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Swedish PRACE Successes

Lilit Axner, PDC

The second half of 2016 and the year 2017 have been very successful for Swedish researchers in the PRACE research infrastructure projects. Specifically we have shown excellent results in the following activities.

There have been four successful Tier-0 projects for the PRACE project 14th and 15th calls, two per call. The projects are as follows.

  1. HETS/Heat (and Mass) Transfer in Turbulent Suspensions
    Project Leader: Prof. Luca Brandt, KTH
    Resource Awarded: 18.3 million core hours on Marconi – KNL
  2. Direct numerical simulation of partially premixed combustion in internal combustion engine relevant conditions
    Project Leader: Prof. Xue-Song Bai, Lund University
    Resource Awarded: 42.4 million core hours on Juqueen
  3. BioTitan – Ab initio molecular dynamics of biomolecular adsorption on fully hydrated TiO2-water interfaces
    Project Leader: Prof. Alexander Lyubartsev, Stockholm University
    Resource Awarded: 50.2 million core hours on MareNostrum
  4. Large-Eddy-Simulations of the unsteady aerodynamics of oscillating airfoils at moderately high Reynolds numbers
    Project Leader: Prof. Dan Henningson, KTH
    Resource Awarded: 40 million core hours on Hazel Hen

For the DECI 14th call there have been two successful Swedish projects as follows.

  1. CHARTERED2 - CHARge TransfER dynamics by time dependEnt Density functional theory
    Project leader: Dr. Biplab Sanyal, Uppsala University
    Awarded hours: 29,904,000 DECI standard hours on Salomon, VSB-TUO, Czech Republic
  2. MMICSCTSET - Multiscale Modelling of Ionic Conductors – Structure, Conductivity and Thermodynamic Stability at Elevated Temperatures
    Project leader: Prof. Natalia Skorodumova, KTH
    Awarded hours: 23,284,800 DECI standard hours on Salomon, VSB-TUO, Czech Republic

As a consequence of these awards, seven projects from the Netherlands, the UK and Finland have been granted the use of an equivalent number of DECI standard hours on Beskow at PDC.

Sweden’s successes in the industry-related activities within PRACE have also continued. For the PRACE SHAPE 5th call, the application by Svenska Flygtekniska Institutet has been approved for a project called "AdaptiveRotor". One of the PRACE application experts at PDC, Dr. Jing Gong, will be working in tight collaboration with the project investigator, Dr. Tomas Melin, for three months on performance and optimisation questions.

Two more applications from Swedish small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have been accepted for the PRACE Type-D call. One of them is from Adaptive Simulations and the other is from Airinnova. These two SMEs have been awarded computing hours on the system called Archer at EPCC, UK.

There have also been several successful applications by projects with Swedish principal investigators to the PRACE Preparatory Access calls.

This year PDC continued to be active within the PRACE dissemination and training activities. One of the major events was the hosting of the PRACE Spring School in the life sciences, "HPC for Life Sciences", in April 2017, which was undertaken together with the BioExcel Centre of Excellence.

We hope that in 2018 Swedish researchers will continue to apply to use the PRACE resources and that they will be as successful next year as they were in 2017. During the first half of 2018 we also plan to host a couple of PRACE workshops and training events in collaboration with the other Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC) centres involved in PRACE.