Barcelona Supercomputing Center – Centro Nacional de Supercomputación

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center, established in 2005, serves as the National Supercomputing Facility in Spain. The mission of BSC is to research, develop and manage information technologies in order to facilitate scientific progress. The Computer Sciences Department of the BSC focuses on building upon currently available hardware and software technologies and adapting them to make efficient use of computing infrastructures. The department proposes novel architectures for processors and memory hierarchy, develops programming models and innovative implementation approaches for these models, and develops tools for performance analysis and prediction.

Five distinct BSC groups will participate in the RETHINK big Project. The first group, the Computer Architecture for Parallel Paradigms group, specializes in computer architecture and hardware and designing multi-core systems for performance and low power leveraging novel programming models and runtimes. The Network Processors group conducts research on massive multithreaded architectures focused on network applications and their increasingly important role in the Internet, today’s data centers and High Performance Systems (HPS). The Storage Systems group focuses on finding appropriate solutions to the scalability of parallel file systems in large installations (in which very large volumes of data need to be generated and accessed) and file systems for the grid that solve problems in data location, replication and striping that will make these environments more efficient. The Autonomic Systems and eBusiness Platforms group aims to create new components at the middleware level that provide holistic solutions for some of the newest IT challenges in the industry: Cloud Computing, Big Data, Business Analytics, High Performance Computing or Sustainable Computing. Finally, the Earth Sciences Department was established with the objective of carrying out research in Earth system modeling, initially focusing on atmospheric physics and chemistry. The group has links with the Environmental Modeling Laboratory of the Technical University of Catalonia (LMA-UPC) and has the following as main topics of research: air quality modeling, mineral dust modeling, atmospheric modeling and global and regional climate modeling.