The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación is a public research center located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It hosts MareNostrum, a 13,7 Petaflops, Intel Xeon Platinum-based supercomputer, which also includes clusters of emerging technologies. In June 2017, it ranked 13th in the world. The Center is located in a former chapel named Torre Girona, at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), and was established on April 1, 2005. It is managed by a consortium composed of the Spanish Ministry of Economy (60%), the Government of Catalonia (30%) and the UPC (10%).
The MareNostrum supercomputer is contained inside an enormous glass box in a former chapel. The Barcelona Supercomputing Center has an initial operational budget of €5.5 million/year (about US$7 million/yr) to cover the period 2005–2011. The center has had a very rapid growth and in 2016 had a workforce of around 500 workers and an annual global budget of more than 34 million euros. The Center has contributed to the development of the IBM Cell microprocessor architecture.