The Cyprus Institute – CyI

General Description The Cyprus Institute is a non-profit research and educational institution with scientific and technological focus. It consists of issue-oriented research centres that address challenging problems both at the regional and international levels. The Government of Cyprus supports The Cyprus Institute, viewing its establishment as important to its overall policy of transforming Cyprus into a regional centre for research and education.The Computation-based Science and Technology Research Centre (CaSToRC), one of three research centres under operation, has a close partnership with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications of the University of Illinois. The centre has signed a collaboration agreement with the Juelich Supercomputing Centre for a joint Simulation Lab in Particle and Nuclear Physics and other research activities. CaSToRC provides computational resources for Cypriot researchers with the installation of a hybrid cluster machine of peak performance 30 Tflop/s since 2012. HPC training programs and a user support team are established to best serve the needs of the Cypriot scientific community. The regional role of CaSToRC is being implemented within LinkSCEEM, an FP7 infrastructure project creating a user community base of its operation in 2011, whereby CaSToRC is committing up to 30% of computational resources. CaSToRC has started a Ph.D. program in CoS and has coordinated an ATLANTIS project that aims to attract young talents in Simulation Sciences. Lattice gauge simulations, computational biology and chemistry, programming on GPUs and acceleration technologies, visualization of climate data and cultural heritage and data repositories for climate data and cultural heritage are among the activities of CaSToRC.
Role and Commitment of key persons (including supervisors)

C. Alexandrou is Institute Professor at CyI and acting Director of CaSToRC and Professor at UCY. Research area: Theoretical Nuclear and Particle Physics/Lattice QCD. She has twenty years of experience in teaching and supervision of undergraduate, M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, and postdoctoral fellows. She is the coordinator of LinkSCEEM and the Scientific leader of the Cy-Tera project. She will be the coordinator of the project and supervise students in numerical methods and Lattice QCD and lecture in the courses of the program. She will devote 35% FTE in total to the program shared with UCY.

G. K. Christophides is Professor at CyI and ICL. Research area: Infectious Diseases & Immunity. He will supervise students in Computational Biology. He has twelve years of experience in teaching and supervision of research projects of undergraduate, MRes, MSc and Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows. Supervisor of 13 Ph.D. students: 10 awarded and 3 ongoing. Co-supervisor of 3 Ph.D. students, all awarded titles. He will dedicate 20% FTE in total to the program shared with ICL.

G. Koutsou is Assist. Professor at CyI. Research area: novel computer architectures/Lattice QCD. He will supervise students in HPC technologies and lattice QCD and lecture in the courses of the program. He is currently supervising two graduate students. 30% FTEs will be dedicated to the program.

D. Vlachou is an Adjunct Assist. Prof. at CyI and a Senior scientist at ICL. Research area: Vector-borne infectious diseases. She will assist Prof. Christophides in supervising students at CyI. Dr. Vlachou will commit 20% of her FTE to the program.

Y. Suleymanov is Assist. Prof. at CyI starting Oct. 2014. Research area:  Computational and theoretical chemistry, MD simulations. He will lecture in the program and help with supervision devoting 20% FET.

Dr K. Erguler is a post-doctoral fellow at CyI. Research area: Bioinformatics and Theoretical Systems Biology. He will assist Professor Christophides in supervising Ph.D. students, and will lecture and serve as an instructor in the Computational and Systems Biology and Bioinformatics course. 25% FTEs will be committed to the program.

Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment Key relevant facilities are: A hybrid cluster of peak performance 30 Tflop/s; Two GPU clusters; Xeon Phi cluster; Visualization lab; Simulation Lab in Nuclear and Particle Physics; Access to the library of the University of Illinois.

Bergische Universität Wuppertal – BUW

General Description

From the mission statement: “It is a central goal of Bergische Universität Wuppertal to develop future-oriented research and teaching profiles that are on the one hand based on established strengths in specific fields, especially interdisciplinarity and innovation, and on the other hand open to the ongoing issues of education, knowledge and research. The continuous growth of academic and scientific excellence in the framework of the university's six strategic focus areas entails increasing activity in the development of national and international networks. The university’s commitment to such development is based on the conviction that in the wake of increasing globalization the international exchange of experience, transnational research cooperation, and intercultural competence are of ever-increasing importance.”

