The Xunta de Galicia has just awarded one of its Quality Mentions to the Inter-University Master's Degree in High Performance Computing (MICAP), a seal of prestige with which the regional government distinguishes the excellence of this postgraduate course. The news has been received with satisfaction by those responsible for these studies, who are confident that this recognition will increase the attractiveness of the master's degree, help to strengthen the research and development capacity in the area, and contribute to attracting talent.
It is a master's degree in which different institutions related to the sector participate, and in which CiTIUS plays a leading role: "so much so, that almost all the MICAP professors from the USC are or have been linked to the centre at some point... including me" jokes its current coordinator, USC professor Pablo Quesada, who recalls his past as a doctoral student at CiTIUS, and more recently, as a collaborating researcher at the centre.
"In addition to all the teaching staff it provides, CiTIUS also collaborates with computing resources, such as HPC clusters and GPUs, which cover TFMs tutored by professors attached to the centre," continues Quesada. "On the other hand, both students and professors have access to the centre's training programme, which includes courses on research or transversal competences, such as talks on entrepreneurship or technology transfer. "CiTIUS also collaborates by facilitating the Master's internships, offering its facilities as well as different material and human resources," says Quesada, who emphasises that "this mention of excellence is the result of the efforts of the different coordinators that the Master's has had since its creation; after all, I have only just arrived, the work to achieve this mention was already done," he remarks.
In addition to CiTIUS, this interuniversity master's degree has the participation of other institutions, including the double degree agreement with the Cergy Paris Université (France). "The contributions of the Centro de Supercomputación de Galicia (CESGA), the Centro de Investigación en Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones (CITIC), and the company Torus Software Solutions are also very relevant", he concludes.
Five years investing in training
The Interuniversity Master's Degree in High Performance Computing (MICAP) has been taught since the 2018/2019 academic year, and its mission is to provide in-depth and detailed training in the different technologies used in the area of High Performance Computing to future professionals and researchers in the field. From the beginning it has been focused on hybrid teaching, in which face-to-face and distance classes are taught simultaneously.
MICAP has a double degree agreement with the Mathematical Engineering Degree of the Cergy Paris Université (CY), and 24 lecturers, all associated with the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) and the University of A Coruña (UDC), teach in it.