PRACE aims to consolidate the bases of a European supercomputing infrastructure, and the BSC is one the main partners.
The work done with this prototype, called MariCel (in Catalan means Sea and Sky), will help to define the hardware components and the software stack of a future machine. The future system will have a minimum capacity of 10 Petaflops and will be at the service of the European scientific community.
This represents a calculation capacity of ten times more than the current most powerful in the world, according to the last Top500 list.
“MariCel is part of an initiative to create a common supercomputing structure for Europe. On this prototype, similar to the architecture of the American Roadrunner, we will test the latest software technologies, some of them developed at the BSC. We think that in Spain we will be able to install supercomputers 100 times more powerful than the current MareNostrum in 2011 or 2012”, says Francesc Subirada, Associate Director of BSC.
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