PRACE Summer of HPC 2014

Summer of HPC 2014


Would you like to spend the summer working abroad at an European High Performance Computing (HPC) Centre?

Are you interested in programming and are eager to improve your skills?

Have you a passion for visualising scientific data in novel ways to grab the attention of the general public?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions the Summer of HPC is for you! Read on to find out more information about the programme.

PRACE is pleased to announce the PRACE Summer of HPC Programme – a summer placement programme for undergraduate and postgraduate students in 2014.

SoHPC14’ Best Student Prize winner: Nicola Luminari

nicolaWe are happy to announce that Nicola Luminari from Italy has won the SoHPC14 Best Student Prize! Nicola was on placement through the programme in the Czech Republic at IT4Innovations(VSB-Technical University of Ostrava), under the supervision of his project mentor Tomas Karasek Ph.D. Nicola and a fellow SoHPC student Martin Weber from Austria worked on the same project with the objective to develop a car racing game, which can demonstrate the capabilities and application of HPC systems. This game will be used to promote HPC among young people. In the game players have the freedom to modify the design of the car (size, shape, etc.), which impacts its chance to win the race. Through this game the basics of fluid dynamics (i.e. aerodynamics) and the effect of drag coefficient on car performance (car speed) is demonstrated.

Nicola demonstrated high technical skills far exceeding the level expected from students of his age. He was working on the physical aspect of the game and developed an automated CFD simulation of the external aerodynamics of the car. This simulation is performed to establish the drag coefficient of the car and its value is passed back to the game. Nicola created a whole workflow i.e. automated mesh generation and numerical simulation using the open source code OpenFOAM. Apart from this he had to perform a lot of numerical simulations on the IT4Innovations cluster Anselm. Among these simulations were

-      Automatic mesh generation.

-      Sensitivity analysis to obtain mesh independent drag coefficient.

-      Scalability tests for mesh obtained from the previous step to establish optimal number of cores to be used in the game.

It was very impressive how quickly he was able to learn new skills and how he solved problems, which emerged during the development of the game. His very pro-active attitude allowed us not only to finish this game on time but we were also able to include more features than originally expected.

It is only thanks to the team’s very hard work and devotion to this project that we have very nice looking game which is not only be entertaining but will also educate the younger generation. Without Nicola there wouldn’t be any physics behind this game and thus the game would lose much of its educational value.

Thanks to all participants for your hard work on projects of SoHPC 2014!


About the PRACE Summer of HPC

Summer of HPC is a PRACE programme that offers summer placements at HPC centres across Europe to late stage undergraduates and early stage postgraduate students. Up to ten top applicants from across Europe will be selected to participate. Participants will spend two months working on projects related to PRACE technical or industrial work and ideally produce a visualisation or video of their results.

The programme will run from 1 July to 31 August 2014. Flights, accommodation and a stipend will be provided to all successful applicants; all participants need to bring is an interest in computing and some enthusiasm!

Participating in the PRACE Summer of HPC

Applications are welcome from all disciplines. Previous experience in HPC is not required, some coding knowledge is a prerequisite but the most important attribute is a desire to learn, and share, more about HPC. Applications will open on 25 March 2014. Application available through the Application Page Applications deadline: 25 April 2014.
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About PRACE: The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) is an international non-profit association with its seat in Brussels. The PRACE Research Infrastructure (RI) provides a persistent world-class High Performance Computing (HPC) service for scientists and researchers from academia and industry. The Implementation Phase of PRACE receives funding from the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreements n° RI-261557, n° RI-283493 and RI-312763.

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