Santiago de Compostela, September 21 (EFE).- Galicia wants the seat of artificial intelligence to be promoted by the government and for this the president of the Xunta, Alfonso Rueda, has claimed the merits of the community to compete with other territories that also want this infrastructure.
During the inauguration of Finisterrae III, the Galician Supercomputing Center (https://www.cesga.es/), in Santiago de Compostela, which has benefited from public investment of almost seven million euros, Rueda assured that there are “very solid arguments” and “more than enough reasons” for Galicia to be a candidate to be taken “fully into account”.
State-of-the-art artificial intelligence in Spain
The Cesga is part of the State Supercomputing Network, which has 14 centers, and its new computer is the second most powerful in Spain in terms of storage capacity and computing power, with 4.36 petaFlops, after the Mare Nostrum, of Barcelona (https://www.bsc.es/es/marenostrum/marenostrum).
According to Cesga director Lois Orosa, Finisterrae III, which has around 800 users including companies, researchers and public centers, is “very competitive” in Europe, but not so much in the world as a whole, where it does not is not among the top 500, although this does not prevent Galicia from wanting to host Artificial Intelligence.
In fact, he pointed out, to gain access to this club, an investment of around 35 million euros would be necessary – according to 2020 calculations – to match a Finnish center.
Supercomputing against cancer and to predict the weather
In his speech, Rueda recalled some of the areas in which researchers using the Galician supercomputer work, weather forecasting, cancer research, biotechnology, pharmacy, industry, fisheries and the environment, among others.
The Galician president pointed out that the director of the center himself recalled in his speech that the users of Finisterrae III are already asking for more capacity, more services. “That is to say, we are inaugurating it and it is already too small… And that is not bad news,” said Rueda, who pointed out that Galicia is “in the group of head” of a technology that will continue to grow.
For this and other reasons, Galicia wants the headquarters of Artificial Intelligence, since it would contribute to the development of a future industry with multiple applications and impact on daily life, from the fight against cancer to forecasting time.
Collaboration with the CSIC
The CESGA Foundation is a non-profit association serving scientific and technological research. The Xunta de Galicia and the Superior Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) participate as the only members of the Board of Directors.
The Vice President of CSIC and the Deputy Director General of Scientific and Technical Facilities of the Ministry of Science and Innovation also participated in the opening ceremony, highlighting the collaboration between the administrations and the importance of the Galician center for researchers across the country. . EFE