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 [...]

BSC releases COMPSs software for large scale parallelisation

2017-08-09T12:29:31+00:00 June 24th, 2014|

The Grid Computer and Clusters team at the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre has released COMPSs, a set of tools designed to help developers run applications efficiently on distributed systems such as clusters, grids, and clouds. Our research group is using this programming model in some of our ongoing research work. COMPSs is a task based programming model known for notably improving the performance of large scale applications by automatically parallelising their execution. The new release includes PyCOMPSs, a new binding for Python which provides support to large number of scientific disciplines. It also includes some important features as a new tracing system using the Extrae tool and an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for COMPSs applications that help in the development of the applications and in its deployment in the distributed [...]

Research: Self-configuration of Cloud infrastructures

2017-08-09T12:31:43+00:00 May 7th, 2014|

This morning, Nico Poggi, one of the researchers in our research group, did their PhD dissertation. It was fantastic! I'm proud of Nico's work, related with dynamic resource provisioning based on revenue and cost metrics, to optimize profits for consumers of Cloud platforms. The results are based on real datasets from a well known Ecommerce retailer founded in Barcelona several years ago (although today it is a world-wide scope company): The last part of the PhD achievements are extraordinary, based on user behaviour models that relate Quality-of-Service to service capacity, and to the intention of users to buy a product on an Ecommerce site. Nico shows how such metrics enable profit-aware resource management, allowing the self-configuration of Cloud infrastructures to an optimal number of servers. My sincere [...]

Un Cloud energéticamente no dependientes sin emisiones de CO2

2017-08-09T12:32:07+00:00 February 17th, 2014|

La búsqueda de un Cloud energéticamente no dependientes sin emisiones CO2 es en lo que nuestro grupo de investigación en el Barcelona Supercomputing Center – Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) investiga, en el marco del nuevo proyecto RenewIT, la prueba de concepto de data centers energéticamente no dependientes, alimentados con fuentes autóctonas y con emisiones de CO2 cero. El futuro del Cloud pasa por estas premisas si queremos que sea sostenible el crecimiento que estamos experimentando, tal como ya apuntaba en anteriores posts. El uso de la energía eólica, solar y de biomasa (entre otras), todas autóctonas y excedentarias, libera a los centros de proceso de datos (CPDs) de la dependencia energética externa. Sin embargo, uno de los retos en el uso de este tipo de energía es la fluctuación en [...]

Conference: Big Data and Science

2017-08-09T12:32:16+00:00 February 7th, 2014|

Yesterday I gave the conference "Talking about Big Data & Science" at RoMoL Seminars.  Data is now considered the Fourth Paradigm in Science.  What are the important open issues in the area of Big Data? You can download the complete presentation (74 slides) from this link.

Conferència: «Els reptes del big data en bioinformàtica»

2017-08-09T12:38:13+00:00 February 3rd, 2014|

POST UPDATE: "Big Data Challenges in Bioinformatics" Transparències - Conference Slides El proper 12 de febrer m'han convidat a fer una conferència a l'Institut d'Estudis Catalans organitzat per la Bioinformatics Barcelona.  El títol de la conferència és «Els reptes del big data en bioinformàtica» en la que presentaré una visió global i els reptes actuals del que s’ha començat a anomenar big data, una nova àrea d’investigació que espera aportar solucions a les noves necessitats que s’estan plantejant al món de la ciència i en especial al món de la bioinformàtica. En aquests dos enllaços, (enllaç a pàgina BSC i enllaç a pàgina IEC), podeu trobar més informació. Data: Dimecres 12 de febrer de 2014 Horari: de 17 a 19h aproximadament. Lloc: Sala Prat de la Riba de l'Institut d'Estudis Catalans. C/ del Carme 47, Barcelona. [...]

International PHD Programme Fellowships BSC-La Caixa

2017-08-09T12:38:30+00:00 January 26th, 2014|

Under a collaborative Framework Agreement, the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and the “la Caixa” Foundation continue the fellowship programme started last year with a 2nd call. This programme aims to help the recruitment of talented students from across the world by doing their doctoral thesis work in one of the accredited “Severo Ochoa” centres of excellence. The objective of this joint activity is to boost the research capacity of the best research institutions in Spain. For this year, the “la Caixa” Foundation has selected the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) to offer four grants more for the academic year 2014-2015 addressed to PhD students. This grant is renewable up to four years. BSC-CNS is looking for young scientists from the national and international community who wish to do their [...]

