Picos@EPI - Junior Developer (RE1)

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Picos@EPI - Junior Developer (RE1)

Closing Date

Saturday, 15 August, 2020
Reference: 215_20_CS_PM_RE1
Job title: Picos@EPI - Junior Developer (RE1)

About BSC

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) is the leading supercomputing center in Spain. It houses MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe, and is a hosting member of the PRACE European distributed supercomputing infrastructure. The mission of BSC is to research, develop and manage information technologies in order to facilitate scientific progress. BSC combines HPC service provision and R&D into both computer and computational science (life, earth and engineering sciences) under one roof, and currently has over 650 staff from 49 countries.

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Context And Mission

The Parallel Programming Models (PM) group as part of the Computer Science Department, is one of the biggest groups composed of more than 30 PhD students, support engineers, postdocs and senior researchers. PM has a strong background on parallel and distributed programming models, domain specific languages (DSLs), compilers and accelerators. The PM group is involved in many EU projects such as LEGaTO, EuroEXA, EPEEC, DEEP-EST, and EPI, as well as, industrial projects with Repsol, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, and Fujitsu. The successful applicant will be based at BSC, but will also interact with our academic and industrial partners.
The European Processor Initiative (EPI) aims at the design of a roadmap for a future European processor technology for HPC and automotive. The EPI team within BSC is responsible for defining an architecture of a RISC-V accelerator to be used in conjunction with a general purpose processor for Exascale. The EPI chip has also an FPGA that will be used to accelerate parts of the system.
The development efforts of the EPI team within BSC are towards:
• Design and verification of IPs to be integrated into a state-of-the-art SoC design;
• Development of the necessary system software (compiler and runtime);
• Rapid prototyping of IPs for design validation and system software tests on FPGA.
We are seeking for a research engineer to do research on acceleration of the runtime system through the offloading of the tasks and task dependences management onto the EPI chip eFPGA, based on the BSC’s Picos manager.

Key Duties

  • Implement the basic version of the Picos manager onto the EPI chip eFPGA, to support tasking across the ARM cores.
  • Include the RISC-V accelerator on the management done by Picos, supporting RISC-V tasks.
  • Select a number of applications to evaluate on this environment, port them and evaluate performance and energy consumption, compared with the applications running without the Picos support.
  • Interact with the RTL design team and the software development team.
  • Participate on group/project publications, dissemination and training.


  • Education
    • Master in Computer Sciences, Computer Engineering, or equivalent.
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Good skills in programming in C, C++, OpenMP, MPI, VHDL/Verilog and HLS.
  • Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Knowledge about compilers and task based runtime systems.
    • Experience with Verilog, SystemVerilog, VHDL, and high-level synthesis tools.
  • Competences
    • Good written and verbal communication skills (English/Spanish).
    • Ability to take initiative, prioritize and work under set deadlines and pressure.
    • Ability to work independently and in a team.


  • The position will be located at BSC within the Computer Sciences Department
  • We offer a full-time contract, a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible working hours, extensive training plan, tickets restaurant, private health insurance, fully support to the relocation procedures
  • Duration: Temporary - 1 year, renewable renewable
  • Salary: we offer a competitive salary commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate and according to the cost of living in Barcelona
  • Starting date: September 1st, 2020

Applications Procedure

All applications must include:

  • A Cover Letter with a statement of interest in English, including two contacts for further references - Applications without this document will not be considered

  • A full CV in English including contact details


The vacancy will remain open until suitable candidate has been hired. Applications will be regularly reviewed and potential candidates will be contacted.

Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment

BSC-CNS is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or any other basis protected by applicable state or local law.

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