It is the second most powerful computer in Spain, after the Mare Nostrum in BarcelonaIt multiplies its calculation capacity by twelve with respect to its previous versionIt provides calculations for fields as diverse as meteorology, biology or geneticsGalicia has the second most powerful supercomputer in Spain . It is called FinisTerrae III and it is capable of solving 4,360 billion mathematical operations per second. This supercomputer is located at the Galician Supercomputing Center (CESGA), in Santiago de Compostela (A Coruña), and has been in operation for a few months now. However, its official inauguration did not take place until this week. Its capacity allows the calculation capacity of its previous version, the FinisTerrae II, to be multiplied by twelve. This means that more operations can be done in parallel and at a higher speed. Calculations that used to take days now take just a few hours. These improvements have made it the second most capable supercomputer in Spain, only behind the Mare Nostrum in Barcelona. From MeteoGalicia to universities feed on itThe capacity of FinisTerrae III is used by hundreds of organizations in Galicia and other parts of Spain. It provides calculations for fields as diverse as botany, astronomy, genomics, medicine or meteorology. Organizations such as MeteoGalicia, the service that provides daily weather information for Galicia, benefit from it. Also, the Galician Public Foundation for Genomic Medicine, which produces research and clinical services based on genomic analysis for the Galician Health Service (Sergas); or by groups of scientists from universities, to do their research. However, it is also used by other organizations outside the autonomous community. For example, the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia to make their calculations. The FinisTerrae III also has a 30qbit quantum computing simulator, which is the first of its kind in Spain. The third evolution of a computer that was installed in 2007This is already the third generation of a supercomputer that was born in 2007. Then it reached the 100th position in the list of the 500 most powerful computers in the world. In 2016 it was when the FinisTerrae II began to work, which had 44,544 GB of memory and 750,000 GB of storage. In 2021, the third generation FinisTerrae was awarded to the ATOS company. It had an investment of 7 million euros, provided by the European Commission through FEDER funds (5.6 million), the Xunta de Galicia (1.05 million) and the CSIC (0.35 million). Now, Galicia boasts of having one of the most advanced supercomputers in Europe just at the moment when it is applying to be the headquarters of the Spanish Artificial Intelligence Agency.
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