One of the strategic focus areas is “Building blocks of matter, experiment, simulation, and mathematical methods”, in which the lead for simulation and mathematical methods is within the Institute of Mathematical Modelling, Analysis and Computational Mathematics (IMACM) at the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. IMACM groups the expertise of teams in applied mathematics and computer science at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal to solve real-life problems in natural and social sciences, economics and engineering. The focus of IMACM is on efficient numerical algorithms for computer simulation in the sciences, and in particular on numerical linear algebra, algebraic multilevel methods and the numerical solution of PDEs on highly parallel super-computers. Key application areas include theoretical physics (QCD), particle simulation, simulation of electronic devices and electrical fields, computation of matrix functions and their application, parallel methods for eigenvalue problems.

IMACM is well established in national and transnational research cooperations, including EU-funded research and training projects, as well as national funding and direct funding from industrial partners. There is a strong connection to the Jülich Supercomputing Center based on an official cooperation agreement.

Role and Commitment of key persons (including supervisors)

IMACM hosts 11 professors, about 10 postdocs and more than 25 doctoral students. For this project, the following IMACM members will be key personal:

A. Frommer is Professor of Applied Computer Science. Research area: numerical linear algebra, linear solvers and matrix functions, simulations in lattice QCD, nonlinear problems. He has 22 years of experience in supervising bachelor, master’s and Ph.D. students. He will lead the supervisions of students in algorithms and numerical methods in the program. 20% FTE to the program.

M. Ehrhardt is Professor Numerical Mathematics. Research area:  CFD / Gas dynamics. Supervision of 6 Ph.D. theses and 19 master’s theses, coordinator of ITN STRIKE, participant in EU MUNDUS Project ACES - Applied Computing in Engineering and Science. He will supervise students and participate in the training. 20% FTE.

F. Knechtli is Professor of HPC in Theoretical Physics. Research area: Particle Physics, Lattice QCD, and Physics BSM. He will supervise students and participate in the training, devoting 20% FTE.

M. Bolten is an Assist. Professor at BUW. Research area: Massively parallel computing, multigrid methods, simulation of particle systems, algorithms for (tensor) structured problems. 15% FTE will be committed to the program.

B. Lang is a Professor at BUW. Research area: Exascale computing, eigenvalue methods and their application in chemistry and physics, parallel numerical methods, computer assisted analysis. 15% of his FTE will be dedicated to the program.

Dr. K. Kahl, Research area: algebraic multigrid, Krylov subspace methods, and simulation in theoretical physics. 15% FTE will be dedicated to the program.

Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment BUW runs an applications driven computer laboratory, operating high performance architectures. Hardware includes the QPACE computer (400 Tflops single precision, upon its installation ranked 1 in the Green TOP 500 list), a CUDA Research Center featuring an HP HPC system with NVIDIA Tesla M2090 modules, a GPU empowered cluster system and Stromboli, a medium size multicore kernel cluster computer.

Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aaachen – RWTH

General Description

The German Research School for Simulation Sciences (GRS) is a joint graduate school of RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich. Its aim is to train the next generation of computational scientists and engineers. GRS provides a unique environment for cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and education in the applications and methods of simulation in science and engineering. Equipped with dedicated modern facilities in Aachen and on the Jülich campus, and privileged access to world-class computing and visualization resources, the mission of our school is to offer advanced interdisciplinary graduate training programs.

These comprise a Master's as well as a doctoral program. Our four laboratories, two in Aachen, two in Jülich, offer a wide range of research opportunities. Furthermore, about 40 research groups and institutes in Aachen and Jülich are associated with the German Research School and are currently involved in research with intensive use of computer simulation techniques. Simultaneously, the scientists make great efforts to advance existing methods and to develop new techniques and simulation tools. All research groups have access to the most advanced computing equipment like massively parallel supercomputers or advanced visualization methods.

Role and Commitment of key persons (including supervisors)

P. Carloni is Professor at RWTH Aachen University. He leads the Computational Biophysics Lab of German Research School (GRS) for Simulation Sciences. Moreover, he is the director of IAS-5 and INM-9 Computational Biomedicine departments at Forschungszentrum Jülich. Research area: Molecular simulation and bioinformatics approaches to molecular medicine and to molecular mechanisms of human perceptions with 15 years of experience in supervision of Ph.D. students. He will supervise students in computational biology and lecture in the courses of the program, devoting 20% FTE to the program.

