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22 June 2014 - 26 June 2014


22 June 2014
26 June 2014
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PRACE – The European HPC Infrastructure at ISC 2014

PRACE branched out at ISC’14 with more activities and highlights than ever. PRACE was present at both the exhibition and the conference part of ISC’14 with the PRACE-ISC Award, sessions on HPC in Europe and HPC Communication, the PRACE booth with its popular Treasure Hunt, and more!

At the Opening Session of ISC’14, on Monday 23 June 2014, the PRACE-ISC Award was announced for the paper entitled “Sustained Petascale Performance of Seismic Simulations with SeisSol on SuperMUC”. The authors presented their work later that same day showing an extreme scalability of the ADER code on the full configuration of SuperMUC at LRZ (Germany), one of the 6 Tier0 systems of PRACE.

PRACE-ISC Award: Kenneth Ruud (PRACE SSC Chair), Michael Bader, Alexander Heinecke, Sebastian Rettenberger

PRACE at ISC’14 Exhibition

The PRACE booth attracted more than 230 visitors with various activities. International press visited PRACE on Monday evening, just before the official opening of the ISC’14 Exhibition during which PRACE invited visitors to a cocktail and informal networking.

The PRACE Booth Team was present to inform on the results, activities and plans of the PRACE.

PRACE Booth Team: Stelios Erotokritou (CYI, Cyprus), Danica Stojiljkovic (IPB, Serbia), Dietmar Erwin (FZJ, Germany), Emma Hogan (ICHEC, Ireland), Marjolein Oorsprong (PRACE Communications Officer), Tiina Leiponen (CSC, Finland), Barbara Tóth (NIIF, Hungary), Florian Berberich (FZJ, Germany)
On Tuesday 24 June, Marjolein Oorsprong, PRACE Communications Officer participated in a Birds of a Feather session on High Performance Communication for High performance Computing, and presented an overview of PRACE communication and dissemination activities (http://www.hpc-hpc.org/). On the same day, International Data Corporation (IDC) announced the seventh round of recipients of the HPC Innovation Excellence Award. One of the winners was PRACE Member CINECA, Italy. Engineers from THESAN srl, an Italian SME active in the renewable energy sector, teamed up with the Italian supercomputing center CINECA to develop simulation driven engineering of hydroelectric turbines. The research was conducted in the framework of the PRACE SHAPE (SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe – http://www.prace-ri.eu/SHAPE-Pilot-…) initiative. The engineers and researchers built an HPC based workflow to optimize the design of a new class of hydroelectric turbines. Using open source tools like OpenFOAM and ParaView, Thesan could obtain relevant cost savings abandoning the production of physical prototypes, understand the flaws of earlier design setups, and critically shorten the time-to-market. Lead: Giovanni Erbacci, Claudio Arlandini, Raffaele Ponzini, Roberto Vadori. More information can be found in PRACE White Paper 188 by R. Vadori, B. Puddu, R. Ponzini, C. Arlandini, Design improvement of a rotary turbine supply chamber through CFD analysis (www.prace-ri.eu/white-papers) Sergi Girona, Chair of the PRACE Board of Directors, chaired an invited session on HPC in Europe on Wednesday 25 June. This session included presentations by Arndt Bode of LRZ, Germany; Jesús Labarta of BSC, Spain; Paul Arts of Eurotech; and Stéphane Requena of GENCI, France.
PRACE Treasure Hunt Winners: Pawel Dziekonski of WCSS, Poland and Pablo Reble of RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

Like last year PRACE organised a Treasure Hunt with a total of 122 participants. This year’s winners were Pawel Dziekonski of WCSS, Poland and Pablo Reble of RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

Each Treasure Hunt draw was accompanied by a mini-presentation giving a quick overview of two of PRACE’s activities: PRACE Industrial Access and SHAPE, and the PRACE training offer and portal.