Barcelona Supercomputing Center

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The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación is a public research center located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It hosts MareNostrum, a 13,7 Petaflops, Intel Xeon Platinum-based supercomputer, which also includes clusters of emerging technologies. In June 2017, it ranked 13th in the world.[1]

The Center is located in a former chapel named Torre Girona, at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), and was established on April 1, 2005. It is managed by a consortium composed of the Spanish Ministry of Economy (60%), the Government of Catalonia (30%) and the UPC (10%). Professor Mateo Valero is its main administrator. The MareNostrum supercomputer is contained inside an enormous glass box in a former chapel.

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 had a very rapid growth and in 2016 had a workforce of around 500 workers and an annual global budget of more than 34 million euros.[2]

The Center has contributed to the development of the IBM Cell microprocessor architecture.[3]


In popular culture[edit]

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center appears in Dan Brown's science fiction mystery thriller novel Origin, as the home of the E-Wave device.


  1. ^ "Top500 List - Supercomputer Sites". 
  2. ^ "BSC-CNS in Numbers". 
  3. ^ "Barcelona Supercomputer Center (BSC)". Archived from the original on 2007-03-08. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 

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Coordinates: 41°23′22″N 2°6′58″E / 41.38944°N 2.11611°E / 41.38944; 2.11611