Giulia Rossetti and Vania Calandrini are part of the GRS and will assist Prof. Carloni in the training.

Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment Our Institute shares the full infrastructure of RWTH Aachen University (including, Compute Clusters and Libraries).  Moreover, we have our own two Intel-based clusters and access to the HPC facilities of Jülich Supercomputing Center.

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven – TU/e

General Description The TUE profiles itself as a leading international university specializing in engineering science & technology, contributing through excellent teaching and research to progress in the technical sciences, to the development of technological innovations and as a result to the growth of welfare and well-being, both within its own region (technology & innovation hotspot Eindhoven) and beyond it. TUE has over 7000 students (4500 BSc, 2500 MSc) and more than 2300 staff and 700 Ph.D. TUE is one of the first universities in Europe with a complete undergraduate and graduate program in Biomedical Engineering. Researchers at the Fluid Dynamics Laboratory of TU/e have experience in fluid dynamics from the microscopic scales to large-scale turbulent flows. They have expertise in heat and mass transport, colloidal dynamics, multiphase and multicomponent flows, modeling of rigid and deformable vesicles.  At the Fluid dynamics laboratory numerical code, experimental equipment and a local computing and storage cluster are available.
Role and Commitment of key persons (including supervisors)

Prof. Federico Toschi has a joint appointment at the Department of Physics and Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of TU/e. He has advanced experience in CFD both in pseudo- spectral and in Lattice Boltzmann methods. His research activities focus on the statistical properties of turbulence. He is the founder and administrator of the iCFD database ( and served as chairman for the International Collaboration for Turbulence Research (ICTR). Currently he is chair of the COST Action MP0806 on “Particles in turbulence”. Since 2008 he is member of the faculty at TU/e. He is currently an editor of Journal of Turbulence. Toschi will be leading the supervision of two candidates and also lecture in the courses of the project. He has over 15 years of experience in research and teaching and has supervised 15 Master’s and 9 Ph.D. students and 8 postdocs. 20% FTE will be committed to the program.

Prof. Herman J.H. Clercx is a physicist with 20 years of experience in fluid dynamics. He is chair of the group Vortex Dynamics and Turbulence of the Department of Applied Physics at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands. He holds a part-time chair at Twente University. In 2004 he received a Vici-grant on dispersion in geophysical flows. His research interests include (quasi-)2D turbulence, turbulence affected by stratification and/or rotation, (inertial) particle dispersion and particle collisions in turbulence, multiscale modelling of transport in turbulent flows, and 3D viscous mixing problems for microfluidic and industrial applications. Prof. Herman will be involved in the supervising of students assisting Prof. Toschi and lecture committing 10% FTE. 

Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment HPC cluster made of 704 cores of Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU with 672 GB of RAM total and Infiniband connection. A 100-terabyte storage facility.

University of Cyprus – UCY

General Description The University of Cyprus is the largest public university in Cyprus with more than 6000 students valuing the hosting of international scholars and has in place all the infrastructure necessary to support visiting scholars in arranging their stay. This includes a Human Resource Service that helps visiting scholars deal with issues relating to immigration, taxation and other legal matters and a housing office that offers assistance with housing. In addition, the University provides researchers opportunities to participate in a range of activities including courses, seminars, conferences and workshops that help researcher integration. The School for Graduate Studies was established in 2012.  UCY has a significant involvement in the implementation of European grants. Currently UCY is implementing 98 programmes funded by European and international funding bodies, including ERC grants as well as 231 programmes funded by the National Research Promotion Foundation.  The participants of this project come from the Physics Department, which has been running a Ph.D. program in Physics for more than twenty years.
Role and Commitment of key persons (including supervisors)

C. Alexandrou is Professor at the Physics Department. Research area: Theoretical & Computational Nuclear and Particle Physics. She heads the Computational lab in lattice QCD and she has led hadron structure calculations as member of the European Twisted Mass collaboration. She has twenty years of experience in teaching and supervision of undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. students, and postdoctoral fellows. She will supervise students enrolled in the program and lecture in the Ph.D. courses. She will dedicate 35% FTE in total to the program shared with CyI.

