The LaPalma supercomputer is one of eight nodes located on Spanish territory linked together to form the Spanish Supercomputing Network.
The LaPalma node is located at the La Palma Astrophysics Centre (Centro de Astrofísica de La Palma (CALP)) in Breña Baja.
The installation of the supercomputer on La Palma was a strategic decision aimed at supporting observations at the Observatorio del Roque de Los Muchachos—especially once the Gran Telescopio CANARIAS (GTC) is in operation—and at reinforcing the development of telecommunications on the island.
The network is financed by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and coordinated from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, where one of the most powerful computers in Europe, the Mare Nostrum, is located. In fact the La Palma node was previously part of Mare Nostrum.
The other nodes in the network are located at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, the Polytechnic University of Madrid, the Instituto Tecnologico de Canarias at Las Palmas and at the Universities of Cantabria, Malaga, Valencia and Zaragoza. Each of these supercomputers is capable of high speed data exchange, task distribution and resource optimization.
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Further information: Supercomputing at the IAC