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Dr Juan Massó Bennásar

Dr Juan Massó Bennásar
Full professor
Theoretical Physics
  • Despatx F207segon pisMateu Orfila i Rotger (Física)


Brief CV

After getting his Ph. D in Physics at the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) in 1992, where he published the first 3D code with a hyperbolic formulation of the Einstein Equations, Joan Massó was postdoctoral fellow in 1993 at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA). In 1994, he became NCSA Research Scientist, focusing his work on black hole simulations, advanced numerical methods and supercomputing techniques. From 1996 to 1999, he was Senior Researcher and Czar of the Supercomputing center at the Max Plank Institut für GravitationPhysik (Potsdam, Germany). There he co-created one of the first and more extensible open multiphysics computational frameworks (, basis of the Einstin Toolkit for applications in Numerical Relativity. He was also Visiting Professor at Washington University (Saint Louis, USA). In 1999, Joan came back to Mallorca as Associate Professor of Theoretical Physics and Supercomputing coordinator at the UIB, where he promoted the first beowulf High Performance Cluster in Spain in a joint project with IBM. He also got involved in the Government of the Balearic Islands, as lead technical advisor in 1999-2000. In 2000, he founded Gridsystems, which became one of the leading European private companies in the development and commercialization of Grid Computing middleware. He architected Innergrid, winner of an European Union IST prize in 2003, and its evolution into Fura, a general private cloud Open Source middleware, with customers in finance, health, telecommunications and other industries. As CEO of Gridsystems, he was responsible of a team of 40 people and he involved the company in 6 European research projects (FP6,FP7) and 3 Spanish CENITs with a total budget of over 200 million euros. In 2010, Joan went back full time to Academia. He actively participates in Simflowny, an extensible open platform for scientific modeling and simulation, which automatically generates advanced parallel code capable of exascale performance. Joan has a wide experience in many areas of technology, as well as entrepreneurship and company growth. He mentors startups and acts as advisor to several Venture Capital funds. He has publisghed dozens of scientific papers, with around 3000 citations. His work has been cover of Science, Computer and Physics World magazines, and he has published 6 papers in the prestigious Physical Review Letters. Today, he is teaching Computer Assisted Physics (with Python), Relativity and Cosmology, Distributed Computing (with Julia) and Elements of Numerical Relativity. He is Full Professor of Theoretical Physics and, since 2018, he is the head of the ACP (Advanced Computational Physics group of the UIB Physics department.


Office Hours

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Teaching, 5 previous years

Subject Information
11271 - Elements of Numerical Relativity
  • Master's Degree in Advanced Physics and Applied Mathematics2021-22, 2022-23
11304 - Distributed Computing
21004 - Computer Aided Physics
21055 - Relativity and Cosmology


Research groups

Group Membership type
Advanced Computational Physics (ACP) Main researcher
Relativity and Gravitation (GRG) Member
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