Have you voted yet? HPCwire Readers’Choice Awards poll is open until 12 October 2020

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Have you voted yet? HPCwire Readers’Choice Awards poll is open until 12 October 2020

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

Below we highlight some of the nominated persons, projects or initiatives related to PRACE or to PRACE partners.

Now it’s up to you to vote!

Polls are open for the HPCwire Readers’ Choice Awards, and is set to run until 12 October 2020 at 11:59 PM PDT. Please vote here.

Best Use of HPC in Life Sciences

  • University of Bordeaux and Medical University of Graz researchers use multi-million core-hours grant from PRACE to develop a comprehensive electro-mechano-fluid model capturing the entire physics of a beating heart; the work is a significant advance in cardiac re-synchronization therapy.

Best Use of HPC in Physical Sciences

  • Researchers from the Technology University of Denmark (DTU) optimised a new, ground-up suspension bridge design using GENCI’s Joliot-Curie supercomputer, opening the door for suspension bridges with longer spans.

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

  • Beginning in March, PRACE issued a fast track call for COVID-19 research projects; since then, PRACE has awarded hundreds of millions of core hours to a wide range of COVID-19 projects spanning vaccine development, patient outcomes, policy development and more.
  • Researchers from four Finnish institutions used CSC’s Puhti supercomputer to simulate and visualize the spread of COVID-19 particles from a cough across aisles of a grocery store, helping the public to understand the threat posed by airborne viral particles early in the pandemic.
  • The public-private Exscalate4CoV consortium, led by pharmaceutical firm Dompé, leveraged the power of the CINECA, Jülich and Barcelona supercomputing centers to screen for effective compounds to fight COVID-19 using Exscalate’s chemical library of half a trillion molecules.

Best Use of HPC in Industry (Automotive, Aerospace, Manufacturing, Chemical, etc.)

  • FULLEST project collaboration between CERFACS, Safran, and AKIRA technology used PRACE award of 31.6 million core hours on Joliot-Curie to achieve the first 360-degree large-eddy simulation of a full aircraft engine.

Best HPC Collaboration (Academia/Government/Industry)

  • EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (comprising 32 participating states at current count) pools EU and national resources in HPC to provide world-class petascale and pre-exascale supercomputing and data infrastructure for Europe’s scientific, industrial and public users.

Top Energy-Efficient HPC Achievement

  • LRZ introduced the “Wintermute” module to its Data Center Data Base (DCDB) facility monitoring system, allowing users to easily and efficiently deploy online operational data analytics for large-scale HPC installations and automatically identify optimization opportunities.

Top HPC-Enabled Scientific Achievement

  • University of Bordeaux and Medical University of Graz researchers used a multi-million core-hour grant from PRACE to develop a comprehensive electro-mechano-fluid model capturing the entire physics of a beating heart; the work is a significant advance in cardiac re-synchronization therapy.
  • A research team led by Australian National University used the SuperMUC-NUG system at LRZ to run the largest-ever magneto-hydrodynamic simulation, illuminating the role of turbulence in the birthing of stars.

Outstanding Leadership in HPC

  • Thomas Lippert, Director of the Institute for Advanced Simulation, Head of Juelich Supercomputing Centre, former Chair of the PRACE Council (2018-2020), involved in PRACE from the very beginning, now starting to establish a partnership with EuroHPC Joint Undertaking.
  • Mateo Valero, Founder and Director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, which hosts the MareNostrum supercomputer – HPC pioneer since 1990 and the driving force behind the renaissance of European HPC independence.

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