MACC and Bob were inaugurated on Friday the 5th of July in Riba d’Ave, Minho, enabling the launch of the Minho Advanced Computing Centre (MACC) of the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (foundation for science and technology), FCT, which will increase the Portuguese domestic computing capacity by about 10 times.
The entry into operation of this supercomputer, within the scope of the National Digital Skills Initiative – INCoDE.2030 and in the specific context of the National Advanced Computing Strategy, will enable and stimulate the current participation of Portugal in the different European networks and consortia involved in the development and use of computing, namely in strengthening the “Iberian Advanced Computing Network – IACnet” and the European initiative “EuroHPC – European High-Performance Computing”.
The MACC is installed at REN´s Datacenter, who´s operation is managed in a segregated way by REN and NOS. The systems are already installed in the area operated by NOS, and is intended to be fed mainly by renewable energy sources provided by EDP, namely solar, wind and hydroelectric power. It was installed and is being operated by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, FCT, in partnership with Universidade do Minho.