BSC-CNS Newsletter March 2020

Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Newsletter

The BSC is the European supercomputing center that most has contributed to Pancancer

An international team has completed the most comprehensive study of whole cancer genomes to date, improving our fundamental understanding of cancer and signposting new directions for its diagnosis and treatment. The BSC has contributed with the analysis of data, with the design of specific computing solutions for cancer genomics, as well as in the answering of specific questions related to with the biology of tumors.

Better seasonal forecasts can help the transition to renewable energy

BSC researcher Ilaria Vigo is one of the authors of a comment published in Nature Energy about how the energy industry can benefit from better and more reliable seasonal forecasts. The transition to renewable energy makes it more important for power producers to get accurate information about the weather that is to come.

The paradox of Anak Krakatau, the Indonesian volcano that froze the atmosphere

Volcanic activity that occurs in tropical moist atmospheres can promote deep convection (heat transfer) and trigger volcanic thunderstorms. However, these phenomena are rarely observed to last continuously for more than a day. An international team of researchers, led by BSC researchers, has published a multidisciplinary study on an extreme case in Nature Scientific Reports.

Leading authorities visit MareNostrum supercomputer

In the last weeks several authorities have visited our centre. On 26th of February the president of the Catalan Government, Quim Torra, visited MareNostrum. Some weeks ago the Catalan Vice President Pere Aragonès visited BSC to get a closer look at the centre's challenges and Vice President of the Spanish government, Teresa Ribera, visited us to talk about the work done in climate and air quality, and the development of services carried out by the BSC's Department of Earth Sciences.

Spin-off for aerospace and automotive domains

BSC has launched a new spin-off, Maspatechnologies, that aims to provide multicore timing analysis solutions in accordance to safety standards for critical embedded systems, including automotive, aerospace and space industry. The main product offered by Maspatechnologies is a software component called micro-benchmark technology to be used for timing verification, validations and optimization of software developed for embedded real-time domains.

The RISCV Net to boost the development of open source hardware

The RISCV Net is born as a research network around open hardware architectures based on the ISA RISC-V, but aims to go further and generate collaborative synergies between research mechanisms, training and innovation. BSC is part of this initiative that aims to get technological independence, and facilitate the development of new applications.


BSC, the UPC and Eix Estels team up to launch the first technology camp for girls

Technogirls is a summer camp on technology with activities designed and directed by a team of the BSC, the UPC and the CIM UPC to promote the interest of secondary school students in technology. The camps are aimed at girls between 12 and 16 years old to arouse her interest towards scientific-technical careers. With this activity, we seek to take another step in the fight against the gender gap in this field.

Training course to help primary school teachers to introduce computational thinking in classrooms

BSC organizes a training course aimed at helping primary school teachers to introduce computational thinking in classrooms. The course offers tools and knowledge that can contribute to promoting scientific-technological vocations among its students. This initiative has the collaboration of the Institut de Ciències de l'Educació (ICE) of the UPC, Barcelona Activa, Anthesis Lavola and mSchools.

A new manual to understand deep learning and the possibilities of this technology

The BSC researcher Jordi Torres has just published the book "Python Deep Learning" to help those interested in understanding and developing in the world of deep learning, one of the techniques most present in developments that incorporate artificial intelligence. The book combines the theoretical principles of this technology with a practical approach to code and the steps needed to develop neural network based projects.

Coming up
11 MAR 2020 PATC: Introduction to Simulation Environments for Life Sciences Location: Vertex Building. Room VS208, UPC Campus Nord (Barcelona)
18 MAR 2020 PATC Systems Workshop: Petaflop System Administration; Marenostrum 4 Location: Vertex Building, Room VS208, UPC Campus Nord (Barcelona)
30 MAR 2020 PATC: Introduction to CUDA Programming Location: Sala d'actes de la FiB, UPC Campus Nord (Barcelona)
30 MAR 2020 High Performance Innovation Conference Location: Aula Master is located in UPC Campus Nord (Barcelona)
03 APR 2020 PATC: Introduction to OpenACC Location: Vertex Building VS208, UPC Campus Nord (Barcelona)
20 APR 2020 RDA Climate Change Datathon Location: Edificio C6 (E-106), UPC Campus Nord (Barcelona)
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