The Council of the Spanish Supercomputing Network (RES), chaired by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, approved the addition of five new nodes to its network. Finis Terrae II supercomputers, the Supercomputing Center of Galicia (CESGA); Pyrenees, University Services Consortium of Catalonia (CSUC); Lusitania, Computer and Advanced Technologies of Extremadura Foundation; Calendula, Supercomputing Center of Castilla and Leon, and Cybele, the Autonomous University of Madrid, in addition to the RES thanks to this agreement.
The Council, meeting for the first time yesterday, also approved the signing of a multilateral agreement among participating entities to improve their operation. This initiative is a vital coordination of supercomputing in Spain agreement, a key element in the scientific and technological development. This coordination increases both the excellence of all the RES as each center individually, since the implementation of joint projects and activities of common interest in the fields of research, technological development, innovation is encouraged, training and outreach.
The main objective of the new agreement is that the RES provide an optimized service and unified supercomputing users in Spain, applying uniform criteria for access to use thanks to an efficient coordination of resources managed. Supercomputing centers will transfer part of its resources to be managed by a committee of independent joint access, which will assess requests for access in response to scientific excellence and the real need for supercomputing by stakeholders.
The Spanish Supercomputing Network is a distributed infrastructure that was created in 2007 to support the supercomputing needs of the different research groups. Its main objective is to serve the scientific community. The Network is coordinated and managed since then by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center – National Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) centrally, offering service to users throughout Spain. The positive results achieved since then and the boom of supercomputing advise join forces, take advantage of different experiences and share the resources of the various infrastructures.
Currently, the RES is made by MareNostrum 3 Minotaur and the BSC-CNS Altix supercomputers; Magerit 2 of Supercomputing and Visualization Center of Madrid Polytechnic University of Madrid; LaPalma 2 Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands; Altamira 2 University of Cantabria; Picasso 2 University of Malaga; Tirant 2 University of Valencia; CAESARAUGUSTA 2 Biocomputation and the Institute of Physics of Complex Systems at the University of Zaragoza, and Atlante, the Technological Institute of the Canary Islands.
The Spanish Supercomputing Network expanded on the National Map of Singular Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS) adopted on October 7, 2014 by the Council for Science Policy, Technology and Innovation. The map consists of 29 ICTS that bring together a total of 59 facilities (56 operational and 3 under construction). (Source: Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness)