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13th RES Users Conference

Users meeting
18 Sep 2019
The RES Users Conference is an annual event addressed to all the current and potential users of the HPC resources from the Spanish Supercomputing Network.

The Spanish Supercomputing Network (RES) organizes every year a users meeting to inform about RES resources and procedures. This event aims to be a discussion forum among RES users, technical staff, the access committee and the users’ committee. This year for first time, the meeting will have a 2 days duration. The first day (18th of September) will be focus on plenary sessions with general presentations of general interest and technical and scientific keynotes. The second day (19th September), there will be a 2 tracks sessions, one focused on technical aspects related to HPC technologies and their required adaptation to exascale era and the other one focused on research topics done with the help of the RES HPC resources. During the afternoon of the second day, there will be 2 tutorials about HPC trend technologies like COMPSs and another one about Data management plans and how to manage your data. The local organizer of this meeting is the RES node BIFI from Zaragoza and it will be hosted on the building Patio de la Infanta from  Fundación Ibercaja.

The objective of this event is to encourage an interactive exchange between companies and organizations with the final HPC users. It will address a wide range of disciplines and interests such as Deep Learning, Machine Learning, Exascale Era, Big Data, etc.

CLOSED. TRAVEL GRANT APPLICATION!! Deadline for grant applications September 4th.


Conference Sponsors:                                                                                                             With the collaboration of:



Wednesday 18 of September
14:00 Registration

Inauguration and Welcome address.

Sergi Girona, RES Coordinator, Operations Director, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, BSC

José Ignacio Doncel, Deputy Director General of Large Scientific and Technical Installations, Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities

Enrique Navarro. Director General Research and Innovation. Government of Aragón

Excmo. y Mgfco. José Antonio Mayoral Murillo, Rector, University of Zaragoza


News and Updates in the RES. Access to available resources in RES, PRACE and EuroHPC.

Sergi Girona, RES Coordinator, Operations Director, BSC


European processor

Mateo Valero, Director, BSC


Presentation of the Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems (BIFI)-University of Zaragoza.

Pierpaolo Bruscolini, Scientific Secretary, BIFI


Presentation of the RES Users Committee (CURES) and open debate.

Javier Junquera, Chair of CURES, University of Cantabria


coffee break and poster session.


Scientific Keynote Lecture: Data-driven medicine

Natasa Przulj, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, BSC


Technical Keynote Lecture: HPC and Big Data, a marriage of convenience?

María S. Pérez, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UPM

19.00 Cultural guided visit. The tour starts at the Hall of Patio de la Infanta, walking down towards La Seo, and stopping by Plaza de los Sitios and the Roman Theatre.


Thursday 19 September
8:30 Registration

Research parallel track I

Technical parallel track on computational science I


Solving the forward and inversion problem of polarized radiation transfer in multidimensional models of the solar atmosphere.

Tanausú del Pino Alemán, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, IAC

Artificial Intelligence vs HPC

Vicent Botti, Valencian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, VRAIN, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia


Understanding the direct activation mechanism of AMP-Kinase:toward disclosing the isoform-binding dependency.

Carolina Estarellas, Dept. of Chemistry, University College London

Performance Prediction of GPU-based Deep Learning Applications

Danilo Ardagna, Politecnico di Milano


Attosecond pump-probe photoelectron spectroscopy of molecules

Fernando Martín, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, UAM, and IMDEA Nanociencia

Towards data intensive aware programming models for Exascale systems

Francisco Javier García Blas, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid


coffee break and poster session.


Research parallel track  II

Technical parallel track on computational science II


Single molecule nanotribology: understanding friction and adhesion at a single molecule level

Guilherme Vilhena, University of Basel, Switzerland

Open architectures for AI and HPC

Ander Otxoa, Systems Architect, IBM


High-fidelity CFD simulations to understand the physics of the jet wiping process in galvanization

Anne Gosset, Universidad de la Coruña

Japan and the way towards Exascale

Adriano Galano, Chief Technology Officer, Fujitsu


HPC applied to methane dissociation and conversion and HCl interaction on CeO2 based catalyst.

