2018 Annual HPCwire Readers’ Choice Awards – Voting is open until 14 October

Each year the HPCwire Readers’ Choice Awards are determined by HPCwire’s readers across the HPC community, to recognize the most outstanding individuals, organizations, products and technologies in the industry. Nomination period was closed on 9 September 2018.

We highlight some of the nominated persons, projects or initiatives relating to PRACE or to PRACE partners.

Now it’s up to you to vote.

Polls are open until 14 October 2018, 11:45 PM PT.

Best Use of HPC in Life Sciences
University of Basel researcher Dr. Annette Milnik is using supercomputing to find better treatments for memory-related diseases. Milnik is using the petascale Cray XC system “Piz Daint” at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS).
• Research group CAMEL (University of Bodeaux and partners) used PRACE and GENCI resources to perform unprecedented massive multi-physics simulations on supercomputers to understand more precisely the cause of the cardiac arrhythmias.

Best Use of HPC in Physical Sciences
• Researchers conducted sophisticated molecular dynamics simulations harnessing 21 million core hours on CINECA’s FERMI cluster to improve the design, stability and conformal properties of nanocages for drug delivery (PI Mattia Falconi, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy).

Best Use of HPC in Energy
• PRACE, BSC and GENCI researchers use molecular simulations to improve processes for “blue energy,” a potential significant source of global electricity
Best HPC Collaboration (Academia/Government/Industry)
• BSC, JSC, HLRS, RWTH Aachen, NAG and TERATEC delivers the POP Project, which improved performance of 150+ HPC applications delivering an average of 500% ROI.
• The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) has expanded its mission to address the challenges for SMBs (companies with one to 255 employees) interested in HPC, initiating the SME HPC Adoption Program in Europe (SHAPE).
EuroHPC – a joint collaboration between the European Union and 25 European countries – expects to fund at least two pre-exascale and two petascale supercomputers by the end of 2020 and to develop and support exascale computing by 2022/2023.

Top Energy-Efficient HPC Achievement
• Under LRZ’s direction, Lenovo and Intel built the world’s largest non-accelerated, general-purpose supercomputer (SuperMUC-NG at LRZ), fully cooled by hot-water free-cooling, reducing waste-heat making it the most energy reuse effective supercomputer in the world.
Barcelona Supercomputing Center and Lenovo’s Energy Aware Runtime (EAR) saves up to 7% of energy with 2% of performance penalty when running a memory intensive use case when selecting a min energy to solution policy.

Top HPC-Enabled Scientific Achievement
Barcelona Supercomputing Center and Lenovo create ‘An Eye for AI’ to improve screening accuracy, potentially detecting retinal disease sooner ultimately lowering the percent of visually impaired individuals.

Top Supercomputing Achievement
• LRZ implements the Intel and Lenovo-built SuperMUC-NG, the world’s largest non-accelerated general-purpose supercomputer, featuring direct-water-cooled nodes in combination with adsorption chillers, resulting in a “negative PUE” through the most effective energy reuse solution in the world.

Workforce Diversity Leadership Award
Women in HPC – created with the vision to educate and collaborate with the HPC community and encourage participation by providing knowledge, fellowship, and support to women and the organizations that employ them.
PRACE Ada Lovelace Award – awarded annually to a female scientist making an outstanding contribution and impact on HPC both in Europe and globally serving as a role model for young women.

Outstanding Leadership in HPC
Torsten Hoefler, Associate Professor and Director of Scalable Parallel Computing Lab, ETH Zurich – led the performance modelling and simulation of parallel petascale applications for Blue Waters project.