Barcelona Supercomputing Center

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Early in 2004 the Ministry of Education and Science (Spanish Government), Generalitat de Catalunya (local Catalan Government) and Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) took the initiative of creating a National Supercomputing Center in Barcelona. BSC (Barcelona Supercomputing Center – Centro Nacional de Supercomputación) is the National Supercomputing Facility in Spain and was officially constituted in April 2005. BSC manages MareNostrum, located at the Torre Girona chapel.

The mission of BSC is to research, develop and manage information technology in order to facilitate scientific progress. With this aim, special dedication has been taken to areas such as Computer Sciences, Life Sciences, Earth Sciences and Computational Applications in Science and Engineering.

All these activities are complementary to each other and very tightly related. In this way, a multidisciplinary loop is set up: our exposure to industrial and non-computer science academic practices improves our understanding of the needs and helps us focusing our basic research towards improving those practices. The result is very positive both for our research work as well as for improving the way we service our society.


Previous experience

Mateo Valero,, is a professor in the Computer Architecture Department at UPC, in Barcelona. His research interests focuses 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 Centre, the National Centre of Supercomputing in Spain.

Dr. Valero has been honoured with several awards. Among them, the Eckert-Mauchly Award, Harry Goode Award , the “King Jaime I” in research and two National Awards on Informatics and on Engineering. He has been named Honorary Doctor by the University of Chalmers, by the University of Belgrade, by the Universities of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Zaragoza in Spain and by the University of Veracruz in Mexico.  "Hall of the Fame" member of the IST European Program (selected as one of the 25 most influents European researchers in IT during the period 1983-2008. Lyon, November 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, in 2006 member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Doctors and in 2008 member of the Academia Europaea. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of the ACM and an Intel Distinguished Research Fellow.





1) González S, Montserrat-Sentís B, Sánchez F, Puiggròs M, Blanco E, Ramirez A, Torrents D. ReLA, a local alignment search tool for the identification of distal and proximal gene regulatory regions and their conserved transcription factor binding sites. Bioinformatics. 2012 Jan 16.


2) A. Miranda, S. Effert, Y. Kang, E.L. Miller, A. Brinkmann, T. Cortes. Reliable and Randomized Data Distribution Strategies for Large Scale Storage Systems. 18th Annual International Conference on High Performance Computing, Bangalore, India, December 18-21, 2011


3) Jordà Polo, Claris Castillo, David Carrera, Yolanda Becerra, Malgorzata Steinder, Ian Whalley, Jordi Torres and Eduard Ayguadé. Resource-aware Adaptive Scheduling for MapReduce Clusters. In Proceedings of the 12th International Middleware Conference. Lisbon, Portugal. December 2011


4) N. Markovic, D. Nemirovsky, O. Unsal, M. Valero, A. Cristal. Object Oriented execution Model (OOM), New Directions in Computer Architecture (NDCA-2) held in Conjunction with ISCA 38. June 2011.


5) Judit Planas, Rosa M. Badia, Eduard Ayguadé and Jesus Labarta, "Hierarchical task based programming with StarSs", in International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications, vol. 23, no. 3, 2009