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Pirineus II and Canigó

At Consorci de Serveis Universitari de Catalunya (CSUC)

The Consorci de Serveis Universitaris de Catalunya (CSUC) is a public entity formed by the Generalitat de Catalunya and 10 Catalan universities (UB, UAB, UPC, UPF, UdL, UdG, URV, UOC, URL and UVic-UCC). It was created in December 2013 as a result of the union of the Consorci de Serveis Científics i Acadèmics de Catalunya (CESCA) and the Consorci de Biblioteques Universitàries de Catalunya (CBUC) to foster efficiency in the management of Catalan universities throughout cooperation and coordination.

CSUC shares academic, scientific, librarian, of knowledge transfer and management services within the consortium entities in order to empower synergies and economies of scale, and to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

Although the Consortium focuses its activity on the service provisioning, it also participates in projects funded by the European Union, mainly research under Horizon 2020 program.

Technology infrastructure and Data Center

Regarding scientific computing (HPC), the CSUC has two Bull Sequana systems and a Hybrid Bull system complemented by several specialised software in various areas to meet the diverse needs of research projects. The CSUC computing service provides a hardware environment that allows the high-performance execution of software such as Gaussian, VASP, ADF o CP2K (used in computational chemistry), CHARMM, DL_Poly or CPMD (life sciences), or Ansys Fluent, Abaqus or OpenFOAM (more oriented to industrial users, especially in engineering). For some of these applications, the CSUC can provide the licenses, but in most cases, the user must provide the license if needed.

CSUC Data Center houses the equipment that serve its users like the high density hardware: supercomputers, and low density hardware: storage systems, routers, switches of the Anella Scientific and RedIRIS, among others.

The Data Center climate control guarantees optimum temperature conditions with sustainable energy requirements optimized with respect to indicators that quantify the efficiency in the use of energy in real time (Power Usage Effectiveness, PUE). This applies the energy efficiency index with a PUE of 1.5, considered as an efficient value. CSUC works to ensure that this reduction in energy consumption is a continuous process and is expanded day by day based on real indicators.

CSUC services are 24/7. The Consortium has indeed a redundant infrastructure with high availability and monitoring systems to offer the greatest quality as possible in its services.

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Machine information

HPC Resources

Machine name Pirineus II
% of the machine provided to RES 18 % (576 cores)
Peak performance 283,66 Tflop/s
Main memory 12 TB
Number of nodes 58
Main nodes characteristics High performance cluster
Type of CPU Intel Xeon Platinum 8168 2.70GHz
Number of cores per node 48
GFlops per core 83 Gflop/s
Other characteristics BeeGFS shared disk system
Disk storage 200 TB Local + 200 TB shared
Interconnection networks Infiniband 100 GB
Operating system Red Hat Enterprise Linux


Machine name Canigó
% of the machine provided to RES 50 % (192 cores)
Peak performance 33.2 Tflop/s
Main memory 9 TB
Number of nodes 2
Main nodes characteristics 2 multiprocess systems of shared memory
Type of CPU Intel Xeon Platinum 8168 2.70GHz
Number of cores per node 192
GFlops per core 86 Gflop/s
Other characteristics It does not have restrictions in the memory use per core
Disk storage 40 TB Local + 200 TB shared
Interconnection networks Infiniband 100 GB
Operating system Red Hat Enterprise Linux


Data projects Resources

Core Features: Archival projects and Data storage, regardless of discipline

Available storage space (TB)

 1000 TB

Standard protocol for external access


Standard data transfer protocol

 S3 y FTP

High speed network connection RedIRIS/autonomous networks


Backup protocol


Security system

By Username/Password

Monitorization system


Personnel assigned to support users who access the center through the network

 5 FTE

Optional characteristics: data storage and exploration projects (basic exploitation), generic and/or specific by subject area

Federated access protocol (EduGAIN, SIR, …)


Optimized transfer system for large volumes of data


Treatment of personal data and ethics committee


Data management policy



Additional features: More specific exploitation projects, with advanced tools, and/or depending on the subject area

Data services for scientific projects (maintained by the node)

 Version control in S3


Support and consulting service for other nodes of the data network


Support team / Contact

CSUC gives support to researchers to progress in their projects, as well as to preserve and disseminate their results. In the supercomputing service, CSUC provides technical and scientific support to the user to optimise the use of the available resources.

Our team, with a scientific background and research experience, is an expert in both scientific and computational aspects and provides, among others:

  • Advice to define the resources needed and the most adequate software.
  • Training and documentation about supercomputing resources.
  • Support in day-to-day issues and doubts.
  • Installing computing software and related applications under request.


In addition, the CSUC HPC Portal (http://hpc.csuc.cat) is an interface to provide support to users and to unify access to the supercomputing service, making it more efficient and easy to use.