The new Mateo Valero Prize recognizes contribution to HPC research in Latin America and the Caribbean

22 September 2023

The director of BSC received the first award named after him, presented by the Advanced Computing System for Latin America and the Caribbean (SCALAC) each year in conjunction with the CARLA Conference.

The director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS), Mateo Valero, received the Mateo Valero's Prize this Thursday for his contributions to cooperation in advanced computing with Latin America and the Caribbean, as part of the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Programme Committee of the Latin American Conference on High Performance Computing (CARLA2023), held in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia).

This award, which comes on top of other awards and recognitions received by Valero in the Americas, is also promoted by the Advanced Computing System for Latin America and the Caribbean (SCALAC) and, in general, by the advanced computing community in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Mateo Valero Prize

The Mateo Valero Prize is an award presented by the Advanced Computing System for Latin America and the Caribbean (SCALAC) each year in conjunction with the CARLA Conference series (Latin America High-Performance Computing Conference). The prize recognises an individual who has made significant, continuing contributions to research in high-performance computing collaboration with Latin America and Caribbean Partners. The main purpose of this award is to track the progress over time of advanced computing by acknowledging and rewarding the promotion and joint actions addressed to relevant collaborations of high-performance computing in Latin America to applications in science, engineering, and large-scale data analytics. The prize has been established in 2023 and only Mateo Valero has been awarded, precisely giving its name to the award.

The prize is awarded by a committee made up of SCALAC, the steering committee of CARLA and representatives of the Latin American community of HPC/advanced computing that analyzes the candidacy for the same proposed by a member of the active HPC community in Latin America addressed to SCALAC. This candidacy is analyzed and put to voting by the SCALAC/CARLA committee, giving the award each time it is meritorious to award it, and it will be held during a special ceremony at the CARLA conference.

As the award was created in 2023, only Mateo Valero has been awarded, giving his name precisely to the award.

About Mateo Valero

The director of BSC holds the three most important supercomputing awards worldwide: the Eckert-Mauchly Prize in Computer Architecture, awarded by the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), as well as the Seymour Cray Prize in Supercomputing and the Charles Babbage Prize in Parallel Computers, both awarded by the IEEE.

He has also been awarded two national research prizes (Julio Rey Pastor, in 2001, and Leonardo Torres Quevedo, in 2006) and is a member of ten scientific academies.

For his significant contributions, he is considered one of the most important contributors to Computer Architecture in the last 25 years in Europe. He has published approximately 700 articles, has collaborated in the organisation of more than 300 international conferences and has given more than 600 lectures.

Mateo has ten Honoris Causa awards. He is Doctor Honoris Causa of the Chalmers University of Technology, University of Belgrade, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, University of Veracruz, University of Zaragoza, University Complutense of Madrid, University of Cantabria, Doctor Honoris Causa elect of the University of Granada, Doctor Honoris Causa of CINVESTAV and of the Cristobal Colon University.

He is the favorite son of his town, Alfamén (Zaragoza) and in 2005, the local school was named CEIP Mateo Valero in his honor.

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