The consortium includes seven public universities (BUW, RWTH, HUB, HU, UCY, UNIFE and UTOV) and one non-profit private research institute (CyI) who will give joint triple degrees. In addition, three academic, non-profit research organizations, DESY, CING and FZJ, and three non-academic private companies, namely MAGWEL, IBM-Zurich and NVIDIA will complement the training of the ESRs providing secondments and contributing to the workshops and lectures.
Combined, the consortium is scientifically excellent:
The Cyprus Institute is a non-profit research and educational institution with scientific and technological focus. It consists of issue-oriented research centres that address challenging problems both at the regional and international levels. The Government of Cyprus supports The Cyprus Institute, viewing its establishment as important to its overall policy of transforming Cyprus into a regional centre for research and education. The Computation-based Science and Technology Research Centre (CaSToRC), one of three research centres under operation, has a close partnership with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications of the University of Illinois. The centre has signed a collaboration agreement with the Julich Supercomputing Centre for a joint Simulation Lab in Particle and Nuclear Physics and other research activities. CaSToRC provides computational resources for Cypriot researchers since 2012. HPC training programs and a user support team are established to best serve the needs of the Cypriot scientific community. The regional role of CaSToRC was promoted by the implementation of LinkSCEEM, an FP7 infrastructure project creating a user community base of its operation in 2011, whereby CaSToRC is committing up to 30% of computational resources. This regional mission is currently being continued through the H2020 VI-SEEM project where CaSToRC leads the Eastern Mediterranean partners. CaSToRC has an accredited Ph.D. program in Computational Science, the only such program in Cyprus. It has coordinated an ATLANTIS project the aim of which was to attract young talents in Simulation Sciences. Lattice gauge simulations, computational biology and chemistry, programming on GPUs and acceleration technologies, management and visualization of climate and cultural heritage data are among the activities of CaSToRC
Role and Commitment of key persons (including supervisors)
C. Alexandrou (female) is Institute Professor at CyI, Director of CaSToRC and Professor at UCY. Her research activities are: Theoretical Nuclear and Particle Physics/Lattice QCD. She has twenty years of experience in teaching and supervision of undergraduate, M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, and postdoctoral fellows. She was the coordinator of LinkSCEEM and the Scientific leader of the Cy-Tera project. She is the coordinator of the HPCLEAP EJD. She will be coordinator of the project and supervise students in numerical methods and Lattice QCD and lecture in the courses of the program. She will devote 35% FTE in total to the program shared with UCY.
G. K. Christophides (male) is Professor at CyI and ICL. Research area: Infectious Diseases & Immunity. He will supervise students in Computational Biology. He has twelve years of experience in teaching and supervision of research projects of undergraduate, MRes, MSc and Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows. He will dedicate 20% FTE in total to the program shared with ICL.
G. Koutsou (male) is Assist. Professor at CyI. Research area: novel computer architectures/Lattice QCD. He will supervise students in HPC technologies and lattice QCD and lecture in the courses of the program. He is currently supervising two graduate students. 30% FTEs will be dedicated to the program.
Y. Suleymanov (male) is Assist. Prof. at CyI starting Oct. 2014. Research area: Computational and theoretical chemistry, MD simulations. He will lecture in the program and help with supervision devoting 20% FET.
Dr. K. Erguler (male) is a post-doctoral fellow at CyI. Research area: Bioinformatics and Theoretical Systems Biology. He will assist Professor Christophides in supervising Ph.D. students, and will lecture and serve as an instructor in the Computational and Systems Biology and Bioinformatics course. 25% FTEs will be committed to the program.
Dr. Chalarambos Chrystostomou (male) is post-doctoral fellow at CyI. Research area; Computer science, deep learning algorithms, bioinformatics. 25% FTEs will be committed to the program.
Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment
Key relevant facilities are: A hybrid cluster of peak performance 30 Tflop/s; Two GPU clusters; Xeon Phi cluster; Visualization lab; Simulation Lab in Nuclear and Particle Physics; Access to the library of the University of Illinois.
