Barcelona: New supercomputer inaugurated in Barcelona, Spain

Dec 27, 2023 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

The MareNostrum 5 supercomputer was recently inaugurated in Barcelona, Spain, hosted by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. It cost roughly  €151 million to acquire and maintain this supercomputer, a fee which was split evenly between the EU and a Spanish-led consortium which includes Portugal and Turkey.

This supercomputer has a peak performance of 314 petaflops and is set to be the greenest supercomputer in Europe, powered entirely by sustainable energy. The heat generated by the machine will be used to heat the building it is located in.

The European Commission described the machine as “one of the most innovative supercomputing systems in the world.” The EC added that this supercomputer has been specifically designed to help solve a number of complex scientific problems, and will be used to support research into drug and vaccine development in addition to carrying out virus spread simulations.