Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas.



Research Group:

Scientific IT Research Activities and Knowledge.

Institution Background

The CIEMAT (Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas) is a public research body assigned to the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness under the Secretariat of State for Research, Development and Innovation, focusing on energy and environment and the technologies related to them. It has offices in several different regions of Spain, and its activity is structured around projects which form a bridge between R&D&I and social interest goals. Te activity is complemented by activities such as education, technology transfer, rendering technical services, advising to the administrations and representation of Spain in a diversity of international forums.

Its team of around 1,350 people is technologically and geographically diversified. In addition to its central offices in Madrid, it has the Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA) in Andalucía, a scientific installation of international renown in solar technologies, in Soria, the Centro de Desarrollo de Energías Renovables (CEDER) and the Centro Internacional de Estudios de Derecho Ambiental (CIEDA), in Trujillo (Extremadura) the Centro Extremeño de Tecnologías Avanzadas (CETA), and in Barcelona the Centro de Investigación Socio-Técnica (CISOT).


Research Group Background

Sci-track stands for Scientific IT Research Activities and Knowledge and it conducts the research work of the ITC Division inside CIEMAT.

The main line of research is focused on fault tolerance techniques in distributed platforms and on optimization methodologies. The group also works for developing codes of interest for the scientific community in very different areas, such as plasma physics, health science and many others. As part of the Department of Technology, the ICT Division provides IT support to the Centre and develops several R&D&I actions carried out by its Sci-Track group.


Prof. Rafael Mayo is the coordinator of the research group.


Major Interest in Action Scientific Topics

  • Working group 3.

Fault tolerance; HPC; HTC, Checkpointing; Dynamicity; Task scheduling; Task migration; Computational Efficiency; Scalable applications.

We are a group at CIEMAT who is working on resilience for the coming Exascale era developing dynamic tools for checkpointing and scheduling and migration of tasks. These are being developed as part of the major tools/APIs used by the top500 supercomputers.

  • Working group 6

We also keep a line of research devoted to computational efficiency on cloud environments by means of customizable pilot systems.