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Galicia enters the battle for the artificial intelligence headquarters

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Junta's president, Alfonso Rueda, oversees Spain's second most powerful quantum supercomputer at the University of Santiago de Compostela.
Santiago de Compostela (EFE).- Junta President, Alfonso Rueda, inaugurated the Finisterra III supercomputer of the Galician Supercomputing Center, CESGA. EFE/Lavandera Jr

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Santiago de Compostela, September 21 (EFE).- Junta President Alfonso Rueda has stayed in the battle between the regions to host Galicia.The future headquarters of the state agency to oversee artificial intelligence (AI).

During the inauguration Drof Finisterrae III, the Galician Supercomputing Center (Cesga), in Santiago de Compostela, with a public investment of around seven million euros, RuedaConvinced that Galicia has “very strong arguments” and “more than enough reasons” to be a candidate “to be taken seriously”.

Spain’s second most powerful supercomputer

Sesga is part of the State Supercomputing Network, which has 14 centers and its new computer is the second strongest in Spain in terms of storage capacity and computing power, with 4.36 petaflops after Barcelona’s Mare Nostrum.

 According to the director of Cesga, Lois Orosa, Finisterrae III, which has about 800 users, including companies, researchers and public centers, is “very competitive” in Europe, although not so much in the whole world, where it is not among the top 500.

In fact, he pointed out, entering that club would require an investment of around 35 million euros – according to 2020 calculations – to match a center in Finland.

From fighting cancer to predicting the weather

In his speech, Rueda recalled some of the fields in which researchers work on the Galician supercomputer, weather forecasting, cancer research, biotechnology, pharmacy, industry, fishing and the environment, among many others.

The Galician president noted that the director of the center himself recalled in his speech that the users of Finisterre III are already demanding more power, more services.

“That means, we’re inaugurating it and it’s already very small… and that’s not bad news,” said Rueda, who highlighted that Galicia is in the “leading group” of a technology that will continue to grow.

Collaboration with CSIC

CESGA Foundation is a non-profit organization in the service of scientific and technological research. The Xunta de Galicia and the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) participate as sole members of the Board of Trustees.

The Vice President of CSIC and the Deputy Director General of Scientific-Technical Facilities of the Ministry of Science and Innovation also took part in the opening ceremony, highlighting the collaboration between administrations and the importance of the Galician Center for researchers throughout the country. . EFE

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entry Elementor #83793 was first published EFE News.

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