PRACE "Summer of HPC" Award

Last summer, JSC participated as a training site in the PRACE "Summer of HPC". The programme offers summer placements for undergraduate and postgraduate students at HPC centres across Europe for two months. On 15 December 2015, the "Summer of HPC" award ceremony took place at the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC). The PRACE HPC Ambassador Award was presented to the participant who best embodied the outreach spirit of the programme, based on their blogging, media and social media presence, and future outreach plans. We congratulate our former summer student Albert Garcia on winning this award.

Albert was supervised by Andreas Beckmann at JSC. His project involved porting and generalizing compute-critical kernels of the fast multipole method (FMM) to GPUs. Besides the very high quality of the implementation, he also excelled in composing well-written blog posts that reached a huge audience on a variety of social media channels, and doubled the Summer of HPC YouTube views. His success originates in the unique and interesting presentation that was clear, concise and entertaining for the target audience.

The award also comes with a € 1500 voucher to attend a conference of his choice. Due to the high quality of the results, he had already applied and been accepted for a conference talk and poster at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in San José in April 2016.
(Contact: Dr. Ivo Kabadshow,

JSC News, 25 January 2016

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