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Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS)

BSC

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) is the leading supercomputing center in Spain. It houses MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe, and is a hosting member of the PRACE European distributed supercomputing infrastructure. The mission of BSC is to research, develop and manage information technologies in order to facilitate scientific progress. BSC combines HPC service provision and R&D into both computer and computational science (life, earth and engineering sciences) under one roof, and currently has over 460 staff from 44 countries.

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 and University of Veracruz. 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 Europaea 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 NYC for a postdoc (2000-2003) at Columbia University with Prof. Richard Friesner. After NYC, 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

Did you know that some molecules present in your breakfast are potential inhibitors of cancer cell proliferation? Unfortunately, their concentration in your coffee and cereals is very low, making extraction an unpractical way to obtain them. Nonetheless, we can produce them with enzymes. Learn how the reaction happens and take the chance to design your own enzyme to speed up the catalysis.