From the mission statement: “It is a central goal of Bergische Universität Wuppertal to develop future-oriented research and teaching profiles that are on the one hand based on established strengths in specific fields, especially interdisciplinarity and innovation, and on the other hand open to the ongoing issues of education, knowledge and research. The continuous growth of academic and scientific excellence in the framework of the university's six strategic focus areas entails increasing activity in the development of national and international networks. The university’s commitment to such development is based on the conviction that in the wake of increasing globalization the international exchange of experience, transnational research cooperation, and intercultural competence are of ever-increasing importance.” One of the strategic focus areas is “Building blocks of matter, experiment, simulation, and mathematical methods”, in which the lead for simulation and mathematical methods is within the Institute of Mathematical Modelling, Analysis and Computational Mathematics (IMACM) at the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The focus of IMACM is on efficient numerical algorithms for computer simulation in the sciences, and on numerical linear algebra, algebraic multilevel methods and the numerical solution of PDEs on highly parallel super-computers. Key application areas include theoretical physics (QCD), particle simulation, simulation of electronic devices and electrical fields, computation of matrix functions and their application, parallel methods for eigenvalue problems. IMACM is well established in national and transnational research cooperations, including EUfunded research and training projects, national funding and direct funding from industrial partners. There is a strong connection to the Jülich Supercomputing Center based on an official cooperation agreement.
IMACM hosts 11 professors, about 10 postdocs and more than 25 doctoral students. For this project, the following IMACM members will be key personal:
A. Frommer (male) is Professor of Applied Computer Science. Research area: numerical linear algebra, linear solvers and matrix functions, simulations in lattice QCD, nonlinear problems. He has 25 years of experience in supervising bachelor, master’s and Ph.D. students. He will lead the supervisions of students in algorithms and numerical methods in the program. 20% FTE to the program.
M. Ehrhardt (male) is Professor of Numerical Mathematics. Research area: CFD/Gas dynamics. Supervision of 6 Ph.D. theses and 19 master theses, coordinator of ITN STRIKE, participant in EU MUNDUS Project ACESApplied Computing in Engineering and Science. Will supervise students and participate in training. 20% FTE.
M. Günther (male) is Professor of Applied Mathematics. Research Area: numerical time integration, computational electronics, computational physics, computational finance. Coordinator of RTN COMSON, PI in ITN STRIKE and STREP projects ICESTARS and NanoCOPS. He has 16 years of experience in supervising bachelor, master’s and Ph.D. students. He will supervisions students involved in numerical time integration methods in the program. 20% FTE to the program.
Th. Lippert (male) holds the chair for Computational Theoretical Physics at BUW and is the director of the Institute for Advanced Simulation (IAS) at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany. He heads the JSC, a division of the IAS, acts as managing director of the John von Neumann-Institut for Computing and as director of the Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance, section JARA-HPC. He will supervise students devoting 10% FTE.
F. Knechtli (male) is Professor of HPC in Theoretical Physics. Research area: Particle Physics, Lattice QCD, and Physics BSM. He will supervise students and participate in the training, devoting 10% FTE.
B. Lang (male) is a Professor at BUW. Research area: Exascale computing, eigenvalue methods and their application in chemistry and physics, parallel numerical methods, computer assisted analysis. 10% of FTE will be devoted to the program..
K. Kahl (male) is a permanent PostDoc at BUW. Research area: algebraic multigrid, Krylov subspace methods, and simulation in theoretical physics. 15% FTE will be dedicated to the program.
M. Rottmann (male) is a PostDoc at BUW with outstanding experience in parallel programming with focus on adaptive parallel linear system- and eigensolvers. 15% FTE will be dedicated to this program
BUW runs an applications driven computer lab, operating HPC architectures. Hardware includes the currently installed QPACE3 (with JSC), ranked TOP 10 in the Green TOP 500 list Nov. 2016, a CUDA Research Center featuring an HP HPC system with NVIDIA Tesla M2090 GPUs, a GPU cluster and Stromboli, a medium size multicore kernel cluster computer.
