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    Sala d'actes de la FiB :
    16 Nov 2018 - 16:00
    Abstract. In this talk, I will discuss alternative non-volatile memory technologies and present one of our recent works on prolonging the lifetime of Phase-change main memories. One of the main drawbacks with PCMs is their short write endurance. In this talk, I will introduce a simple shift-based technique to balance the bit flips of memory lines and also exploit multi-bit storage capability of PCMs to improve the lifetime of the whole memory.   Short Bio. Prof. Hamid Sarbazi-Azad received his BSc in electrical and computer engineering his MSc in computer engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 1992 and 1994, respectively. He did his PhD in computing science at the University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK, in 2002. Currently, he is a Professor of computer...
    Prof. Hamid Sarbazi-Azad, Sharif University of Technology and IPM, Tehran, Iran.

    Sala d´actes de la FIB. Campus Nord. :
    19 Nov 2018 - 10:00
    Abstract:Omic data is big data in biology. Acquired at different biological domains, omic data is highly structured and rich, as biological processes leave their imprint across different biological levels. I will argue that decoding omic data in relation to a given process offers understanding which can be translated into specific hypotheses relating human health. I will thus present six examples of how to decode genomic, transciptomic and methylomic data to gain insights into the biology of inversion polymorphisms, epistasis, recombination, co-splicing networks and the mosaic loss of chromosome Y. I will discuss how the insights gained into these processes allow us to make specific recommendations on cancer and Alzheimer’s disease treatments, explain the comorbidity of asthma and...
    Sala d'actes de la FiB, Campus Nord, UPC :
    20 Nov 2018 - 11:30
    Abstract: Today's systems are overwhelmingly designed to move data to computation. This design choice goes directly against at least three key trends in systems that cause performance, scalability and energy bottlenecks: 1) data access from memory is already a key bottleneck as applications become more data-intensive and memory bandwidth and energy do not scale well, 2) energy consumption is a key constraint in especially mobile and server systems, 3) data movement is very expensive in terms of bandwidth, energy and latency, much more so than computation. These trends are especially severely-felt in the data-intensive server and energy-constrained mobile systems of today. At the same time, conventional memory technology is facing many scaling challenges in terms of reliability,...
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    Onur Mutlu is a Professor of Computer Science at ETH Zurich. He is also a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University, where he previously held Strecker Early Career Professorship. His current broader research interests are in computer architecture, systems, and bioinformatics. He obtained his PhD and MS in ECE from the University of Texas at Austin and BS degrees in Computer Engineering and Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His started the Computer Architecture Group at Microsoft Research (2006-2009), and held various product and research positions at Intel Corporation, Advanced Micro Devices, VMware, and Google. He received the inaugural IEEE Computer Society Young Computer Architect Award, the inaugural Intel Early Career Faculty Award, US National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Carnegie Mellon University Ladd Research Award, faculty partnership awards from various companies, and a healthy number of best paper or "Top Pick" paper recognitions at various computer systems and architecture venues. He is an ACM Fellow "for contributions to computer architecture research, especially in memory systems" and an elected member of the Academy of Europe (Academia Europaea). For more information, please see his webpage at
    The course will take place in Barcelona Supercomputing Center, within the UPC Campus Nord premises. Vertex Building VS208       :
    27 Nov 2018 - 10:00 to 29 Nov 2018 - 17:30
    The objective of this PATC course is to cover the basics of a high performance computing (HPC) environment oriented towards earth science applications, specifically chemical weather modelling and climate modelling. More precisely, the course will cover: Introduction to earth science fundamentals and modelling; Basic usage of an HPC environment: shell, compilers, libraries, file systems, queuing system and parallel computing; Build and configure targeted earth science applications with the NMMB/MONARCH chemical transport model and with the EC-EARTH climate model; Execute and monitor numerical experiments using a workflow manager; Analyse and visualise model outputs with a wide set of tools. Learning outcomes: Participants will learn and gain experience in...
