16 Jun 2011 Hayes - Funding from the Australian Research Council will advance mathematical techniques and software for grand-challenge scientific simulations. Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe Limited has been awarded AUD 446,000 by the Australian Research Council for a three-year Linkage Project with The Australian National University. The new project, entitled "Robust Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations on Petascale Computer Systems with Applications to Tsunami Modeling and Plasma Physics", is aimed at applying new mathematical ideas to exploit the unprecedented computational power of the next generation of supercomputers.
The objective is to develop new techniques and software that will be key enablers for the science needed to understand the workings of complex dynamical systems. Fujitsu Limited supports this project through the efforts of Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe, and, in tandem with this, continues to develop supercomputers that realise world-class performance.
Commenting on behalf of Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe, team leader and Partner Investigator for Fujitsu, Dr. Ross Nobes, explained the importance of the project: "We are extremely pleased to be working with The Australian National University (ANU) to develop this crucial technology. The project forms a logical extension to the Fujitsu-sponsored Open Petascale Libraries (OPL) global initiative launched last year. It will cover some important new ground - tackling the challenge of scalable, robust, fault-tolerant computer simulation, which will be of increasing importance as we head towards exascale computing. We plan to use two key applications as the test beds for the research - tsunami modelling and plasma physics - and build on ANU's expertise in advanced mathematical techniques including wavelets and high-dimensional approximations to deliver advanced mathematical software for petascale and future advanced supercomputers. As part of the project, we will be undertaking specific optimisations on state-of-the-art supercomputers with multi-core nodes and complex communication networks, including Fujitsu's latest high-performance computing systems. We look forward to some exciting results over the three years of the project."
The Australian National University team is led by Professor Markus Hegland of the Mathematical Sciences Institute, with Professor Richard Brent and Associate Professor Stephen Roberts of the Mathematical Sciences Institute, plus Associate Professor Alistair Rendell and Dr. Peter Strazdins of the Research School of Computer Science contributing as Chief Investigators. The Australian Research Council funding will be used to support targeted research collaboration between Fujitsu and this group, to employ a postdoctoral research associate and two Ph.D. students, and to enable staff exchanges and internships during the course of the project.