The German Research School for Simulation Sciences (GRS) is a joint graduate school of RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich. Its aim is to train the next generation of computational scientists and engineers. GRS provides a unique environment for cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and education in the applications and methods of simulation in science and engineering. Equipped with dedicated modern facilities in Aachen and on the Jülich campus, and privileged access to world-class computing and visualization resources, the mission of our school is to offer advanced interdisciplinary graduate training programs.
These comprise a Master's as well as a doctoral program. Our four laboratories, two in Aachen, two in Jülich, offer a wide range of research opportunities. Furthermore, about 40 research groups and institutes in Aachen and Jülich are associated with the German Research School and are currently involved in research with intensive use of computer simulation techniques. Simultaneously, the scientists make great efforts to advance existing methods and to develop new techniques and simulation tools. All research groups have access to the most advanced computing equipment like massively parallel supercomputers or advanced visualization methods.
P. Carloni is Professor at RWTH Aachen University. He leads the Computational Biophysics Lab of German Research School (GRS) for Simulation Sciences. Moreover, he is the director of IAS-5 and INM-9 Computational Biomedicine departments at Forschungszentrum Jülich. Research area: Molecular simulation and bioinformatics approaches to molecular medicine and to molecular mechanisms of human perceptions with 15 years of experience in supervision of Ph.D. students. He will supervise students in computational biology and lecture in the courses of the program, devoting 25% FTE to the program.
Giulia Rossetti is a junior Professor at the department of Oncology, Hematology and Stem Cell Transplantation, at RWTH Aachen University. Her research interests are in the field of computational molecular medicine, with a focus on drug design for therapeutic interventions against neuropathologies and cancer. Most of her projects are inserted in a ‘interdisciplinary integrative circle’ where her expertise in protein modeling, simulations and in silico screening of small molecules is combined with experimental biochemistry and organic synthesis to determine libraries of candidate molecules against the chosen target. 25% FET will be dedicated to the program.
Marek Behr is a Professon at RWTH Aachen University and the Chair for Computational Analysis of Technical Systems. He is also the founding director of the Center for Simulation and Data Science since, as well as the Scientific Director of the Aachen Institute for Advanced Study in Computational Engineering Science. 25% FET will be dedicated to the program.
Jörg B. Schulz is a Professon at RWTH Aachen University and the Head of the Department of Neurology. His research interests include a broad array of hot topics and current issues that are being investigated by state-of-the-art methodology: beginning with the workings of axonal transport molecules, continuing with neuronal life and death in neuroinflammation up to the analysis of entire cortical networks in health and disease, virtually every aspect of the human brain is covered in his work. All of his endeavors share one common goal, however: to advance the understanding of the human brain and its afflictions, thus improving the level of care we can provide to our patients. 25% FET will be dedicated to the program.
The Berlin Mathematical School (BMS), is a joint graduate school of the mathematics departments of the three major Berlin universities, and is based at the Department of Mathematics at TU Berlin, being funded within the framework of the German “Initiative for Excellence“. The department is strongly involved in the DFG Research Center Matheon "mathematics for key technologies", an internationally renowned Center of Excellence in which nearly 200 scientists pursue application-oriented and theoretical research.
The research activities of the Department of Physics, where there are currently 36 professorships (including 15 joint professorships with non-university research institutes, two joint professorships with the Department of Mathematics and one joint professorship with the Department of Chemistry), three junior professorships and two Emmy Noether Independent Junior Research Groups, comprise the topics of Elementary Particle Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Macromolecules/Complex Systems and Optics/Photonics.
The applied mathematics group of HUB, together with BUW will develop new approaches for modeling, analysis and simulation of complex systems described by partial differential-algebraic equations (PDAEs).
Caren Tischendorf, Professor and Chair in Applied Mathematics, at the Department of Mathematics, Humboldt University of Berlin. Her research fields are: Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing, Differential-Algebraic Equations, Coupled Systems of Partial Differential and Differential-Algebraic Equations, Circuit and Device Simulation, Modeling and Simulation of Gas Networks, Modeling, Simulation and Optimization of Water Networks, Electrophysiological Modeling and Simulation of Cardiac Processes. She will provide the necessary training that would prepare the fellows for the challenges of HPC and data-intensive applications.