    C6 building - E101 Room | Website: :
    30 Nov 2018 - 10:00
    Are you addicted to coding and solving complex problems? Come to the 3rd Annual BSC/UPC HPC Hackathon and test your problem solving skills. In this competition you will be asked to think elegant and efficient solutions for challenging problems. Time will be your most important enemy, as you struggle to solve as many problems as possible in a limited time. To participate, you will need good coding skills, primarily in C and shell, but knowledge in other programming languages such as C++ and python is recommended. You should also be familiar with version control systems, such as git and mercurial, and have a good knowledge on Unix systems. You will be asked to solve problems in three different topics: GPU/FPGA Computing, Parallel Programming and Software Security...
    Sala d'actes de la FiB :
    30 Nov 2018 - 11:00
    Abstract: Message-passing programming models have dominated high-performance computing (HPC) for the past quarter century. With the continued breakdown of the (uniform) sequential processors abstract machine model, many researchers have questioned the continued viability of message passing as a model for direct, application-level interaction. Recent years have seen an explosion of new paradigms in programming models for distributed-memory computing. The move to the next generation of HPC platforms presents a wider variety of challenges than ever before, including the increased need for asynchrony, increased hardware diversity and performance non-uniformity, decreased hardware reliability and increased failure rates, but also the maintainability of increasingly complex scientific...
    George Bosilca, Assistant Research Professor at the Innovative Computing Laboratory at University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
    The course will take place at Barcelona Supercomputing Center, within the UPC Campus Nord premises. Building C6, Room E106 :
    11 Dec 2018 - 09:30 to 12 Dec 2018 - 13:00
    The objective of the 1st HPAC Platform Training Event is to introduce the HPAC Platform as well as to provide assistance to the potential users in understanding the application process for supercomputing resources access. Further information will be provided on how the supercomputer resources can be used and what tools and environments can help the users to port their applications to a specific supercomputer architecture. Moreover, the participants will learn how to use the simulators NEST for simulation point-neuron models and Arbor for multi-compartment models, as well as which visualisation tools are available to them. 
    Barcelona, Campus Nord UPC :
    18 Dec 2018 - 10:00 to 19 Dec 2018 - 18:30
    Co-organized by BSC, ELEM Biotech and Red Española de Supercomputación (RES). Supported by VHEARTSN - COMPBIOMED - SILICOFCM.   Translational medicine refers to biomedical research that seeks to facilitate the application of scientific discoveries towards medical care, procedures and policies of health of individuals and the community. We seek to bring together researchers in cardiac imaging, computational cardiology, pharmacology and cardiologists and bring the work of each participant closer to the central idea of exploiting the "translation" of knowledge. During the meeting: ● The researchers will present their developments, highlighting the medical motivation and the potential of "translation". ● Cardiologists will describe their...
    Campus Nord, C6 Building, Room E-106   :
    21 Jan 2019 - 09:00 to 25 Jan 2019 - 18:00
    Objectives: VI-HPS Tuning Workshops are the major training vehicle where around 40 participants receive instruction and guidance to become familiar with VI-HPS programming tools suite. During the training, we will explain the functionality of each tool and how they can be used. We will also give them hands-on assistance on how to apply VI-HPS tools to their own parallel application codes, along with advice for potential corrections and optimizations. Additionally, feedback to tools developers helps direct tools development to user needs, as well as improve tool documentation and ease of use.
      The course will take place in Barcelona Supercomputing Center, within the UPC Campus Nord premises. Vertex Bulding, Room VS208     :
    29 Jan 2019 - 09:30 to 30 Jan 2019 - 16:30
    COMPSs is a programming model which is able to exploit the inherent concurrency of sequential applications and execute them in a transparent manner to the application developer in distributed computing platform. This is achieved by annotating part of the codes as tasks, and building at execution a task-dependence graph based on the actual data used consumed/produced by the tasks. The COMPSs runtime is able to schedule the tasks in the computing nodes and take into account facts like data locality and the different nature of the computing nodes in case of heterogeneous platforms. Additionally, recently COMPSs has been enhanced with the possibility of coordinating Web Services as part of the applications. COMPSs supports Java, C/C++ and Python as programming languages.