Sergi Girona


Abreviated resume:

Sergi Girona holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Technical University of Catalunya. Currently he is Director of the Operations Department of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and the manager of the Spanish Supercomputing Network (RES). He has been closely linked to PRACE since its creation: between 2013 and 2015 he was both Chair of its Board of Directors and Managing Director. And in June 2016 he was appointed as Council Vice-Chair, a role that he performs currently.

He joined BSC in 2004 for the installation of MareNostrum in Barcelona, which was at that time the largest supercomputer in Europe, a position that maintained for 3 years. Sergi was responsible for the site preparation and the coordination with IBM for the system installation. His responsibilities nowadays include managing the Operations group with the responsibilities of User Support and System Administration of the different HPC systems at BSC.

He is Spanish delegate at e-IRG, and member of the ESFRI Health and Food Strategic working group.  The list of projects he has participated includes: DEISA, PRACE, EUDAT, EESI, Human Brain Project, RDA, EXDCI, ELITRANS, iCordi, HPC Europa, Red de eCiencia, RES.

Before joining BSC, he was Director of the Spanish branch of EASi Engineering since its creation, and its R&D Director for the German headquarters.    

Career Summary:

1983 – 1993  Technical University of Catalunya
                    BS degree on Computer Science
1993 - 2001   Computer Architecture Department, Technical University of Catalunya
                    PhD on Computer Science
1987-1993     Computer Architecture Department, Technical University of Catalunya
                    Different grants to work as research assistant in the following topics:
                            • Porting of Unix to multiprocessors platform
                            • Development of a microkernel for distributed memory machines (ESPRIT project Supernode II)
1993-2001    Assistant professor and Project Manager in the Computer Architecture Department,
                   CEPBA, Technical University of Catalunya
                    Lectures in:
                            Operating Systems, Performance Evaluation, Computer Architecture
                    Research in:
                            Performance evaluation, Metacomputing, Performance visualization
                    European Projects being involved:
                            Promenvir, ST-ORM, PHASE, SEP-Tools, Damien

2001-2004     Director R&D, EASi Engineering SL, Barcelona

2004-             Barcelona Supercomputing Center-Centro Nacional de Supercomputación
                     Operations Director


2006-             Coordinator of the Spanish Supercomputing Network


2010-2011     Chair of the Board of Directors of PRACE (since May 2010)

2010- 2015           Member of the Board of Directors of PRACE (since May 2010)

2015-            PRACE Council ViceChair


Career History

I obtained my PhD in Computer Science from the Technical University of Catalunya in 2001. My thesis presented a set of tools and a methodology for HPC performance analysis, including hardware, operating system and applications analysis.

During my period at the University, I was involved in several European projects including Promenvir and ST-ORM. The outcome of those projects was a tool used today in industry for MonteCarlo analysis. It is specially used in the automotive sector. The concept of the tool is the basis for Grid computing.

In 2001, EASi Engineering was founded and I was the Director of the company for Spain, and the R&D Director for the German headquarters. For this period, EASi adapt their technology to main automotive companies, including BMW, Audi, Daimler, etc.

In 2004, I joint BSC for the installation of MareNostrum in Barcelona. MareNostrum was the largest supercomputer in Europe at that time, and maintain in this position for 3 years. I had the responsibility of site preparation, and coordination with IBM for the system installation. Currently, I am managing the Operations group with the responsibilities for User Support, and System Administration of the different HPC systems at BSC.

In 2006, as MareNostrum is upgraded, the Spanish Ministry of Education creates the Spanish Supercomputing Network, with a total of seven institutions, all of the coordinated through BSC. I took the responsibility for the coordination with the different sites, the site preparation supervision and system installation. The total computing capacity was of 15000 processors.

At this period at BSC, I was involved in different projects/activities:

Membership of External Committees and Institutions


2005 -          Spanish member of European Commission e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (http://www.e-irg.org). Member of the troijka of e-IRG in 2009 and 2010.
2007 –         Member of of the group running the evaluation of research Infrastructure proposals for the first update of the ESFRI roadmap