July 4, 2019

Why you should visit MareNostrum-BSC

Why you should visit MareNostrum-BSC

Last January, I visited Barcelona's Supercomputing Center. Home of Super Computer MareNostrum 4, 4th fastest supercomputer in Europe.


What is a Super Computer?

If I had to explain it, I would say :


A SuperComputer can solve "bigger" problems than an ordinary computer at a higher cost.


MareNostrum 4  located in the Torre Girona Chapel. Not only the inside is beautiful, but the real reason why they chose to install MareNostrum 4 here is to control the heat dissipated by the SuperComputer. They are using air and liquid cooling systems to help to maintain the SuperComputer at the right temperature.
We also had a quick tour in the "SuperComputer's Museum" where old SuperComputers are exposed. The life span of a SuperComputer is usually around 2 - 4 years.

It's impressive

Super Computers are very powerful. They help with the calculation power of weather forecasts. But they are also used in areas like astronomy, biology, medicine, chemistry, etc.

It looks like a museum

MareNostrum 4  located in the Torre Girona Chapel. Not only the inside is beautiful, but the real reason why they chose to install MareNostrum 4 here is to control the heat dissipated by the SuperComputer. They are using air and liquid cooling systems to help to maintain the SuperComputer at the right temperature.

We also had a quick tour in the "SuperComputer's Museum" where old SuperComputers are exposed. The life span of a SuperComputer is usually around 2 - 4 years.

BSC - CNS Barcelona SuperComputing Center

Torre Girona c/Jordi Girona, 31

08034 Barcelona (Spain)