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 [...]

Calçotada season and the new Deep Learning book

April 9th, 2016|

The calçotada season is coming to an end. Keep this excellent recipe from Tampa Bay Times for next year. Now it is time to read First contact with TensorFlow book. Already available a paper version, PDF version and Kindle version. Also this book is going to be freely available on-line in my web page (html version) next April 23th , Saint George's day  (Sant Jordi Day). This day is Barcelona's most romantic day of the year: St Jordi's is a day of Roses and Books. Come to see it! (*) I si no saps quin llibre regalar per St Jordi ...    Sant Jordi's day in all town and cities in Catalonia: #BooksAndRoses  

Spark Summit: Stories about Spark, HPC and Barcelona

November 25th, 2015|

Dear readers, I’m a little bit late posting this information, but I have been up to my eyes with work!. Few weeks ago I attended the European Spark Summit held in Amsterdam. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet and talk with the spark community. The summit started with Matei Zaharia, who talked about how spark usage is evolving and Ion Stoica talking about how Spark is entering into enterprises. There were a lot of interesting presentations. You can download them and see the recorded video presentations on this web site. BSC also gave a presentation where we presented what we are doing with Spark in our research supercomputing center in Barcelona. Below you can find the slides that we presented. Attending the summit also gave us the opportunity [...]

El BSC vuelve a abrir sus puertas para el 48h Open House Barcelona

October 19th, 2015|

  El BSC vuelve a abrir sus puertas para el 48h Open House Barcelona El BSC-CNS se adhiere por cuarto año a la jornada 48h Open House Barcelona, que tiene como objetivo la divulgación del patrimonio arquitectónico de la ciudad. Durante el fin de semana del 25 y 26 de octubre abrirán las puertas de forma gratuita unos 150 edificios. Torre Girona, concretamente la capilla que alberga el supercomputador MareNostrum, estará abierta al público el sábado 24 de octubre de 10 a 19 horas para mostrar a los visitantes el interior de la capilla y para explicar la investigación que se realiza en el BSC-CNS. La visita contará, además, con la participación de 5 investigadores que harán una presentación del centro y de la labor científica que se desarrolla. No os [...]

Barcelona Spark Meetup: Nueva temporada de actividades otoño-invierno 2015/16

October 4th, 2015|

Este mes de Octubre empezamos nueva temporada del Barcelona Spark Meetup con más de 900 miembros. Gracias a todos por vuestro soporte al meetup!. A continuación podéis ver la lista de actividades programadas para esta nueva temporada otoño-invierno. Empezamos en Octubre con una conferencia excepcional de Chris Fregly del  IBM Spark Technology Center de San Francisco en California. Todo un honor para Barcelona tener a Chris entre nosotros.  Recordar que a finales de Octubre hay el primer Spark Summit en Europa. Si estáis interesados en asistir y sois miembros de nuestro meetup podéis obtener un descuento del 10% usando el código . Para Noviembre hemos organizado un meetup conjuntamente con el Barcelona R Users Group y el Barcelona Machine Learning Study Group para hablar de la combinación de Spark, R y Machine Learning. Para este encuentro tenemos el lujo de disponer de [...]

¿Cómo puede mejorar el “internet de las cosas” metrópolis como Barcelona?

July 30th, 2015|

El Internet de las Cosas ya está aquí y, sin duda, ha venido para quedarse. A pesar de que para mucha gente sea invisible y aún no sea consciente de ello, ya está aquí y nos acompaña a todas partes. Básicamente se trata de tres cosas: conectar miles de millones de objetos (sensores, ropa, coches, relojes, maquinaria, etc.); recoger la información que estos han obtenido; y analizar esta información para extraer conocimiento. Se calcula que 50 mil millones de computadoras, teléfonos inteligentes y sensores de todo tipo estarán conectados a través de internet en 2020, hecho que augura un mercado de miles de millones. Sus aplicaciones son muy diversas, y una de ellas es conseguir unas ciudades más sostenibles. Un objetivo muy de actualidad y que afecta [...]

Congratulations for ten years of science at BSC

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! :-)

More than 100 Supercomputer experts gather in Barcelona this week

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 [...]

Building a Unified Data Pipeline in Spark

November 24th, 2014|

Excellent reception of sparkers to the last session of  Barcelona Spark meetup featured by Aaron Davidson (Apache Spark committer and Software Engineer at Databricks) speaking about ‘Building a Unified Data Pipeline in Spark’ . If you missed the presentation or want to revisit it, check out the video recorded here  (talk in English). Enclosed you will find some pictures of the session. Thank you very much to Aaron Davidson for accepting our invitation and also to Paco Nathan, Alex Sicoe, Sameer Farooqui  and Olivier Girardot for their support for this meetup. I hope you enjoyed barcelona and you come back soon.  

Strata + Hadoop World in Barcelona 2014: Videos & Slides

November 22nd, 2014|

The conference is over, and in my point of view it was a great success. The program of the conference were very good, with great networking opportunities and a good sponsor pavilion. I really enjoyed it. Let me say to the organisers that Barcelona is delighted to welcome conferences like Strata+Hadoop. And all attendees with whom I spoke were excited to be in Barcelona.  Congratulations for choosing Barcelona! If you missed the conference or want to revisit the main presentations or keynotes, check out the keynote videos or speaker slides. You can also check out the official photos.

Get certified for Apache Spark in Barcelona

November 13th, 2014|

As all my students know I think that Hadoop is showing its age and Apache Spark is exploding. Let me share with you an important opportunity to get the Developer Certification for Apache Spark in Barcelona. Yes, I said in Barcelona!,  at the upcoming Strata + Hadoop World  next week in the CCIB - Centre Convencions Internacional de Barcelona.  If you want to learn more you can visit this web page. it is a good opportunity!  I hope to see you in the Strata + Hadoop World event!. Also you are invited to attend our next meeting of Barcelona Spark Meetup.  This fourth meeting will feature Aaron Davidson (Apache Spark committer and Software Engineer at Databricks) and Paco Nathan (Community Evangelism Director  at Databricks) speaking about 'Building a Unified Data Pipeline in Spark' (talk in English). The talk will start next [...]

APIs that make it easier to create predictive models

November 4th, 2014|

Our research group is working in Data Analytics, where predictive modelling play an important role. Predictive modelling is an important process by which a model is created or chosen to try to best predict the probability of an outcome. Most often the event one wants to predict is in the future, but predictive modelling can be applied to any type of unknown event, regardless of when it occurred. Now, you can use an increasing number of API products offering predictive analytics services that make it easier to create and deploy predictive models in your business or in your app. Last year I invited as a guest lecture in one of my courses one of them,BigML. Together with  Google Prediction API were the only ones I knew. However, as Louis Dorard explains in his blog, there are many [...]