Have you voted yet? HPCwire Readers’Choice Awards poll is open until 24 September 2021


Each year the HPCwire Readers’ Choice Awards are determined by HPCwire’s readers across the HPC community, to recognize the most outstanding individuals, organizations, products and technologies in the industry.

We highlight some of the nominated persons, projects or initiatives relating to PRACE or to PRACE partners the text below.

Now it’s up to you to vote!

Polls are open for the HPCwire Readers’ Choice Awards, and is set to run until 24 September 2021 at 11:59 PM PDT. Please vote here.

Best Use of HPC in Response to Societal Plights (COVID-19 focused research/programs)

  • The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) ran a fast-track call for proposals for researchers requesting computing resources in the fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus; after consulting external reviewers, selected projects were granted access to Europe’s most powerful supercomputers within one week.

Best Use of HPC in Physical Sciences

  • Materials theorists at ETH Zürich use the Cray XC50 “Piz Daint” HPC system at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre – number 15 on the current Top500 – to investigate ferroelectric materials, with results that point the way toward developing more efficient technology for water splitting technology for an eco-friendly hydrogen economy; other promising applications include energy-efficient data storage in nanoelectronics.

Best Use of HPC in Energy

  • A multinational collaboration of 50 researchers from 20 institutes, employing PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) access to 35 million core hours on the Marconi HPC system at CINECA in Italy, and 32.6 million core hours on MareNostrum at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center in Spain, has successfully analyzed non-linear magnetohydrodynamic simulations to better understand the physics of fusion plasmas. Their discovery will lead to better control of plasma dynamics for fusion operation, and the production of abundant and safe nuclear energy.
  • WakehydroLES – Researchers from Italy’s National Research Council, Institute of Marine Engineering and CRN Yachts, with collaborators at George Washington University in the U.S., used 39 million core hours on the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) Joliot-Curie KNL supercomputer, hosted by GENCI, the French national HPC organization, to analyze a turbine’s wake flow using Large-Eddy Simulations (LES). Their characterization of the wake of an axial-flow hydrokinetic turbine via LES led to more accurate modelling of whole turbine farms, and valuable insights for hydrokinetic farms, which is an important renewable energy source for the future

Best HPC Collaboration (Academia/Government/Industry)

  • After years of planning and investment, the EU’s EuroHPC Joint Undertaking successfully launched four of its first eight planned supercomputers, with more on the way in the coming months.

Best Sustainability Innovation in HPC

  • The LUMI datacenter in Kajaani, Finland, is among the world’s most eco-efficient datacenters. By utilizing 100 percent carbon-free energy and rechannelling waste heat, it can operate a 10-megawatt supercomputer with -13,500 tons of CO2 emissions per year (corresponds to removal of 4,000 cars from traffic).

Top Supercomputing Achievement

  • Forschungszentrum Jülich’s upgraded supercomputer, JUWELS, is now capable of an aggregate 85 petaflops. Thanks to its new booster module (44 Linpack petaflops), JUWELS is the fastest computer in Europe ranking 8 on the June 2021 Top500 list and 7 on the corresponding Green500 list. Financed by the national Gauss Centre for Supercomputing, and developed by Forschungszentrum Jülich, project partners include Atos, ParTec, Nvidia and AMD.

Outstanding Leadership in HPC

  • Thomas Lippert directs the Jülich Supercomputing Centre at Forschungzentrum Jülich, and serves on the board of directors of the John von Neumann Institute for Computing and the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing. He holds the chair for Modular Supercomputing and Quantum computing at Goethe University Frankfurt, and served as chair of the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) Council from 2018-20.

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