A new Supercomputer will arrive at Barcelona soon

November 29th, 2016|

EN  BSC-CNS has just approved the purchase of a new supercomputer that will have a performance capacity of 13, 7 Petaflop/s and will be located in the Torre Girona chapel, home to its predecessors, the MareNostrum 1, 2 and 3. Marenostrum 4 will have two distinct parts. The general purpose element will have 48 racks with more than 3,400 nodes with next generation Intel Xeon processors and a central memory of 390 Terabytes. Its peak power will be over 11 Petaflop/s. The second element of MareNostrum 4 will be formed of clusters of three emerging technologies that will be added and updated as they become available. These are technologies currently being developed in the US and Japan to accelerate the arrival [...]

Computación Cognitiva y CaixaBank

November 26th, 2016|

Hoy ha salido publicado en el blog de CaixaBank  una entrevista a raíz del proyecto que tenemos con CaixaBank sobre cognitive computing en su blog. Vivim en un mar de dades. Per fer-se una idea de la magnitud, només cal prestar atenció a l’estudi elaborat per l’escola de negocis OBS Business School sobre Big Data el 2015 (dades del 2014): en un minut es generen 4,1 milions de cerques a Google, s’escriuen 347.000 tuits i 3,3 milions d’actualitzacions a Facebook, es pugen més de 100 hores de vídeo a YouTube i s’escolten 32.000 hores de música en streaming. En total, en un minut es transfereixen més de 1.570 terabytes d’informació. Davant d’aquesta marea de “dades”, què en podem fer? Aquest és l’interrogant que es plantegen molts experts i que ha portat a la [...]

Entering a new stage and professional challenge: taking time out from my roles of disseminator and advisor

June 1st, 2016|

ES    Como ya comenté en este post la semana pasada, después de regresar del cónclave sobre Machine Learning en Cádiz, una de las razones estimulantes para pertenecer al BSC-CNS es que siempre hay algo nuevo que aprender con el fin de responder a un mundo de cambios muy rápidos como en el que vivimos. Ahora debo añadir, que no sólo es posible estar siempre aprendiendo cosas nuevas, sino que en el BSC-CNS también es un entorno ideal para emprender nuevas actividades. Probablemente recuerden el post con el que empecé el año con mi propósito de año nuevo: "2016: estoy en el proceso de reinventarme en investigación". Y en esta misma línea, me ha llegado el momento de empezar un estimulante nuevo reto profesional [...]

Machine Learning Meetup in Barcelona: 1000+ members!!!

May 24th, 2016|

I am very glad to inform you that we were awarded with the prestigious new tag “1000+ members”!!!!! The Grup d’Estudis de Machine Learning de Barcelona (GEMLeB - Machine Learning meetup in Barcelona), is an organization devoted to understand, discover and promote the use of Machine Learning in Barcelona, through an informal environment. As many other machine learning meetups, regular meetings are organized with a two-fold objective: learn about machine learning (from experiences, applications to algorithms, models and theory) and meet people with similar interest to build a wide and supporting community. If you ever come to Barcelona and want to meet the community, please do not hesitate to contact us! On behalf of the organisers, thank you for your support to this meetup! Aleix Ruiz De Villa, Anna [...]

Deep Learning at UPC with Oriol Vinyals & Joan Bruna

May 23rd, 2016|

Today we had a great event, the first seminar on Deep Learning organised by UPC, TelecomBCN, FIB, CFIS and BSC. Thanks Joan and Oriol, It has been impressive!  Enclosed you will find some pictures of his visit! Here you can download the slides of Joan Bruna and here the video of the talk. As soon as I receive the presentation of Oriol I will post the links here too. Huge audience! (photo Sebastià Xambó) (photo Joan Bruna) (photo GabrielOliveira) Two great speakers: (photo Sebastià Xambó) (photos Joan Capdevila) (photos Jordi Torres) Presenters: (photos Joan Capdevila) Meetings with UPC students:(photo Xavier Giro-i-Nieto) Marenostrum visit: (photo Jordi Torres) With (his) former Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Statistics (photo Sebastià Xambó)

