• Success stories

  • Featured ImageComputer-Aided Drug Design (Media News Success stories)

    In 2016, computational chemist Zoe Cournia was awarded the first ever PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC for her work in computer-aided drug design. She talks about her work and how she believes more needs to be done to bridge the gap between researchers and the general public. In May 2016, Dr Zoe Cournia — a computational […]

  • The death of galaxies (Success stories)

    When a galaxy stops forming stars, the remaining stars will slowly fade away and the galaxy will “die”. But what causes this to happen? Orianne Roos has been simulating primeval star-forming galaxies to try and understand how winds from stars and supermassive black holes can couple to affect the gas content of the galaxy and its ability […]

  • Featured ImageA better management of cerebrovascular accidents (Media News Success stories)

    Cerebrovascular accidents (CVA) are caused by a perturbation in the blood supply of the brain leading to a quick loss of cerebral functions, that is very often lethal. There are two categories of CVA: ischemic CVA (80% cases) resulting from the occlusion of a cerebral artery and haemorrhagic CVA (20% cases) provoked by a bleeding vessel. This interesting project led by Frédéric Nataf, senior researcher at CNRS and INRIA, and his team used amongst others the resources from GENCI and PRACE. Please read all the details about this exciting research work under: GENCI

  • La Maison de la Simulation provided support to scientific projects granted by PRACE (Media News Success stories)

    In the context of the French involvement in the PRACE European Research Infrastructure, led by GENCI, la Maison de la Simulation (MdlS) has helped optimise several simulation codes used by projects awarded by PRACE on the French Tier0 supercomputer Curie. Thus, between 2013 and 2015, 8 projects in various scientific fields (sciences of the Universe, materials, biology, geophysics, mathematics and computing science, chemistry and climatology) have benefited from its expertise. This work was coordinated and supervised by Julien Dérouillat, engineer at MdlS. Please read more details under: GENCI

  • Featured ImageNucleon Structure Using Lattice QCD Simulation with Physical Pion Mass (Success stories)

    The goal of this project is to understand the properties of elementary particles such as the proton, which forms most of the ordinary matter around us. The fundamental theory that determines the mass and structure of such particles is the strong interaction, one of the four forces known to us, the others being electromagnetism, the weak interaction, and gravity.

  • Featured ImageSupercharged Supercapacitors (Success stories)

    Nanoporous carbon is being used to create a new generation of supercapacitors that have greatly improved capacitance compared to their precursors, with little effect on charging time. Professor Mathieu Salanne has been simulating the way in which these supercapacitors charge, and is also investigating how they could be used in a cost-effective and efficient method for desalinating water.

  • Featured ImageNumerical Simulations to Explain the Intensity of Star Formation (Success stories)

    Understanding the origins of our universe is the foundation to understanding its future. Professor Frederic Bournaud and his international team of collaborators are leveraging the power of PRACE HPC resources in their pioneering work using numerical simulations to explain the intensity of star formation, a fundamental building block in understanding how galaxies are formed.

  • Featured ImagePair-Dominated Plasmas and Radiation in Ultra Intense Fields (Success stories)

    Leveraging the petascale computing power of SuperMUC, an international team of researchers performed 2D/3D simulations of laser absorption in dense electron-positron plasmas self-consitently created via electromagnetic cascades. Their numerical findings provide a set of laser parameters to optimize the convertion of optical photons into pairs and gamma rays allowing to mimick extreme astrophysical scenarios and their radiation signatures.

  • Featured ImageAccelerated Earthquake Research with VERCE (Success stories)

    The e-science platform of the Virtual Earthquake and Seismology Research Community in Europe (VERCE) aims to accelerate research into earthquakes and seismology. For example, in order to simulate the subsurface of a particular region, VERCE seismologists no longer need to be experts in using the supercomputers made available to them by PRACE and others.

  • Featured ImageMaterials With a Surprising Plasticity (Success stories)

    They appeared to be brothers but they are only cousins… Even if they have very close electronic structures, titanium and zirconium deform differently contrary to what was acknowledged until now. It is the result achieved by a French research team (CEA/CNRS/Université de Lyon) who benefited in particular from an allocation of 12 million core hours granted […]