February 7th, 2016|

The Research Group Autonomic Systems and eBusiness Platforms at Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), invites outstanding candidates to apply for a full-time PhD position under "Becas de posgrado de La Caixa"  grants (link) or "International PhD Program Fellowship BSC La Caixa" grants (link). The PhD work will focus on Deep Learning and High Performance Computing for computer vision. PhD project description Deep learning has changed the scape of computer vision and artificial intelligence. Current research in these areas has shown the possibility of creating tools that are able to recognize thousands of objects, or automatically describe the content in an image. For example, Google Brain approach to automatic captioning is able to reliably describe many complex images using this basic queues. However, human understanding of images is far more elaborated. Humans do not [...]

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 [...]

What we mean by/Qué queremos decir con “High-Performance Big-Data Analytics”?

November 21st, 2015|

    ES    Hoy en día nos encontramos inmersos en un nuevo proceso en el que las "cosas" pasan del mundo físico al mundo digital y son accesibles desde cualquier dispositivo electrónico. El Cloud Computing es lo que hace posible que la tecnología digital penetre en todos los rincones de nuestra economía y la sociedad. Este nuevo escenario no sólo permite a los usuarios conectarse a través de sus dispositivos móviles al mundo digital que se avecina, sino que empieza también a permitir la conexión de cualquier objeto o dispositivo. Esto causará un diluvio de información digital, que se conoce como Big Data. Existen actualmente diferentes frameworks Big Data de código abierto que proporcionan los medios para lidiar con este diluvio de datos. Estos frameworks permiten abstraer [...]

When will we have a Exascale supercomputer?

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, [...]

Google Doctoral Fellowship in Barcelona

December 14th, 2013|

Google Doctoral Fellowship in Barcelona (ref. BSC-Autonomic 02/2014) The Research Group Autonomic Systems and eBusiness Platforms  at Barcelona Supercomputing Center, invites outstanding PhD candidates to apply for one full-time PhD at UPC Barcelona Tech under the Google European Doctoral Fellowship Programme. Only high quality European PhD programs of a few European technical universities have been invited to participate in the Google Fellowships programme. Concretely UPC can only  propose two candidates for this program, so I'd invite you all to look for main program requirements and characteristics at the following link. Our research group will propose 1 PhD students to the UPC. Those of you interested to be selected by our group within this program please send to and  (with "position autonomic 02/2014") the following information (all in English) [...]