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Quantum computing

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World-first pinpointing of atoms at work for quantum computers ...

Controlling quantum states atom by atom ...

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Euro 2016: Computer predicts football results


Gerhard "Hardy" Hanappi
8 Jun 2016 Vienna - A computer simulation created at TU Wien (Vienna) predicts the results of the group stage of the Euro 2016: France, Slovakia, Poland, Belgium and Austria are predicted to win all three group stage matches, Italy will not make it to the next round.

Usually, Professor Hardy Hanappi works on computer simulations of complicated political or economic processes. But why not apply the same methods to football as well? With the help of his students, Hardy Hanappi has now calculated the most likely outcome of the UEFA Euro 2016 group phase. He will follow up these results with a simulation of the knock-out phase later. According to the computer model, most of the favourites will make it to the second phase. Italy is predicted to fail, Germany and England may lose one of their matches.

Hardy Hanappi analysed data from all the teams' matches since 2012 and determined strength parameters of defense, midfield, offense and the goalkeeper. Every match is simulated thousands of times, minute for minute. Just like in a real match, the result is down to chance. "Every simulated game is different. Whether or not a scoring chance comes up is in part modelled by a poisson process. The probability that the chance leads to an actual goal depends on the strength of the offense, the defense of the other team and many other parameters."

After simulating many games, Hardy Hanappi can determine the most likely results. "After the group phase, we will present predictions for the rest of the tournament too", stated Hardy Hanappi. "We will, however, improve the quality of our algorithms after the group phase."

Creating football simulation algorithms requires not only experience with complex computer models, but also a deep understanding of football. It is no coincidence that it was Hardy Hanappi who developed this simulation. His father was the legendary football player Gerhard Hanappi, who was considered to be one of the world's best players in the 1950s. With the Austrian national football team, he placed third in the World Championships in Switzerland in 1954.

Just like his father, Hardy Hanappi used to play football when he was young, but he decided not to pursue a career in professional football - he became a scientist instead. He is doing research in economics and business informatics at TU Wien and he is a Jean Monnet Professor of the EU for Political Economy of European Integration.

The simulation results of Euro 2016 are available for download.

Source: Technical University of Vienna

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2016-06-13

Exascale supercomputing

Paul Messina discusses rewards, challenges for new exascale project ...

Quantum computing

Analogue quantum computation has been universally digitized using superconducting circuits ...

World-first pinpointing of atoms at work for quantum computers ...

Controlling quantum states atom by atom ...

Focus on Europe

Euro 2016: Computer predicts football results ...

HPC community gears up for ISC 2016 - record number of attendees expected ...

Middleware

Bright Computing partners with ProfitBricks to offer customers an elastic high performance computing solution ...

One Stop Systems introduces the GPUltima with Bright Computing's HPC Cluster Manager ...

BeeGFS Omni-Path certification: 12GB/s per server ...

Bright Computing unveils its plans for the International Supercomputing Expo ...

Mellanox paves the way to higher efficiency data centres with 25 Gb/s Ethernet ...

IBM invests to accelerate development and commercialization of disruptive technologies in Asia ...

Hardware

DVV data centre to host new magnitUDE supercomputer ...

CSIR's Centre for High Performance Computing unveils the fastest computer in Africa ...

PNNL appoints Liyuan Liang director of Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory ...

Forrester Research names Cray a strong performer in Big Data Hadoop Optimized Systems ...

PRACE to issue Newsletter 17 ...

Dell enables customers to maximize performance of enterprise applications and core business workloads with PowerEdge four-socket servers ...

Michigan State University celebrates arrival of new supercomputer ...

Applications

Materials project releases massive trove of battery and molecule data ...

NERSC fields its first Student Cluster Competition team ...

Simulating chemical evolution with Piz Daint ...

Skyrmions à la carte ...

The Cloud

IBM launches industry's first development environment for Apache Spark - delivered in the Cloud for rapid adoption ...

Leadtek looks to build on healthcare solutions leverage its longtime high-performance visual computing technologies by eyeing medical IoT opportunities ...