H. Panagopoulos is Professor at the Physics department. Research area: Theoretical Particle Physics. He is world expert in perturbative computations in lattice QCD and simulations of SU(N) theories. He has twenty years of experience in teaching and supervision of undergraduates, Master’s and Ph.D. students, and postdoctoral fellows.  He will supervise students enrolled in the program and lecture in the Ph.D. courses. 25% FTE will be dedicated to the program. 

Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment The Department has a Lattice QCD computer lab with clusters dedicated to Lattice QCD studies.

University of Ferrara – UNIFE

General Description Founded in 1391, The University of Ferrara is one of the oldest Universities in Italy. Over the years, the group of computational physics has been working on the development and optimization of algorithms for Lattice Gauge Theory, for the simulation of spin glasses and for computational fluid dynamics, mostly Lattice Boltzmann methods. The group has been at the centre of the development of application-specific computers for the simulation of Lattice Gauge Theory and -- more recently-- for spin glass models.
Role and Commitment of key persons (including supervisors)

The group has 2 scientific staff and 4 junior scientists.

R. Tripiccione is a professor at the University of Ferrara. Over the year, he has authored/coauthored approximately 180 publications. He has more than 20 years of experience in theoretical and computational physics, algorithms for computational fluid dynamics; he has supervised more than 20 master’s students and 10 Ph.D. students. He will supervise candidates. He plans to commit 20% FTE to this project.

Dr. S. F. Schifano is a research associate at the University of Ferrara. He has authored/coauthored approximately 50 papers. He has more than 10 years of experience in algorithm development and in optimization for novel computer architectures. He will help in the supervision of candidates. He has supervised about 10 Master’s students. He plans to commit 15% FTE to this project.

Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment Experimental HPC computing nodes with multiple GPUs per computing node. The group has also access to the TheoPhys HPC facility of INFN, with 2000 computing cores and 270-terabyte storage space.

Universita degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata – UTOV

General Description

The group of  “Complex Fluids” at the University of Tor Vergata is devoted to applications of Fluid dynamics to Turbulence, Micro- and Nano-fluidics, Population Dynamics, Multi-phase and Multi-components flows in porous media (Department of Physics) and to thermodynamics, thermal convection and fluid under rotation (Mech. Engineering Dept).

The group has extensive expertise on numerical approaches based on Lattice Boltzmann Methods, Pseudiospectral and finite-difference algorithms and other tools of Computational Fluid Mechanics, on statistical modeling and analysis of turbulent and chaotic systems.

Role and Commitment of key persons (including supervisors)

The group consists of approximately 4 scientific staff and 6 junior scientists. Two members of the group have been awarded of ERC Grants (Dr. M. Sbragalgia ERC StG 2012 on "Droplet and emulsions", Prof. L. Biferale ERC AdG 2013 on "Novel concepts and methodologies for frontier problems in Turbulence"). At the Mechanical Engineering Dept, the key role is played by Prof. R. Verzicco a world-leading expert of finite-difference and immersed boundary methods for complex fluid dynamics.

L. Biferale, Professor at Rome Tor Vergate, has over 180 publications and two reviews. He has more than 20 years of experience in fluid dynamics, mechanical statistics, theoretical physics, computational physics and high-performance computing research and teaching. He has supervised more than 20 Master’s students, 9 Ph.D. students and 5 postdocs. He has been awarded an ERC AdG on "New concepts and methodologies for frontier problems in Turbulence" (2013). He will be supervising candidates, leading WP3 and lecture. 20% FET will be dedicated to the program.

Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment HPC cluster made of ten servers with four dual 6-core Xeon cpu, with 8 GB of RAM each for a total of about 500 cores and more than 4700 GB of RAM with infiniband connection. Quad-core Opteron cluster of more than 1000 cores at the TheoPhys HPC facility of INFN. A 270-terabyte storage facility.

Stiftung Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron - DESY

General Description

DESY is one of the world’s leading accelerator centres for investigating the structure of matter. DESY develops, builds and operates large accelerator facilities for photon science and particle physics and astroparticle physics. As a member of the Helmholtz Association in Germany, DESY is a non-profit research organization supported by public funds.

