New Big Data position in our research group: Junior Developer in multimedia big data analytics

2017-08-09T12:16:54+00:00 October 9th, 2015|

Hi, are you interested to join BSC team? BSC-CNS (Barcelona Supercomputing Center – Centro Nacional de Supercomputación) is the National Supercomputing Facility in Spain and manages MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe. Currently we are over 400 staff from 41 countries.  To get an idea of what its like to work at the BSC take a look at this video: Attached you will find information of a new position in our research group autonomic systems and ebusiness platforms at BSC. The candidate will be incorporated at full-time to the "Autonomic Systems and eBusiness Platforms" research line from BSC. Candidate's main task will be oriented toward the development and support for the assigned tasks to the research group in the Computer Vision and Big Data Analytics [...]

When will we have a Exascale supercomputer?

2017-08-09T12:17:01+00:00 October 7th, 2015|

There is a global race to build the first supercomputer in the world capable of performing 1 million trillion operations per second (1 ExaFlops in our jargon!). Extrapolating the performance delivered by TOP500 list suggests that an Exascale system (a system that can reach 1 ExaFlops) could be built by 2018-2019. However, according to the literature of the topic, only China and Japan are focused on building an Exascale supercomputer by 2020. It seems that United States probably won’t build its first Exascale supercomputer until 2023 (Europe isn't even in the race!). The reason for the gap, between the extrapolated date from TOP500 list and the expected dates, is because there are big challenges that must be addressed before Exascale systems become a reality. The main issues include: Power consumption, Massive Scalability, [...]

Mateo Valero primer europeo que recibe el premio Seymour Cray

2017-08-09T12:17:12+00:00 September 24th, 2015|

No se como lo hacen ustedes pero yo cada mañana me voy despertando con mi cafecito BRACAFÉ mientras ojeo La Vanguardia para hacerme una idea de como anda el mundo antes de salir de casa. Después de un vistazo rápido a la portada en general con noticias poco alentadoras, paso a  la sección de semáforos para centrarme en "los verdes", para animar un poco el día! Pues hoy ha sido uno de esos días que, medio dormido, al no tener prisa para salir de casa puesto que estamos de fiesta en Barcelona, exclamo "eiiii, collonut!" :  nuestro Mateo con semáforo verde! y leo: Mateo Valero, director del BSC, ha sido galardonado con el premio Seymour Cray, el premio de supercomputación más importante del mundo. Es el primer investigador europeo que consigue el galardón. página [...]

Marenostrum visit with Supercomputer Architecture students

2017-08-09T12:15:43+00:00 September 16th, 2015|

Enclosed you will find some pictures of our visit with David Vicente. Thank you David for the explanations. we really enjoyed the visit an it will be very useful for my course. Now, you can see some pictures from last year visit with Sergi Girona. Thank you Sergi for your explanations, we really enjoyed the visit and was an excellent introduction to the course.

Scholarships for MSc students on the MIRI MSc Program in Barcelona-UPC

2017-08-09T12:19:51+00:00 June 30th, 2015|

Hi, are you interested to enrol in the Master in Innovation and Research in Informatics and take my course Supercomputers Architecture (specialization High Performance Computing)? BSC, under the program Severo Ochoa is offering 4 scholarship grants for the 2 academic years of the program. Follow the link below to the application form. Hope to see you next september, we will talk about Supercomputers and Big Data! Since 2013, in the context of the Severo Ochoa Program, Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) is offering 4 scholarship grants for MSc students on the MIRI MSc Program in Facultat d’Informàtica de Barcelona-UPC who have chosen to study the High Performance Computing Specialization. The duration of each scholarship is for the 2 academic years of the program. This year´s scholarships are  for the MIRI HPC MSc starting September [...]

Congratulations for ten years of science at BSC

2017-08-09T12:21:25+00:00 April 30th, 2015|

Various representatives from scientific, political and industrial fields congratulated BSC for its 10th anniversary.  BSC produced a video that includes 26 testimonials (listed in speaking order): Andreu Mas-Colell, Carmen Vela, Antoni Brufau, Pedro Morenés, Bernard Bigot, John Hennessy, Yang Yuanquing, Lino Barañao, Rajeeb Hazra, Valentí Fuster, Jen-Hsun Huang, Michele Parrinello, Erich Clementi, Juan Ignacio Cirac, Orlando Ayala, Álvaro Giménez, John R. White, Antoni Massanell, Irene Qualters, Masahiko Yamada, Philippe Vannier, Joan Massagué, Carlos Moedas, Artur Mas and Mariano Rajoy. I am proud to share it with you! :-)

What we mean by Cognitive Computing

2017-08-09T12:21:57+00:00 April 22nd, 2015|

We are entering a new era in computing that departs form the current model of computing as process automation to provide a collaborative platform for discovery to gain actionable insights. To do so, research community are including advanced analytics tools in the systems middleware to offer predictive models . Thanks to the advent of Big Data these models can be improved, or “trained”, by exposing them to large data sets that were previously unavailable. The general idea is that instead of instructing a computer what to do, we are going to simply throw data at the problem and tell the computer to figure it out itself.  For this purpose the computer middleware takes functions from the brain like: inference, prediction, correlation, abstraction, … giving to the systems to possibility to do [...]

