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MareNostrum is the name of the main supercomputer in the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). It is the most powerful supercomputer in Spain, one of therteen supercomputers in the Spanish Supercomputing Network and one of the seven supercomputers of the European infraestructure PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe).MareNostrum runs SUSE Linux 11 SP3. It occupies 120 m² (less than half a basketball court).The supercomputer is used in human genome research, protein research, astrophysical simulations, weather forecasting, geological or geophysical modeling, and the design of new drugs. It was booted up for the first time on 12 April 2005, and is available to the national and international scientific community.Mare Nostrum ("our sea") was the Roman name for the Mediterranean Sea. The supercomputer is housed in the deconsecrated Chapel Torre Girona at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain.