Barcelona Computing Week at BSC

The Barcelona Computing Week at BSC is an educational initiative started by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and, since two years ago, part of the training activities of the BSC/UPC NVIDIA CUDA Center of Excellence. 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 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 devotedly designed and successfully developed OmpSs, 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 collaborating in similar summer courses with Prof. Wen-mei Hwu and David Kirk in the past years. Bringing in his team and expertise ensures 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 Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (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.

PRACE (the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) has established six of its members’ sites: Barcelona Supercomputing Center (Spain), CINECA - Consorzio Interuniversitario (Italy), CSC - IT Center for Science Ltd (Finland), EPCC at the University of Edinburgh (UK), Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (Germany) and Maison de la Simulation (France) as the first PRACE Advanced Training Centres. The mission of the PRACE Advanced Training Centres (PATCs) is to carry out and coordinate training and education activities that enable the European research community to utilize the computational infrastructure available through PRACE.

 
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