Swansea Physicists awarded hours on supercomputer as part of scientific collaboration

Grant enables the team to access the FERMI system at CINECA (Italy), based on the new IBM BlueGene/Q supercomputer.

A scientific collaboration including the group lead by Professor Biagio Lucini at the Physics Department of Swansea University and researchers from Edinburgh University, Trinity College Dublin, CERN, the University of Southern Denmark and the University of Plymouth has been awarded 22 million computing hours as a part of the 4th regular call by PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) to explore strongly interacting dynamics beyond the Standard Model. In conjunction with the upcoming experimental results from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, this study aims at clarifying the origin of mass. Progress in our understanding of this mechanism relies on the numerical solution of complicated equations, which requires the use of a state of the art supercomputer. This grant will enable the team to access the FERMI system at CINECA (Italy), based on the new IBM BlueGene/Q supercomputer.
 
PRACE is an international non-profit association with 24 European member countries. The mission of Prace is to enable high impact European scientific discovery and engineering research and development across all disciplines to enhance European competitiveness for the benefit of society. PRACE seeks to realize this mission through world class computing and data management
resources and services open to all European public research through a peer review process. The application process for computer time at the PRACE facilities is highly competitive, and only scientific projects of the highest standing are able to secure the award. For further information about PRACE, visit http://www.prace-project.eu.

Hosted at Cineca (Italy), FERMI is composed of 10 BlueGene/Q frames, featuring 10240 computing nodes with 163840 cores of IBM PowerA2 processors, running at 1.6 GHz. The system is equipped with 1 GByte of RAM per core, has fast interconnections arranged in a five-dimensional toroidal mesh and 2 PetaBytes of disk space. The peak performance is 2 PetaFlops/s, which will put it in six spot in the current world ranking of high performance computing installations. More information on this system can be found at http://www.cineca.it/en/hardware/ibm-bgq.