used by scientists in almost every field from astrophysics to engineering to the manufacturing industry to biomedicine.
In its first term in operation, MareNostrum 4 will be used to study climate change and gravitational waves, develop a new HIV vaccine and new cancer radiation techniques, and perform simulations for fusion power, among other projects.