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EXCELLERAT’s Second Virtual All-Hands Meeting

Our second virtual project meeting took place from 9 to 11 December 2020. Representatives from all partners, a total of over 30 participants on each of the three days, presented the EXCELLERAT project tasks’ progress and challenges they faced throughout this year, and the need for a continuous evolution and mastering this final project year.

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High-performance computing challenge: How can engineers effectively leverage HPC technology?

When developing or improving products, engineers face the challenge of analysing complex simulations to test their designs. High-performance computing (HPC) is used to solve major problems in engineering by performing demanding operations such as simulations relatively quickly. Also, by processing more precise operations, HPC can avoid the errors that might be introduced by humans.

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EXCELLERAT collaborates with the HiDALGO Centre of Excellence

HiDALGO – HPC and Big Data Technologies for Global Systems – and EXCELLERAT are successfully collaborating on tasks like improving HiDALGO’s Urban Air Pollution Pilot. After developing the pilot, HiDALGO sought support from EXCELLERAT during its application improvement phase. Together they pushed forward the pilot case in months improving mesh quality, speed-up, and parallel efficiency.

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Nek5000 in EXCELLERAT: towards Exascale

One of EXCELLERAT’s tasks is improving Nek5000’s Exascale readiness, particularly for accelerators. We used an OpenACC version of the proxy-app Nekbone and focused on further optimising the small matrix-matrix kernels which constitutes most of the work in the full Nek5000. Tuning the TOpenACC directives improved performance of these kernels by almost a factor of two.

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New EXCELLERAT Service Portal is launched

We are pleased to announce EXCELLERAT’s redesigned Service Portal launch. It presents a wide variety of resources in an easily-accessible format and will play an essential role in EXCELLERAT’s mission to create a Centre of Excellence in Engineering. The user-centric Portal offers separate dashboards tailored towards engineers, software developers, and the general engineering community.

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EPCC develops new modelling techniques for the chemical and oil and gas industry ​

Global equipment manufacturers in the chemical and oil and gas industry often rely on commercial Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software tools for the design of their equipment. These commercial codes are currently unable to handle complex twophase flows. The formation of interfacial waves, their frequency and amplitude are particularly difficult to model in industrial environments.

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First virtual EXCELLERAT All Hands Meeting (May 2020)

Due to the corona virus travel restrictions, we have successfully organised our first EXCELLERAT virtual All Hands Meeting with more than 40 participants. Instead of hosting it in Stockholm from 5th until 7th May, this was our team’s largest online conference. We discussed the current status of all work packages and use cases.

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The iHURT focused on the computational challenges industry faces, with a special focus on the growing interest in solutions involving artificial intelligence

In addition to enabling academic research, the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) supports industry by making its supercomputing resources available for research and development. To better understand and address the specific needs of industrial HPC users, SICOS BW and HLRS hosted the third annual Industrial HPC User Roundtable (iHURT) on December 3, 2019.

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EXCELLERAT Team Meeting in Bologna (Nov 2019)

In November 2019 CINECA hosted the successful EXCELLERAT Team meeting in Bologna. The purpose was to show the current success stories of all partners and to discuss how to push the use cases in the direction of exascale. First demos looked really impressive. It has been productive and a real pleasure.

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