On 16 July, the Catalan Minister Àngels Chacon visited the MareNostrum supercomputer to present the guidelines for the new 2020-2029 agreement that guarantees the financing of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). The event was attended by the Secretary of Universities and Research of the Generalitat, Mr Francesc Xavier Grau, and the Rector of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Mr Francesc Torres.
The Minister of Business and Knowledge of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Ms Àngels Chacón, explained to the centre’s directors that the Catalan government will contribute 59 million euros to BSC under the agreement with the Spanish Government and the UPC for the period 2020-2029. This agreement has yet to be ratified.
According to Chacón, “we put on the table an agreement that guarantees the future of BSC and the MareNostrum 5 supercomputer project. Together, we are building the most important scientific-technical infrastructure in the country.” The Minister also highlighted the work done by the BSC during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This investment of 59 million euros will support the centre, especially its large computing facility and the research carried out at the BSC, such as in the COVID-19 and fusion fields.
More information (in Catalan): Govern.cat
Source: BSC news