About the GPU COE at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center & Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
Starting in 2005, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) in association with Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC) is the National Supercomputing Facility in Spain and manages MareNostrum, one of the unique supercomputers in a renovated old chapel-style building. This Spanish multi-disciplinary supercomputing center was established by a consortium made up by the actual Ministry of Science and Innovation (MICINN), by the Ministry of Economy and Knowledge of the local Government of Catalonia and by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.Barcelona Tech (UPC) and is headed by Professor Mateo Valero. Its mission is to research, develop and manage supercomputing hardware and software technologies in order to facilitate scientific progress, with special emphasis in research areas such as Computer Sciences, Life Sciences, Earth Sciences and Computational Applications in Science and Engineering. In the context of this multi-disciplinary approach, BSC counts with more than 350 researchers and experts in HPC (High Performing Computing), who facilitate scientific progress together with state-of-the-art supercomputing resources.
In 2011, the BSC was recognized as a “Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence” for its contributions and research agenda in the area of computing and applications. In the first edition of the Severo Ochoa programme, the Ministry of Science and Innovation selected 8 research centres and units in Spain to be among the best in the world in their respective fields.
NVIDIA and BSC started collaborations back in April 2008 with an initial conference presented by David Kirk on “NVIDIA CUDA Software and GPU Parallel Computing” in Barcelona. In 2010, BSC became the first NVIDIA GPU Research Center in Spain, with Mateo Valero as PI and Prof. Nacho Navarro as the managing director of the center. In addition to an active research programs and many highly regarded publications, the GPU Research Center also recognizes BSC’s efforts in CUDA education, highlighted by the second edition of the (PUMPS) Summer School, “Programming and Tuning Massively Parallel Systems”. Prof. Nacho Navarro organized the event, co-sponsored by the University of Illinois, the HiPEAC NOE and NVIDIA, with distinguished faculty members Dr. David B. Kirk of NVIDIA and Prof. Wen-mei Hwu of the University of Illinois.
Now as a GPU Center of Excellence, BSC will utilize GPU computing equipment and grants provided by NVIDIA to support a growing number of research and academic programs. For the next three years, BSC and UPC plans to build an Education Program on Parallel Programming using CUDA, to provide a cluster-aware programming environment for GPUs, to optimize mutlti-GPU runtime management with GMAC, to support GPU acceleration from the task-based StarSs programming model and its OmpSs implementation and to build a new GPU-based cluster prototype system to explore the potential of low-power GPU clusters as high-performance platforms. The first applications BSC will focus on will be Plasma 3D simulations on complex geometries, a cardiac simulator and elastic waves in seismic imaging.
About the PI
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. Since 1974 he is a professor in the Computer Architecture Department at UPC, in Barcelona and since 1983 he is full professor. His research interests focuses on high performance architectures. He has published approximately 600 papers, has served in the organization of more than 300 International Conferences and he has given more than 400 invited talks. He is the director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, the National Facility of Supercomputing in Spain.
Dr. Valero has been honored with several awards. Among them, the Eckert-Mauchly Award, by the IEEE and the ACM, the IEEE Harry Goode, two Spanish National awards, the "Julio Rey Pastor" to recognize research on IT technologies and the “Leonardo Torres Quevedo” to recognize research in Engineering, by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology, presented by the King of Spain and the “King Jaime I” in research by the Generalitat Valenciana presented by the Queen of Spain. He has been named Honorary Doctor by the University of Chalmers, by the University of Belgrade, by the Universities of Las Palmas de Gran Canarias and Zaragoza in Spain, and by the University of Veracruz in Mexico. "Hall of the Fame", selected as one of the 25 most influents European researchers in IT during the period 1983-2008.
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 and in 2006, member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Doctors and member of the “Academia Europaea”, the “Academy of Europe”. 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 hometown, Alfamén (Zaragoza, Spain) and in 2006, his native town named their Public College after him.