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USM student achieves the first place in competitive Hackaton in summer school Barcelona

The student of the Department of Computer Science and member of CCTVal Álvaro Salinas, participated in the Spanish school PUMPS + AI 2018 with his research on numerical simulation of tsunamis.

The student of the Department of Computer Science and member of CCTVal Álvaro Salinas, participated in the Spanish school PUMPS + AI 2018 with his research on numerical simulation of tsunamis.


Álvaro Salinas, a student of the Master of Science in Computer Engineering of the Federico Santa María Technical University, participated in the successful program Programming and Tuning Massively Parallel Systems + Artificial Intelligence, PUMPS + AI 2018. Alvaro managed to take the first place in the Hackathon of the event, where he was able to significantly improve his code thanks to the help of an expert coach.

The summer school PUMPS + AI is held annually in Barcelona, Spain, with the aim of enriching the skills of researchers, postgraduate students and teachers, with state-of-the-art technology and practical experience in the development of applications for multi-core processors.

In its ninth version, the contest was organized by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) in conjunction with the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Under the modality of applied classes and laboratories. The school addressed several topics related to the use of the CUDA platform, parallelization and deep learning techniques.

Salinas participated in PUMPS + AI with his master's research topic "A GPU numerical simulation of shallow water equations using the lattice Boltzmann method", which he carries out together with his guide professor Claudio Torres, of the Department of Informatics of the USM, and the co-guide professor Orlando Ayala, of the Old Dominion University in Virgina, United States.

His work is focuses on the "numerical simulation of tsunamis and the application of numerical methods in the resolution of systems of partial differential equations, all under the focus of high performance computing with parallelization in graphics devices (GPU) through the use of CUDA" explained the graduate student.

340% faster

In the instance, the civil engineer of the USM attended five days of classes and practical laboratories, as well as a presentation of the poster of his research, work that develops under the eaves of the Scientific and Technological Center of Valparaiso (CCTVal) of the college.

"I learned a lot. It has served me well not only for the project itself, but for all that is programming in GPU and general parallelization strategies", said Salinas. "It's something quite requested now, so it benefits me a lot."

Also, after a rigorous selection process - of 60 attendees to the school, only five participants were chosen - the Sansano could be part of the Hackathon of the event. "We worked for a full day and with the help of an expert coach I was able to improve my own work. I obtained the recognition to the best participant of the Hackathon after the development of six new versions of my algorithm, achieving a speedup of 340%", he said.

The master's student received a certificate and an NVIDIA Titan V graphics card, the most powerful desktop graphic device on the market today, which was donated directly by David Kirk, representative of NVIDIA Corporation.

"I want to thank Professor Claudio Torres for the opportunity to participate in PUMPS + AI, also to CCTVal and to CONICYT for the financing that allowed me to travel to Spain", the student said.

Thanks to his participation in the school, this second semester of 2018, Salinas will be able to dictate a new elective course for undergraduate students in the Department of Information Technology of the University, called "CUDA for Scientific Computing Applications"

Escrito por Super User 28 · Aug · 2018