About BSC

Early in 2004 the Ministry of Education and Science (Spanish Government), Generalitat de Catalunya (local Catalan Government) and Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) took the initiative of creating a National Supercomputing Center in Barcelona. BSC-CNS (Barcelona Supercomputing Center – Centro Nacional de Supercomputación) is the National Supercomputing Facility in Spain and was officially constituted in April 2005. BSC-CNS manages MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe, located at the Torre Girona chapel. The mission of BSC-CNS is to investigate, develop and manage information technology in order to facilitate scientific progress. With this aim, special dedication has been taken to areas such as Computer Sciences, Life Sciences, Earth Sciences and Computational Applications in Science and Engineering.

All these activities are complementary to each other and very tightly related. In this way, a multidisciplinary loop is set up: our exposure to industrial and non-computer science academic practices improves our understanding of the needs and helps us focusing our basic research towards improving those practices. The result is very positive both for our research work as well as for improving the way we service our society.

Even though the center is relatively new, the history of BSC-CNS is also interesting to know about.

In this section you will find how BSC-CNS is structured as well as the different boards that constitute our organization.

In this section you will find all scientific publications published from BSC-CNS’s researchers as well as of MareNostrum users.

In this section you will find a list of courses that BSC-CNS organizes regulary.

If you are interested in working in our organization, please do not hesitate to submit your application. We have constantly vacancies in the different departments.

Please find in this section the open public tenders.

If you are a journalist, you will find more information about the center as well as the contact person to deal about all press matters.

Are you interested in visiting our facilities? Please do not hesitate to submit the form requesting to have a guided visit along the impressive supercomputer installed in the chapel Torre Girona. During the visit, you will be able to see MareNostrum and hear an interesting presentation about the functionalities of this supercomputer and its scientific applications.

In the photo and video gallery you will be able to download photos of MareNostrum as well as videos about the installation of this facility and much more.

We are happy to attend any further information you might require.