The Barcelona Computing Week at BSC is an educational initiative coming from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and the HiPEAC Cluster on Programming Models and Operating Systems. We would like to promote good programming models, and therefore organizing some educational activity has always been in our mind.
The BSC (Barcelona Supercomputing Center) is the National Supercomputing Facility in Spain. BSC manages MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe, located at the Torre Girona chapel. The mission of BSC is to investigate, develop and manage information technology in order to facilitate scientific progress. With this aim, special attention has been given to areas such as Computational Sciences, Life Sciences and Earth Sciences. All these activities are complementary to each other and very tightly related. In this way, a multidisciplinary loop is set up: our exposure to industrial and non-computer science academic practices improves our understanding of their needs and helps us focus our basic research towards improving those practices. The result is very positive both for our research work as well as for improving the way we service our society.
The UPC-Barcelona Tech is one of the leading technical universities in Spain. It specializes in higher education and research in the fields of engineering, science and architecture. It has around 30,000 undergraduate students and 4,000 postgraduate (master’s and doctoral) students, with around 250 doctorates awarded each year. An appealing range of educational programs has positioned the University as a welcoming place for the exchange of knowledge, with more than 2,000 foreign students from all over the world enrolling each year.
The HiPEAC EU Network of Excellence mission is to guide and enhance European research in the area of high-performance and embedded computing systems, by stimulating cooperation between academia and industry, computer architects and tool builders. Collaboration and networking are stimulated by means of the various networking events, and small collaboration incentives such as collaboration grants, mini-sabbaticals, internships, etc. HiPEAC is increasing Europe’s worldwide visibility in our domain via the HiPEAC conference, the ACACES summer school, the HiPEAC journal, the HiPEACinfo Newsletter, and also promoting seminars, technical reports, workshops, and awards.