December 04, 2008
Dec. 4 -- Forty-two scientific projects have recently been awarded supercomputing resources through DEISA, the EU's unique infrastructure of supercomputing systems. The awards, totalling more than 49 million processor hours, collectively comprise the largest amount of supercomputing resources ever allocated at a pan-European project call.
These DEISA Extreme Computing (DECI) projects will each have access to resources at one or more of the 11 DEISA partner sites, including 12 of the Top 100 most powerful supercomputers in the world. Through DECI, now in its fourth year, scientists are tackling a wide range of scientific challenges. Successful projects are chosen for their potential to achieve ground-breaking scientific results through the use of supercomputers, enabling them to run more detailed and accurate simulations of scientific problems than was previously possible. Multi-national proposals are especially encouraged and the latest projects to be supported include collaborations involving scientists from three continents, although the vast majority of the participants are based in Europe. Staff from DEISA will work closely with the researchers, providing applications support to enable and deploy the codes on the most appropriate architecture.
Alison Kennedy, coordinator of DECI said, "DEISA is delighted to be able to provide compute resources and applications enabling assistance to such a wide range of researchers in so many innovative projects. It's very exciting to see the impact that DECI has in advancing scientific knowledge and competitiveness in Europe."
Professor Gernot Muenster, the principal investigator of the Nf1 DECI project to study fundamental issues in quantum field theory, said, "In order to attain the goals of our project and to arrive at conclusive results, we need computational resources which exceed our previous approvals. Thanks to DEISA, we will be able to perform simulations in sufficiently large lattice volumes and sufficiently small lattice spacings to obtain relevant results. Also, the support of our calculations by DEISA staff members, concerning implementation and optimization of our program codes, is of very high value for our project."
Professor Simon Portegies Zwart, the principal investigator of the Gravitational Billion Body Problem (GBBP) DECI project related to cosmological studies on Cold Dark Matter, said, "Thanks to the available compute resources and the excellent network facilities of DEISA we can now make a breakthrough in computational science, especially in our understanding of the dark matter distribution in the Universe."
DEISA (Distributed European Infrastructure for Supercomputing Applications) is a consortium of leading national Supercomputing Centres in Europe to advance computational sciences in the area of supercomputing. The consortium has deployed and operates a complex and heterogeneous high performance computing infrastructure at a continental scale with an aggregated peak performance of over one PetaFlop/s. Until now, about 160 European research institutes and universities have already benefited from the DEISA Extreme Computing Initiative, with collaborators from three more continents. After four years of EU FP6 co-funding, the DEISA Consortium is continuing services for three more years through EU FP7 support for the DEISA2 project with the goal to provide a turnkey operational solution for a persistent European HPC service. www.deisa.eu.
Acknowledgement: The DEISA Consortium thanks the European Commission for support through contract FP7-222919.
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