The John von Neumann Institute for Computing (NIC) provides supercomputer capacity for projects in science, research and industry in the fields of modeling and computer simulation. As a joint foundation of the three Helmholtz Centres Forschungszentrum Jülich, Deutsches Elektronensynchrotron DESY, and GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung it supports computational science in Germany and Europe. It maintains research group with the high energy physics research group situated at DESY, Zeuthen.

Role and Commitment of key persons (including supervisors) Dr. Karl Jansen, Ph.D. RWTH Aachen, Leader of NIC research group at DESY, Zeuthen, Deputy speaker of German collaborative research center (SFB/ TR9), spokesperson of the European Twisted mass Collaboration. He has over 20 of teaching in the summer student programme and supervised more than 30 summer, master’s and Ph.D. students. He will supervise students during secondments at DESY and serve as a lecturer in the courses of the program. 20% FTE will be dedicated to the program.
Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment

DESY is a Tier 1 centrum for particle physics. On-site linux cluster, supercomputer (BlueGene Q, SuperMuc and HLRN network) access through the John von Neumann Center for computing (NIC) and national resource allocation system.

Participation in simulation laboratory for particle and nuclear physics.

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (Imperial College)

General Description Imperial College is consistently ranked among the top academic institutions in science, technology and medicine. It is also a world-leading institution in conducting research in infection and immunology, especially in malaria in terms of both its scientific environment and facilities. The expertise shared between groups in the Faculties of Natural Sciences and Medicine is unique. Over 90 investigators, post-doctoral researchers, Ph.D. students and technical staff working on various aspects of malaria research contribute to a vibrant and stimulating academic and research environment, the Malaria Centre, chaired by Prof. Christophides . This is one of the largest communities of malaria researchers in the world.
Role and Commitment of key persons (including supervisors)

Prof. G. K. Christophides is the principal investigator of the Vector Immunogenomics and Infection Laboratory at Imperial College.  He also holds an appointment of adjunct Professor at the CyI. Research in his group is centred on the interactions between insect vectors of disease, in particular mosquitoes, and the pathogens they transmit.  He is internationally recognised for his research on vector-borne diseases and vector/pathogen interactions. He was also centrally involved in sequencing the genomes of various mosquitoes and pioneered expression profiling technologies in vector biology. Technologies currently used the his laboratory include genomics, functional genomics, population genetics, bioinformatics, metagenomics, molecular biology, biochemistry and reverse genetics, combined together in an integrated systems approach. Prof. Christophides will serve as a Ph.D. supervisor at CyI and host candidate secondments at Imperial College for experimental work. He will dedicate 20% FTE in total to the program shared with CyI.

Dr D. Vlachou is a Senior Scientist with a primary interest in the malaria parasite Plasmodium and its interactions with the mosquito.  Her research has identified several Plasmodium and mosquito proteins that potentially interact, including the GPCRs identified as disease transmission blocking, a topic for collaborative projects within this programme. She will assist in supervising seconded students at Imperial College. 10% of her FTE will be dedicated to the program.

Dr B. MacCallum is a senior bioinformatician working within the VectorBase project ( to provide a web-based gene expression database for invertebrate vectors of human disease. He has also worked on visualisation techniques to summarise large amounts of expression data for mosquitoes.  He has experience with HPC systems both as a regular user and as an administrator. He will assist in supervising seconded students, and serve as an instructor in the Computational and Systems Biology and Bioinformatics course. 15% of his FTE will be dedicated to the program.

Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment A wide range of facilities hosted by the Department of Life Sciences, where parts of the proposed training will take place, including the state-of-the-art imaging facility, mass-spectrometry, next generation sequencing, containment level 3 facilities, animal rearing, maintenance and experimenting facilities and others. These facilities are run by trained staff and will be used for parts of the work described in the training plan. Professor Christophides facilities is fully equipped to carry out research in molecular and cellular biology, genomics and biochemistry, while a 4-member informatics team is also part of the lab. Laboratories and containment facilities are under low pressure and have restricted access (swipe-card) through interlocked doors whereas access to P3 rooms is permitted only to people with special training and controlled by additional swipe card locks. All labs are serviced by central sterile supply facilities. Imperial is the first Centre for Systems Biology (CISBIC) in the UK aiming at integration of data derived from high throughput experimental studies and mathematical modelling, towards understanding complex biological systems, which is related to the training programmes in this proposal.

