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RES Newsletter - November 2018

Red Española de Supercomputación - Newsletter
NEWSLETTER November 2018 - No. 5

CESGA celebrates its 25th anniversary

Last Tuesday, November 20, the Centro Tecnológico de Supercomputación de Galicia celebrated 25 years since its foundation. The President of the Galician Government, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, the President of CSIC, Rosa Menéndez López, the Mayor of Santiago, Martiño Noriega, and the new CESGA director, Mauro Fernández Dabouza, participated in the event.

The Spanish Supercomputing Network is part of the new map of Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS)

The new ICTS map was approved last November 6 by the Scientific, Technical and Innovation Policy Council. The Spanish Supercomputing Network was already part of the previous edition of the map, but the new version formalises the incorporation of three nodes. The ICTS map includes publicly owned infrastructures that are unique or exceptional and provide services to the research community through open, competitive calls.

Dissemination activities organised in RES nodes during the Science Week

Several centres from the Spanish Supercomputing Network organised open days and other dissemination activities in the context of the Science Week 2018, from November 5 to November 18.

Near 100 experts in supercomputing participated in the 12th RES Users’ Conference in Valencia

The RES Users’ Conference brought together, one year more, researchers working with HPC technologies, RES technicians and RES coordinators. Near 100 participants attended this event, which took place in Valencia on September 20.

Upcoming events
18 DEC 2018 TRANSCARDIO 18. A RES Scientific Workshop Location: Barcelona Supercomputing Center (Torre Girona)
Description: Translational medicine refers to biomedical research that seeks to facilitate the application of scientific discoveries towards medical care, procedures and policies of health of individuals and the community. We seek to bring together researchers in cardiac imaging, computational cardiology, pharmacology and cardiologists and bring the work of each participant closer to the central idea of exploiting the "translation" of knowledge. Co-organized by BSC, ELEM Biotech and Red Española de Supercomputación (RES). Supported by VHEARTSN - COMPBIOMED - SILICOFCM.

Research highlighted results

Glycogenesis chemistry unveiled

Glycogen is the key energy storage molecule in humans, animals and fungi. It’s where the glucose that fuels us is stored and release from. However, the precise mechanisms by which glycogen is formed at its very start have remained unclear until now. A recent study published in Nature, entitled Palladium-mediated enzyme activation suggests multiphase initiation of glycogenesis, uncovers how the enzyme that initiates glyconeogenesis works at a molecular level. The research was carried out by a team of the Institute of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry of the UB (IQTCUB), user of the Spanish Supercomputing Network, together with research groups of Chemical and Structural Biology of the University of Oxford.

Revealing the mechanisms behind the enhancement of thermal properties of graphene nanofluids

Heat transfer fluids are widely used as coolants in vehicles and industrial processes to dissipate heat and prevent overheating. However, the cooling potential of current fluids based on water and oils is typically too low to meet the ever more demanding needs of industry. With conventional fluids not up to the task, researchers have turned their attention to fluids with added nanoparticles, known as nanofluids. Many different base fluids and nanoparticles in different concentrations have been tested, with results all pointing to the overall enhancement of thermal properties. What is not yet known, though, is why this happens. In a recent paper published in Nanoscale, researchers from three ICN2 groups and users of RES resources have joined forces to shed some light on the matter.

Access to RES resources
Next deadline

You can send proposals to have access to RES resources in the first period of 2019 before:

15 JAN 2018
11:00 CET

Resources granted

The list of accepted activities for the 3rd period 2018 was published on October, 29th. These activities started on November 1st, 2018.

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