Under the 4th PRACE Call for Proposals he received 20 million core hours on CURIE @ GENCI@CEA, France for his project entitled LUCIDUS - Cosmological simulations of galaxy formation on a moving mesh, in order to undertake this gargantuan scientific task. With collaborators from Germany and the United States, the project was an example of how international co-operation can yield far greater advancements than stand-alone national research.
"Like the combined power of supernovae and black holes created new galaxies and stars, the combined power of PRACE Tier-0 HPC systems and excellence science creates great advancements for humanity", stated Catherine Rivière, Chair of the PRACE Council. "This is the biggest cosmology simulation ever made and it shows that PRACE is at the heart of HPC supported science and research", she added proudly.
The astounding results of Prof. Volker's research were published on 7 May 2014 in edition #509 of Nature , the international weekly journal of science.