Keynote Speakers

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  Fernanda Foertter, PhD
NVIDIA – University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Deep Learning Alliance Manager and GPU Developer Advocate for Healthcare HPC+AI at NVIDIA.
Main research in scaling data and compute on very large supercomputers. Cross-disciplinary background in Physics, Computational Materials Science, and Data Science and Engineering. Add a sprinkle of agricultural genomics, a smidgeon of bioinformatics and an extra helping of GPUs

  Jesus Carretero, PhD University Carlos III of Madrid

Full professor of Computer Architecture at the Polytechnic School of University Carlos III of Madrid and leader of the the ARCOS research group. Main research lines are high-performance computing and cloud computing, application optimizations, big data, real-time systems and internet of things, and simulation of industrial systems.

  Stefano Cozzini, PhD Institute eXact lab SRL
S.C. is a development scientist at CNR/IOM with more than 20 years experience in the area of scientific computing and HPC/Data e-infrastructures. He is currently coordinating the Data management research activities of two European Projects (NFFA-EUROPE and EUSMI. Stefano is  passionate about HPC education; he organized more than 20 HPC training events all around the world and he is presently actively involved in the Master in High Performance Computing promoted by SISSA and ICTP ( and in the recently launched master degree on “Data Science and Scientific Computing” master at University of Trieste. He has also considerable experience in leading HPC and data infrastructure projects at national and international level. He served as scientific consultant for International Organization: Unesco -ICTP (2003-2012) and UNDP/UNOPS (2011-2012).
At the end of 2011 S.C. cofounded his own spin-off company of CNR/IOM institute eXact lab srl
( The company provides advanced computation services by means of its own HPC/CLOUD
infrastructure, ranging from raw computational times to complex highly customized solution.

Guest Speakers

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Jean Marc-Denis, PhD Atos (France) European HPC strategy (EuroHPC) Following the European Processor Initiative (EPI). After five years of research in the development of new solvers for the for Maxwell equations at Matra Defense (France) as mathematician  from 1990 to 1995, Jean-Marc Denis had several technical position in the HPC industry between 1995 to 2004 from HPC pre-sales to Senior Solution Architect. Since 2004 Jean-Marc has worked at Bull SAS head Quarter (France) where he has started the HPC activity with a few other people. At that time, Bull was not present in the HPC sector. In less than 10 years, the HPC revenue at Bull exploded from nothing in 2004 to 200M€ in 2015, making Bull the undisputed leader of the European HPC industry and the fourth in the world. From 2011 to the end of 2016, Jean-Marc has leaded the worldwide business activity with the goal to consolidate the ATOS/Bull position in Europe and to make ATOS/Bull a worldwide leader in Extreme Computing with footprint in Middle-East, Asia, Africa and South America. Since the end of 2016, Jean-Marc is in charge of the definition of the strategy for the BigData Division at ATOS/Bull. In his position, his role is to define the global approach for the different BigData business lines covering HPC, Legacy (mainframe), Entreprise computing, DataScience consulting and Software. Jean-Marc is also the Chair of the Board of the European Processor Initiative (EPI) and member of the strategic board of EIT Health France. The general objective of the European Processor Initiative (EPI) partnership is to design a roadmap for future European low power processors for extreme scale computing, high-performance big-data and emerging applications like automotive and other fields that require a highly efficient processing infrastructure. 3) Ensuring that the application areas of the technology are not limited only to HPC, but cover other areas, thus ensuring the economic viability of the initiative. In parallel to his activities at ATOS/Bull, since 2008, Jean-Marc Denis has taught “Supercomputer Architecture” concepts in Master 2 degree at the University of Reims Champagne Ardennes (URCA), France.
  Jaime Puente, PhD

Jaime Puente is the artificial intelligence (AI) segment manager at Lenovo, responsible for developing and managing university and research collaborations worldwide, bridging research and industry. Prior to joining Lenovo, Jaime spent 14 years as director of academic outreach at Microsoft Research working on strategic research initiatives in Latin America and the U.S. Before Microsoft, Jaime worked for Commerce One, a pioneering e-commerce company and before that, he was a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL) in Ecuador.

