BSC-CNS Newsletter January 2023

Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Newsletter
NEWSLETTER January 2023

New BSC study analyzes which genes make each person unique and different

For the first time, gene expression has been studied in 46 tissues and organs of hundreds of people with different traits, such as age, sex, genetic ancestry or weight. The research provides fundamental information on how the activation of these genes changes with age, between men and women or between individuals of different geographical origins, allowing a significant advance towards personalized medicine.

BSC sells the spin-off Maspatechnologies to Danlaw

Danlaw Inc., a leading global automotive and aerospace electronics solutions provider, has acquired Maspatechnologies SL, a BSC spin-off for multicore safety validation for aerospace and automotive domains. Maspatechnologies is the first spin-off to be sold by BSC and was made possible by BSC’s investment in technology transfer. BSC’s 11 spin-off companies have created 121 jobs and raised €8.5M in financing rounds in six years.

BSC to receive 12 million from the Catalan government to continue developing AINA project until 2026

BSC will receive an investment of €12M over the next four years to continue developing the AINA project. The Catalan Government has announced an annual investment of €3M until 2026 to ensure the continuity and completion of an initiative whose objective is to ensure the future of the Catalan language in the digital world at the same level as other global languages. AINA is a project led by BSC that also receives €3M from the Government of Spain.

BSC coordinates project to create a European digital environment to accelerate cancer research

BSC is coordinating the EOSC4Cancer project, a European digital ecosystem of shared data to accelerate cancer research. The initiative, funded with nearly €8M by the EU, will enable federated and secure access to various types of cancer data across European borders, in order to process and reuse information from cancer research across the EU. EOSC4Cancer brings together a consortium of 29 scientific institutions from 13 countries.

A roadmap for improving the quality of European health data for research by connecting the EHDS and EOSC

HealthyCloud presented its Strategic Agenda for the future of the European Health and Research Innovation Cloud (HRIC) and envisioned how this new European HRIC could work to ensure the first integration between the European Health Data Space and the European Open Science and thus connect the data used by different scientific communities at the European level. BSC co-cordinates this project alongside Instituto Aragonés de Ciencias de la Salud.

BSC develops four open-source hardware components based on RISC-V

Within the context of the European-funded SELENE project, BSC researchers have developed four safety-related components that improve observability and control channels to provide flexible solutions and by assessing them in industrial use cases. BSC has developed development the open-source modules SafeSU, SafeDE, SafeDM, SafeTI that support verification and validation processes and safety measure deployment to guarantee that the project’s safety goals are met.

BSC researchers develop a single data platform to facilitate the management of data across the compute continuum

Coordinated by ATOS Spain, the European project called “Towards a functional continuum operating system” (ICOS) will run for the next three years. Researchers from BSC will be involved in the development of a single platform to facilitate the management of data and distributed execution across the compute continuum that will be able to run seamlessly on heterogeneous and possibly small devices.

BSC participates in an innovative methodology to assess the potential habitability of exoplanets

An international research team, in which the BSC researcher Paolo De Luca has participated, has successfully developed a state-of-the-art framework to study the climate variability of the atmospheres of exoplanets. This kind of study might provide a better understanding of the climate changes that Earth is currently experiencing and how its atmosphere might change in the future. The investigation of the climate variability of Earth-like exoplanets is key in the search of planets outside our solar system where life could emerge.

BSC is part of the Artificial Intelligence Research Alliance

AIRA's mission is to strengthen the competitiveness of the Catalan AI research ecosystem by boosting the knowledge industry and projecting Catalonia as a pole of reference, leader in southern Europe, in research in this field. Its main objectives are to bring together all the leading research capacity of the Catalan ecosystem, promote high-impact research, attract and retain talent and promote specialization in the field of AI.

BSC releases COMPSs version 3.1 and releases dislib version 0.8.0

This COMPSs release includes several new features such as a new decorator and corresponding runtime extensions to support automatic data transformations before tasks' execution. The Python binding comes with a new Julia decorator to support the integration of Julia in PyCOMPSs workflows. dislib new release includes GPU support for some methods, new parallel methods (TSQR, KNN), and a generalization of the grid search for any type of simulations.

BSC releases OmpSs-2 version 2022.11

In this release, we have defined a generic interface between the LLVM compiler and Nanos6 runtime to support kernels targeting hardware accelerators. This release also contains several bug fixes and performance improvements that improve lock contention and reduce task creation overheads. Finally, we have added support for Ovni, a new instrumentation module that will become the default in the next release.

BSC opens applications for 8 predoctoral INPhINIT- “la Caixa” fellowships

BSC offers 8 predoctoral positions in this edition of the Doctoral Fellowship programme INPhINIT “la Caixa”. The selected candidates will have the opportunity of joining BSC’s research groups to carry out one of the research projects proposed. The doctoral fellowship programme INPhINIT “la Caixa” is devoted to attracting talented Early-Stage Researchers—of any nationality—who wish to pursue doctoral studies in Spanish or Portuguese territory.

BSC receives double honors in 2022 HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards

BSC was selected for the Best HPC Response to Societal Plight (Urgent Computing, COVID-19). During the vetting for Paxlovid, University of Valencia researchers, led by the professor of physical chemistry Iñaki Tuñón used supercomputing to determine how the drug inhibits SARS-CoV-2. BSC was also selected for the Best HPC Collaboration for the RISC2 project, led by BSC, which aims to promote and improve the relationship between research and industrial communities between Europe and Latin America.

BSC obtains the FEI 2022 Recognition for innovation support organization

BSC has been awarded by the Foro de Empresas Innovadoras (FEI) with the Recognition to the organization supporting innovation in the 10th edition of the FEI 2022 Awards. The jury appreciated the BSC's promotion of the creation of an innovative productive network, its participation in international projects, its contribution to economic development and the welfare of society through the transfer of knowledge and technology, as well as the creation of work teams and research groups in which its inter-territorial character stands out.

BSC researchers win HPC Innovation Excellence Award for improving air quality using CFD simulations

A work carried out by researchers from CASE Department of BSC has received an HPC Innovation Excellence Award by Hyperion Research. The research, developed within the FF4EUROHPC iBAM experiment in collaboration with air quality mapping company Bettair, focused on mitigating the effects of air pollution on local communities by means of advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Machine Learning (ML) techniques.

Coming up
13 JAN 2023 Infoday sobre IA y tecnologías del lenguaje aplicado a datos clínicos: CARMEN-I recursos, sistemas y aplicaciones Location: Aula Magna de la Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad de Barcelona & Virtual
16 JAN 2023 Hybrid SORS/Bioinfo4Women Seminar/WiCS: Responsible AI: what is it and why care? by Virginia Dignum, Umeå University Location: Sala d'Actes de la FiB (B6 Building, Campus Nord) and over Zoom with required registration.
24 JAN 2023 [HYBRID] PATC: Programming Distributed Computing Platforms with COMPSs Location: Online via Zoom and in person in C6 Building -E106 Room, Campus Nord, UPC
06 FEB 2023 [HYBRID] PATC: Introduction to Big Data Analytics Location: Hybrid: on site in Campus Nord C6 building, E101 room, UPC premises and online via Zoom
13 FEB 2023 [HYBRID] PATC: Short course on HPC-based Computational Bio-Medicine Location: Hybrid: on site in Campus Nord, UPC premises and online via Zoom
22 FEB 2023 [HYBRID] PATC: Introduction to Heterogeneous Memory Usage Location: Hybrid: on site in Campus Nord, UPC premises and online via Zoom
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