Centro de Supercomputación de Galicia (CESGA) is a high performance computing center in Galicia (Spain). Its most important features are the supercomputer FinisTerrae and the "Superordenador Virtual Gallego". Finisterrae is nowadays the third most powerful supercomputer in Spain, and it was initially ranked 100th according to the Top500 when installed in November 2007. CESGA provides advanced computing services to the Galician Scientific Community, Galician Universities and to the Spanish National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas - CSIC).

Coordinates42°52′32″N 8°33′12″W / 42.87558°N 8.55325°W / 42.87558; -8.55325Coordinates: 42°52′32″N 8°33′12″W / 42.87558°N 8.55325°W / 42.87558; -8.55325

CESGA also runs i-math, a Grid computing project with an initiative to approach Grid technologies to mathematics researchers, and operates the i-math Portal, a Grid Portal based on P-GRADE Portal technology.[1] (See also: Grid computing)

Most important functionsEdit

  • To promote and spread the use of technologies of high performance computing and advanced communications. One of this examples is GalNIX, a neutral point of Internet traffic interchange for Galicia. The aim of GalNIX is to facilitate the data interchange between the Internet Service Providers which operate inside the Galician region. Some of the companies included here are Jazztel, "R cable y telecomunicaciones", Retegal and Retevisión.
  • To promote and spread the use of technologies related to the Information Society, including: electronic commerce, e-learning and geographical information systems.

Computer SystemsEdit

The following table shows some of the systems installed in CESGA. Since some systems were installed around 10 years ago some information may be outdated.

Computer system Description Installation date Decommission date
Compaq HPC 320 Consists of a cluster of 8 servers hosting 32 Alpha EV68 1 GHz processors 2002
Cluster Beowulf A cluster consisting of 17 Pentium III 1,13 GHz processors. The nodes are interconnected using a Myrinet network. 2002
CESGA CrossGrid Node Consists of a cluster of 20 Intel Pentium III 1,13 processors interconnected using a Gigabit network 2002
SVG The "Supercomputador Virtual Gallego" consists of 54 Intel Pentium III processors from 550 MHz up to 1 GHz interconnected through Myrinet and Fast Ethernet networks. 2000 (first phase)
CheapTB Consists of 1 Intel Pentium III 1,2 GHz and 4 Pentium IV 2 GHz processors interconnected by a Myrinet network. The storage is made using 32x180 GB disks. 2003
Storagetek 9710 It is a tape storage system consisting of 195x220 GB and 375x80 GB cartridges 1999
HP Integrity Rx5670 Consists of 4 Intel Itanium2 processors interconnected using Fibre Channel. 2004
Storage array EVA 3000 Consists of 112x146 Fibre Channel disks configured in a RAID 5 system. 2003
Sun Microsystems HPC 4500 12 x UltraSPARC II 400 MHz processors 1999
Sun Enterprise 3500 4 x 400 MHz UltraSPARC II interconnected using an Ethernet -Gigabit connection 1999
HP Cluster Superdome Consists of 2 SMP nodes which host 128 Intel Itanium2 1500 MHz processors. The connection is made using an Infiniband network. 2003
FinisTerrae I
FinisTerrae II
FinisTerrae III 354 nodes and 708 processors (Intel Xeon Ice Lake 8352Y, 32 cores at 2.2 GHz). 80 of these nodes, integrate 144 GPU math accelerators, reaching 4 PetaFLOPS calculation power. Quantum computing simulator (Atos QLM) [2][3] 2021


CESGA is located in the University of Santiago de Compostela Campus at the following address:

Avenida de Vigo, s/n Campus Sur 15705 Santiago de Compostela A Coruña - Spain

  • Tel: +34 981 56 98 10
  • Fax: +34 981 59 46 16


  1. ^ M.T. Sánchez et al. 2008: "imath.cesga.es, the VO for the European mathematicians." In: Fernando Silva et al. (Eds): 2nd Iberian Grid Infrastructure Conference Proceedings, Porto: Universidade do Porto and Netbibilio
  2. ^ Tiagonce, Raquel García (2021-07-02). "CESGA actualiza el superordenador FinisTerrae". Cesga - Centro de Supercomputación de Galicia (in European Spanish). Retrieved 2022-05-01.
  3. ^ Redacción (2021-07-02). "4.000 billóns de operacións por segundo: así será o supercomputador Finisterrae III". GCiencia (in Galician). Retrieved 2022-05-01.

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