Barcelona Supercomputing Center / Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya

NVIDIA GPU Center of Excellence

Since 2011, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) in association with Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC) is a NVIDIA GPU Center of Excellence.

BSC at SC'15 , November 2015

  • Mateo Valero, BSC Director and NVIDIA GCOE PI, received the 2015 IEEE-CS Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award, “In recognition of seminal contributions to vector, out-of-order, multithreaded, and VLIW architectures.” at SC15 Conference - [ Intro. Video ]
  • Rosa Badia, Grid Computing group Manager, gave an invited talk on ‘Superscalar programming models: making applications platform agnostic’ and a presentation during the ‘Workshop on accelerator programming using directives’. Finally, Rosa participated in the panel discussion on the topic of ‘Women in HPC: changing the face of HPC’.
  • GPU TECHNOLOGY THEATER TALKS NOW ON DEMAND: More than 40 scientists, researchers and engineers shared their experience with accelerated computing in the GPU Technology Theater at SC15. All sessions are now available on demand.

BSC celebrates its 10th Anniversary, April 2015

PUMPS 2015 Summer School at BSC/UPC, July 6-10, 2015

PATC Course: Introduction to CUDA Programming, June 2-5, 2015

GTC 2015 March 17-20, 2015 Silicon Valley

At GPU Technology Conference (GTC), Barcelona Supercomputing Center - CUDA Center of Excellence presented

  • Exploiting CUDA Dynamic Parallelism for Low-Power ARM-Based Prototypes
    • Vishal Mehta Engineer, Paul Carpenter, Senior Researcher. Learn to exploit CUDA features for saving energy and thus your pockets. This session briefs about the Pedraforca prototype developed at Barcelona Supercomputing Centre under the Mont-Blanc project. The prototype is based on NVIDIA® Tegra® and NVIDIA® Tesla® platforms and aims at reducing the raw power footprint of the HPC clusters. This session describes in depth how to exploit CUDA dynamic parallelism and CUDA streams for GPU applications to be ported on low power ARM based prototypes. Also includes architectural description of the prototype, power budget comparisons, and various example codes for improving the programming skills of CUDA users.
  • OmpSuperscalar: Task-Parallel Simulation and Visualization of Crowds with Several CPUs and GPUs
    • Hugo Pérez PhD Student, Benjamin Hernandez Researcher, Isaac Rudomin Senior Researcher. Industry trends in the coming years in the race to exascale imply the availability of cluster computing with hundreds to thousands of cores per chip. Programming presents a challenge due to the heterogeneous architecture. Using novel programming models that facilitate this process is necessary. In this talk we present the case of simulation and visualization of crowds. We analyze and compare the use of two programming models: OmpSs and CUDA and show that OmpSs allows us to exploit all the resources combining the use of CPU and GPU taking care of memory management, scheduling, communications and synchronization automatically. We will present experimental results obtained in the Barcelona Supercomputing Center GPU Cluster as well as describe several modes used for visualizing the results.
  • Accelerating Face Detection and Deep Learning on GPUs
    • UPC startup Herta Security is ahead in using GPUs to extract biometric data. In an era where security has become a major growth industry, technologies to refine facial recognition are in high demand. Herta Security is on the cutting edge of real-time face recognition and has developed a number of solutions, including Biosurveillance and BioFinder — high-performance video-surveillance specially designed to simultaneously identify subjects in a crowded and changeable environment. On the non-security side, Herta has developed BioMarketing, which can identify parameters such as gender, approximate age, use of glasses, and various facial expressions to enable advertisers to reach an identified audience with a specific message.
    • Herta Security, Javier Rodriguez Saeta, CEO, has been selected to present this work at the Emerging Companies Summit “Show & Tell” event at GTC 2015
  • CUDA Center of Excellence Achievement Session & Awards
    • In this session, GTC highlights and rewards excellent research taking place at institutions at the forefront of GPU computing teaching and research - NVIDIA Centers of Excellence (COE). An NVIDIA panel of GPU computing luminaries, selected four exemplars from our twenty-two COEs to represent the amazing GPU computing research being done. This year winer is: Harvard University; Nature's Lessons for Technology, Playing with Molecules and Light.
    • GPU Centers of Excellence session video Recording.

Previous Events

  • PUMPS 2014 Summer School, July 7-11, 2014: Participants, Teachers, TA's and organizers were very excited with this 5th summer school!!
  • At NVIDIA GCT 2014, great session Easy Multi-GPU Programming with CUDArrays, where Javier Cabezas (Ph.D. Student, BSC), shows how to boost your productivity by offering a multi-dimensional array data type that can be used both in host and device code. In systems with several GPUs and P2P memory access support, CUDArrays transparently distributes the computation across several GPUs. In another session, Generation, Simulation and Rendering of Large Varied Animated Crowds, Isaac Rudomin (Senior Researcher, BSC) and Benjamin Hernandez (Postdoc, BSC) discuss several steps in the process for simulating and visualizing large and varied crowds, in real time, for consumer-level computers and graphic cards (GPUs).
  • PRACE Summer of HPC Awards Best Students, The PRACE HPC Ambassador Award was awarded to Vito Simonka, who spent the Summer of HPC at BSC, Spain and best embodied the outreach spirit of the programme. He worked on optimizing parallel algorithms with OmpSs, and collaborated with the company Herta Security (a UPC startup related to the CUDA Center of Excellence) on the facial gender recognition application using GPUs.
    • Matina Maria Trompouki, recent graduate of Master CANS of UPC, has been awarded a Best Poster Award in the ACM's Graduate Research Competition sponsored by Microsoft, at the Grace Hopper Conference held 2-5 October in Minneapolis, USA. Matina won the third prize for her poster with title: “Efficient pedestrian detection based on Viola-Jones method using multiple GPUs”, which was her Master Thesis project, supervised by prof. Nacho Navarro. Given the fact that the first two prizes were awarded to last year PhD students, this international distinction highlights the level of research conducted in UPC.
  • PRACE Summer of HPC at BSC, a programme for undergraduate and postgraduate students that offers a summer placement at HPC centres across Europe took place from July 1st to August 30th 2013
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