Igor M. Sokolov, Professor of Physics at Humboldt University in Berlin. His main scientific interests include non-equilibrium thermodynamics, transport phenomena in flows and in disordered systems, chemical kinetics, networks, and polymer dynamics. In 2008 Igor M. Sokolov was recognized as one of the Outstanding Referees of the American Physical Society.
The research groups involved have an excellent record for access to the largest available systems in Europe (e.g. PRACE Tier-0) and the US (e.g. INCITE awards). HUB has projects running on PRACE Tier-0 systems as well as on national Petascale computers and access to large university-wide computers.
The Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences of HU bringings new expertise in neuroscience, molecular biology and genetics. Our department studies the interaction of plants and microbes with their environment. Specific research topics include the positive and negativeeffects of biotic (pathogenic and symbiotic) and abiotic (temperature, salinity,oxidative) stresses in plants and microbes, and their roles in adaptation oforganisms to the adverse environmental conditions. Another major emphasis of the department is on the genetics of stress signaling pathways. We also study iron homeostasis andbiological rhythms in plants. Several research groups are exploring themicrobial ecology of tree surfaces and how microbes grow in biofilms under high salt conditions, whileother groups are studying the engineering of microbes as biosensors. Photosynthesis is a major focus of one of the groups, which is investigating the structure and dynamics ofthe photosynthetic apparatus. All of our research is carried out using state-of-the-art genetic, biochemical and cell biology based approaches.
Rachel Nechushtai, Deputy Dean for Research and Development, Faculty of Science and Mathematics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her laboratory is utilizing the following two approaches to unravel complex processes like electron transfer, light energy harvesting and formation of essential proteins: The molecular - cellular biology - approach is focused on identifying and characterizing regulatory mechanisms and steps in the biogenesis, assembly and organization of electron transfer and photosynthetic proteins (mainly photosystem I [PSI] and Ferredoxin [Fd]), within the chloroplast and within the thylakoid membranes. Recently we are researching the outer mitochondrial protein, mitoNEET. The biochemical - structural biology - approach involves developing methodologies for overexpression and purification of Fe-S proteins soluble and membrane embbeded proteins. Following purification we are involved in the proteins’ crystallization to allow the elucidation of the atomic structure and the structure - function relationships of the assembled proteins.
Idan Segev, is the David & Inez Myers Professor in Computational Neuroscience and former director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation (ICNC) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He initiated the prestigious international EU course in Computational Neuroscience (starting in Crete, Greece then in Trieste Italy and presently in Frieburg, Germany). His work is published in the top journal such as Science, Nature, PNAS and he received several awards including “best teacher” in international brain-courses. His research team utilizes computational and theoretical tools to study how neurons, the elementary microchips of the brain, compute and dynamically adapt to our ever-changing environment.
Many members of the Department are affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation (ICNC) and with the newly erected Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC).
C. Alexandrou is Professor at the Physics Department. Research area: Theoretical & Computational Nuclear and Particle Physics. She heads the Computational lab in lattice QCD and she has led hadron structure calculations as member of the European Twisted Mass collaboration. She has twenty years of experience in teaching and supervision of undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. students, and postdoctoral fellows. She will supervise students enrolled in the program and lecture in the Ph.D. courses. She will dedicate 35% FTE in total to the program shared with CyI.
H. Panagopoulos is Professor at the Physics department. Research area: Theoretical Particle Physics. He is world expert in perturbative computations in lattice QCD and simulations of SU(N) theories. He has twenty years of experience in teaching and supervision of undergraduates, Master’s and Ph.D. students, and postdoctoral fellows. He will supervise students enrolled in the program and lecture in the Ph.D. courses. 25% FTE will be dedicated to the program.
The group has 2 scientific staff and 4 junior scientists.
R. Tripiccione is a professor at the University of Ferrara. Over the year, he has authored/coauthored approximately 180 publications. He has more than 20 years of experience in theoretical and computational physics, algorithms for computational fluid dynamics; he has supervised more than 20 master’s students and 10 Ph.D. students. He will supervise candidates. He plans to commit 20% FTE to this project.
