Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2017-07-28

Applications

In an interview in "Adjacent Open Access", Alison Kennedy, Director of the Hartree Centre in the UK, says: "The [HPC] computers themselves are just tools and what we need is a skilled population who understands both the science and the technology." She wants to make HPC more accessible for a range of new industries because it is clearly an important technology. Read further...
MontBlanc has some nice pictures of the ThunderChip Student Cluster Competition at ISC17. ThunderChip is the nickname of the team representing the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. The team was composed of six undergraduate students coached by four advisors from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, which is partner in the MontBlanc project. Read further...
The HLRS supercomputer Hazel Hen recently reached a milestone. The millionth job is an example of the essential role that HPC is playing in many research fields, including fluid dynamics. Leading the research behind the millionth job was Professor Bernhard Weigand, Director of the Institute of Aerospace Thermodynamics at the University of Stuttgart. His laboratory studies multiphase flows, a common phenomenon across nature in which materials in different states or phases (gases, liquids, and solids) are simultaneously present and physically interact. In meteorology, for instance, raindrops, dew, and fog constitute multiphase flows, as does the exchange of gases between the oceans and the atmosphere. Read further...
Research done by the ExaFlow project shows that Adaptive Mesh Refinement (AMR) can considerably speed up the computation in the Spectral Element Method code Nek5000. However, a few additional tools have to be developed before the team will start 3-dimensional runs of this Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) code implementation. Read further...
On the CSCS blog Simone Ulmer interviews Katrin Amunts, Scientific Director of the Human Brain Project (HBP). The HBP research can be summarised to: "Where and how does consciousness develop? That's what I'd really like to know." Managaging large datasets is crucial for brain research: "It needs secure data lines and a close collaboration with specialists from the computing sector to tackle large amounts of data. CSCS and Jülich have secure data forwarding in PRACE. We're in the process of setting up a European infrastructure in conjunction with Thomas Schulthess in Lugano and Thomas Lippert in Jülich so neuroscientists like me don't have to worry about where the enormous amounts of data are stored and how we can access them for analysis", Amunts says. Read further...