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MARCIA BARBOSA

Topic: Latin American Women on HPC


Graduated (1981), master's (1984) and doctorate (1988) in physics from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. She is member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and serves as a full professor from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul and director of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. She has experience in Physics, with an emphasis on Condensed Matter Physics, working mainly in water. For the study of water anomalies, she was awarded in 2013 the Loreal-Unesco Award for Women in Physical Sciences. See more...

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VERÓNICA MELESSE VERGARA

Topic: Latin American Women on HPC


Verónica G. Vergara Larrea is originally from Quito, Ecuador. Verónica earned a B.A. in Mathematics/Physics at Reed College and a M.S. in Computational Science at Florida State University. Verónica has eight years of experience in the high performance computing field and is currently working as an HPC Engineer at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility. In addition to providing assistance to OLCF users, Verónica is part of the systems testing team and led acceptance for Summit, ORNL’s next generation supercomputer. Her research interests include high performance computing, large-scale system testing, and performance evaluation and optimization of scientific applications. Verónica is a member of both IEEE and ACM and serves in the ACM SIGHPC Executive Committee.

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SERGI GIRONA

Topic: Latin American Women on HPC


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.