Lecture Series of the Research Center HPC

January 21, 2019, 15:00
Technik Campus, HS 11
Technikerstrasse 21b, 6020 Innsbruck


Note: Please register for this event at www.uibk.ac.at/fz-hpc/events/registration.


Short Introduction of the UIBK Research Center HPC (10 min.)
by Thomas Fahringer, Research Center HPC, University of Innsbruck

As part of this short presentation, we will outline the objectives of the Research Center High Performance Computing (FZ HPC) to support various activities for the dissemination and efficient use of high-performance computing at the University of Innsbruck.

PRACE Project Access and Peer Review Process (25 min.)
by Maria Grazia Giuffreda, Swiss National Supercomputing Centre

The overarching goal of PRACE is to provide a federated European supercomputing infrastructure that is science driven and globally competitive. It builds on the strengths of European science providing high-end computing and data analysis resources. To provision a federated world-class Tier-0 supercomputing infrastructure PRACE has put in place a strong transparent peer review process exclusively based on scientific excellence, which will be presented together with the Project Access.

Maria Grazia Giuffreda finished her PhD in Computational Chemistry in Belgium followed by a post-doc at ETH Zurich in the Physical Chemistry Department. Since 2006 she is working at ETH Zurich – Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) first as Application Analyst, then as Group Leader of the User Support Group - starting from 2013 as Associate Director and head of the User Engagement and Support Unit. She is also responsible for the User Lab Program and the CSCS National and Tier-0 Calls for Proposals. Dr. Maria Grazia Giuffreda is currently Member of PRACE Board of Directors.

PRACE Peer Review Process: How to prepare a good PRACE proposal (25 min.)
by Luca Marsella, Swiss National Supercomputing Centre

The PRACE Peer Review of proposals submitted for a PRACE Project Access on a Tier-0 system includes two types of assessment: scientific and technical. The two assessments are carried out in a coordinated effort by two groups of experts, as the technical review is used by the scientific one, which ultimately determines whether a proposal is successful or not. The presentation will discuss the key elements of a successful proposal, considering both the scientific and the technical aspects. The focus will be set on the latter, illustrating the most recent template for submitting Tier-0 applications and highlighting how to present the technical information that is necessary in a successful proposal.

Luca Marsella graduated in physics at the University of Cagliari (Italy) and he holds a PhD in statistical and biological physics from the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste (Italy). He has been working in the fields of computational materials science and computational biophysics at the University of Padua (Italy), at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Lyon (France), at the University of Split (Croatia) and at the Italian Supercomputing Centre (CINECA, Italy). He currently works as HPC technical advisor at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano (Switzerland) within the User Engagement & Support Unit, where he is responsible for maintaining the scientific software applications portfolio and providing support to CSCS users.