The Machine Learning Summer School 2016

May 21st, 2016|

One of the great things at BSC-CNIS is that there's always something new to learn  in order to respond to a fast-paced world; you can't really fall into a set routine if the goal of the center is to be always ahead. It is true that my role has changed: I don't write code that ends up with packages at BSC-CNS, I have a higher-level view, however spend some time learning is mandatory. For Computer Science department at BSC-CNS it is important to gradually go beyond the supercomputing architectures and runtimes research habitual fields.  We have been recently incorporated new threads of research in the execution middleware’s for big data arena. However my goal at BSC-CNS is to make a step forward and include in our research roadmap platforms for Machine Learning on [...]

Seminar on Deep Learning at UPC with Oriol Vinyals and Joan Bruna

May 14th, 2016|

We (UPC, TelecomBCN, FIB, CFIS and BSC) are proud to invite you to our first seminar on Deep Learning organized at UPC, next May 23th at 11:00, with the talks of two outstanding speakers: Joan Bruna (UC Berkeley) and Oriol Vinyals (Google DeepMind). Do not miss this great event happening in Barcelona.  And if you are interested in Deep Learning, we are also preparing  a Deep Learning for Computer Vision Summer Seminar  in Barcelona next 4-8 July 2016 ( more info at  http://TelecomBCN.DeepLearning.Barcelona). UPDATE: Photographs of the event here When: Monday  May 23, 11:00-13:00 Place: Aula Màster -  A3 building - UPC Campus Nord - Barcelona Talks: 11:00: Convolutional Neural Networks against the Curse of Dimensionality by Joan Bruna (UC Berkeley).  Convolutional Neural Networks are a powerful class of non-linear representations that have shown through numerous [...]

CaixaBank y el BSC investigarán la aplicación de la computación cognitiva a la innovación financiera

May 7th, 2016|

Esta semana en el BSC-CNS hemos podido materializar un primer acuerdo de colaboración con CaixaBank para promover conjuntamente el desarrollo de sistemas High-Performance Big-Data Analytics basados en Deep Learning para mejorar el servicio a sus clientes y optimizar la eficiencia operativa en sus servicios bancarios. Estoy extremadamente contento, es mi primer proyecto gestionado con mi rol de Senior Innovation Advisor del BSC-CNS. Espero contarles desde este blog futuros avances en los que podamos ganar todos. De momento más detalle lo pueden encontrar en nuestra nota de prensa.  

‘MareNostrum’: la supercomputadora capaz de realizar 1.100 billones de operaciones por segundo

May 2nd, 2016|

Hoy en El País en su sección "protagonistas One" de su canal de youtube presentan una entrevista titulada "'MareNostrum': la supercomputadora capaz de realizar 1.100 billones de operaciones por segundo" en que me han ascendido al cargo de "Investigador jefe del Barcelona Supercomputing Center". Cuando se entere mi jefe creo que se acabó la historia!  :-). Pero habrá valido la pena estos minutos de gloria hasta que me echen, porque creo que ha quedado un documento fantástico que aporta valor, a pesar que fue una entrevista que me costo un poco, dado el "aquí te pillo, aquí te mato" (o simplemente despiste mío de no saber a donde iba. Ya ven, me pillaron con ropa de trabajo, sin traje ni corbata! :-( ). Sin duda el mérito es del equipo [...]

Free Deep Learning Books

April 18th, 2016|

There are not many books on Deep Learning at the moment because it is such a young area of study. However there are new freely online version available of 3 books that cover beginner, intermediate and advanced levels:   Advanced level: "Deep Learning" written by top deep learning scientists Ian Goodfellow, Yoshua Bengio and Aaron Courville. The book includes coverage of all of the main algorithms in the field and can be used as a reference book by those who have experience in the field. Intermediate level: "Neural Networks and Deep Learning" written by Michael Nielsen. The book is a good place to start for those who already have experience in Machine Learning and want to delve into Neural Networks. Beginner level: "FIRST CONTACT WITH TENSORFLOW, get started with Deep Learning programming" written by Jordi Torres. The book is [...]