Barcelona Supercomputing Center Operations Director at UA Science and Technology Class

Barcelona Supercomputing Center Operations Director at UA Science and Technology Class

Sergi Girona, Director of the Operations Department of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, will lecture in the Science and Technology Classroom at Alicante City Venue (San Fernando, 40) on Monday, 28 November at 7:00 PM. “Marenostrum 5 and data center” conference. Virgilio Gilar, director of the UA Higher Polytechnic School, will introduce the guest. The meeting will be face to face and can be followed. online.

In 2019, the European Union Supercomputing Consortium (EuroHPC) selected the Barcelona Supercomputing Center to host MareNostrum 5, one of the three most powerful supercomputers in Europe and the most powerful in Spain. It is 10,000 times larger than the current supercomputer MareNostrum 4, which will have almost 30 times greater power, and the first MareNostrum, which was founded in 2004. Its peak performance will be 314 Petaflops, or 314,000 million calculations per second. It will also have more than 200 Petabytes of storage and 400 Petabytes of active files.

In his speech, Sergi Girona will explain how to set up this supercomputer, analyze the features and implementation plan of the future MareNostrum 5. This technology will make it possible to strengthen European medical research through the design of new drugs, vaccine development, virus spread simulations, as well as applications of artificial intelligence and analysis of large volumes of data. It will also assist in processing large amounts of data to carry out research projects in fields such as Astronomy, Materials, Computer Science, Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Computer Applications in Science and Engineering.

This event was held in collaboration with the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) – Ministry of Science and Innovation, through the UA Divulga of the Scientific Culture and Innovation Unit of the UA (UCC+I). #AulaCienciaUA.

Exhibition Girona

PhD in Computer Science from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Since its establishment in 2001, he has been a part of the EASi Engineering team as Director in Spain and R&D Director in the head office in Germany. He is currently the Director of the Operations Department of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and the Manager of the Spanish Supercomputing Network (RES). He has also been closely linked since the founding of PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe), first combining the position of Chairman of the Board and Director-General between 2013 and 2015, and later as Vice-President. Board, a position he held from June 2016 to June 2018. He is currently the Council Delegate representing Spain. Joined BSC in 2004 as responsible for the installation of the MareNostrum supercomputer in Barcelona; MareNostrum was the largest supercomputer in Europe at the time and has held this position for 3 years; He managed the preparation of the site and the coordination of the installation of the system with IBM.

Currently, his responsibilities as Director of Operations include User Support and management of the different HPC systems at BSC. In addition to being a member of the ESFRI Health and Food strategic working group, he actively participates in DEISA, PRACE, EUDAT, EESI, Human Brain Project, RDA, EXDCI, ELITRANS, iCordi, HPC Europe, Red de eCiencia projects. At the end of 2018, the EuroHPC Board of Directors appointed him a member of the EuroHPC Joint Venture’s Infrastructure Advisory Group, where he actively participated until September 2021. – The exascale supercomputer to house the BSC, once selected for it by the EuroHPC Joint Venture.

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