Spain’s State Research Agency visits the National Laboratory for High Performance Computing

Spain’s State Research Agency visits the National Laboratory for High Performance Computing

The AEI of Spain, led by its director Domènec Espriu, met on May 26 with the authorities of the Center for Mathematical Modeling (CMM) of the University of Chile and the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences to strengthen strategic ties and, specifically, to learn in detail about the operation of the NLHPC.

“A global visit that we are making to various institutions, funding agencies, ministries of Argentina, Uruguay and Chile (…) we include getting to know some of the most representative, most advanced research centers, those centers that, in addition, have a potential for interaction with our own R&D system in Spain, is more relevant. With this in mind, we have included a visit to the CMM”, said the highest authority of the State Research Agency.

Joaquín Serrano and Domènec Espriu, from the Spain’s State Research Agency. Photo: Alonso Farías.

The director of the CMM, Héctor Ramírez, explained that “in research, especially in how to transfer mathematics to society, we are undoubtedly the leading center in Latin America. We have an experience of more than 22 years, in which we have done innovation, research in mathematics, and then projects that end up providing concrete solutions to society”.

Domènec Espriu, also professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Barcelona, detailed that “the director has shown us the very relevant links he has and one of these links, perhaps one of the strongest, is with the BSC, the Barcelona Super Computing Center (…) It is a strategic will of Europe to share and strengthen links with Latin American institutions”.

The institutional presentation, led by Héctor Ramírez, was complemented by the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences of the University of Chile, Marcela Munizaga; the Director of the Department of Mathematical Engineering, Claudio Muñoz; the Principal Investigator of the CMM and professor at the U. de Concepción, Raimund Bürger; and the Senior Project Director of the National Laboratory for High Performance Computing (NLHPC), Pedro Schürmann.

Héctor Ramírez and Marcela Munizaga. Photo: Alonso Farías.

“Our supercomputer is undoubtedly the most important in Chile and one of the most important in Latin America. Now our proposal is to continue maintaining and growing in that leadership and, above all, in terms of the applications we have with supercomputing”, said the CMM director.

The European delegation, which also included the head of Technology Transfer of the AEI, Joaquín Serrano; the delegate of the Center for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) for the Southern Cone, Francisco Sánchez; and the Counselor for Cultural and Scientific Affairs of the Spanish Embassy, Sergio Carranza, had the opportunity to visit the NLHPC facilities.


“It has made a great impression on us. Above all, I liked, apart from the facilities, the willingness to keep up to date in the field of computing, to stay at the forefront (…) The fact that this center can act as a unifier and strengthen the computing capabilities of all these institutions, I think it is something very commendable and very relevant. We believe that the path that has been marked out for CMM is the right path”, said Domènec Espriu.

Claudio Muñoz, Pedro Schürmann, Raimund Bürger, Joaquín Serrano, Héctor Ramírez, Domènec Espriu, Marcela Munizaga, Sergio Carranza and Francisco Sánchez. Photo: Alonso Farías.

By Alonso Farías Ponce, CMM journalist.

Posted on Jun 15, 2023 in News