High Level Support Team
IFERC-CSC and MARCONI supercomputers
Currently there are two supercomputers in the framework of the EUROfusion consortium being used to perform fusion relevant simulations. One is the IFERC-CSC supercomputer located in Rokkasho, Japan. It delivers computing power of about 1.5 petaflop/s. The other one is the "MARCONI" supercomputer hosted by CINECA in Bologna, Italy with a total compute power of about 2 petaflop/s.
HLST consists of a core team based at the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik in Garching and of high level support staff provided by the other Research Units of EUROfusion. The HLST members are all HPC experts with a background in developing large scientific applications and particular expertise in numerical algorithms.
HLST support tasks
- Parallelise codes using e.g. OpenMP and/or MPI standards for massively parallel computers;
- Improve the performance of existing parallel codes both at the single node and inter node levels;
- Support the transfer of codes to new multiprocessors' architectures;
- Choose and if necessary adapt algorithms and/or mathematical library routines to improve applications for the targeted computer architectures;
- Give feedback to the community, based on experience gained from specific project work;
- Provide guidance for young scientists on available training activities in HPC and towards upcoming new computer architectures;
- Provide consultancy to scientists within the Research Units working on HPC;
- Exploit developments made by the WPCD, especially in the field of standards, graphical user interfaces, common data bases and parallel visualization, for the benefit of the IFERC-CSC users.