BSC-CNS Newsletter July 2023

Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Newsletter

The EuroHPC JU signs hosting agreements for six quantum computers

The six new EuroHPC quantum computers will be integrated into existing supercomputers in Czechia, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain. Representatives of the six hosting entities, the European Commission and EuroHPC JU have signed the hosting agreements. These quantum computers will allow European users to explore a variety of quantum technologies coupled to leading supercomputers.

The “Future of Computing”, a BSC and IBM initiative to develop European technology

IBM and BSC bet on European technology development and accelerate knowledge and experience in the region. The agreement will focus on computing systems, user and client applications, open architectures and standards, and education development. As part of this agreement, IBM will provide 3 million Euros in Scholarships for Education and Research activities during 5 years.

BSC develops AI tool to improve deaf and hard of hearing people's accessibility to technology

Researchers at BSC and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya have developed a tool for research into automatic sign language translation that uses artificial intelligence to break down some of the communication barriers commonly faced by deaf and hard of hearing people. The technology developed uses AI to convert sign language sentences recorded on video into spoken language in text format.

BSC and Prado Museum teach AI to view and interpret works of art

Researchers at BSC are training artificial intelligence models to recognise the symbology and content of the Prado Museum's paintings, and even detect details that may go unnoticed by the human eye. The aim of this project is to generate detailed descriptions of the Prado Museum's paintings that will help to better understand our cultural and historical heritage.

BSC explores the musical history of 30 years of Sónar through ChatGPT

Researchers from the BSC Data Analysis and Visualisation group open the black box of artificial intelligence to better understand how it works. The project analyses the lyrics of artists who have performed at the festival to detect patterns and discover their evolution over time. BSC was also be represented at Sónar+D 2023, by oceanographer Joan Llort, who explained his experience in art and science hybridisation projects

BSC releases version 3.2 of the PyCOMPS/COMPSs programming model

This COMPSs release includes new features, such as a new software cache for GPU tasks and support for containers with MPI and MPMD tasks. The workflow provenance has been extended to support the new Workflow Run Crate profile (v0.1). COMPSs has been assessed with the EOSC-Synergy SQAaaS platform and obtained the silver badge.

The STAR group upgrades its tools for developing and running parallel applications on high-performance systems

The System Tools and Advanced Runtimes (STAR) group) has announced the release of the STAR software stack (version 2023.05), featuring several updates and enhancements. This release includes the OmpSs-2 programming model, Task-Aware libraries (TA-X), the ovni instrumentation and the nOS-V tasking library.

BSC spin-off Mitiga Solutions raises €13 million to develop climate risk prediction technology

Mitiga Solutions, a BSC spin-off that uses artificial intelligence and HPC to develop technology that improves prevention, resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related risks, has raised €13.25 million in an investment round led by the Spanish fund Kibo Ventures and in which Microsoft, through its Climate Innovation Fund, as well as Nationwide Ventures, Faber Ventures and CREAS Impacto have also participated.

BSC leads the first Catalan Supercomputing Network to help transfer scientific results to the market

BSC coordinates the Catalan Supercomputing Network (X4HPC), which aims to provide the Catalan supercomputing ecosystem with mechanisms for technology transfer and knowledge valorization. It gathers 23 research groups from 8 leading Catalan institutions that work in the field of supercomputing. The X4HPC Network's mission is to accelerate the valorization and technology transfer of scientific projects that use supercomputing tools.

Mercè Crosas joins BSC as head of the new Computational Social Sciences programme

The researcher Mercè Crosas has joined BSC to lead the new Computational Social Sciences programme, with the aim of promoting research in this field by harnessing the potential of supercomputing, artificial intelligence, and big data analysis. Crosas has a long career at Harvard University in the United States, where she was head of research data management and head of the office of data science and technology at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science.

The MultiSeq project receives funding from the ERC to optimise sequencing and explore market potential

The laboratory led by Toni Gabaldón at IRB Barcelona and BSC is exploring an innovative solution that minimises the time and cost of sequencing. The MultiSeq project has received an ERC Proof of Concept grant endowed with €150,000, for a period of 18 months. Over the next three years, the technique will be tested in different environments, market analyses will be carried out, and marketing options will be evaluated.

Coming up
05 JUL 2023 Software-Oriented Acceleration for Scalable Heterogeneous Manycore SoCs (SORS) by Jonathan Balkind, University of California Location: Sala d'Actes de la FiB, B6 Building, Campus Nord, UPC and Zoom
18 JUL 2023 HPC Code Review Club @BSC Location: BSC
13 SEP 2023 17th RES Users Conference Location: Auditorium of the Vertex building, UPC
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