Dr. S. F. Schifano is a research associate at the University of Ferrara. He has authored/coauthored approximately 50 papers. He has more than 10 years of experience in algorithm development and in optimization for novel computer architectures. He will help in the supervision of candidates. He has supervised about 10 Master’s students. He plans to commit 15% FTE to this project.
The group of “Complex Fluids” at the University of Tor Vergata is devoted to applications of Fluid dynamics to Turbulence, Micro- and Nano-fluidics, Population Dynamics, Multi-phase and Multi-components flows in porous media (Department of Physics) and to thermodynamics, thermal convection and fluid under rotation (Mech. Engineering Dept).
The group has extensive expertise on numerical approaches based on Lattice Boltzmann Methods, Pseudiospectral and finite-difference algorithms and other tools of Computational Fluid Mechanics, on statistical modeling and analysis of turbulent and chaotic systems.
The group consists of approximately 4 scientific staff and 6 junior scientists. Two members of the group have been awarded of ERC Grants (Dr. M. Sbragalgia ERC StG 2012 on "Droplet and emulsions", Prof. L. Biferale ERC AdG 2013 on "Novel concepts and methodologies for frontier problems in Turbulence"). At the Mechanical Engineering Dept, the key role is played by Prof. R. Verzicco a world-leading expert of finite-difference and immersed boundary methods for complex fluid dynamics.
L. Biferale, Professor at Rome Tor Vergata, has over 180 publications and two reviews. He has more than 20 years of experience in fluid dynamics, mechanical statistics, theoretical physics, computational physics and high-performance computing research and teaching. He has supervised more than 20 Master’s students, 9 Ph.D. students and 5 postdocs. He has been awarded an ERC AdG on "New concepts and methodologies for frontier problems in Turbulence" (2013). He will be supervising candidates, leading WP3 and lecture. 20% FET will be dedicated to the program.
Mauro Sbragaglia, Associate Professor in Theoretical Physics, Mathematical Models and Methods at Rome Tor Vergata. His research focuses around Turbulence and Passive scalar Advection, Laminar Flows - Hydrodynamic Theory, Micro- and Nanofluidics, Lattice Boltzmann Theory Simulation from nano- to macroscales, Lattice Boltzmann on the QPACE Supercomputer (Compressible and Reactive Flows), Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) Implementation of Lattice Boltzmann models and Self-Glassiness in Binary Models (Generalized Landau-Ginzburg models). 20% FET will be dedicated to the program.
Roberto Benzi, Professor of Theoretical Phyiscs at Rome Tor Vergata. He graduated with a degree in physics in July 1975. After working for the Italian National Research Council (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – CNR), he coordinated computational physics at the IBM Scientific Center in Rome until 1988, when he became Professor of Theoretical Physics at Rome's "Tor Vergata" university. Between 1995 and 2003, he was a member of the IT Authority (Autorità per l'Informatica), today's National Centre for IT in Government (Centro Nazionale per l'Informatica nella Pubblica Amministrazione – CNIPA). Since 2003, he has been science advisor to Lucio Stanca, Minister for Innovation and Technologies. He has carried out much of his research as a visiting professor to numerous, international research centers, including: the Courant Institute (New York); Yale University; the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (Reading, UK); Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique dell'École Normale Supérieure (Paris); U.L.B. (Université Libre de Bruxelles); Laboratoire de Physique Statistique dell'École Normale Supérieure of Lyon; Princeton University; the Weizmann Institute in Tel-Aviv. In particular, the results of Prof. Benzi's research concern meteorology and climatology, computational physics, turbulence theory and dynamic systems theory. 20% FET will be dedicated to the program.
Roberto Frezzotti, Associate Professor in Theoretical Physics, at Rome Tor Vergata. His research focuses on the theoretical physics of strong interactions through Monte Carlo simulations of Lattice QCD. Flavour physics study, CP violation and CKM matrix by means of QCD computation on certain matrix elements of the effective Hamiltonian within the Standard Model and its extensions. Development and improvement of theoretical formulas and calculation techniques for quantum field theory on a lattice. 20% FET will be dedicated to the program.
