As part of the SoHPC programme, the twenty-four participants competed for two prizes - Best Visualisation and HPC Ambassador. The awards were presented by Dr. Sergi Girona, Chair of the PRACE Board of Directors, at an Awards Ceremony on 2 December 2013 at the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC), Barcelona, Spain.
"I am very satisfied with the results of the PRACE Summer of HPC 2013", stated Dr. Girona.
The Best Visualisation Award was awarded to Niki Loppi who completed the best visualisation during his placement in Czech Republic, as judged by the SoHPC Award Adjudication panel. Niki Loppi currently studies aeronautical engineering and fluid dynamics at Aalto University School of Engineering. He is in his fifth year of studies and will start his master's thesis in summer 2014. "The Summer of HPC combines learning and having fun. Working in a foreign research environment was an amazing experience and it definitely made eager to work abroad again", stated Niki Loppi.
The PRACE HPC Ambassador Award was awarded to Vito Simonka, who spent the Summer of HPC at BSC, Spain and best embodied the outreach spirit of the programme, based on his blogging, media and social media presence, and future outreach plans.
Vito Simonka studies at the University of Maribor, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Department of Physics. He is in his second master year of BioPhysics, Dynamical and Complex Systems. Short and sweet, Vito Simonka called the Summer of HPC "a life-changing experience".