A datacentre in a church: Welcome to the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre

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MareNostrum: A datacentre in a church

Source:  Lenovo

Tucked away inside the green and leafy grounds of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona is a small, unassuming-looking chapel that is home to the 25th most powerful supercomputer in the world.

The location was in regular use as a Catholic Church until its de-consecration sometime in the 1960s, before becoming home to the MareNostrum supercomputer in 2005, and – in turn – the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC).

Its aim is to provide research scientists from across Europe with access to high-performance computing resources so they can accelerate their knowledge and understanding of concepts pertaining to the fields of climate change, astrophysics, and life sciences.

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