BSC-CNS Newsletter July 2019

Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Newsletter

BSC, selected to host one of the largest European supercomputers

EuroHPC has selected BSC as one of the institutions that will host a pre-exascale supercomputer in the high-capacity supercomputer network promoted by EC. MareNostrum 5 will incorporate an experimental platform aimed at developing new technologies for the future generation of supercomputers. Hence, BSC shows its commitment contributing with its research so that future generations of supercomputers will be able to incorporate technologies fully developed in Europe.

Acting President Pedro Sánchez visits BSC

Acting President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, visited us after BSC was selected by the EuroHPC as entity to host one of the largest European supercomputers, to know closely the scope of the project. Sánchez visited the centre together with Acting Minister of Science, Innovation and Universities, Pedro Duque, Acting Government delegate in Catalonia, Teresa Cunillera and Acting Secretary General of Scientific Policy Coordination and president of the BSC consortium, Rafael Rodrigo.

New Arm-BSC Centre of Excellence for continued innovation

BSC and Arm Research have signed a multi-year agreement to establish the Arm-BSC Centre of Excellence. This is in recognition of the leadership and hard work of BSC in pioneering Arm in HPC, and the success of EU-funded Mont-Blanc projects, of which both institutions are a main partner, alongside Atos Bull. The Centre of Excellence will broaden the current scope of interaction and collaboration between BSC and Arm.

BSC is granted one of the seven projects “Connecting Europe Facility”

“Saint George on a bike”, from BSC, has been chosen as one of the seven projects of the Telecom category that will get CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) funding, a European tool to facilitate international interaction between administrations, companies and citizens through the development of digital service infrastructures. The goal of “Saint George on a bike” is to endow AI of knowledge regarding European cultural patrimony.

New global weather long-term forecasts

EU-funded project S2S4E launched its new sub-seasonal and seasonal forecasts, Decision Support Tool (DST), which can enable better preparation for extreme weather events in a changing climate and could be useful for emergency planners and all weather-dependent industries. BSC coordinates this tool, whose main feature is to show both sub-seasonal and seasonal forecasts for precipitation, solar radiation, temperature and wind ranging from one week to three months ahead.

Distant processes influence marine heatwaves around the world

The frequency of marine heatwave days increased by 50% over the past century but our ability to predict them has been limited by a lack of understanding around the key global processes that cause and amplify these events. Now, an international team,  in which BSC researcher Markus Donat participated, has published in Nature Communications the first global assessment of the major drivers of marine heatwaves.

BSC to help deliver high performance for groundbreaking healthcare applications

Combining massive computing power with big data analytics is radically transforming healthcare, helping accelerate scientific discovery and innovation. In the DeepHealth project, funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, powerful computing resources will be harnessed for biomedical applications.

BSC releases COMPSs version 2.5

BSC announces a new release, version 2.5 (codename Freesia), of the programming environment COMPSs. The new release comes with a new direction type for the tasks' parameters: Concurrent, which enables to further-exploit the parallelism of the applications. A set of Concurrent tasks are enabled to run in parallel by the runtime and the programmer should guarantee exclusive access to the specified concurrent parameter.

New release of OmpSs-2 programming model

BSC has published the fifth public release (version 19.06) of the OmpSs-2 programming model.  In this release, the OmpSs-2 runtime has been enhanced with several bug fixes and performance improvements related to the TAMPI library. In this release we include a preview of the new OmpSs-2@cluster implementation, an extension to our OmpSs-2 model, which supports tasking capability across multiple nodes in cluster based systems. 

BSC coordinates the new edition of the master’s degree on Personalized Medicine

For the first time, the Master’s degree on Personalized Medicine and Health Applied Bioinformatics of the Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII) will be taught in Barcelona, organized BSC. This specialization is addressed to doctors, biologists or biotechnologists, among other professionals interested in the analysis and results’ interpretation of massive sequencing, as well as mathematicians, statisticians or engineers interested in the application of informatics to health related problems.

A conference to promote women's research in computational biology

Advances in Computational Biology conference will be held November 28-29 in Barcelona. One of its main purposes is to visualize and promote the research done by women scientists and for this reason all presenters will be women, although the conference is open to everyone. It will bring together researchers working on systems biology, omics technologies, artificial intelligence and HPC with applications to biology.

BSC spin-off Mitiga Solutions wins the CaixaBank EmprendedorXXI Award in Catalonia

The spin-off of BSC Mitiga Solutions has won the EmprendedorXXI Award in Catalonia together with GlyCardial Diagnostics, spin-off of the Institut de Recerca Sant Pau and the CSIC. These awards are promoted by CaixaBank, through DayOne, its specialized division for technology companies, innovation and its investors, and co-awarded by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, through Enisa.

BSC-IRB researcher Toni Gabaldón, vice president of the new Young Academy of Spain

The Young Academy of Spain has been constituted with the aim of representing and giving visibility to young scientists, preferably from the field of experimental sciences. One of the founding members and vice president of this new scientific institution is the ICREA researcher Toni Gabaldón, who joined the last April with double affiliation to the BSC and IRB Barcelona.

BSC researcher awarded PRACE Best Industrial Presentation

Oriol Lehmkuhl won the PRACE Best Industrial Presentation during the EuroHPC Summit Week 2019, which took place in Poznań. The research project titled “High fidelity simulation of vortex induced vibrations for flow control and energy harvesting”, was awarded 27 million core hours in PRACE Project Access Call 16 on the German supercomputer SuperMUC. This research summarises the main conclusions of the VIVALdI project, highlighting the principal observations and results obtained.

Coming up
03 JUL 2019 SORS: Confessions of an Accidental Greenie: From Green Destiny to the Green500 Location: E101 Room, C6 Building, UPC Campus Nord (Barcelona)
10 JUL 2019 SORS: Chromatin 3D organization revealed by chromatin networks: gene-regulation, replication, and beyond Location: Sala d'actes de la FIB, UPC Campus Nord (Barcelona)
17 JUL 2019 ACM Europe Summer School 2019 Location: UPC Campus Nord (Barcelona)
18 JUL 2019 SORS: Software development for comparative and population genomics applied to Lima bean Location: Aula de Teleensenyament, C3 Building, UPC Campus Nord (Barcelona)
20 JUL 2019 SORS: ALGORAND. The Distributed Ledger for the Borderless Economy Location: Sala Àgora, UPC Campus Nord (Barcelona)
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