ACM Distinguished Service Award
Barcelona Supercomputing Center Spain – 2012
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For extraordinary leadership of initiatives in high-performance computing research and education, including the HiPEAC European Network of Excellence and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center.


Dr. Valero has been a passionate and effective advocate for advancement of computer architecture and high-performance computing research, and in nurturing others to pursue this research field.

Dr. Valero has worked tirelessly on many fronts: making a strategic case for major funding initiatives at the regional, national and EU levels; serving as a founding coordinator of HiPEAC, a European Network of Excellence in the area of high-performance and embedded computing systems that involves more than 800 European researchers; ensuring that such initiatives benefit science research more broadly; fostering academic-industry cooperation; and hosting numerous visitors and conferences in the region of his institution, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya.

Initiatives in which Dr. Valero has played a leading role include: the European Center for Parallelism of Barcelona (CEPBA, 1990), the Catalan Center for Computation and Communications (1995-2000), the CEPBA-IBM Research Institute (CIRI, 2000-2004) and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. The last of these is a national treasure that serves scientific and industrial users and has a worldwide reputation.

An eminent researcher and research advisor in his own right, Dr. Valero's support of students includes the Advanced Computer Architecture and Compilation for High-Performance and Embedded Systems (ACACES) summer school for PhD students in computer architecture (since 2005). Dr. Valero's track record in advising and nurturing students, as well as his leadership in his field, have been much appreciated by his colleagues worldwide.

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For extraordinary leadership in building a world class computer architecture research center, for seminal contributions in the areas of vector computing and multithreading, and for pioneering basic new approaches to instruction-level parallelism.

Fellow
Spain – 2002
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For contributions to the design of vector, superscalar, and VLIW architectures, and technical leadership.

International Computing Visionary Mateo Valero Recognized For Advances In High-Performance Computing

Mateo Valero of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center is the 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for steering initiatives in Europe that advanced high-performance computing research and education.  Valero made a strategic case for major funding initiatives at the regional, national and European Union (EU) levels.  He is a founder of HiPEAC, a European Network of Excellence that directs high-performance and embedded computing systems for its members and partners, and expands science research and academic-industry cooperation.  He also created and directed the European Center for Parallelism of Barcelona (CEPBA); was a director of C4, the Catalan Center for Computation and Communications; and led the CEPBA-IBM Research Institute, created to conduct research on parallel computers.  He is a founding member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Engineering, and Correspondant Academic of the Spanish Royal Academy of Science and the Mexican Academy of Sciences. A member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Doctors and the Academia Europaea, he holds Honorary Doctor degrees from the Universities of Chalmers and Belgrade, and from the Universities Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Zaragoza, and Complutense of Madrid in Spain, and the University of Veracruz in Mexico.  For his research in computer architecture, Valero received the Eckert-Mauchly Award from ACM and IEEE Computer Society, and the Harry Goode Award from IEEE CS.  He is director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center.  A graduate of Polytechnic University of Catalonia, he is a Fellow of ACM and IEEE.