Poster presentation of José Ricardo Correia at EuroHPC Summit Week 2021
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José Correia wins PRACE Best Poster Award @ EuroHPC Summit Week 2021

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”.

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Working with SMEs

The Working With SMEs workshop took place virtually on 10 September 2020, 11:00-13:00 CEST and was open to people working on PRACE, EuroHPC Competence Centres (EuroCC), representatives from INFRAG and other interested parties. The idea

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A SARS-CoV-2 aerosol simulation in a classroom in which a window in the back of the room and a door in the front of the room are left open

Simulations, HPC and technology — the new weapon against the coronavirus

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.

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Visualization of COVID-19 droplets
Success Stories

Evaluating the lifetime of expiratory COVID droplets

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.

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The predicted three-dimensional structure of stem-loop 5a in the 5’ end untranslated region of SARS-CoV-2 RNA genome
Success Stories

Predicting structural elements in the SARS-CoV-2 RNA genome

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.

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Airborne droplet dispersion emitted by a person breathing during several minutes in a ventilated office.
Success Stories

Investigating viral dispersion in enclosed spaces

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.

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