Initial Training School

3-9 March 2016



Building: Torre Girona – entrance from the right hand side as seen on the map

Room: Sala Gran

How to arrive: 

From the Airport
Barcelona airport is at 12 Km from the city. More information about Barcelona’s airport: You can arrive with different transport methods from the airport to BSC.

By taxi
In T1, you will find a taxi stand in the arrivals zone (P0) and in the Barcelona-Madrid air corridor; in T2, opposite terminals T2A, T2B and T2C. If they are available, they will show a green light with the text LIBRE or LLIURE (it means “available”). You can check fees at

By car
If you rent a car from the airport (T1), please leave “El Prat del Llobregat” and take C-32B. Continue along this route and head towards Ronda de Dalt / Lleida / Girona. Close to Barcelona, take route C-32 passing close to Cornellà del Llobregat and L’Hospitalet. Take B-20 and take Exit 10 called “Carretera d'Esplugues”. Take the street called “carrer del Gran Capità” and turn left towards Jordi Girona street.

By train
There is a Renfe suburban train. The airport station is situated opposite of terminal T2, and is connected to this terminal via an airbridge. There is also a Bus transit service between the Rail station and T1. From the airport to Barcelona Sants there is approximately 20 minutes journey. From this station, take the L3 (green line) in direction to “Zona Universitaria” and get off on the “Palau Reial” stop. You will have a 5-minutes walking distance to arrive to BSC. (

By Bus (Aerobus)
Airport stops: Bus stops at Terminal T1 and T2 (A, B, C)
Downtown stops: This line ends at Plaça Catalunya (city center). Once there, you may take L3 of the underground to "Palau Reial" or "Zona Universitaria" stations.

By metro
Metro Line 9 Sud, l9 Sud:

From the City Centre
Campus Nord of Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya is located at the North-West corner of the city, at the end of the Green Line (L3) of the underground. In order to reach the Campus by public transport, it is advisable to use the underground. There are two stations near to the Campus, “Zona Universitària” and “Palau Reial”, both on L3.

Recommended accommodation: 

Please follow the link for map of some local hotels.


March 3rd (Thursday)
09:45-10:00 Welcome - Maria S. Perez
10:00-11:30 Climate Science - Luis Kornblueh
11:30-12:00 Coffee break
12:00-13:30 SKA Requirements and Q&A - Bojan Nikolic
13:30-14:30 Lunch
14:30-16:00 Energy issues in large scale infrastructures such as HPC and Clouds - Anne-Cécile Orgerie
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-18:00 (Parallel) file system overview and internals - Michael Kuhn

March 4th (Friday)
09:30-11:30 MapReduce and post-MapReduce approaches (Spark, Flink) – Gabriel Antoniu
11:30-12:00 Coffee break
12:00-13:30 Storage expenses - Michael Kuhn
13:30-14:30 Lunch
14:30-16:30 Network storage protocols - Pilar Gonzalez-Ferez
16:30-17:00 Coffee break

March 7th (Monday)
08:30-09:15 Visit to Marenostrum Supercomputer
09:30-11:00 Data sharing and Open data - Anna Queralt
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-13:30 Machine learning overview, Mahout - Maria S. Perez
13:30-14:30 Lunch
14:30-16:00 Task based programming models (COMPSs) and its integration with data - Toni Cortes
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-18:30 Hadoop (practical sessions) - Shadi Ibrahim

March 8th (Tuesday)
09:30-11:30 Trends/ Software defined storage - Sepp Stieger
11:30-12:00 Coffee break
12:00-13:30 Deduplication Technologies - Andre Brinkmann
13:30-14:30 Lunch
14:30-16:00 Cross-layer optimizations for the storage I/O software stack of large-scale HPC platforms - Florin Isaila
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-18:00 Virtualization Cloud fundamentals IaaS performances Issues - Adrien Lebre

March 9th (Wednesday)
09:30-11:30 SSD FTL programming - Andre Brinkmann
11:30-12:00 Coffee break
12:00-13:30 SSDs and caching in servers and the datacenter. VM Isolation in the I/O path (First part)  – Manolis Marazakis
13:30-14:30 Lunch
14:30-16:00 SSDs and caching in servers and the datacenter. VM Isolation in the I/O path (Second part) – Manolis Marazakis
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30 - 18:30 MPI and OpenMP course - Xavier Martorell


Special events:

8th (Tuesday) 21:00. Dinner at Pomarada Restaurant.
Address: 78 Paseo de Gracia, Barcelona.