The University of Coimbra (UC) is the oldest University in Portugal, dating back to theXIII century, and is an indisputable reference in higher education and research inPortugal. UC has the largest percentage of students from abroad in Portugal. Itbelongs to the “Coimbra Group”, which includes many of the most prestigiousEuropean Universities like Bologna, Cambridge, Heidelberg, Oxford, Bergen andBarcelona.
The Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra (FCTUC)(Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra) is the biggestFaculty of the University of Coimbra, with close to 7000 students, both undergraduateand postgraduate. It offers a large array of different degrees, in Engineering, LifeSciences, Exact Sciences, Architecture and Anthropology. It is also very muchcommitted to outreach and close relationships with industry – the most successfulcompany incubator in Portugal, the Pedro Nunes Institute, is linked to FCTUC, andthat some of the best Portuguese spin-off companies came out of the University ofCoimbra.
The “Laboratório de Computação Avançada” (LCA) of the University hosts the mostpowerful supercomputer in Portugal, “Milipeia”, and provides CPU time throughsubmission of research projects to scientists from 14 Universities and ResearchInstitutes in Portugal. Researchers from FCTUC have been actively engaged inresearch which requires HPC: Condensed Matter Physics, High Energy Physics,Lattice QCD, Quantum Chemistry and Protein Folding/Unfolding. Condensed MatterPhysics researchers are co-developers of OCTUPUS, a widely used TDFT codewhich is now part of the PRACE benchmark suite.
The research centre CISUC (Centre for Informatics and Systems of the University ofCoimbra) has a longtime experience in research related to distributed computing. Thegroup Software and Systems Engineering does research in GRID middleware (itparticipates in the COREGRID Network of Excellence) and has done world-widerecognized research on dependable software for critical systems. Some years ago itsresearchers developed a version of MPI for Windows which was sold by the spin-offcompany Critical Software.
UC-LCA will contribute to the development of the PRACE peer review system, therelations with the stakeholders of the European HPC ecosystem and the Tier-1systems access model as well as contribute to porting and scalability tests ofapplication software and development of software technologies for future large-scalesystems.
3rd party relations
The University of Coimbra has collaborated in HPC related matters with the Group of Lasers and Plasmas (GoLP) of the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) for some years now. The GoLP have expertise in massively parallel simulations of lasers in plasmas,and they are co-developers of the code OSIRIS which has been run in some of the largest supercomputers in the US and Europe. They participate in DECI program of DEISA and have shown the ability of their code to scale up to Petaflop/s performance range.
The Universidade de Évora is the lead research institution in Computational Astrophysics in Portugal. It has a large experience on high performance computing through the Computational Astrophysics Group (Department of Mathematics) and has been involved in several international consortia involving HPC in Computational Astrophysics. In particular, the University is one of the proponents of the European Network of Computational Astrophysics, that is funded by the European Science Foundation, and is leader in the ERASMUS Supercomputing and Numerical Methods in Astrophysical Fluid Flow Modelling consortia funded by the European Commission as well as the Supercomputing 2008 and 2009 Schools funded by ESF. The Universidade de Évora also has a long tradition in international cooperation through the Astrophysics research by means of international consortia and research projects involving several European and American Universities. Local cooperation on this area occurs between people developing numerical and computational methods.