Judit Planas

Felix Schürmann Group
Judit Planas is the Scientific Coordinator of the Computing Division

Judit joined the Blue Brain Project in 2015 as a Postdoctoral Researcher under the supervision of Prof. Felix Schürmann. Her work focused on strategies for memory-intensive and I/O-intensive neuroscience applications. In this context, she developed software and techniques to accelerate applications and leverage from the latest hardware and software technologies, like using non-volatile memory (NVM) or big data solutions.

In 2019, Judit became the Scientific Coordinator of the Computing Division of Blue Brain. In that function, she now helps the Computing Division to fulfill the expected contributions to the scientific roadmap of the Project. This includes ensuring tight linkage with the project management of BBP and facilitating a cohesive strategy and implementation inside the division.  In addition, she is still participating in the research and implementation of techniques for I/O-intensive applications and large-scale data analysis with big-data infrastructure.

Judit Planas received her Ph.D. in Computer Architecture from the Computer Architecture Department of the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) in 2015. She worked at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center from 2008 to 2015, where she developed her MSc and PhD. in programming models for heterogeneous architectures, focused on accelerators, like GPGPUs and Intel Xeon Phi. During this period, she participated in a number of different workshops and courses involving parallel programming models and CUDA programming as a teaching assistant. In addition, as part of her PhD, she did an internship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois, USA) under the supervision of Prof. Wen-mei W. Hwu.

Outside of work, Judit enjoys spending time with friends, travelling and meeting new people. She is also a fan of many outdoor activities, including skiing, cycling, roller/ice skating, snorkeling and sailing.

Selected Publications

Judit Planas, Fabien Delalondre and Felix Schürmann. Accelerating Data Analysis of Brain Tissue Simulations with Apache Spark. Spark + AI Summit 2018. San Francisco, USA. 2018.


Timothee Ewart, Judit Planas, Francesco Cremonesi, Kai Langen, Felix Schuermann and Fabien Delalondre. Neuromapp: a Mini-Application Framework to Improve Neural Simulators. To be published in proc. of 32nd International Conference, ISC High Performance (ISC ’17). Frankfurt, Germany. June 2017. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-58667-0_10

Judit Planas, Rosa M. Badia, Eduard Ayguade and Jesus Labarta. SSMART: Smart Scheduling of Multi-Architecture Tasks on Heterogeneous Systems. In proc. of the 2nd Workshop on Accelerator Programming using Directives (WACCPD ’15). In conjunction with The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC ’15). Austin, Texas, USA. 2015. https://doi.org/10.1145/2832105.2832109

Judit Planas, Rosa M. Badia, Eduard Ayguade, and Jesus Labarta. AMA: Asynchronous Management of Accelerators for Task-based Programming Models. International Conference on Computational Science (ICCS 2015) – Computational Science at the Gates of Nature, Volume 51, pages 130-139. Reykjavík, Iceland. June 2015. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procs.2015.05.212

Judit Planas, Rosa M. Badia, Eduard Ayguade and Jesus Labarta. Self-Adaptive OmpSs Tasks in Heterogeneous Environments. In proc. of 27th IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS 2013), pages 138-149. Boston, Massachusetts, USA. May 2013. https://doi.org/10.1109/IPDPS.2013.53