Jaime was a Fulbright Scholar for his early engagement with academia. His academic background includes an M.S. in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University, an MBA and an Electronics Engineering degree both from ESPOL and an Educational Specialist post-master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Florida, United States. Jaime holds a Ph.D. in Computing Technology in Education from NSU. His main research interests concern artificial intelligence, statistical data analysis, high performance computing, and the integration of digital technologies in education.

  Pedro Mario Cruz Silva, PhD.  NVIDIA, Brazil

Pedro Mário Cruz e Silva did his Bachelor in Mathematics (1995), and Master in Science (MSc) in Combinatorial Optimization (1998) at Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), he also did his Doctoral (DSc) in Computer Graphics (2004)  at Pontifical University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). Worked for 15 years at Tecgraf Institute/PUC-Rio as a Researcher, Project Manager and for 8 years as Manager of Computational Geophysics Group, during this period was responsible for several Software Development and R&D projects for Geophysics, and other fields of the Oil&Gas industry, with strong focus on innovation. Has more than 10 years’ experience with Agile Methodologies for Software Development,  including Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO). He also finished a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in 2015 at Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV/RJ). As a volunteer project he is member of the main board of The Brazilian Geophysical Society (SBGf) as the Secretary of Publications. Recently joined the NVIDIA team as a Solution Architect for Latin America with special interest for Deep Learning applications for Oil&Gas industry. He is instructor of the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute.

  Guilherme Peretti-Pezzi PhD
Guilherme Peretti-Pezzi works for the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre where he is appointed head of the Compute and Data Services Support group. He has MSc and PhD degree in computer science and 10+ years of experience in the field of HPC. He worked for both academia, by performing research on parallel programming models, and for industry, with the development of numerical software for computational fluid dynamics simulations. He is currently leading one of the groups in charge of supporting the scientific software stack and other services on Piz Daint, the fastest supercomputer in Europe according to the Top500 list.


Ivan Girotto, MSc.
International Centre of Theoretical Physics, Italy

Ivan Girotto’s main research interest is in software optimization for High-Performance Computing applications at large scale. His most recent publication is ‘Massively parallel implementation and approaches to simulate quantum dynamics using Krylov subspace techniques.
Today at ICTP, Ivan is one of the principal investigator of the European centre of excellence for Materials design at the Exascale (MaX) as well as co-director and lecturer in number of international workshops, advanced schools and other programs for education and training on parallel programming for scientific computing and HPC.

  Alvaro de la Ossa, PhD
 Former director of the CNCA, (CNCA is a research lab of the National Center for Advanced Technology Studies (CeNAT – Centro Nacional de Alta Tecnología)) and Today SCALAC Board President, Costa Rica.

Alvaro is currently teaching computer science and artificial intelligence courses at the senior level of the B.Sc. Program in Computer Science, at the M.Sc. level of the Graduate Program in Cognitive Science, and at the Ph.D. level of the Graduate Program in Computer Science. He also tutors several theses, and carries out own research on multiagent systems simulation applied to the explanation of social situations. Alvaro also collaborates with other research projects in signal processing and pattern recognition, biocomputing simulation for cancer research. He also dedicates time to coordinating B.Sc. students participation in outreach activities for the community, in the area of accessibility and social inclusion.



Luis Alberto Núñez de Villavicencio Martinez, PhD
Professor at Universidad Industrial de Santander, Colombia

Bachelor of Physics (Simón Bolívar University, Caracas-Venezuela 1979) and Doctor of Science (Central University of Venezuela, Caracas-Venezuela 1988); Areas of interest are: Relativistic Astrophysics, High Energy Physics and Information Sciences. Coauthor of almost 100 articles in the aforementioned areas and invited professor in Universities and Research Centers of France, Spain, Italy, USA, Cuba and Colombia. Today, he is the director of the Halley Center of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the Universidad Industrial de Santander and Coordinator of the Postgraduate Studies in the Physics School of the same university. Former community chair of the RedCLARA Networks, he is very known from more of 20 years in the academic HPC community, as leader and founder of different initiatives as SCALAC, Luis Nunez is one of the most important promoters of the development of HPC and Advanced Computing activities and resources in Latin America.

