The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) in association with Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC) was awarded by NVIDIA as a GPU Center of Excellence (now GCoE, previously CUDA CoE) in 2011. [News at NVIDIA]
The center will foster multi-GPU and cluster-aware programming environments for GPUs promoting a unified resource management like GMAC, and will enable the forthcoming Exascale supercomputing era with GPU acceleration using the task-based StarSs programming model and its OmpSs implementation. BSC is already starting to build a new GPU-based cluster prototype system to explore the potential of low-power GPU clusters as high-performance platforms.
BSC and UPC currently offer a number of courses covering CUDA architecture and parallel computing. BSC became the first NVIDIA CUDA Research Center in Spain, in 2010. BSC/UPC Prof. Mateo Valero is Principal Investigator for the Center, and Dr. Antonio J. Peña is Acting Director of the actual BSC GPU Research Center. BSC organizes the Programming and Tuning Massively Parallel Systems (PUMPS) summer school yearly since 2010.
“We feel honored to become a NVIDIA Center of Excellence and for sure this will strengthen even more the well settled collaboration with NVIDIA”, said Mateo Valero, BSC Director. “Our aim is that Barcelona becomes a hub for training in CUDA for scientists and faculty members from European academic and research institutions. ”
The GPU Center of Excellence program recognizes, rewards and fosters collaboration with leading institutions at the forefront of parallel computing research. As a world leader in Computer, Life and Earth sciences as well as computational applications in Science and Engineering, BSC joins a network of elite institutions worldwide that have demonstrated a unique vision for improving the technology and application of parallel computing, and are empowering academics and scientists to conduct world-changing research.
The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) was officially constituted in April 2005. It is the National Supercomputing Facility in Spain and 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 dedication has been taken to areas such as Computational Sciences, Life Sciences and Earth Sciences.
The Barcelona Supercomputing Center was named by NVIDIA as a 2010 CUDA Research Center, the first in Spain. The CUDA Research Center Program recognizes and fosters collaboration with research groups at universities and research institutes that are expanding the frontier of massively parallel computing. Institutions identified as CUDA Research Centers are doing world-changing research by leveraging CUDA and NVIDIA GPUs. This new research center, led by Professor Mateo Valero, BSC Director, will bring new equipment, a seed program for new NVIDIA GPU releases, software licenses, and training and collaboration opportunities with CUDA partners worldwide and with NVIDIA.
NVIDIA and BSC started collaborations back in April 2008 with a first initial conference of David Kirk about “NVIDIA CUDA Software and GPU Parallel Computing” in Barcelona. In addition to an active research program and many highly regarded publications, the CUDA Research Center also recognized BSC’s efforts in CUDA education, highlighted by the 2010 Summer School, “Programming and tUning Massively Parallel Systems (PUMPS),” offered in July on the Barcelona university campus. Prof. Nacho Navarro organized the event, co-sponsored by the University of Illinois, the HiPEAC NOE and NVIDIA, with distinguished faculty members Dr. David B. Kirk of NVIDIA NVIDIA; Prof. Nacho Navarro, BSC. and Prof. Wen-mei Hwu of the University of Illinois. The first PUMPS attracted more than 100 attendees from throughout the EU and beyond, from beginners to advanced faculty. Content was based on CUDA, OpenCL, OpenMP, and StarSs programming languages and numerical methods including FFT, Graph, Tiling, Grid, Montecarlo, FDTD, Sparse matrices, etc. The school featured lectures on cutting-edge new techniques and hands-on laboratory experience in developing applications for many-core processors with massively parallel computing resources such as GPU accelerators. Applications case studies focused on Molecular Dynamics, MRI Reconstruction, RTM Stencil, and Dense Linear Systems. Furthermore, this collaboration presented research results at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) 2010 in San Jose (California) by three senior BSC researchers.
A consistent thread throughout BSC’s work has been collaboration with the University of Illinois. Prof. Navarro long held a visiting appointment at Illinois, where he collaborated with Hwu’s IMPACT Research Group and other faculty colleagues in the Coordinated Science Laboratory. BSC graduate, Dr. Isaac Gelado, now with NVIDIA served as a post-doc with the IMPACT Group at Illinois. These collaborations have resulted in joint publications.
Mateo Valero obtained his Telecommunication Engineering Degree from the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) in 1974 and his Ph.D. in Telecommunications from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) in 1980. Since 1974 he is a professor in the Computer Architecture Department at UPC, in Barcelona and since 1983 he is full professor. His research interests focus on high performance architectures. He has published approximately 600 papers, has served in the organization of more than 300 International Conferences and he has given more than 400 invited talks. He is the director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, the National Facility of Supercomputing in Spain.
Dr. Valero has been honored with several awards. Among them, the Eckert-Mauchly Award, by the IEEE and the ACM, the IEEE Harry Goode, two Spanish National awards, the “Julio Rey Pastor” to recognize research on IT technologies and the “Leonardo Torres Quevedo” to recognize research in Engineering, by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology, presented by the King of Spain and the “King Jaime I” in research by the Generalitat Valenciana presented by the Queen of Spain. He has been named Honorary Doctor by the University of Chalmers, by the University of Belgrade, by the Universities of Las Palmas de Gran Canarias and Zaragoza in Spain, and by the University of Veracruz in Mexico. “Hall of the Fame”, selected as one of the 25 most influents European researchers in IT during the period 1983-2008.
In December 1994, Professor Valero became a founding member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Engineering. In 2005 he was elected Correspondant Academic of the Spanish Royal Academy of Science and in 2006, member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Doctors and member of the “Academia Europaea”, the “Academy of Europe”. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of the ACM and an Intel Distinguished Research Fellow. In 1998 he won a “Favourite Son” Award of his hometown, Alfamén (Zaragoza, Spain) and in 2006, his native town named their Public College after him.