Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación
Area of work: Bioinformatics, Genomics Platform
Address: Torre Girona c/Jordi Girona, 31, Nexus II Building c/Jordi Girona, 29, Barcelona, 08034, Spain
Role in RD-Connect:
The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) was established in 2005 and serves as the Spanish national supercomputing facility. The Center hosts MareNostrum 4, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe and its mission is to research, develop and manage information technologies in order to facilitate scientific progress. BSC is recognised as a first-class research center in supercomputing and in scientific fields that demand it, such as Life and Earth Sciences and Engineering. Such excellence has been recognized by the Spanish government with the Severo Ochoa Excellence Centre grant for cutting edge Spanish science. BSC has over 500 staff from more than 40 countries engaged in multidisciplinary scientific collaboration and innovation.
BSC is a hosting member of the PRACE distributed supercomputing infrastructure and an active participant in HiPEAC, the ETP4HPC and other international forums such as BDEC and BDVA. The centre develops technologies for Exascale within the BSC-led Mont-Blanc project, in the DEEP and DEEP-ER projects and the Human Brain Flagship project. BSC has also established joint research centers on Exascale with Intel and IBM.
Within BSC the Life Sciences Department led by Dr. Alfonso Valencia integrates the independent research of senior scientists that work on various aspects of computational biology, ranging from bioinformatics for genomics to computational biochemistry and text mining. This department is the coordinator of the National Spanish Bioinformatics Institute (INB) and, consequently, the Spanish representative of the European Bioinformatics Infrastructure ELIXIR. Together with Dr. Valencia, the technical teams lead by Dr. Miguel Vázquez and Dr. Salvador Capella-Gutierrez are instrumental for the work carried out in the context of RD-Connect.
Researchers at the BSC Life Sciences Department have contributed to the creation of bioinformatics methods in areas of genome annotation, information extraction and network analysis. These methods are in use in a number of large scale genome projects. Indeed most of this work is being developed in the context of the projects such as the ENCODE scale‐up project funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), two EU IMI Projects eTOX and Open PAHTS. Specific examples include genome variation studies and the prediction of the consequences of genetic variation in protein families in the analysis of cancer genome data as part of the ICGC consortium, i.e. the Spanish CLL-ICGC. In the context of the CLL-ICGC project, as well as in the EU largest initiative in epigenomics (BLUEPRINT), the group is responsible of the creation of the federated database infrastructure and annotation strategies that core activities in both projects. In both cases the work is done in collaboration with the CNAG-CRG project partner.