Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC), Spain


BSC will contribute in the project bringing its experience around frameworks for the execution of scientific applications in distributed environments. BSC’s CS will lead WP4 activities for the provision of a programming framework that allows the development of the use cases and their execution on the federated cloud platform. In WP3 CS will contribute in the design and deployment of the computational and data infrastructure contributing components for the federation of cloud and HPC resources. These developments will be supported by the activities in WP6 where BSC’s CS will bring its experience in standards implementation for distributed infrastructures thanks to the links with standards organizations and the active participation supporting interoperability. In WP5 BSC’s CASE will lead the activities for the development of one of the use cases (biomechanics) and will participate in the of requirements analysis in order to drive the design of the architecture. In WP7 BSC will contribute to define the sustainability and exploitation plans and in WP2 will contribute in the dissemination activities through its media channels and partners.

Partner overview

BSC–CNS is the Spanish National Supercomputing Center. The mission of the BSC-CNS is to  research, develop, and manage information technologies in order to facilitate scientific progress. The BSC-CNS strives not only to become a first-class research center in supercomputing, but also in scientific fields that demand high performance computing resources such as the Life and Earth Sciences. Following this approach, the BSC-CNS has brought together a critical mass of top- notch researchers, high performance computing experts and cutting-edge supercomputing technologies in order to foster multidisciplinary scientific collaboration and innovation. Two different BSC departments will take part in the project: The Computer Science (CS) Department and the Computer Applications in Science and Engineering (CASE) Department.

Computer Science Department. The CS builds on previous experience in international and cooperative research projects by CEPBAUPC, including R&D (NANOS, POP, DAMIEN) management of Technology Transfer (PACOS, TTN) and mobility of researchers (HPC-Europa). BSC has recently been involved in projects related to Grid and Clouds (CoreGRID, BEinGRID, BREIN, SORMA, XtreemOS, OPTIMIS and VENUS-C) and is also involved in projects related to infrastructure (DEISA, PRACE), and is coordinator of the EUBrazil OpenBio initiative. BSC is actively involved in standardization activities through the participation in projects like OGF-Europe and SIENA, active engagement with SDOs like OGF and contributing to the EGI Federated Cloud Task Force.. Since its creation, BSC has been able to gain a espected position within top HPC service and research institutions. Previous expertise of BSC in programming models is related to the STAR superscalar programming models family, which includes several well-known programming models for different distributed and parallel architectures: COMPSs (for grids, clouds and clusters), CellSs (for the Cell BE engine), and SMPSs (for multiprocessor machines). In addition, BSC has previous experiences focus on self-management techniques for optimizing the execution of Cloud providers with heterogeneous workloads. In addition, BSC has strong background on virtualization. In particular, as a result of its previous work in EU projects, BSC has contributed its own IaaS solution to the research community, namely the EMOTIVE (Elastic Management of Tasks in Virtualized Environments) framework. EMOTIVE provides users with elastic fully customized virtual environments in which to execute services.

CASE Department. The mission of the CASE Department is to develop new computational strategies to simulate complex problems capable of running efficiently on modern supercomputers. The parallel codes resulting of this research activity apply in the realm of Computational Engineering and Physics and Computational Societies. Collaborative projects with industry and scientific groups are the main motivation underlying all development carried out in CASE. The research work done in the CASE department is truly multidisciplinary, requiring a deep level of expertise in many fields. In order to successfully develop our applications, the skills of the CASE team in numerical methods and parallel programming must be complemented by experts in the appropriate areas. CASE develops collaborations with other scientific groups in all fields of science and technology, complemented with strong links with Industrial partners who are in need of advanced simulations of complex technology problems. The main objective of the CASE Department is to create new simulation tools with advanced HPC techniques to solve complex problems in science and technology fields. Since its creation in 2007, CASE’s record in European Projects participation is the following: DEISA and all stages of PRACE (supercomputing infrastructure), COPA-GT (aerospace), NEMOH (volcanology), C2CA and W2Plastics (recycling strategies).

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