Have you voted yet? HPCwire Readers’Choice Awards poll is open until 6 October


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, please find 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 6 October 2019 at 11:59 PM PT. Please vote here.

Best Use of HPC in Life Sciences

  • CEA researchers use 24.1 million core hours on PRACE Curie machine to develop and use a new algorithm for better focusing of CAPITOL (lasers) which could lead to breakthrough in breast cancer tumor detection.
  • University of Porto researchers used 15 million core hours on BSC’s MareNostrum for simulations to clarify the function of bacterial ribosomal release factor 2; they identified its druggable properties and two novel inhibitors.

Best Use of HPC in Physical Sciences

  • French-German research project, CAPITOL, uses PRACE resources to numerically model photon and particle sources generated by intense ultrashort laser pulses interacting with gas or solid targets (future applications include detection of small breast tumors).
  • ClimEx Project–a collaboration between Canadian province of Quebec and the German state of Bavaria–improves researchers’ understanding of climate change’s impact on severe flooding events, using LRZ supercomputers.

Best Use of HPC in Energy

  • LRZ used 6500 Lenovo SD650 nodes to construct 3D models of past tectonic plate and mantle changes, allowing better prediction of future changes and improving the safety and efficiency of extraction processes.

Top Energy-Efficient HPC Achievement

  • LRZ’s liquid cooled Super MUC NG system achieves energy efficiency in the mid 90’s %

Top HPC-Enabled Scientific Achievement

  • The Climate Change and Hydrological Extremes (ClimEx) project, a Bavarian-Canadian research collaboration, aims to improve researchers’ understanding of severe flooding dynamics under changing climate conditions using LRZ’s SuperMUC systems.

Top Supercomputing Achievement

  • LRZ implements the Intel and Lenovo-built Super MUC-NG system, Germany’s fastest supercomputer

Workforce Diversity Leadership Award

  • Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) & ETH Zürich for inclusive hiring practices; 20+ nationalities in a small organization of ~100 people with women represented at all levels, including 4 out of 8 in top leadership.
  • PRACE Ada Lovelace Award – awarded annually to a female scientist making an outstanding contribution and impact on HPC both in Europe and globally serving as a role model for young women.

Outstanding Leadership in HPC

  • Herbert Huber, Head of High Performance Systems Division at Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ), has been a pioneer in driving a holistic vision of energy efficient supercomputing, from hardware to software to infrastructure.

This article was first published on www.prace-ri.eu on Thursday 3 October 2019.

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