Summer of HPC 2016: Awards Ceremony at Cineca

The PRACE Summer of HPC (SoHPC) Awards Ceremony 2016 was held on December 1 at Cineca, Italy. The PRACE Summer of HPC is a placement programme that allows participants to spend two summer months at HPC centres across Europe. Two exemplary students were awarded prizes based on their participation during Summer of HPC 2016.

The SoHPC programme, now in its fourth year, allows twenty university students from all scientific disciplines to spend two summer months of study hosted by a PRACE partner organisation. PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, is established as an international not-for-profit association (aisbl) with its seat in Brussels. It has 25 member countries whose representative organisations create a pan-European supercomputing infrastructure. The computer systems and their operations accessible through PRACE are provided by 5 PRACE members (BSC representing Spain, CINECA representing Italy, CSCS representing Switzerland, GCS representing Germany and GENCI representing France). PRACE receives European Commission funding under the PRACE Implementation Phase Projects.

In addition to allowing students to complete their projects in a multidisciplinary and international environment, the aim of the Summer of HPC program is to promote and disseminate scientific culture among the younger generation of researchers, making sure that students participating the project can become the next generation of “computational scientists”. Furthermore, through the sharing of their experience on social networks and the Summer of HPC blog the programme aims to ensure that the students themselves become ambassadors of supercomputing at their respective institutions, and to their peer groups.

“Experiences like Summer of HPC are very important for the exchange of knowledge between young researchers,” said Sanzio Bassini, director of the department Supercomputing Applications and Innovation Cineca “These initiatives become opportunities to growth for students, and they have important implications for research centers themselves and, in the long term, even for their host Country. “

Although it is a relatively young project, it is in its fourth year, over the years Summer of HPC has gained credit at leading universities in Europe. The tutors references that follow the projects are given particular consideration in the selections for PhD studies, or for access to certain courses of study. The program itself is very much appreciated by the international scientific community and, in addition to helping students to create a network of reference, often allows students who have followed the program to continue the projects even after the end of the study period.

“SoHPC is the first step of PRACE’s commitment in fostering HPC, in training HPC specialists, and promoting simulation science. The systems we provide are important, but at the same level, or even more important, for PRACE is the training programme.” stated Florian Berberich (Project Management Officer of PRACE)

“PRACE wishes to inspire and encourage the next generation of software engineers, system administrators and generate users of HPC systems, in order to keep Europe at the forefront of supercomputing.”  said Leon Kos (Coordinator of the project Summer of HPC)

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From the left: Sergio Bernardi, Marta Čudova, Anurag Dogra, Florian Berberich, Leon Kos, Sanzio Bassini

Among the 20 participants, each year 2 are awarded for the excellence of their work. The winners of this year, Anurag Dogra (who conducted his own project to Cineca) and Marta Čudova, presented their experience at the event, along with the presentations of Sergio Bernardi (Board of Directors PRACE AISBL), Florian Berberich (Project Management Officer of PRACE), and Leon Kos (Coordinator of the project Summer of HPC).

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From the left: Marta Čudova, Anurag Dogra

PRACE Summer of HPC 2016 Best Visualisation Award:
Anurag Dogra, InSitu Visualization of Navier Stokes Tornado Effect

  • Anurag produced a highly impressive In Situ visualisation of tornado effects, in which he exhibited his dedication to quality. His visualisation very nicely explained the complexity and journey of working in High Performance Computing. He exhibited great understanding of the underlying physics and produced an excellent report. He received very positive feedback from his mentor and fellow participants. The high quality work illustrates his motivation and dedication to the programme. Anurag was excellent team player that contributed strongly to the Summer of HPC.

Anurag Dogra studied mechanical engineering and the automotive industry in India, and completed his studies in Materials Science, in the computational field, in Germany TU Bergakadamie in Freiberg. The research that led to Cineca was focused on the effects of turbulence that form spontaneously and turn into vortices and tornadoes. With the help of researchers of Cineca, he has created an interface that allows researchers to check in real time the evolution of the analyzed data, with no need to download the data itself. The researcher, therefore, is able to analyze the progress of the process and interact in real time with the application: a non-trivial act to perform on high-performance systems

PRACE Summer of HPC 2016 HPC Ambassador Award:
Marta Cudova, Parallelising Scientific Python Applications

  • Marta exhibited strong motivation and commitment for promoting High Performance Computing throughout the SoHPC programme. She has bridged CFD and image reconstruction codes using parallel Python. Moreover, she has successfully communicated the importance and objectives of her project through her blog posts and video

Marta Čudova lives in BRNO, where she recently completed her studies at the University of Technology. She spent her summer at the research center EPCC in Edinburgh, working on two projects: the study of programming languages in the field of fluid dynamics, and reconstruction of images using supercomputers. This second project, in particular, can have practical implications also in daily life, for the police, for example. Take the case of a video surveillance camera that has returned to the scene of a crime. If the images are not sharp, for lack of light, for example, the process to clean the image can be time consuming with a common PC. Marta has studied how to use supercomputers to process images faster, for example to give greater clarity to details seemingly confused.

In addition to the scientific value of their experience, students have enjoyed the full freedom to develop their project according to their own inclinations, being able to experiment with new solutions following their own passions. They have also benefitted from the the competence and availability of tutors to follow and direct them in the choices made.

More information to join the programme can be found on the programme’s website: www.summerofhpc.prace-ri.eu

Video of the SOHPC Award ceremony: http://www.cineca.it/it/video/sohpc-awards-ceremony-2016

About Cineca

Cineca is an inter-university computing consortium based in Casalecchio di Reno, Italy. Founded in 1969, Cineca is a not-for-profit consortium made up of 70 Italian universities, 6 research institutions and the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). It provides support to the research activities of the scientific community through supercomputing and its applications, thanks to a technology infrastructure among the most powerful in the world. It develops management systems for university administrations and MIUR and it designs and develops information systems for enterprises, healthcare and public administration.

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 provides a persistent world-class high performance computing service for scientists and researchers from academia and industry in Europe. The computer systems and their operations accessible through PRACE are provided by 5 PRACE members (BSC representing Spain, CINECA representing Italy, CSCS representing Switzerland, GCS representing Germany and GENCI representing France). The Implementation Phase of PRACE receives funding from the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement RI-312763 and from the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (2014-2020) under grant agreement 653838.

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