BSC-CNS Newsletter March 2022

Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Newsletter

The AINA project seeks millions of voices so that technology understands and speaks Catalan

Aina project, promoted by the Catalan Government and developed at BSC, is seeking for volunteers to generate the first corpus of Catalan oral language. Under the slogan 'Our language is your voice', the Government is carrying out a campaign to capture one million hours of audio, which will serve to create language models and make it possible for new technologies to speak Catalan.

The GCAT|Planel is the first complete genetic map of the Iberian population

Researchers from BSC and the Germans Trias Research Institute (IGTP) have produced the first haplotype map for the Iberian population: a tool that will produce a better understanding of the genetic changes behind many common diseases. The panel will allow researchers using low-cost sequencing techniques to improve the discovery and interpretation of the genetic changes behind common diseases more easily.

BSC researchers participate in a European experiment where a new fusion energy record has been reached

Researchers from the CIEMAT and BSC have participated in a decisive EUROFusion experiment that has set a hopeful record for fusion energy. A mixture of deuterium and tritium fusion fuel, the one planned for ITER, has reached 59 megajoules for 5 seconds. Mervi Mantisen, leader of the Fusion group of BSC, has led one of 19 campaign experiments.

Europe will require radical measures to meet the new WHO Air Quality Guidelines

Unprecedented emission reductions are needed throughout Europe to comply with the new 2021 World Health Organization  Air Quality Guidelines, according to a new article led by scientists from BSC published in Environmental Research Letters. The study quantifies the increase in the percentage of measurement stations that exceed each new air quality guideline across all the countries reporting air quality information to the European Environmental Agency.

BSC contributes to a study clarifying Arctic impacts on European winter

A collaborative international study led by scientists at the Met Office and published in Nature Communications,  is helping to quell a long-running scientific debate about how the ongoing decline of Arctic sea ice, driven by climate change, can affect the European winters. Two BSC researchers are involved in the study and contributed to the interpretation of the results, Dr. Xavier Levine, who in addition produced the experiments, and Dr. Pablo Ortega, the Climate prediction group coleader.

The cookies of the million most visited websites produce more than 11,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions per month

BSC participates in the Carbolytics project, which seeks to investigate the ecological footprint of the ecosystem of advertising technology of which the best known are advertising cookies. The artist and researcher Joana Moll is responsible for Carbolytics and aims to draw attention to the social and environmental costs of the data collection carried out by these corporations.

MASTECS develops the first certification-ready multicore timing analysis solution

Coordinated by BSC, the MASTECS project (Multicore Analysis Service and Tools for Embedded Critical Systems) has developed the first certification-ready timing analysis solution capable of handling the complexity of safety-critical multicore systems. The technology developed and consolidated within the project is now enabling the use of multicore processors in aerospace and automotive domains.

NextSim is developing the next generation aerodynamic simulation code for extreme-scale parallel computing platforms

The BSC project NextSim,funded by the EuroHPC JU and supported by the research and innovation programmes of Spain, France and Germany, is working to develop the next generation of Computational Fluid Dynamics tools for extreme-scale parallel computing platforms. The tools will enable the aerospace industry to solve problems currently out of reach within the constraints of balancing accuracy versus computational load.

RISC2: a European project that promotes cooperation across continents to improve HPC

The main objective of the RISC2 project is to promote and improve the relationship between the research and industrial communities of Europe and Latin America, focusing on HPC applications and infrastructures implementation. The project, led by BSC, has brought together the leading European and Latin American stakeholders in HPC, by promoting the interaction between researchers and policy-makers from both regions.

Barcelona Dust Regional Center presents its new website

The Barcelona Dust Regional Center has launched a new website with a more intuitive design that seeks to offer an improved user experience. The new website is the result of the fruitful collaboration carried out over the last three years and seeks to improve the user experience through a new, more intuitive and organic design; at a high level of usability, the new website will facilitate access to observation and prediction products as well as information on research and training activities.

BSC researchers Rachel Lowe and Markus Donat, appointed ICREA Research Professors

Two researchers from the Earth Sciences department have been appointed ICREA Research Professors in its latest call. Rachel Lowe’s research involves modelling the impact of environmental change on infectious disease epidemics, to inform disease control and prevention strategies. Markus Donat is a climate researcher with focus on understanding and predicting how extreme climate events such as heatwaves, heavy rainfall and storms will change in the coming years and decades.

Leonidas Kosmidis receives the HiPEAC Technology Transfer Award 2021

BSC researcher Leonidas Kosmidis has won a HiPEAC Technology Transfer Award for the second time. His winning technology, ‘GPU4S Bench: An open GPU benchmarking suite for space on-board processing’, provides a resource to help assess the suitability of new high-performance devices such as graphics processing units (GPUs) for processing tasks usually found in space applications.

Award for a BSC team in a challenge to improve temperature and precipitation forecasts using AI

Researchers from the Earth Sciences department have won the second prize in the Challenge to improve sub-seasonal to seasonal predictions using artificial intelligence. The WMO launched this initiative that aims to improve, through artificial intelligence and/or machine learning, the current precipitation and temperature forecasts for 3 and 6 weeks into the future from the best computational fluid dynamics models available today.

Barcelona Deep Collage exhibition

The exhibition includes the results of the Barcelona Deep Collage Festival, held in October at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center during the Festa Major of the Les Corts district. Works by 20 visual artists in physical format are presented; projected works by creators and students of art and design schools; the creations of ED, an artificial intelligence program that generates collage images inspired by the works of artists, and the audiovisual that emerged from the experience of those days. The exhibition can be visited until March 11 at the Les Corts Exhibition Center.

Coming up
03 MAR 2022 BSC RS/ Life Session: Formatting Biological Big Data to Enable (Personalized) Systems Pharmacology Location: Virtual seminar via Zoom, with required registration
14 MAR 2022 PATC: Introduction to Simulation Environments for Life Sciences Location: Online via Zoom with requiered registration
16 MAR 2022 PATC: Performance Analysis and Tools Location: Online via Zoom
16 MAR 2022 BSC RS/ ES inDust Webinar: Advances towards dust seasonal predictions Location: Virtual event over Zoom, with the required registration
21 MAR 2022 PATC Systems Workshop: Programming MareNostrum 4 Location: Online via Zoom
23 MAR 2022 PATC: Heterogeneous Programming on GPUs with MPI & OmpSs Location: The course will take place in Hybrid format and will be held in-person within the UPC premises: Department of Computer Architecture (DAC). Room C6-102, Barcelona, Spain; and also, online via Zoom with required registration.
25 MAR 2022 PATC: Heterogeneous Programming on FPGAs with OmpSs@FPGA Location: The course will take place in Hybrid format and will be held in-person within the UPC premises: Department of Computer Architecture (DAC). Room C6-102, Barcelona, Spain; and also, online via Zoom with required registration.
28 MAR 2022 PATC Systems Workshop: Petaflop System Administration; Marenostrum 4 Location: Online via Zoom; Registration is mandatory
10 MAY 2022 9th BSC Doctoral Symposium 2022 Location: The 9th BSC Doctoral Symposium is intended to happen in Aula Master (UPC). More details will follow.
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