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August 5, 2015

From the flow of air past an airplane’s wing down to the movement of electrons around individual atoms, supercomputers can be used to simulate materials at diverse scales. Different scales provide different levels of information, but little is known about how these levels are connected. Peter Coveney of University College London has been spearheading a long-term program that seeks to relate the behavior of atoms and molecules to properties at the macroscale.

June 24, 2015

The iridescent shimmer found on the inside of seashells and the outside of pearls is caused by an extremely strong and resilient substance called nacre. Biomaterials such as nacre are highly organized at the nanoscale, so by studying this organization it may be possible to elucidate the source of their remarkable mechanical performance, which often outstrips synthetic analogues.

May 20, 2015

Discover how the DNANANO project has been using the Curie supercomputer — a PRACE tier-0 system — to help design nanocages for targeted drug delivery.

Simulating one of these nanocages for just 100 nanoseconds would take nearly a decade on a normal workstation. However, by accessing PRACE resources, the research group was able to carry out multiple simulations of this kind in less than thirty days.

November 5, 2014

Professor Stephan Roche of the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Spain is one of the early adopters of high-performance computing in Europe’s Graphene Flagship initiative. His latest project has received 22 million core hours from PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe. 

Roche has fifteen years of experience in developing novel algorithms and computational approaches that can be used to investigate quantum transporting in complex materials such as graphene. Here, we speak to him about his experience of working with PRACE.

July 23, 2014

The Third EUDAT Conference will be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from 24-25 September. iSGTW talks to Per Oster about the event and the progress EUDAT is making in realizing its vision of a collaborative data infrastructure. Oster is director of research infrastructures at Finland’s IT Center for Science (CSC), which is the organization coordinating the EUDAT project.

July 2, 2014

Last week, iSGTW attended the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’14) in Leipzig, Germany. The event featured a range of speakers representing a wide variety of research domains. Awards given by PRACE and Germany’s Gauss Centre for Supercomputing highlighted some of the outstanding research on show at the event. And, of course, the new TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers was announced.

May 14, 2014

One of Antarctica’s biggest ice streams, the Pine Island Glacier, may be in uncontrollable retreat, with the potential risk of raising global sea levels by up to 1 cm by the year 2031. Discover the role that high-performance computing played in enabling this research.

April 23, 2014

Researchers are using PRACE supercomputing resources to tackle the seasonal flu bug. By modeling the process through which viruses insert their genetic material into our cells, they hope to further development of vaccines.

June 26, 2013

The PRACE Scientific Conference was recently held in Leipzig, Germany. Delegates at the event highlighted the importance of training and spoke of the fundamental role high-performance computing has to play in driving innovation in Europe.

October 24, 2012

The latest computer simulations show that nuclear fusion reactions which produce more power than is put in are just around the corner - but recent experiments have called into question the accuracy of these computer models.



August 8, 2012

At the XSEDE’12 conference in mid-July, John Towns, principal investigator for XSEDE discussed the challenges and successes of the US high-performance computing network's first year. XSEDE is building bridges between universities, users, and other cyber-infrastructures including the Open Science Grid for high throughput computing. Towns also mentioned the collaboration between XSEDE and the European computing infrastructure called PRACE and unveiled a new joint call to enable users to use both sets of resources.

August 1, 2012

Researchers use the latest computational methods to understand quantum tunneling in enzymes, which may help develop predictive medicine and designs for new catalysts.

June 27, 2012

PRACE researchers use 3D computer modeling to better understand the mechanisms behind the most powerful and rarest supernovae explosions.

May 2, 2012

A new project connects life science researchers with software developers, enabling faster and more accurate computations to be done.

February 15, 2012

The Mont-Blanc project, a European effort, is designing a new energy-efficient computer architecture at the exascale range by 2020.

October 19, 2011

The quest to produce power from fusion is back on track after the test-bed reactor JET restarted successfully. But some serious challenges, which require heavy computing, still lie on the scientists' path between here and realising their dream.

Scientists are installing extremely sensitive infra-red cameras to find tiny hot-spots in the walls of the container, which might show why and where energy is lost. And they must also tackle one of the most important unsolved problems of classical physics: turbulance.

February 16, 2011

Just what is supercomputing, or “big iron?” E-ScienceTalk’s Manisha Lalloo explains.