RES current activities
The Spanish Supercomputing Network (RES)
The RES is an alliance of 8 organizations and its supercomputers distributed throughout the Spanish geography which work together and offer since 2006 a High Performance Computing service to the scientific community and that it is coordinated by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center.
Currently the Spanish Supercomputing Network consists of:
- MareNostrum, MinoTauro and SGI Altix at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center
- Magerit at the Supercomputing and Visualisation Center of Madrid (CeSViMa - UPM)
- LaPalma at the Canary Islands Astrophysics Institute (IAC)
- Altamira at the Physics Institute of the University of Cantabria
- Picasso at the University of Malaga
- Tirant at the University of Valencia
- Caesaraugusta at the Institute of Biocomputing and Physics of Complex Systems (BIFI) at the University of Zaragoza
- Atlante at the Canary Islands Technological Institute (ICT)
The systems provide a percentage of their total computational power as is depicted by the figure below and that reaches more than 275 TFLOP/s.
Besides according to the TOP500 list of June 2012, the sustained performace of four of the RES machines is the d¡splayed by the next graphic.
This computing power is available to public reserarch, based on activity calls. Activity call is continuously open and the evaluation is every three months. The duration for activities is limited to 4 months. Larger activities should divide the work in 4 months period.
The Access Committee is the only that evaluates the received activities. It is constituted by four members:
- a BSC-CNS external manager with wide experience in Innovation Management,
- an ANEP representative,
- a Supercomputing expert, external to BSC-CNS
- a Supercomputing expert, member of BSC-CNS.
The Access Committee is advised by a Experts Panel composed by prestigious Spanish scientists, external to BSC-CNS. This Experts Panel is divided into four groups, according to the established classification from the Spanish Foundation of Science and Technology (FECYT – Fundación Española de Ciencia y Tecnología):
- Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences
- Life and Health Sciences
- Mathematics, Physics and Engineering
- Chemistry and Materials Science and Technology
The Experts Panel is composed by scientists of outstanding career and experience in the management of research projects, mainly managers of National Programs or of the ANEP.
Users Committee (CURES)
The purpose of CURES is to provide advice and feedback to the RES management and technicians (Red Española de Supercomputación) on the current state and future delivery of RES resources and services. CURES is to promote the effective use of the high performance computing facilities at RES by sharing information about experiences in using the facility, suggesting new research and technology directions in scientific computing, and voicing user concerns. To this end CURES will maintain communications through appropriate means, such as regular meetings, shared databases, and webpages.
The CURES members are:
- Eight scientists, two per RES area chosen by the Coordinators of the Allocation Committee, all of them PIs (Principal Investigators) of projects that have been developed accessing the RES resources.
- A representative chosen by RES
Chair and Vice‐Chair are elected by the members of the CURES among its members for a two year period and half of the members are renovated every year. Each member can stay a maximum of two years. Chair and Vice‐Chair are also renovated every two years but not simultaneously. At the end of a Chairs’ mandate, in order to facilitate continuity of CURES activities, the Vice‐Chair will take the Chair and a new Vice‐Chair will be elected.
For further information pelase visit the section CURES available at the RES Area (www.bsc.es/res) since October 2011. This section includes a messaging iterface that allows to contact the CURES members and ask them any doubts. Also includes useful documentation.