DIPC International Physics Colloquia (DIPC)

Friday 11.01.2019 12:00

Barcelona Supercomputing Center – past, present, and future

Mateo Valero

Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC)

The BSC-CNS, Barcelona Supercomputing Center-National Supercomputing Center was established in 2005 and houses the MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. We are the pioneer center of supercomputing in Spain. Our specialty is high performance computing – also known as HPC or High Performance Computing – and our mission is twofold: to offer infrastructure and supercomputing services to Spanish and European scientists, and to generate knowledge and technology to transfer them to society. We are Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence, which recognizes us as one of the best in Spain, members of the first level of the European research infrastructure PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe), and we manage the Spanish Supercomputing Network (RES). As a research center, we have more than 600 experts, with more than 40% from 48 countries, organized into four major areas of research: Computer Science, Life Sciences, Earth Sciences and Computer Applications in Science and Engineering.

We have a close collaboration relationship with the industry and especially with leading companies in the information technology sector and users of supercomputing. This relationship has been reflected, among other agreements, in the creation of joint research centers with companies such as IBM, INTEL, Microsoft, Nvidia, and Repsol. The center has been very active in the EC Framework Programs and has participated in more than 150 projects funded by Brussels. In this colloquium I will explain some of the research projects we developed with the aforementioned companies, others within the European context and others of an internal nature to the BSC. I will also explain the three major challenges we are facing today, such as the use of supercomputers for Artificial Intelligence, for Personalized Medicine and finally the development of the European supercomputer.

About the speaker: Mateo Valero obtained his Telecommunication Engineering Degree from the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) in 1974 and his Ph.D. in Telecommunications from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) in 1980. He is a professor in the Computer Architecture Department at UPC, in Barcelona. His research interests focuses on high performance architectures. He has published approximately 700 papers, has served in the organization of more than 300 International Conferences and he has given more than 500 invited talks. He is the director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, the National Centre of Supercomputing in Spain.

Dr. Valero has been honoured with several awards. Among them, the Eckert-Mauchly Award 2007 by the IEEE and ACM; Seymour Cray Award 2015 by IEEE; Charles Babbage 2017 by IEEE; Harry Goode Award 2009 by IEEE: ACM Distinguished Service Award 2012; Euro-Par Achievement Award 2015; the Spanish National Julio Rey Pastor award, in recognition of research in Mathematics; the Spanish National Award "Leonardo Torres Quevedo" that recognizes research in engineering; the "King Jaime I" in basic research given by Generalitat Valenciana; the Research Award by the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation and the "Aragón Award" 2008 given by the Government of Aragón. He has been named Honorary Doctor by the Universities of Chalmers, Belgrade, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Zaragoza, Complutense de Madrid, Cantabria, Granada and the University of Veracruz and CINVESTAV in Mexico. "Hall of the Fame" member of the ICT European Program (selected as one of the 25 most influents European researchers in IT during the period 1983-2008. Lyon, November 2008); Honoured with Creu de Sant Jordi 2016 by Generalitat de Catalunya. It is the highest recognition granted by the Government. Honoured with "Condecoración de la Orden Mexicana del Águila Azteca" 2018, highest recognition granted by the Mexican Government.

In December 1994, Professor Valero became a founding member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Engineering. In 2005 he was elected Correspondant Academic of the Spanish Royal Academy of Science, in 2006 member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Doctors, in 2008 member of the Academia Europaea and in 2012 Correspondant Academic of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. In 2018, he was elected academic for the Gastronomy Academy in Murcia, Honorary academic of the European Royal Academy of Doctors and Correspondant academic by the Engineering Academy in Mexico. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of the ACM and an Intel Distinguished Research Fellow. In 1998 he won a "Favourite Son" Award of his home town, Alfamén (Zaragoza) and in 2006, his native town of Alfamén named their Public College after him.