Scheda Tantalo, Associate Professor in Theoretical Physics at Rome Tor Vergata. His research activity focuses mostly on the study of the non-perturbative dynamics of strong interacting particles (QCD) starting from the formulation of this theory on the lattice (LQCD). He has been a member of the scientific board of the project "Problemi Interdisciplinari riconducibili a Simulazioni Numeriche su Larga Scala" of the "Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro Studi e Ricerche E. Fermi". Within this project he installed and directed, under the supervision of Prof. R. Petronzio, a large computing centre with several super-computers (PC clusters). Thanks to these computing resources, several research groups from international institutions have been able to perform state-of-the-art numerical simulations in research fields ranging from particle physics to biological and medical systems. For example, the website Madgraph that allows to perform Montecarlo calculations of hadronic cross-sections of processes relevant for LHC physics has been developed by the authors within this initiative and it has been running for five years on the E. Fermi PC clusters. 20% FET will be dedicated to the program.
DESY is one of the world’s leading accelerator centres for investigating the structure of matter. DESY develops, builds and operates large accelerator facilities for photon science and particle physics and astroparticle physics. As a member of the Helmholtz Association in Germany, DESY is a non-profit research organization supported by public funds.
The John von Neumann Institute for Computing (NIC) provides supercomputer capacity for projects in science, research and industry in the fields of modeling and computer simulation. As a joint foundation of the three Helmholtz Centres Forschungszentrum Jülich, Deutsches Elektronensynchrotron DESY, and GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung it supports computational science in Germany and Europe. It maintains research group with the high energy physics research group situated at DESY, Zeuthen.
Karl Jansen, Ph.D. RWTH Aachen, Leader of NIC research group at DESY, Zeuthen, Deputy speaker of German collaborative research center (SFB/ TR9), spokesperson of the European Twisted mass Collaboration. He has over 20 of teaching in the summer student programme and supervised more than 30 summer, master’s and Ph.D. students. He will supervise students during secondments at DESY and serve as a lecturer in the courses of the program. 20% FTE will be dedicated to the program.
Stefan Schaefer is a member of the John von Neumann-Institute for Computing (NIC) at DESY and will assist Karl Jansen in the training.
At DESY Zeuthen application specific HPC infrastructure is developed, deployed and operated. The infrastructure for accessing these computers (central server systems, mass storage facilities, the campus-wide computer networks and communication systems) are provided by the DESY Zeuthen.
The Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (CING), was established in 1990, as a bi-communal, non-profit, private, academic, medical center. The Vision of CING is to function as an International Centre of Excellence and a Regional Referral Centre in the areas of Neurology, Genetics, Biomedical, Medical and other similar and related Sciences. The Mission of CING is to develop and provide high level medical and clinical laboratory services, develop and pursue advanced research and provide education in the areas of Neurology, Genetics, Biomedical, Medical and other similar and related Sciences. Its ultimate scopes are to improve and upgrade the quality of life of all Cypriot citizens, irrespective of religion or national origin, and strengthen its international role in the areas of its specialty.
George M. Spyrou, PhD. Bioinformatics ERA Chair, Head of the Bioinformatics Group, The Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics. Since 2009 he is teaching a full semester course in the Postgraduate Program “Information Technologies in Medicine and Biology” at the University of Athens. He is also a visiting instructor on Systems Bioinformatics and Network Analysis in other two postgraduate courses, namely the Master program on “Complex Systems and Networks” at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Master program on “Translational Research in Molecular Biology and Genetics” at the Democritus University of Thrace. Further to them, Dr. Spyrou has been instructor at the Greek National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government (EKDDA) for the period 2005-2014, with over 300 lecture hours. Through his teaching activities Dr. Spyrou has the opportunity of supervising/mentoring a number of MSc and PhD students. His work includes computational methods that act as bridges between molecular biology, systems biology and molecular medicine, exploiting computational intelligence and high performance computing for multi-omics network analysis, systems bioinformatics and in silico drug discovery. Up to now, he has served as Reviewer, Invited Speaker, Chairman and Scientific Advisory Board Member in topics related to Biomedical Informatics topics while he has authored over 130 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals and international conference proceedings.
