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Current situation of the Area of Physics and Mathematics
The RES Altamira Node, installed in the IFCA and financed with the Innocampus Programme as part of CCI objectives, was inaugurated in October 2012. Altamira is the second most powerful piece of equipment in Spain and is among the fastest 500 worldwide (358th position in the Top500 ranking), and is in 36th position in the Green500 rankings, which make classifications in terms of energy efficiency. Of note is the signing of an agreement between the UC and the private company, CIC Consulting Informático, to offer the services of Altamira to Spanish SMEs and improve their products and services through innovation. The infrastructure of Altamira is the node of the Spanish Supercomputing Network, to which it devotes 20% of its capacity and which represents 80% of the service available for the UC.
The excellence of research capabilities in this area of CIC is reflected in its participation in multiple European and International projects of great relevance, such as the Planck Mission, the CMS experiment in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in CERN, the QUIJOTE experiment, the EURET and Aida projects or the Grid EGI-Inspire infrastructure and middleware EMI projects.
Participation in the discovery of the Higgs Boson in the LHC of CERN stands out, as well as the appointment of Xavier Barcons as President of the European Organization Council for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere, and Teresa Rodrigo as a member of the CERN Scientific Policy Committee.
The incorporation of Almudena Alonso, a researcher within the framework of the AGL Programme to Attract Talent also stands out. Since May 2012, she has led a team which is formed by a Post-Doctorate and a Pre-Doctorate researcher, as well as an International Centre of Mathematical Encounters (ICES), which promotes mathematical research of excellence.