Computation

BIFI is one of the most relevant e-science centres in Spain, both as resources providers and scientific end-users. Its infrastructure covers the whole set of technologies: HPC, Cluster, Shared Memory, Grid, Cloud, Volunteer Computing and Dedicated Computers. Mainly composed by engineers and physicists, the Computation area includes a huge range of activities from technology research, user support, applied research, technology transfer and dissemination. Many scientific applications run in BIFI computing resources and an important list of scientific articles are published each year.

BIFI is a reference in HPC and hosts one of the nodes (512 PPC, 24TB, 4,5TFLOPS) of the Supercomputing Spanish Networks (RES). BIFI own cluster hosts around 800 cores in its 140 m² data centre. BIFI also hosts the shared memory machine of the Spanish node of the CECAM.

BIFI also has a strong relationship with Grid technologies and international projects. BIFI is partner of european projects like EGI, EDGI and DEGISCO and has participated in EGEE II, EGEE III, int.eu.grid or EDGeS since 2006. BIFI activities include the management of the Fusion VO which is currently supported by 26 sites. Scientists from BIFI and CIEMAT developed the code ISDEP which was awarded the Best Demo Award in the OGF20 in Manchester 2007. BIFI also leads two regional Grid initiatives, Aragrid and Piregrid. In Aragrid, four different sites (1000 cores/site) are connected to support scientific users from the whole region of Aragon. Piregrid is a market oriented Spanish-French project, with four sites interconnected (400 cores/site): Zaragoza and Huesca (Spain), Pau and Toulouse (France).

Researchers from BIFI constructed the awarded Dedicated Supercomputer called JANUS, based on FPGAs with relevant scientific results published.

BIFI leads the Ibercivis project, a Spanish and Portuguese volunteer computing and dissemination initiative. Eleven different applications from several scientific communities are concurrently running in the Ibercivis infrastructure (Fusion, Protein Docking, Complex Materials, etc). The project represents also a successful effort in science dissemination because all the machines connected (up to 10,000 cores connected daily from a total of 24,000 users available) are machines located in the homes of the volunteers as no private, corporative or public computer networks are involved yet.

Other computing resources are also delivering cloud computing services, social networks and citizen science services.