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Barcelona’s Supercomputing Center

Written by Mario

Did you know that one of the most advanced super computers in Europe is located in Barcelona? Yes indeed the Barcelona’s Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) has been around since 2005 and remains a top computing research facility in Europe. Their facility focuses on research in the areas of Computer Science, Earth Science, Life Science, and Computational Applications in Engineering and Science. Although this research center is ideal for researchers it also provides plenty of other opportunities. Below you’ll find a brief overview of what they offer. The BSC-CNS is located at Torre Girona, which you can get to by Line 3 (green) and get off at metro stop Palau Reial.

Guided Visits & Events

Courtesy of Barcelona Supercomputing Center -

Courtesy of Barcelona Supercomputing Center –

Now for those interested in information technology yet with varying degrees of expertise, there is still something for you! What might be exciting for those new to the field is to take part in their free-guided tour. The tour is about 40 minutes long and also includes a video. The tours are available from Monday to Thursday 9am untill 7pm and until 1pm on Friday. To get a tour you can fill out a short form.

The events offered are mostly courses, which likely require some prior information technology knowledge. The courses range from GPU computing, computational methods, CUDA programming and more. As many of the courses are free, it’s good to register in advance. The BSC-CNS also offers events like Internet of Things (IOT) Solution World Congress and similar.

Work Opportunities

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Photo by Visualhunt

At BSC-CNS you’ll find both internal and external work offers. This is divided between jobs and fellowships. If you’re wondering if this fits your research you can check out the publications here.

Related article: How to Find Work in Barcelona

Here are a few of the research groups and projects:

  • Heterogeneous Architectures (Computer Science)
    • This group is researching next generation HPC systems, which will be more energy efficient.
  • Grid Computing & Clusters (Computer Science)
    • This team is developing the COMPSs programming model, which will be used for distributed computing.
  • Electronic and Atomic Protein Modelling (Life Science)
    • This group uses theoretical models to understand the behaviors of organisms.
  • Computational Genomics (Life Science)
    • This research is focused on unraveling and understanding the genome and how to alter it to prevent diseases.
  • Climate Modeling (Earth Science)
    • Within this group they research the climate of the Mediterranean area.
  • Mineral Dust Modeling (Earth Science)
    • The research at this group largely focuses on understanding the dust and sand storms in North Africa, Middle East, Europe and East Asia.

You can find more details to these and other research groups in the 2014 annual report.

About the author


Mario is a multi-talented Swiss raised in NY, currently living in Barcelona. He is pursuing a career as a maker and tech educator, which merges his love of technology and education.

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