Jan. 16, 2020 — The Spanish Supercomputing Network (RES) has closed the year 2019 with a record in the number of processor hours allocated to Spanish researchers in different areas of knowledge such as: Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences, Biomedicine and Science Life, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Solid State Chemistry, Biological Systems Chemistry. Specifically, in 2019, 583.21 million processor hours were made available to Spanish researchers in the 12 supercomputers that are part of this Singular Scientific-Technical Infrastructure. These data represent an increase of 80% of the amount of 2018, almost doubling the total number of hours.
The contribution of the RES to the advancement of Spanish science is materialized in the scientific publications that, usually in international collaboration, are carried out by users of supercomputing resources.
For the first time, in 2019, the RES Award was awarded to the scientific career in the field of supercomputing to Prof. Alfonso Tarancón, fromthe University of Zaragoza, founder of the Institute of Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems (BIFI). On the other hand, Dr. Manuel Ortuño (ICIQ) was awarded with the RES Award to the best scientific article, with the title: Gas reactions under intrapore condensation regime within tailored metal – organic framework catalysts, published in collaboration in Nature Communications.
In addition, in 2019 more than 200 scientific articles have been published with the use of RES resources. Some of the publications have occupied the covers of the main scientific journals, as is the case of the journal Science that published an article by Laura Rego et al. (Generation of extreme-ultraviolet beams with time-varying orbital angular momentum) that deals with the generation of dynamic vortex pulses in structured light rays that can be applied to the manipulation of nanostructures at ultrafast time scales.
In addition to providing access to researchers to the RES resources, the RES provides personalized technical support to its users, training and development sessions, networking between experts and users, and internationalization opportunities for their scientific activity, such as the HPC mobility program Europa3 and PRACE, among others.
Dr. Sergi Girona, coordinator of the RES, points out “that the success of the RES lies in the specialized support to users that allows them to carry out their research projects in a very efficient manner.” In addition, it announces the improvements for the year 2020. “RES offers to researchers the possibility to reserve supercomputing hours for their European project proposals, which will give them greater competitiveness, as well as the extension of the RES to provide data services. Scientists who use supercomputing generate an enormous amount of data annually, which must be treated and stored properly for later use.” Dr. Girona concludes that “we are entering fully into the era of e-science and the countries most prepared will dominate the research and innovation of the future.” In 2020, the RES will accept proposals to incorporate new data service nodes.
During this 2019, the members of the RES have prepared a proposal for a European project, under the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking call of the European Commission, with a budget of 2 million euros, to develop the Spanish Supercomputing Competence Center targeted to companies in order to acquire the necessary skills to incorporate the use of supercomputing into their innovation and business projects.
About the RES
The Spanish Supercomputing Network (RES) was created in March 2007, at the initiative of the Ministry of Education and Science, to provide Spanish scientists with supercomputing resources. Today, it brings together the 11 Spanish entities that manage the main supercomputers in Spain (Barcelona Supercomputing Center, University of Zaragoza-BIFI, University of Cantabria, University of Valencia, University of Malaga, Autonomous University of Madrid, Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, Galicia Supercomputing Center, Castilla y León Supercomputing, Extremadura Supercomputing Center, University Services Consortium of Catalonia). The RES is coordinated by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center – National Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) and since 2014 is part of the Map of Singular Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS). Recently the Ministry of Science, Universities and Innovation has reissued the Map with the presence of the RES, as a distributed entity.