BSC-CNS Newsletter March 2023

Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Newsletter

Quantum Spain: a Spanish consortium to install at the BSC the first quantum computer in southern Europe

The joint venture formed by the quantum computing startup Qilimanjaro Quantum Tech and the Spanish telecommunications group GMV will be in charge of building the first quantum computer of the Red Española de Supercomputación, which will be installed this year at BSC. This was announced last week during the MWC2023. This new quantum computer is promoted by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation through the SEDIA and coordinated by BSC.

BSC plays a significant role in the new EU’s challenge to combat climate change: A virtual replica of the Earth

BSC is one of the key participants in the development of the so-called digital twins of the Earth within the European Union (EU)’s Destination Earth initiative (DestinE). DestinE aims to find solutions to the climate change crisis. The goal is to develop highly accurate digital twins of the Earth system in order to predict the effects and build resilience to climate change.

Three BSC projects dive into the digital domain to fight against infectious diseases due to climate change

The Global Health Resilience group at BSC has obtained funding from Wellcome Trust to develop new cutting-edge digital tools to help transform preparedness and response to outbreaks of devastating diseases. BSC leads two of the awarded projects by WT —IDExtremes and HARMONIZE—and is a partner in a third funded project, Mosqlimate.

BSC to facilitate the safety certification of critical autonomous AI-based systems for more competitive EU industry

The EU-funded SAFEXPLAIN project seeks to lay the foundation for Critical Autonomous AI-based Systems applications that are smarter and safer by ensuring that they adhere to functional safety requirements in environments that require quick and real-time response times that are increasingly run on the edge. This three-year project, coordinated by BSC, brings together a six-partner consortium representing academia and industry.

EOSC4Cancer teams up with UNCAN to align EU cancer projects

This collaboration brought to Barcelona key European cancer data experts to improve the exploitation of cancer data for research and to define the components of the future European Cancer Research Data Hub. BSC coordinates the EOSC4Cancer project, a European digital ecosystem of shared data to accelerate cancer research. The initiative 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.

BSC to participate in the federated European Infrastructure for Cancer Images

The European Federation for Cancer Images (EUCAIM) is a ground-breaking federated infrastructure deployment project aiming to power up imaging and AI towards precision medicine for Europe’s cancer patients and citizens. EUCAIM will address the fragmentation of existing cancer image repositories and establish a distributed Atlas of Cancer Imaging with over 60 million anonymised cancer image data from over 100,000 patients, accessible to clinicians, researchers and innovators across the EU.

BSC and ITER sign a new agreement on scientific and academic collaboration

The ITER organization and BSC have signed an agreement on academic and scientific cooperation that underlines the importance of promoting academic and scientific progress between the two institutions. Thus, boosting the training of young researchers and engineers by giving the possibility of joint supervision of PhD students and training and exchange of scientists and engineers. Among other possibilities, the door is also open for joint research projects on nuclear fusion.

BSC to play a significant role in the European roadmap to strengthen HPC capabilities across Europe

CASTIEL2 and EuroCC2, funded by the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, have just started after the official kick-off meeting held some weeks ago. These flagship projects aim to build a European network of National Competence Centres (NCCs) for HPC, acting as a hub to promote and facilitate HPC uptake and related technologies across a range of industries. BSC is leading the training, twinning and mentoring area in CASTIEL2.

City of Barcelona Award for the researcher Marta Villegas for AINA and MarIA

The BSC researcher Marta Villegas has won the City of Barcelona Award 2022 in the category of experimental sciences and technology for the construction and development of natural language processing models for Catalan and Spanish, AINA and Maria, respectively. The jury considers that these projects "represent a decisive step in the preservation of the linguistic heritage of both languages in the Internet space, as well as progress in language technologies".

Recognition for the director of BSC in Cuba for his contribution to Cuban science

The director of the BSC, Mateo Valero, received two awards in Cuba. On the one hand, he was appointed Visiting Professor at the Central University "Marta Abreu" of Las Villas, and on the other hand, he was elected corresponding member of the Cuban Academy of Sciences. This last appointment is awarded to people linked to scientific-technical activity with relevant results and proven links and contributions to Cuban science.

BSC wins ESIC's Aster Prize for Digital Innovation

BSC has been awarded the ESIC Catalunya Aster Prize for Digital Innovation. The jury has recognized BSC as the most important centre for digital innovation in Spain and one of the leading ones globally, with outstanding projects in the fields of earth sciences, health, digital technology, and materials. The award also considered the creation of around 100 jobs in spin-offs born at the BSC, and especially highlighted the MarIA and AINA project.



BSC launches the fifth edition of the Bojos per la Supercomputació

BSC has launched the fifth edition of Bojos per la Supercomputació and  the 2023 course will practically recover the format of the first two programs. A total of 17 sessions make up the proposal of the current programme. Some of the areas of this edition are quantum computing, parallelism, simulations, artificial intelligence, neural networks, climate change, genomics, drug analysis and sustainable mobility.

The Catalan Minister of Research and Universities visited BSC

The Minister of Research and Universities of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Joaquim Nadal, visited the installation works of the new supercomputer MareNostrum 5 and highlighted the decisive participation of the BSC in the European manufacturing chip initiative. Nadal emphasized "the extraordinary level of excellence in the field of computing at the centre, which will continue to be a clear commitment in the future for the Catalan Government".

Coming up
07 MAR 2023 PerMedCoE/BioExcel: Introduction to HPC for Life Scientists Location: Vertex Building- UPC
15 MAR 2023 Performance Analysis and Tools Location: Online
21 MAR 2023 How to have a Bad Research Visiting Experience/Internship (SORS/) by Guillem López, BSC Location: Severo Ochoa room (BSC) and over zoom with required registration
22 MAR 2023 Heterogeneous Programming on GPUs with MPI & OmpSs Location: UPC and online via Zoom with required registration
24 MAR 2023 Heterogeneous Programming on FPGAs with OmpSs@FPGA Location: UPC and online via Zoom with required registration
17 APR 2023 Introduction to CUDA Programming Location: UPC and online via Zoom
20 APR 2023 Introduction to OpenACC Location: UPC and online via Zoom
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