More than 100 Supercomputer experts gather in Barcelona this week

2017-08-09T12:24:48+00:00 January 29th, 2015|

BSC is participating actively in the workshop series on Big Data and Extreme-scale Computing (BDEC) is premised on the idea that we must begin to systematically map out and account for the ways in which the major issues associated with Big Data intersect with, impinge upon, and potentially change the national (and international) plans that are now being laid for achieving exascale computing. The goal is to help the international community develop a plan for building a partnership to provide the next generation of HPC software to support big data and extreme computing for scientific discovery. The third meeting in this series of 2-day workshops will be held in Barcelona, on January 29th and 30th, Thursday and Friday, with a reception on Wednesday, January 28th. Along with application leaders confronting [...]

Beca para hacer el doctorado en el Barcelona Supercomputing Center

2017-08-09T12:27:09+00:00 December 17th, 2014|

Becas de ”la Caixa” para estudios de doctorado en universidades españolas (ref. BSC-Autonomic 01/2015) Acaba de abrirse la convocatoria de Becas para estudios de doctorado en universidades españolas de la obra social la Caixa y nuestro grupo de investigación tiene una posición de investigador/investigadora para cursar el doctorado en el contexto del Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) y dentro del programa de doctorado Arquitectura de Computadores de la UPC Barcelona Tech (que cumple con el requisito de mención de calidad requerido en la convocatoria), para un candidato o candidata que consiga esta beca. Para optar a esta beca hace falta la nacionalidad española y cumplir todos los requisitos de acceso a un programa oficial de doctorado en septiembre de 2015 (la incorporación al programa de doctorado se haría entre Septiembre de 2015 y Enero de 2016). El trabajo de [...]

David Carrera selected for ERC Starting Grant

2017-08-09T12:27:14+00:00 December 17th, 2014|

David Carrera, one of the senior researchers in our research group, have been selected for a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant, for his project Holistic Integration of Emerging Supercomputing Technologies (Hi-EST). This first Starting Grant competition under the EU's Horizon 2020 programme awards early-career talent to develop their ambitious high-risk, high-gain research projects. David received the MS degree in 2002 and his PhD in 2008 and since then he has been leading several EU and industrial research projects in our group. David is an outstanding researcher, a Messi in our research group!. Congratulations David! Et mereixies aquest reconeixement! Ets el millor!  

BSC releases COMPSs version 1.2 at SC14

2017-08-09T12:27:33+00:00 November 20th, 2014|

The Grid Computing and Clusters group of Barcelona Supercomputing Center is proud to announce the release of COMPSs version 1.2 during Supercomputing Conference 2014. COMPSs is a framework for easily implement distributed applications. This release implements the following main features: * N implementations for task methods, each with its own constraints. * Constraint-aware resource management. * Support for multicore tasks. * Pluggable schedulers: facilitate the addition of new schedulers and policies. * Extended support for objects in C/C++ binding. * Extended IDE for N implementations and deployment through PMES. * Update cloud connector for rOCCI to work with rocci-cli v4.2.5. * Enhance rOCCI connector to compute the real VM creation times. * Extended resources schema to support Virtual Appliances pricing. * New LSF GAT adaptor. For more [...]

La computación cognitiva en el diario El País

2017-08-09T12:28:02+00:00 October 30th, 2014|

Hoy en el diario El País (tecnología) sale el artículo "Ordenadores que entienden a los humanos para buscar petróleo" escrito por el periodista Daniel Mediavilla, con quien tuve la oportunidad de intercambiar impresiones tal cómo se desprende del artículo sobre una de las "últimas tendencias en computación" llamada  computación cognitiva (cognitive computing). En breve intentaré explicar en este blog lo que se entiende y que estamos haciendo en este campo de la computación en el BSC+UPC. Saben que soy de los que cree en la obligación que tenemos los investigadores de explicar lo que hacemos si queremos que la sociedad nos de soporte, pero el día a día es tan tremendo que últimamente me cuesta encontrar momentos para dedicar a esta pequeña ventana de divulgación. De momento les adjunto el artículo de Daniel [...]