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Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC)

BSC

Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) is the leading supercomputing center in Spain. It houses MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe. It is specialized in High Performance Computing and its mission is two-fold: to provide infrastructure and supercomputing services to European scientist, and to generate knowledge and technology to transfer to business and society. Created in 2005, BSC is a Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence, member of the European research infrastructure PRACE and manages the Spanish Supercomputing Network.  

Excellence and recognition awards
  • Since 2015 – “Human Resources Excellence in Research” seal from the European Commission.
  • Since 2011 – “Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence” seal by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of Spain.
Director of the center
Mateo Valero

Mateo Valero

Mateo Valero is a full professor at the Computer Architecture Department at the Technical University of Catalonia – Barcelona Tech (UPC). Director at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. He has published 700 papers and served in 300 international conferences organization. Main awards: Seymour Cray, Eckert-Mauchly, Harry Goode, ACM Distinguished Service, "Hall of Fame" member IST European Program, King Jaime I in research, two Spanish National Awards on Informatics and Engineering. Honorary Doctorate: Universities of Chalmers, Belgrade, Las Palmas, Zaragoza, Complutense of Madrid, Santander, Granada, University of Veracruz and CINVESTAV. Fellow of IEEE, ACM, Intel Distinguished Research Fellow. Member of Royal Spanish Academy of Engineering, Royal Academy of Science and Arts, correspondent academic of Royal Spanish Academy of Sciences, Academia Europea and Mexican Academy of Science.

Renowned researcher
Víctor Guallar

Víctor Guallar

Víctor Guallar studied as an undergraduate at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain), major in Chemistry, followed by a joined PhD in physical chemistry at UC Berkeley and Autonomous University of Barcelona, with Professors Josep M. Lluch, Miquel Moreno and William H. Miller (November 1999 thesis defense). Then he moved to New York for a postdoc (2000-2003) at Columbia University with Prof. Richard Friesner. After that, he got a tenured position as an assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis (2003-2006). In 2006 he was appointed Professor at the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) in the Life Science Department at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC).

The project

Drug addiction is considered the 21th century plague and according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of victims is increasing every year. The detoxification process is painfully hard and difficult to achieve. By designing new therapeutics, we could provide alternative treatments for the challenging problem of detoxification. Learn how the pharmaceuticals ​​and ​​drugs​​ work​​ and ​​contribute​​ to ​​the ​​creation ​​of​​ a ​​drug-free​​world.