Kim Serradell Maronda

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Msc. Kim Serradell Maronda, born in Barcelona (Spain, 19 December 1980). Is Bachelor (2005) in Computer Sciences for the Facultat d'Informàtica de Barcelona (FIB-UPC) and for the Grande école publique d'ingénieurs en informatique, mathématiques appliquées et télécommunications de Grenoble (ENSIMAG). Since 2014 is also Master on High Performance Computing from the Facultat d'Informàtica de Barcelona (FIB-UPC).

Currently, he is the manager of the Computational Earth Science (CES) group at the Earth Sciences department in the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). The CES group is a multidisciplinary team of 31 members with different IT profiles that interacts closely with all the other groups of the Earth Sciences Dept. The group has among its tasks providing help and guidance to the scientists with the technical issues related to their work and developing a framework for the most efficient use of HPC resources.

In the last years, he has been in charge for the system administration of all the computational resources of the department and he was also responsible of supervising the operational runs of the NMMB/BSC-Dust model and CALIOPE Air Quality System in the HPC infrastructures of the BSC. In that sense he was also involved in the analysis of the models to improve their performance and developed strong skills of compilation and scripting. Recently, he has been involved in the deployment of the different software stacks using automatic tools and porting HPC models to the cloud.

In March 2014, he wrote his Master Thesis in the “Analysis, Developments and optimizations on the NMMB/BSC model”, centering his research applying many different techniques to improve the model performance in an HPC environment. Analysis tools like Scalasca, Paraver or Dimemas are used usually during his daily work.

Furthermore, he's focused in deploying different earth system models (dust transport, climate or weather forecast) required by the department in a wide range of HPC architectures. He succeeds porting different these models in next HPC architectures like Montblanc cluster (ARM Based). He applied with success these skills in projects like IS-ENES2 and IS-ENES3, ESiWACE, ESIWACE2, ESCAPE-2, SDS-WAS or BDFC.

He’s member of different international fora, reviewer of ERA projects and has been an active contributor of the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA4) of the ETP4HPC platform.

He also teaches in different HPC schools oriented to the Earth Sciences and Climate Model as PRACE Advanced Training Centres Course for Introduction to simulation environment for Earth Sciences (2012 to 2018), The IS-ENES Summer Schools (2014, 2016).

Last update: August 2021