Cyprus is known to have an increased frequency of inherited disorders, which place a heavy burden on the patients’ families and the Government. CING provides specialized services and research which aim towards early detection and prevention of disease, the provision of high quality medical services and in general improvement in the quality of life of the community. Moreover, CING plays a key role in the fight against crime by providing specialized DNA services to the police authorities and expert court testimony for criminal and civil investigations. The Institute provides services, upon request, to all Doctors, Clinics, Hospitals, Lawyers and the Police Authorities.
Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) – a member of the Helmholtz Association – is one of the largest research centres in Europe. It pursues cutting-edge interdisciplinary research addressing the challenges facing society in the fields of health, energy and the environment, and information technologies. Within the Forschungszentrum, the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JUELICH) is one of the three national supercomputing centres in Germany as part of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS). JUELICH operates supercomputers which are among the largest in Europe.
JUELICH has more than 30 years expertise in providing supercomputer services to national and international user communities. It undertakes research and development in HPC architectures, performance analysis, HPC applications, Grid computing and networking. JUELICH successfully managed numerous national and European projects including the PRACE Preparatory Phase project and first implementation phases.
The success of the computers QPACE and JUROPA demonstrates the competence of JUELICH in the field of system architecture technologies. JUELICH has built-up a number of Simulation Laboratories to further enhance its competence in key computational sciences areas like Computational Biology, Molecular Systems, Plasma Physics, Climate Modelling and Neuroscience. With Scalasca, JUELICH is the world leader in scalable portable parallel performance analysis tools.
JUELICH has started long-term co-operations with several companies for research and development of Exascale technologies. Together with IBM the Exascale Innovation Centre has been established. JUELICH founded together with Intel and ParTec the ExaCluster Laboratory. Most recently, JUELICH and NVIDIA inaugurated the NVIDIA Application Lab at Jülich.
Prof. Dr. Dirk Pleiter is research group leader at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JUELICH) and professor of theoretical physics at the University of Regensburg. At JUELICH he is leading the work on application oriented technology development. Currently he is principal investigator of the Exascale Innovation Center and the NVIDIA Application Lab at Jülich. He has six years of experience in supervising bachelor, master’s and Ph.D. students. He will supervise students during secondment at JUELICH and lecture in the courses of the program. 20% FTE will be dedicated to the program.
JUELICH operates a number of leadership computing facilities including the Blue Gene/Q system JUQUEEN, the general-purpose cluster system JUROPA and the GPU-accelerated cluster system JUDGE.
Magwel offers 3D field solver and simulation based analysis and design solutions for digital, analog/mixed-signal, power management, automotive, and RF semiconductors. Magwel software products address power device design with Rdson extraction and electro-migration analysis, ESD protection network simulation/analysis, latch-up analysis and power distribution network integrity with EMIR and thermal analysis. Leading semiconductor vendors use Magwel’s tools to improve productivity, avoid redesign, respins and field failures. Magwel is privately held and is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium.
Wim Schoenmaker, PhD, CTO and Co-Founder, Magwel. From 1987 until 2003 he was at the Interuniversity Microelectronic Center (IMEC) at Leuven, where he worked on the development of numerical simulation tools and CAD tools for the study and design of electronic devices at the sub-micron level. Since 1993 he was heading the Technology CAD group at IMEC which is in charge of the software for process- and device simulation as well as the integration of these tools into advanced Technology CAD systems for microelectronic engineering. Besides development of CAD tools for the microelectronics industry, he also performed original research in the field of quantum transport in ultra-small devices as well as the development of a microscopic theory for electromigration phenomena.
IBM Research - Zurich, with approximately 300 employees, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the IBM Research division with headquarters at the T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, USA. IBM Research - Zurich, which was established in 1956, represents the European branch of IBM Research. At IBM Research - Zurich scientific and industrial research is conducted in four scientific and technical departments: Science and Technology, Systems, Industries & Solutions, and Cognitive Computing & Computational Sciences. Main research topics are nanotechnology, advanced server and storage technology, security, privacy, risk and compliance, computational sciences and high performance computing, chip cooling technologies, business optimization and transformation. IBM Research - Zurich employs a steady stream of postdoctoral fellows, PhD candidates, and summer students who pass through the laboratory. More than 30 nationalities, primarily from European countries, are represented among the research staff members, including such specialists as computer scientists, mathematicians, electrical engineers, physicists, and chemists. They often work together on an interdisciplinary basis.
