BSC Fusion group joins SC20

Supercomputing 2020 (SC20) logo (

Supercomputing (SC) conference, which takes place yearly in November, is considered the main event in High-Performance Computing (HPC). It is specially booked in the agenda of HPC researchers around the world and it is one of the most important events for many researchers at Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). The conference is promoted and sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the IEEE Computer Society and has been held since 1988 in the USA. This year, for the first time, it is taking place virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic from November 9 to 19.

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Virtual tour to the MareNostrum supercomputer

Screenshot MareNostrum supercomputer online tour. Source

The Barcelona Supercomputer Center has enabled a virtual tour of the MareNostrum 4 supercomputer. This tour allows to discover one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe located in the beautiful chapel of Torre Girona. The chapel maintains ornamental elements such as stained glass and religious images that can be appreciated in the online visit. Moreover,  the tour gives access to parts restricted to the public such as the inside of the supercomputer cage.

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Farewells at EUROfusion Summer Code Camp

DIFFER (Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research) building. Source

The EUROfusion Work Package Code Development (WPCD) Summer Code Camp, scheduled to be hosted by DIFFER (Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research) in Eindhoven, Netherlands, went finally online due to the COVID-19 crisis during the two weeks from the  8th to 19th June, 2020. The first week of the Code Camp was focused on the Enabling Workflow Exploitation (EWE) programme while during the second week, several working sessions were organized, among others, about the adaptation of workflows in ITER Integrated Modelling & Analysis Suite (IMAS).

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World’s largest superconducting tokamak is now fully assembled and ready for operation

Left: Top view of JT-60SA during the assembly. Right: JT-60SA central solenoid in the assembly hall. Source: QST.

After more than 8 hectic years, the assembly of the JT-60SA fusion device is finally complete. This achievement is a major milestone that brings the world’s currently largest superconducting tokamak ready for operation.

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BSC Fusion group hosts the final EUROfusion Code Camp of 2019

Group photo of the EUROfusion Code Campers at the entrance to the MareNostrum supercomputer at BSC

Barcelona Supercomputing Center has hosted the final EUROfusion Code Camp of 2019 from the 9th to 13th of December at the Diagonal-Nord Campus of UPC. With its 33 participants from various research units around Europe, the Code Camp has given the EUROfusion Work Package on Code Development (WPCD) an excellent setting to continue its collaborative efforts to push forward integrated modelling in fusion. Moreover, it served as a forum to discuss the coming EU Framework Programme FP9 which will bring significant changes and restructuring to EUROfusion with a new E-TASC programme including Advanced Computing Hubs (ACHs).

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