How to Install a Temperature & Humidity Sensor on your Raspberry Pi – A Step by Step Guide

2017-08-09T12:39:05+00:00 January 10th, 2014|

During last Christmas Holidays I learned how to build from scratch a Temperature & Humidity Sensor based in a Raspberry Pi.  It was an important experience for me that give me the opportunity to complete my end-to-end view of the implementation of what we know as Internet of Services implemented in the project COMPOSE, one of our  European project that the Barcelona Supercomputing Center participates. COMPOSE will provide an open and scalable marketplace infrastructure, in which objects (like our sensor) are associated to services that can be combined, managed, and integrated in a standardised way to easily and quickly build innovative applications. Is an example of the convergence of the Internet of Services (IoS) with the Internet of Things (IoT). This step by step guide to install a temperature&Humidity sensor [...]

Beca para hacer el doctorado en nuestro grupo de investigación en Barcelona

2017-08-09T12:38:50+00:00 December 13th, 2013|

Beca de la Caixa para hacer el doctorado en nuestro grupo de investigación en Barcelona  en tema de Analítica avanzada de datos (ref. BSC-Autonomic 01/2014) 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 nuestra universidad (que cumple con el requisito de mención de calidad requerido), para un candidato o candidata que consiga esta beca. Para optar a esta beca hace falta la nacionalidad española. El trabajo de doctorado se centraría en técnicas de analítica avanzada  de datos en flujo geoposicionados (twitter, instagram, foursquares, ...) y sensores inteligentes (smartphones, cámaras, ...) para predecir en tiempo real el impacto (social, económico, ...) [...]

Pronto tendremos un nuevo edificio en el BSC

2017-08-09T12:39:08+00:00 December 1st, 2013|

BSC-CNS y la Fundación Repsol han firmado un convenio que permitirá terminar las obras de la nueva sede del BSC-CNS en 2016 para albergar a más de 300 investigadores y especialistas en I+D. Ha sido esta semana durante la visita al BSC del ministro de Economía y Competitividad, Luis de Guindos, y el conseller d’Economia i Coneixement de la Generalitat, Andreu Mas-Colell, que el presidente de Repsol, Antonio Brufau, ha firmado un acuerdo que contribuirá a la construcción de la nueva sede corporativa que se denominará “BSC-Repsol Building”. El nuevo edificio supondrá disponer de 12.000 metros cuadrados para que sus más de 300 investigadores podamos trabajar en un mismo espacio, que ahora nos encontramos desperdigados entre media docena de instalaciones, lo que dificulta a veces el trabajo [...]

New position in Big Data area at BSC

2017-08-09T12:39:15+00:00 November 12th, 2013|

Our research group at BSC is opening 1 Positions as a Junior Developper in Big Data area Our Autonomic Systems and e-Business Platforms  research group offers a transversal junior developer position to work both on the Human Brain project and under the Severo Ochoa programme. Human Brain is a project funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union that aims to build completely new information computing technology infrastructure for neuroscience and for brain-related research. Under the Severo Ochoa programme, the BSC is carrying out multidisciplinary research to address the complex challenges in the path towards Exascale computing, co-developing energy efficient and high performance hardware and software platforms with applications in personalised medicine, modeling of human organs, and global models for climate change and air quality [...]

An opportunity to visit the supercomputer Marenostrum

2017-08-09T12:39:17+00:00 October 13th, 2013|

BSC opens its doors on Saturday 19nd October from 11am-7pm inviting people to discover the supercomputer MareNostrum and what lies behind this smart machine following the initiative of Barcelona city hall called 48 Open House Barcelona . The 48H Open House Barcelona activities program is built around the broad and qualitative network of buildings that will open their doors to the public.  For more information contact Oriol Riu ( El próximo sábado 19 de octubre, se volverá a celebrar una jornada de puertas abiertas enmarcada en la segunda edición del 48 Open House Barcelona . Se trata de una iniciativa en la que se abren al público edificios emblemáticos en Barcelona, entre ellos Torre Girona. Así, los ciudadanos interesados en participar en un tour guiado por la [...]