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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.