Education and Training

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The mission of the Education and Training Team is to coordinate training and education activities and to research and develop opportunities for collaboration with other leading High Performance Computing (HPC) and Supercomputing centres in the areas of education, training and mobility.


There is a long-standing tradition of BSC-CNS leadership at national and European levels regarding training initiatives due to the Centre's strategic commitment to offer education and training to students, researchers and industry. The BSC-CNS training programme derives significant benefit from its unique role as both an HPC provider and R&D Centre in Computer, Life, Earth & Physical Sciences.

Fostering Collaboration with Universities and Industry

Students awarded with MIRI scholarships

The relationship with the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), and in particular with the Barcelona School of Informatics, was further developed during 2014 through the extensive PATC programme offered to students at Master and PhD levels, particularly to those enrolled in the MIRI MSc course, who can take PATC courses as credited seminars.

BSC-CNS was closely involved in the design and delivery of the HPC Stream of the MIRI Master programme, and offered six new MSc Scholarships under the BSC-CNS Severo Ochoa project, in addition to the four previously awarded Masters scholarships, whose holders are now in their 2nd year.

BSC-CNS also led the proposal of an Erasmus+ JMD MSc in HPC. The aim of this request was to foster the development of education and training in HPC while promoting cooperation between universities, research centres and industrial partners.

Mobility as a key success factor for education
The BSC-CNS mobility programme is available to staff researchers, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students at BSC-CNS, as well as researchers from institutions collaborating with BSC-CNS. This programme supports collaboration and short-term visits worldwide in leading research and academic institutions and provides grants for visitors collaborating with BSC-CNS research groups. The programme is currently funded through the Severo Ochoa project. In the four mobility calls held to date, grants totalling nearly 70.000€ were awarded, benefiting 36 researchers from BSC-CNS and other institutions.

Training Courses
BSC-CNS is a PRACE Advanced Training Centre (PATC) and delivered 13 courses with more than 300 attendees in the 2013-2014 academic year. By organising the training events at a postgraduate level of understanding and marketing them across diverse communities, BSC-CNS built the events into a meeting place for scientists of different disciplines, but with similar levels of capability, thus intensifying cross-disciplinary collaboration. BSC-CNS courses were very highly rated by the attendees, placing the Centre in a leading position amongst the other PATC centres in Europe.

Summer Schools
PUMPS Summer School, organised and delivered by the specialists from the CUDA Center of Excellence awarded by NVIDIA to BSC-CNS in association with UPC, held its fifth edition in 2014 with more than 90 attendees. The training was aimed at enriching the skills of researchers, graduate students and teachers with cutting-edge techniques and hands-on experiences in developing applications for many-core processors with massively parallel computing resources, such as GPU accelerators.

PUMPS' logo

The E2SCMS2 European Earth System and Climate Modelling summer school, hosted by BSC-CNS in 2014, was launched by the European Network for Earth System Modelling (ENES) with support of the FP7 project IS-ENES2. It merges two very successful summer schools: the Earth System Modelling School by MPI for Meteorology, and the Climate Modelling Summer School of the British National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS).

The Education and Training team organised three workshops in 2014:

  • Best Practices for HPC Training on SC14. Some topics addressed were: methods of delivery, development of curricula, optimising duration, surveys and evaluations, metrics and determining success.
  • BRIDGE: Bridging the Talent Gap with Computational Science Methods, Workshop in ICCS 2014.
  • Simulation Methods Used for the In-flight Icing Certification of Aircraft, Rotorcraft and Jet Engines.

Research Seminar Series & Doctoral Symposium

Poster of the 1st BSC-CNS Doctoral Symposium

The Research Seminar program is an initiative to improve communication, professional training and mobility of BSC-CNS staff and increase visibility of incoming mobility; this is aligned with the main objective of promoting collaborative research. During the 2013-14 academic year, 17 research seminars were held. The Book of Abstracts is available at

The first BSC-CNS Doctoral Symposium was held in 2014. The aim of the Doctoral Symposium is twofold: on the one hand it aims to provide a framework to share research results of the theses developed by PhD students at BSC-CNS, and on the other hand it offers training sessions on topics and skills that may be useful to future researchers and professionals. A total of 17 presentations were given and 10 posters were exhibited. The Book of Abstracts can be downloaded at

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