Pablo G. Lustemberg, Instituto de Catálisis y Petroleoquímica, ICP-CSIC, Instituto de Física Rosario, IFIR-CONICET, Santa Fe, Argentina

Heterogenous architecture for mixed HPC and AI workload with Jean Zay

Bruno Leconte, Solution Architect Manager, HPC & AI, France, Southern & CEEMA, Hewlett Packard Enteprise


Round table.  Snapshots of the future: data, energy and more HPC…

Nadia Tonello, Head of Data Management group, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, BSC

Edilberto Sánchez, National Fusion Laboratory, LNF, CIEMAT

Sergi Girona, representative of Hosting Entity EuroHPC, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, BSC

Chair: Antonio Sánchez, Deputy Directorate-General of Large Scientific and Technical Installations, Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities

13:30 Lunch

Tutorial: PyCOMPSs

Javier Conejero, Rosa M Badia, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, BSC

14.30 Introduction

14:40 PyCOMPSs syntax

15:20 Overview of COMPSs runtime

15:30 Introduction to dislib

15:40 Break

15:55 Hands-on in MN4:

  • PyCOMPSs simple use case in Python
  • Use case calling external binaries
  • dislib use case

17:00 Closing

Tutorial: Data Management Plan (DMP)

Nadia Tonello, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, BSC

Cees Hof, Data Archiving and Networked Services, DANS

14:30 Introduction by Nadia Tonello

14:45 Data Management Plan (DMP) training session by Cees Hof

16:30 Open discussion: sharing experiences inResearch Data Management 

17:00 Closing


End of the meeting


The registration is closed.

Poster presentation: We encourage young researchers attending the RES Users' Conference to present their work in the poster session. Proposals received until September 3 will appear in the book of abstracts. However, it is still possible to send proposals if there are available slots, and the posters received after September 4 will be listed on the website. Posters will be exposed during the coffee breaks and the lunch break on the 18th and 19th of September and should be DinA0 portrait format, in Spanish or English.  To submit your poster you only need to follow the rules described in the registration form.

Travel grants: RES Users Meeting Travel Grants aim at supporting early-career researchers who present their work in the Poster session of the meeting. Applicants will usually be Masters, PhD students, or post-doctoral researchers at the beginning of their research careers. The organization pays the grantees the lodging and travel expenses to Zaragoza and back, up to a maximum of 300 € per grant (BSC travel internal rules will be considered). Please submit your application here (https://www.res.es/es/travelgrants) before the deadline of September 4th. If available, attach to your application the recommendation letter of any of the RES nodes. Each application will be judged on the excellence of the candidate and the work being presented in the poster. Only one application per poster is accepted. Travel grants will be notified before September 6th.

If you need further information, write an email to dissemination@res.es



Further information


For the first time, the RES is organizing the RES Awards program, aiming at recognizing the task performed by the RES users in their own fields of research. The RES Awards acknowledge:

  • The RES Poster Award is awarded to the first author of the most meritorious poster presented at the annual Users Meeting. The work described in the poster must been carried out using RES HPC resources. The award will be decided during the conference; conference attendees will vote, and the awardee will be announced during lunch on Thursday. The awarded researcher is entitled for a travel grant for the next year Users Meeting. VOTE FOR THE BEST POSTER: HERE.
  • The RES Outstanding Scientific Paper published during the last 3 years by RES users. Candidates should submit their published papers during the registration process. The nomination is decided by the RES Council based on the propositions of the Access Committee coordinators which will evaluate each application based on the excellence of the candidate and the work presented in the paper. The work described in the paper must have been carried out using RES HPC resources. The awarded researcher will be invited for an oral presentation during the next year edition of the Users Meeting. The awardee will be announced during lunch on Thursday.
  • The RES Outstanding Career is meant to be the highest distinction within the HPC field in Spain. The award is conferred on a distinguished person or institution for an outstanding contribution to the research, development or dissemination of HPC in Spain. The nomination is decided by the RES Council based on the accumulated merits of the person or institution. The awardee will be announced during lunch on Thursday.

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