Barcelona Supercomputing Center
The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) (Template:Lang-ca, Template:Lang-es) is a public research center located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It hosts MareNostrum, a 63.8 TFLOPS PowerPC-based supercomputer that, Template:As of, ranked 465th in the world. It also hosts a newer 103.2 TFLOPS supercomputer using Xeon E5649 processors.
The Center is located in a former chapel named Torre Girona, at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), and was established on April 1, 2005. It is managed by a consortium composed of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science (51%), the Government of Catalonia (37%) and the UPC (12%). Professor Mateo Valero is its main administrator. The MareNostrum supercomputer is contained inside an enormous glass box.
The Barcelona Supercomputing Center has an initial operational budget of €5.5 million/year (about US$7 million/yr) to cover the period 2005–2011.
The Center has contributed to the development of the IBM Cell microprocessor architecture.<ref name=web2011/>
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