GCS Continues Delivering Large, Diverse Allocations During 18th Large-Scale Call
Press Release 09/2017 –

GCS approved 23 large-scale projects during the 18th call for large-scale proposals. GCS awards large-scale allocations to researchers focused on solving the world’s most pressing problems as they relate to a wide range of disciplines.

BERLIN, Germany, Nov. 22, 2017—The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) approved 23 large-scale projects during the 18th call for large-scale proposals, set to run from Nov. 1 2017 to Oct. 31, 2018. The projects divided up over 1.5 billion core hours among the German Tier-0 computing centres—High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), and Leibniz Supercomputing Centre of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (LRZ).

GCS awards large-scale allocations to researchers focused on solving the world’s most pressing problems as they relate to chemistry, materials science, earth and climate science, elementary particle physics, scientific engineering, and astrophysics, among other research areas

Of the 23 projects, two were granted allocations exceeding 100 million core-hours. In addition, several teams are receiving allocations at multiple GCS facilities to take advantage of the variety of compute architectures provided by the three centres. Within the last several years, the increasingly high quality of research proposals and associated computational capabilities has encouraged GCS leadership to allocate more research teams time at multiple facilities.

This year continues to follow that trend, with three projects receiving computing time at multiple GCS facilities.

Following up their previous record-breaking allocation of 335 million cores hours, an RWTH Aachen University research team led by Dr. Matthias Meinke receive 245 million core hours—180 million at HLRS and 65 at JSC—to continue their research into turbulence, one of the last major unsolved fluid dynamic challenges, as it relates to jet engine dynamics in an effort to create safer, quieter, more fuel efficient engines, and multiphase flows related to emissions at coal power plants, among other research areas.

Prof. Dr. Zoltán Fodor was granted 170 million core-hours—90 million at JSC and 80 million at HLRS—to investigate the existence and subsequent properties of dark matter. Researchers hypothesize that roughly 14 percent of the total matter in the universe is made up of dark matter, but to date almost nothing is known about this mysterious type of matter. Based on the extreme difficulties related to gathering experimental data sets, supercomputing has become an indispensable tool in uncovering dark matter’s properties and origin.

A team led by Dr. Georg Bergner from the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena received 50 million core hours—35 million at LRZ and 15 million at JSC—to further explore the smallest, most fundamental building blocks in nature.

The team studies elementary particle behaviour, and is currently focused on doing non-perturbative studies of gluons and gluinos.

For a complete list of projects, please click here.

About GCS Large-Scale Projects: In accordance with the GCS mission, all researchers in Germany are eligible to apply for computing time on the petascale HPC systems of Germany’s leading supercomputing institution. Projects are classified as “large-scale” if they are allocated more than 35 million core-hours in a given year at a GCS member centre’s high-end system. Computing time is allocated by the GCS Scientific Steering Committee to ground-breaking projects which seek solutions to long-standing complex science and engineering process that cannot be solved without access to world-leading computing systems. The projects are evaluated through a strict peer review process on the basis of the project’s scientific and technical excellence.

More information on the application process for a large-scale project can be found here.

About GCS: The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) combines the three German national supercomputing centres HLRS (High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart), JSC (Jülich Supercomputing Centre), and LRZ (Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, Garching near Munich) into Germany’s integrated Tier-0 supercomputing institution. Together, the three centres provide the largest, most powerful supercomputing infrastructure in all of Europe to serve a wide range of academic and industrial research activities in various disciplines. They also provide top-tier training and education for the national as well as the European High Performance Computing (HPC) community. GCS is the German member of PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe), an international non-profit association consisting of 24 member countries, whose representative organizations create a pan-European supercomputing infrastructure, providing access to computing and data management resources and services for large-scale scientific and engineering applications at the highest performance level.
GCS is jointly funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, and North Rhine-Westphalia. It is headquartered in Berlin, Germany.


Eric Gedenk, GCS Public Relations
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