Sept. 26, 2023 — The director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center – Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS), Mateo Valero, was honored with an award this past Thursday. This recognition comes as a part of the celebrations marking the tenth anniversary of the Latin American Conference on High Performance Computing’s Programme Committee (CARLA 2023) taking place in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.
This accolade adds to a growing list of recognitions for Valero, particularly from the Americas. It’s supported not only by the Advanced Computing System for Latin America and the Caribbean (SCALAC), but broadly by the high-performance computing community in the region.
Valero is no stranger to such prestigious awards. He has received the three most coveted global honors in the computing field: the Eckert-Mauchly Prize in Computer Architecture by ACM and IEEE, the Seymour Cray Prize in Supercomputing, and the Charles Babbage Prize in Parallel Computers, both presented by IEEE.
Nationally, he’s been honored with two research awards, namely the Julio Rey Pastor in 2001 and the Leonardo Torres Quevedo in 2006. Additionally, Valero’s illustrious career includes membership in ten scientific academies.
Widely regarded as a key figure in Computer Architecture in Europe over the past 25 years, Valero’s influence is profound. He boasts around 700 published articles, involvement in organizing over 300 international conferences, and has delivered more than 600 lectures.
Universities worldwide have acknowledged his achievements, bestowing upon him ten Honoris Causa awards. These include honorary doctorates from institutions such as Chalmers University of Technology, University of Belgrade, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and more.
Finally, in a testament to his personal and professional impact, Valero’s hometown of Alfamén in Zaragoza declared him their ‘favorite son.’ In 2005, a school there was christened CEIP Mateo Valero in tribute to him.
The Barcelona Supercomputing Center-Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) is the national supercomputing center in Spain. The center is specialized in high performance computing (HPC) and manages MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe.