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This newsletter gives an overview of the HPC-Europa3 programme, some testimonials from visitors, and more!

HPC-Europa3: an overview of the first 3 years

HPC-Europa3 is already approaching the end of its third year. To date we have received 782 Transnational Access applications, of which 599 have been approved. We aim to support a total of 1098 research visits over the 4½-year project lifetime. The programme is open to researchers at any stage of their research career and is by nature international and multidisciplinary. The statistics below give some insight into the variety of researchers we support through this programme.
The programme is open to researchers working in any of the EU countries or Associated States (see Limited places are also available for researchers working outside these countries.
Applications so far have come from 64 different countries: 27 of the 28 EU countries (including the UK), 13 of the 16 Associated States, and 24 other countries, covering every continent except Antarctica.

The programme is open to researchers at any level. As can be seen below, postgraduates make up the biggest group of visitors, but post-docs and experienced researchers are also very well represented.
The mean age of visitors is 34, and the mode is 27. However, successful applicants have ranged in age from 20 to 69.  Female researchers account for around a quarter of visitors.
Visitors come from a wide variety of research areas. The highest number of visitors come from physics and chemistry, disciplines where computational methods have long been used. However, growing numbers of visitors come from the life sciences and biotech area, where HPC is increasingly being adopted in areas such as genome research and drug design, including personalised medicine.

Visitors have been approved to a total of 358 different host researchers in the 9 participating countries.
We are aware of over 100 publications which have arisen from work carried out under the HPC-Europa3 programme so far, showing that HPC-Europa3 visits lead to valuable scientific output.

From India to BSC (Barcelona), via the Netherlands! 

Hi, my name is Anurag Surapaneni (call #7), and I am an Indian national. I was studying at the University TU Delft in the Netherlands, doing my Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering. I have opted for the HPC-Europa3 program, as a support for my Master’s thesis. I took my stay at the BSC in Barcelona with Dr. Daniel Mira from the CASE Department as my host. My research is mainly focused on simulating reacting flows. Specifically I work in finite rate solver with adapted dynamic chemistry. Reacting flows are one of the most demanding simulations that cannot be done in realistic times on PC, and thus you need HPC which also helps to not limiting my ideas. Right now, I am a graduate student from TU Delft and I am planning to start my PhD at the BSC with my HPC-Europa3 host. The stay was a great opportunity to know each other. I was granted a stay for twelve weeks, and the output of the stay was directly implemented in my thesis contributing quite significantly to improving my Master’s thesis. We are still in contact with the BSC group because we are preparing some manuscripts to be published. I actually think that the HPC-Europa3 programme gave me the opportunity to open my research at HPC and provided me the needed financial assistance. I would recommend the program to those people that want to learn about HPC. It is a fantastic programme that lets you collaborate with experts in the areas you are interested.
Figure: Example of the Path Flux Analysis (PFA) reduction method showing the computational time with mixture temperature and number of reactions obtained by a temporal evaluation of a perfectly stirred reactor till the ignition delay time.

Visit us: CSC

CSC provides ICT related services for all Finnish universities and more. We have over 400 employees of more than 10 different nationalities and we support all fields of science. We are currently updating our HPC resources. The first cluster Puhti is already online and has 682 CPU nodes (40 cores each, lots of memory) and 80 GPGPU nodes with 4 P100 cards each. In spring 2020 our flagship HPC system Mahti will come online sporting more than 200000 AMD Rome computing cores. Our clusters have a large preinstalled software selection (~200 applications) with detailed usage instructions online, including e.g Schrödinger Maestro and Abaqus. CSC will also host LUMI, one of the pre-exascale supercomputers coming online in early 2021. CSC organizes lots of training events every year to help you make best use of the resources.

Finland is a safe and stable society with a comfortable climate, beautiful nature and lots of research groups to visit.

Important dates

  • Next call for applicants! Apply now! 14th of May 2020
  • Second users' group meeting (Barcelona, Spain), postponed to October 2020
  • Further call will close on the 17th of September 2020.
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