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Mont-Blanc project awarded SC13 Best Student Paper

November 22, 2013

The Heterogeneous Architectures team of the Computer Sciences Department of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) has been awarded the SC13 best student paper, announced today in the awards ceremony from the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC13), held in Denver from 17-22nd November. Each year, the SC technical papers committee identifies one paper as the best technical article written primarily by a student and presented in the conference’s technical program. Papers must be identified as student papers when submitted to be eligible for this award.

On Tuesday, Nikola Rajovic, PhD student from the Heterogeneous Architectures team of the BSC Computer Sciences Department presented the scientific paper titled Supercomputing with Commodity CPUs: Are Mobile SoCs Ready for HPC? The paper shows that mobile processors, used in smartphones and tablets, have promising qualities to replace current technologies, and become mainstream in High Performance Computing in the near future. Provided they implement a reduced set of extra features not needed by mobile devices, they could lead to faster, cheaper, and more energy-efficient supercomputers. The awarded paper is a research result of the European funded Mont-Blanc project, coordinated by BSC, who’s aim is to design a new type of computer architecture capable of setting future global HPC standards, built from today’s energy efficient solutions used in embedded and mobile devices.

This award values the impressive dedication and effort of the BSC Computer Sciences researchers, as well as confirms the European research quality in leading research projects that can influence the future of the HPC market.