The inauguration of MareNostrum 5 represents a significant step towards the next frontier of supercomputing, at exascale, reinforcing Europe's role at the forefront of global technological innovation.
Opening event on December 21st
On December 21, Barcelona will become the epicenter of technological innovation with the inauguration of the Supercomputer MareNostrum 5 (MN5), a powerhouse that will boost advanced computing throughout Europe and also serve medical and climate research.
MN5, funded in part by EuroHPC, represents a significant milestone in scientific and technological progress, positioning Europe as a global leader in supercomputing.
With a maximum performance of 314 Pflops (314 million billion calculations per second), MN5 will replace its predecessor MareNostrum 4, significantly increasing processing capacity and opening doors to new possibilities in research. This supercomputer will be essential for medical research, including drug research and vaccine development, virus propagation simulations, as well as for artificial intelligence applications and processing large volumes of data.
It is a heterogeneous machine that combines different systems: a general-purpose partition dedicated to classical computing, an accelerated GPU (Graphics Processing) partition designed to push the boundaries of knowledge in artificial intelligence and other partitions with innovative technology with and without acceleration.
MareNostrum 5 is synonymous with collaboration between several countries
The Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, the Government of Catalonia and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) are co-funding 50% of this supercomputer together with Portugal and Turkey. The remaining 50% is co-financed by the EuroHPC initiative, with the MN5 having a total budget of 223 million euros. This partnership marks a joint effort to boost European science and innovation.
MareNostrum 5 is installed in a new building next to the Torre Girona Chapel at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). It has been specifically designed to meet the needs of this state-of-the-art supercomputer. With 90 racks, the machine will be highly energy efficient, fully powered by green energy and will employ heat reuse technology, underlining the commitment to sustainability.
Half of MN5's computing resources will be allocated to researchers' projects through regular EuroHPC calls, open to all eligible European users.
National research will also be able to take advantage of this resource, through opportunities such as the 4th Advanced Computing Projects Calls . Approximately 5% of MN5's capacity will be available for allocation to Portuguese beneficiaries.
This approach aims to strengthen collaboration and the convergence of Iberian and European resources, boosting innovation and giving the scientific community and European companies access to one of the best Big Data processing and supercomputing capacities in the world.
With MareNostrum 5 and other resources such as Deucalion, EuroHPC consolidates Europe as a leader in the field of supercomputing.