  Alfredo Santillán PhD.
He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Physics at the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM-Iztapalapa), his Master’s and Doctorate in Sciences (Astronomy) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He is currently a Principal Investigator of the General Directorate of Computing and Information and Communication Technologies (DGTIC) of the UNAM, with 25 years of seniority. He has been Coordinator of the Research Unit in Applied Computing of the DGSCA (now DGTIC) of the UNAM; computer advisor of the General Directorate for the Dissemination of Science (DGDC) of the UNAM; Member of the Regional Committee for the Promotion of Science, Technology and Innovation of the State of Tamaulipas; Chairman of the Application and Funding Committee of the University Corporation for Internet Development (CUDI) and member of the National System of Researchers (SNI, CONACyT). He is currently Coordinator of the Community of Astronomy of CUDI; member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), as well as, of the National Committee of the International Supercomputing Conference in Mexico (ISUM). His field of specialty is Computational Astrophysics, the study of the Interstellar Medium and Supercomputing. He has been Coordinator of the Supercomputing and Virtual Reality Scholars Plan of the UNAM. He has published 40 scientific articles in international specialized journals and memoirs of Congresses, with more than 500 citations in specialized journals worldwide. He has published 12 popular articles related to astrophysics and high performance computing. He has made research stays in Chile, South Korea, Poland, and universities in our country. He has given more than 150 dissemination talks in Mexico and abroad. He has been a professor of undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the UNAM, the UAM, the Universidad Iberoamericana, the Institute of Physics and Astrophysics at the University of Valparaíso in Chile, among others.
  Fabio Alves, PhD Fabio Alves did his bachelor in Mechanical Engineering at Instituto Mauá de Tecnologia and started working with HPC  at  Sillicon Graphics as PreSales, Solution Architect and Account Executive and is now HPC Sales Specialist for Latin America at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

With 10+ years of experience on the HPC market in Latin America on Academic, Research and Commercial markets has worked on the design of several HPC systems installed in Latin America including a system in Brazil that figured on position 95 from Top 500 List.

   Jairo Reyes IBM Servers Line Manager for Colombia and central America
System Engineer from National University of Colombia. OpenGroup IT Specialist and more than 23 years of
experience in IT enterprises: systems integration, storage and networks. Certified IBM specialist in AI, HPC and cognitive systems using IBM POWER infrastructure.
Co-author of IBM System IP Telephony and Integrated Collaboration Red Book.
  Nicolas Wolovick, PhD Nicolás Wolovick  is PhD in Computer Science from Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina (UNC). ( He currently leads GPGPU Computing Group ( at his university where he is also full professor in Computer Science career. Nicolás is also member of the CCAD-UNC, the supercomputing center of the university. Besides HPC, he also works on CS Education, Computer Archeology, and Formal Methods.
  Antonio Rubio, PhD Antonio Juan Rubio-Montero received his Ph. D in Computer Science Engineering with Extraordinary Award in 2016. Initially, he was a programmer and systems architect with several private companies. Since 2006, he has been a researcher on supercomputing and distributed technologies at CIEMAT, Madrid. He is the author of more than 50 publications focused on application porting and middleware implementation for grid and cloud computing, which were the results from his participation in several international and national initiatives as well as from his relation with the Distributed Systems Architectures (DSA, Univ. Complutense of Madrid) Team (GridWay and OpenNebula owners), as an external collaborator. Currently, he is involved in putting into operation several HPC and cloud initiatives. He researches about new techniques and algorithms to run legacy applications on virtualised environments, to migrate tasks among cloud resources and to efficiently store intermediate files or check-pointed executions. He is also participating in the administration of the computational resources devoted to scientific research belonging to the ICT Division, being interested in developing new approaches to improve their efficiency.
  Alex Flores, PhD Dr. in Mathematics (Cinvestav, IPN). ABACUS-Cinvestav Associate Reasearcher. Areas of interest: Discrete Optimization and Graph Theory.