Keeping with tradition, PRACE has selected the winner of the PRACE Best Poster Award at PRACEdays21 during the EuroHPC Summit Week 2021 Digital from 22 to 26 March. The winner is José Ricardo Correia from the University of Porto for his poster presentation on “Coding the Cosmos: A New Generation of Superstring Simulations”.
Maria Girone, CERN openlab CTO, will be delivering a keynote talk this week on the biggest computing and data challenges faced by the high-energy physics community, including those posed by the ambitious upgrade programme for
Along with vaccines and drugs, ventilation techniques are becoming a powerful weapon against the coronavirus. These devices clean the air of indoor spaces, such as classrooms, disposing of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. However, to construct and install fitting devices, researchers must first learn, how viable the virus is and how air cleaning systems can get rid of it in suitable time — before infection occurs. Recently, scientists at NCSA in Bulgaria performed simulations to examine these factors and laid the groundwork for anti-virus ventilation systems for classroom and other populated indoor locations.
In a time where all eyes of the world have been watching the fight against COVID-19 play out, the central role of high-performance computing has been brought into sharp focus. This month, the supercomputing community
PRACE is delighted to announce that CNRS researcher Dr Céline Merlet from the Centre Inter-universitaire de Recherche et d’Ingénierie des Matériaux (CIRIMAT) in Toulouse is the winner of the 2021 PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC for her outstanding impact on HPC in Europe.
The COVID-DROPLETS project, led by Dr Gaetano Sardina from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, in collaboration with Dr Francesco Picano from University of Padua in Italy, is investigating the lifetime of expiratory droplets released by individuals infected with SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus strain causing COVID-19). Surprisingly, the current recommendations to hinder the transmission of respiratory infectious diseases are based on a simple model developed 90 years ago.
The non-coding regions of SARS-CoV-2 RNA play a decisive role in viral replication. Kresten Lindorff-Larsen and Sandro Bottaro of the University of Copenhagen have been using molecular dynamics simulations to predict the structure and dynamics of these regions in the hope that this will enable the development of drugs that target them.
The pandemic has caused us to re-examine many aspects of our lives this year. The CFDforCOVID project, led by Florent Duchaine of CERFACS, has been using fluid dynamics tools usually reserved for aeronautical engines to look at how the virus can spread in enclosed environments such as buildings and vehicles, with the aim of helping to turn them into safer spaces that reduce viral transmission.