Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades - Gobierno de España

Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities

Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS)

Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructures Map (ICTS)

RES - Caesaraugusta at the University of Zaragoza (UNIZAR)

The former Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation founded the RES in July 2006 as a response to the need of the Spanish scientific community for increased computation capacity and access to intensive calculation resources, considering the supercomputing resources as a decisive asset for the scientific and technological development of the country. The RES consists of a distributed virtual infrastructure of supercomputers located in different sites, each of which contributes to the total processing power available to users of different R&D groups. the supercomputers are located in Extremadura (Extremadura Center for Research, Technological Innovation and Supercomputing), the Canary Islands (Instituto Astrofísico de Canarias), Castilla y León (Castilla y León Supercomputing Center), the Universities of Cantabria, Autónoma de Madrid, Málaga, Valencia and Zaragoza, CESGA, and CSUC, with the coordinating body being the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS). The RES not only provides supercomputing resources, it also offers service of technical support to users as well as specific training. Moreover it organizes users’ meetings and scientific seminars. The goal of these actions is to improve the efficient usage of the resources and expand the use of supercomputing to all the research areas.

The Institute for BIFI is a research institute of the UNIZAR. The Institute was founded in 2002 and its research activities are classified into four main areas: Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology, Physics, Biophysics, and Computing. The Computing area plays a two-fold role, providing BIFI researchers and external organisations with computing resources and, at the same time, carrying out research into different fields of distributed/scientific computing. The BIFI operates Caesaraugusta, a supercomputer with 3,072 cores and 25 TFLOPs, which is the current node of Aragón in the RES. This computing infrastructure is supplemented by more than 10,000 volunteer computing cores (the Ibercivis project) and two special-purpose machines (JANUS I and II) devoted to material science calculations that are equivalent to several thousand cores. Caesarugusta provides 20% of its power to the RES.

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