Barcelona Computing Week at BSC

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.

  • We would like to enhance the Computational Thinking of our BSC/UPC students, and not only them, but also all interested researchers and teachers from all over the world, by exposing them to the new trends in dealing with computing accelerators, from programming models like NVIDIA's CUDA and OpenCL or Intel's TBB, to our proposed OpenMP with tasks, or our locally designed and developed StarSs, etc.
  • The summer school courses and labs will provide researchers and graduate students with knowledge and hands-on experience in developing applications software for many-core processors running massively parallel applications.
  • We have been organizing similar summer courses with Prof. Wen-mei Hwu in the past years. So starting our series by bringing in his team and expertise, seemed a way of ensuring the top quality we are pursuing.

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.

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