Diego Caballero wins the PUMPS 2010 “NVIDIA Best Achievement Award”
On April 11, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), co-located on the campus of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), named Diego Caballero, master’s degree candidate in computer science at UPC and research student at BSC, as the winner of the “NVIDIA Best Achievement Award” Contest. The contest was announced during Barcelona Computing Week 2010, at the summer school for Programming and tUning Massively Parallel Systems (PUMPS).
The PUMPS summer school was co-sponsored by BSC/UPC, HiPEAC (the European Network of Excellence on High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation), NVIDIA, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and co-directed by Mateo Valero of BSC and Wen-mei Hwu of Illinois’ Coordinated Science Laboratory.
The award jury, composed of researchers from BSC/UPC, Illinois, and NVIDIA, called it a close decision, but cited Diego Caballero for undertaking the “Coulombic Potential” challenge. Caballero optimized the initial CUDA code and obtained an impressive 350x speed-up. For his achievement, Caballero was awarded a Fermi C2050 GPU, donated by NVIDIA, at a ceremony at BSC. He has since joined the GPU research team at BSC, and is now conducting research in accelerators and programming models for HPC.
Concurrent with the PUMPS summer school, BSC was named a CUDA Research Center in 2010, the first in Spain. BSC/UPC Prof. Mateo Valero is Principal Investigator for the Center, and Prof. Nacho Navarro, a long-time CSL collaborator, is managing director of the Center. Together with David Kirk of NVIDIA, and Prof. Wen-mei HWU of CSL, they formed the nucleus of the PUMPS teaching staff, and CSL Ph.D. candidate John Stratton supervised the laboratories.
Diego Caballero praised his experience at the 2010 PUMPS Summer School, saying that it offered him the opportunity to significantly improve his skills and knowledge in the field of parallel programming, noting that he “found the course indispensable if you are really interested in GPGPUs,” and that “the lectures that Wen-mei Hwu and David Kirk offered us were the kind of thing that you cannot learn from books. I want to thank NVIDIA and BSC, especially Nacho Navarro, for organizing an event of this quality. I hope to attend the next one and it is certainly something I would recommend for everybody.”
The 2011 PUMPS summer school is scheduled for July 18-22 in Barcelona. More information is available at: http://bcw.ac.upc.edu.