The projects span a range of scientific domains and feature ambitious technical software development to achieve cutting edge scientific discoveries. The Academic Flagship projects are leading research in Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning, led by PI Lawlor at UCD/Insight; workflows and machine learning for new material discovery, led by PI Sanvito at TCD; large system calculations for nano-electronics, led by PI Ansari at UCC/Tyndall; modelling of wind-driven nebulae around massive stars, led by PI Mackey at DIAS; simulating the formation and growth of black holes in the early Universe, led by PI Regan at MU; simulating the interaction of fundamental particles, led by PI Skullerud at MU and PI Ryan at TCD; and understanding the dynamics of complex quantum systems, led by PI Goold and PI Pietracaprina at TCD.
Commenting on the projects selected, Dr. Elise Jennings, Senior Computational Scientist leading the Flagship Programme at the EuroHPC Competence Centre in Dublin, stated: "The Flagship projects announced today are outstanding in their scientific and technical merit and are well suited to the Academic Flagship remit as we prepare for exascale and beyond European supercomputers. The standard of the proposals we received was incredibly high and we would like to thank all of the researchers who responded to the call. The selected projects will now receive dedicated performance engineering support from ICHEC as well as computing and storage allocations to advance their science."
Commenting on the significance of Euro-HPC Programme for Ireland, J.-C. Desplat Director, ICHEC stated: "High-Performance Computing is a strategic resource for Europe's future for academia and business. Coming technology changes will drive competitiveness and Europe is aware that supercomputing is fundamental to this. Ireland, through ICHEC, will gain access for researchers and SMEs to a coordinated, integrated, high level of expertise across Europe in high-performance computing and related disciplines for science and industry, such as high-performance data analytics, classical simulation, and artificial intelligence."
The Academic Flagship Projects are the following:
This project will examine the hybrid parallelization of QuantumATK code for two large systems as typical building blocks of nano-electronic devices.
This project aims to efficiently simulate quantum dynamics at large enough system size and at long enough times in order to understand some key emergent concepts in physics such as how an isolated quantum system can appear thermal at macroscopic scales.
This project will develop artificially intelligent methods which are private by design, without the requirement to collect and centrally store and process personal data. In this way, the user does not have to explicitly opt-in or out of data collection, and they have confidence that their personal data does not leave their device.
This project will focus on implementing hybrid parallelization into the PION simulation framework for 3D magnetohydrodynamic modelling of wind-driven nebulae around massive stars.
This project will simulate the interaction of quarks, the fundamental particles that make up protons, neutrons and other hadrons to shed light on quantum chromodynamics (QCD), the force which holds quarks together inside these hadrons, and to investigate the properties of matter in the early Universe.
This project will develop an automatic workflow for integrating machine-learning and artificial intelligence with advanced electronic structure theory.
Using state-of-the-art hydrodynamic simulations of the early Universe, this project will model the formation and growth of black holes in the early Universe to understand how (and if) black holes populate dwarf galaxies.
Academic Flagship projects are two-year awards and will receive support from designated competence centre experts. PIs will be required to submit a bi-annual milestone report and undergo an end of year renewal review in year one.