Matt Kunz and Silvio Cerri awarded 60M hours on European supercomputer

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
by Department of Astrophysical Sciences

Research team trio including Assistant Professor of Astrophysical Sciences, Matthew Kunz; Postdoctoral Research Associate, Silvio Sergio Cerri and collaborator; Francesco Califano, Professor of Physics at the University of Pisa have been granted computing hours through PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe). PRACE is an international not-for-profit association comprised of 25 member countries that serve to create a pan-European supercomputing framework dedicated to advancing top-level, large-scale scientific and engineering achievements. In part, this is accomplished by allowing researchers access to computing and data management resources and services from one of 5 PRACE members located in Europe. Selection for this award is intensely competitive.

Kunz, Cerri and Califano have been awarded of 60,000,000 core-hours of supercomputing allocated on Marconi-KNL at CINECA (Italy). Their project is entitled, “Eulerian and Lagrangian Plasma Simulations of Kinetic Turbulence”. The computing time will help to further their understanding of turbulence and particle heating in collisionless, magnetized plasmas — the most notable example in the context of their work being the solar wind, a continuous stream of charged particles that flows outwards from the solar corona. The Astrophysical Journal Letters recently featured part of their research efforts and can be read here.  Professor Kunz explains that, “This large computational effort will hopefully shed light on the interplay between the turbulent interplanetary magnetic and electric fields and the constituent charged particles of the solar wind”.