The course

Barcelona Supercomputing Centre

From January 15, 2022 to May 14, 2022

The Supercomputing course of the Crazy about Science program of the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation is a course developed by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center - National Supercomputing Center (BSC) aimed at high school students with a scientific vocation interested in STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). This course arises with the idea of introducing the multidisciplinary environment offered by supercomputing where different disciplines come together to solve all kinds of problems. The main objective of this course is to encourage scientific vocations and promote knowledge and education of excellence of young people in Catalonia.

Registrations for the Crazy about Supercomputing course will be open from September 15 to October 25, 2021 and among all those registered, 25 students of 1st baccalaureate will be selected to participate in the 4th edition of the course, within the 10th edition of the Crazy about Science program that will take place in 2022.

The course will be held on different Saturdays from January 15, 2022 to May 14, 2022 at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center facilities.

During the 15 theoretical-practical sessions (plus the closing ceremony) students will learn first-hand what supercomputers are and how they work and different types of research that can be carried out using supercomputing. They will also be introduced to frontier technologies in the world of computing, such as Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing.

To participate in this course it is necessary for students to bring a laptop to the sessions.

The course will cover the following areas:

  • Introduction to Supercomputing
  • Mathematics for supercomputing
  • Simulations
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Climate change study
  • Quantum computing
  • Computational biology
  • Blockchain
  • Sustainable cities

 

Specific objectives of the course

Around academic studies

  • To encourage among young people scientific vocations linked to supercomputing in particular and computer science in general, as an object of study and as a tool for research.
  • To offer the opportunity to have their baccalaureate research work authorized by a reference research center.


Research environment

  • To make students aware of the importance of supercomputing in different areas of research: supercomputing is the third pillar of science and engineering.
  • To learn about the operation of research centers linked to supercomputing.
  • To value multidisciplinarity and technology as necessary elements for the progress of knowledge.

Supercomputing environment

  • To learn that supercomputing is a necessary tool in different scientific disciplines.
  • To understand the difference between basic research and applied research in supercomputing.

Sessions 2022

Module 1 - Introduction to supercomputing
Session 1. What is a supercomputer?


Day: Saturday, January 15, 2022

Time: 9.30h to 14h

Place: Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Calle de Jordi Girona, 31

Session coordination: Sara Ibáñez

Session by: Sergi Girona

Language: Catalan

 

Session 2. Parallelism


Day: Saturday, January 22nd

Time: 9.30h to 14h

Place: Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Calle de Jordi Girona, 31

Session coordination: Sara Ibáñez

Language: Catalan

Module 2 - Mathematics for supercomputing
Session 4. Why do airplanes fly and cars don't? 


Day: Saturday, February 5th

Time: 9.30h to 14h

Place: Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Calle de Jordi Girona, 31

Session coordination: Sara Ibáñez

Language: Catalan / Spanish

 

 
Module 3 - How to make a simulation
Session 5. Simulating the Earth


Day: Saturday, February 12

Time: 9.30h to 14h

Place: Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Calle de Jordi Girona, 31

Session coordination: Sara Ibáñez

Language: Catalan

 

Session 6. Data infrastructure


Day: Saturday, February 19th

Time: 9.30h to 14h

Place: Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Calle de Jordi Girona, 31

Session coordination: Sara Ibáñez

Language: Catalan

 

Module 4 - Artificial Intelligence
Session 7. Introduction to artificial intelligence

Day: Saturday, February 20

Time: 9.30h to 14h

Place: Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Calle de Jordi Girona, 31

Session coordination: Sara Ibáñez

Language: Catalan

 

Session 8. Neural Networks

Day: Saturday, March 5th

Time: 9.30h to 14h

Place: Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Calle de Jordi Girona, 31

Session coordination: Sara Ibáñez

Language: Catalan

Module 5 - Climate Change
Session 9. Climatologist's word

Day: Saturday, March 12

Time: 9.30h to 14h

Place: Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Calle de Jordi Girona, 31

Session coordination: Sara Ibáñez

Language: Catalan

Module 6 - Quantum Computing
Session 10. Get closer to Quantum Computing


Day: Saturday, March 19th

Time: 9.30h to 14h

Place: Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Calle de Jordi Girona, 31

Session coordination: Sara Ibáñez

Language: Spanish

Module 7 - Computational Biology
Session 11. Introduction to genomics

Day: Saturday, March 26th

Time: 9.30h to 14h

Place: Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Calle de Jordi Girona, 31

Session coordination: Sara Ibáñez

Language: Catalan / Spanish

 

Session 12. Proteins and drug design


Day: Saturday, April 2nd

Time: 9.30h to 14h

Place: Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Calle de Jordi Girona, 31

Session coordination: Sara Ibáñez

Module 8 - Blockchain
Session 13. Introduction to Blockchain

Day: Saturday, April 9th

Time: 9.30h to 14h

Place: Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Calle de Jordi Girona, 31

Session coordination: Sara Ibáñez

Language: Catalan

Module 9 - Sustainable Cities
Session 14. Sustainable mobility (I)


Day: Saturday, April 23rd

Time: 9.30h to 14h

Place: Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Calle de Jordi Girona, 31

Session coordination: Sara Ibáñez

Language: Catalan / Spanish

 

Session 15. Sustainable Mobility (II)

Day: Saturday, May 7th

Time: 9.30h to 14h

Place: Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Calle de Jordi Girona, 31

Session coordination: Sara Ibáñez

Language: Catalan / Spanish

 

Session 16. Conclusion

Day: Saturday, May 14

Time: TBC

Place: Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Calle de Jordi Girona, 3

Schedule 2022
Schedule 2022
Saturday January 15
Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Carrer de Jordi Girona, 29-31
What is a supercomputer?
Theoretical-practical session.
Saturday 22 January
Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Carrer de Jordi Girona, 29-31
Parallelism
Theoretical-practical session.
Saturday 29 January
Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Carrer de Jordi Girona, 29-31
Simulating the passage of time in a virtual laboratory
Theoretical-practical session.
Saturday 5 February
Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Carrer de Jordi Girona, 29-31
Why do planes fly and cars don’t?
Theoretical-practical session.
Saturday 12 February
Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Carrer de Jordi Girona, 29-31
Simulate the Earth
Theoretical-practical session.
Saturday 19 February
Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Carrer de Jordi Girona, 29-31
Data infrastructures
Theoretical-practical session.
Saturday 26 February
Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Carrer de Jordi Girona, 29-31
Introduction to AI
Theoretical-practical session.
Saturday 5 March
Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Carrer de Jordi Girona, 29-31
Neural networks
Theoretical-practical session.
Saturday 12 March
Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Carrer de Jordi Girona, 29-31
Earth Sciences
Theoretical-practical session.
Saturday 19 March
Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Carrer de Jordi Girona, 29-31
Quantum computing
Theoretical-practical session.
Saturday 26 March
Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Carrer de Jordi Girona, 29-31
Introduction to genomics
Theoretical-practical session.
Saturday 2 April
Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Carrer de Jordi Girona, 29-31
Proteins and drug design
Theoretical-practical session.
Saturday 9 April
Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Carrer de Jordi Girona, 29-31
Blockchain
Theoretical-practical session.
Saturday 23 April
Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Carrer de Jordi Girona, 29-31
Sustainable mobility (I)
Theoretical-practical session.
Saturday 7 May
Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Carrer de Jordi Girona, 29-31
Sustainable mobility (II)
Theoretical-practical session.
Saturday 14 May
Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Carrer de Jordi Girona, 29-31
Closing ceremony
Closing ceremony