Just like its predecessor, MareNostrum 3, the new supercomputer will be part of the European Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) network for distributed supercomputing, aimed at creating a European infrastructure for high performance supercomputing. Spain, in this way, through BSC, remains one of the four main partners in this important project, which allows complex calculation operations increasingly needed in high-level simulations. This initiative aims to improve Europe's scientific and technological competitiveness, enabling researchers to access supercomputer technologies and thus develop new industrial paradigms to strengthen the role of Europe and Spain in the global context.
The acquisition of MareNostrum 4 will enable the start of a new phase for the European PRACE project in supercomputing, in which Spain will maintain its status as main partner along with Germany, France and Italy. This will allow Spain to improve its strategic position in Europe's supercomputing landscape attracting capital, attracting talent and improving the technological capabilities of the Spanish supercomputing infrastructures. In the coming weeks the agreement will be authorized in order to allow Spain to meet the commitments arising to host this supercomputer.
MareNostrum 4 will also be part of the Spanish Singular Technological Infrastructure (ICTS) and the Spanish Supercomputing Network (RES). The new supercomputer will increase the computing power of the MareNostrum RES and replace MareNostrum 3 - installed in 2012, whose components will be distributed between the different nodes of the Spanish network.