Dr. C. Bekas, Manager, Foundations of Cognitive Computing; Expertise: massively parallel computing methods and algorithms, linear algebra and applied mathematics; he will contribute to research and training. Dr, Teodoro Laino, Research Staff Member, Computational Sciences; Expertise: computational chemistry, electronic structure methods and multiscale QM/MM methods; he will contribute to research and training.
Cristiano Malossi, Research Staff Member, Foundations of Cognitive Solutions Zurich Research Laboratory, Zurich, Switzerland. After winning the IBM Research Prize for his PhD thesis, in July 2013 Cristiano joined IBM Research - Zurich in the Foundations of Cognitive Solutions group. Cristiano is a recipient of the 2015 ACM Gordon Bell Prize and 2016 IPDPS Best Paper Award. His main research interests include: High Performance Computing, Energy-Aware Algorithms and Architectures, Deep Neural Networks, Graph Analytics, Numerical Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Aircraft Design, Computational Geology, and Cardiovascular Simulations.
High performance computing infrastructure based on massively parallel IBM Blue Gene /Q super-computer (200 Tflops, 65536 execution threads), coupled with high end-visualization system. Office space and infrastructure as required. Infrastructure for advanced videoconferences.
NVIDIA – The Visual Computing Company
NVIDIA’s work in visual computing — the art and science of computer graphics — has led to thousands of patented inventions, breakthrough technologies, deep industry relationships and a globally recognized brand. For two decades, NVIDIA pioneered this uniquely powerful medium, which has transformed the PC from a tool for productivity into one for creativity and discovery.
At the core of NVIDIA is the GPU — the engine of modern visual computing — which NVIDIA invented in 1999. One of the most complex processors ever built, the Kepler generation of GPUs boasts 7 billion transistors. The GPU has propelled computer graphics from a feature into an ever-expanding industry — encompassing video games, movie production, product design, medical diagnosis and scientific research, among many other categories. GPUs are now driving new fields like computer vision, image processing, machine learning and augmented reality.
Mathias Wagner, Senior Developer Technology Engineer for Comput, NVIDIA. Mathias Wagner is a member of NVIDIA's European developer technology team working on high performance computing and scientific applications. Before joining NVIDIA he worked as a postdoc in high-energy physics in Europe and the U.S., focusing on lattice quantum chromodynamics simulations using GPUs. Mathias holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Darmstadt University of Technology.
Jiri Kraus has 5 years experience in HPC and scientific computing. As a member of NVIDIA's European Developer Technology team he works as a consultant for GPU HPC applications. At the NVIDIA Jülich Applications Lab he collaborates with local developers and scientists at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre and the Forschungszentrum Jülich. Before joining NVIDIA Jiri Kraus worked on the parallelization and optimization of scientific and technical applications for clusters of multicore CPUs and GPUs at Fraunhofer SCAI in St. Augustin. He holds a Diploma in Mathematics (minor in computer science) from the University of Cologne, Germany. During his studies he focused on numeric and parallel algorithms.
The academic partners have many years of experience in research and education with well-established groups in the scientific areas of this project. The research institutes FZJ and CyI both host supercomputers and prototype computers (such as GPU and Xeon Phi clusters), while DESY is a Tier-1 for particle physics. All three have research groups with a unifying interest in simulation and data science. These research institutes have developed links to industry that help bridge the knowledge gap between academia and industry, theory and application. Examples are the NVIDIA Application Lab at FZJ, jointly operated by FZJ and NIVIDIA, focusing on enabling scientific applications for GPU-based architectures, and common research activities between HUB and MAGWEL on optimization of power circuits. The ability to translate science into applications is a crucial component of the industrial partners that we will seek to transfer to the fellows and makes them an indispensable part of the program.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 765048