Forrschungszentrum Jülich GmbH – Jülich Supercomputing center (JUELICH)

General Description

Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) – a member of the Helmholtz Association – is one of the largest research centres in Europe. It pursues cutting-edge interdisciplinary research addressing the challenges facing society in the fields of health, energy and the environment, and information technologies. Within the Forschungszentrum, the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JUELICH) is one of the three national supercomputing centres in Germany as part of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS). JUELICH operates supercomputers which are among the largest in Europe.

JUELICH has more than 30 years expertise in providing supercomputer services to national and international user communities. It undertakes research and development in HPC architectures, performance analysis, HPC applications, Grid computing and networking. JUELICH successfully managed numerous national and European projects including the PRACE Preparatory Phase project and first implementation phases.

The success of the computers QPACE and JUROPA demonstrates the competence of JUELICH in the field of system architecture technologies. JUELICH has built-up a number of Simulation Laboratories to further enhance its competence in key computational sciences areas like Computational Biology, Molecular Systems, Plasma Physics, Climate Modelling and Neuroscience. With Scalasca, JUELICH is the world leader in scalable portable parallel performance analysis tools.

JUELICH has started long-term co-operations with several companies for research and development of Exascale technologies. Together with IBM the Exascale Innovation Centre has been established. JUELICH founded together with Intel and ParTec the ExaCluster Laboratory. Most recently, JUELICH and NVIDIA inaugurated the NVIDIA Application Lab at Jülich.

Role and Commitment of key persons (including supervisors)

Prof. Dr. Dirk Pleiter is research group leader at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JUELICH) and professor of theoretical physics at the University of Regensburg. At JUELICH he is leading the work on application oriented technology development. Currently he is principal investigator of the Exascale Innovation Center and the NVIDIA Application Lab at Jülich. He has six years of experience in supervising bachelor, master’s and Ph.D. students. He will supervise students during secondment at JUELICH and lecture in the courses of the program. 20% FTE will be dedicated to the program.

Dr. Marcus Richter is a research scientist at the Research Centre Jülich. He is a staff member of the Technology Division of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre and is involved the development and testing of future computer hardware. He has supervised several guest, diploma and Ph.D. students. Since 2008 he is a lecturer for parallel computer architecture at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences. At present he is a member of the Exascale Innovation Center at the JUELICH. He will help with the supervision of students during secondment at JUELICH and lecture in the courses of the program. He will be committing 15% FTE. 

Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment JUELICH operates a number of leadership computing facilities including the Blue Gene/Q system JUQUEEN, the general-purpose cluster system JUROPA and the GPU-accelerated cluster system JUDGE.

National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos” (NCSR “Demokritos”)

General Description The National Centre for Scientific Research (NCSR) “Demokritos” is the largest multidisciplinary research center in Greece, conducting basic and applied research in the Natural Sciences. Its research activities are coordinated by 5 Research Institutes. These Institutes carry out high-level scientific research, technological development and educational activities in the areas of Life Sciences, Biology and Biotechnology, New Materials, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology, Environment–Energy and Sustainable Development, Informatics and Telecommunications, Nuclear and Particle Physics, Nuclear Technology and Radiation Protection. Research at NCSR “Demokritos” is carried out at EU level through its participation in European research projects, networks of excellence and technology platforms. NCSR “Demokritos” success in peer reviewed R&D funded national, European and international programmes represents one of the strongest endorsements of the Centre’s R&D competence and reflects its world-class standing. At a national level, the unique expertise and infrastructure of NCSR “Demokritos” make exceptional contributions in developing novel technologies, transferring technology and know-how to industry and developing human potential.
Role and Commitment of key persons (including supervisors)

Prof. Kostas Iatrou expertise is in insect developmental genetics, molecular biology and biotechnology. His interests are focused on the regulation of specific physiological processes in insects of relevance to medicine and agriculture (mosquito vectors of infectious diseases and lepidopteran agricultural pests) and the design of novel methods for efficient and environmentally safe control of their populations.  Of relevance to the current projects are the proprietary lepidopteran insect cell-based expression technologies that he has developed, which have found multiple uses in the biomedical and agricultural fields. The latter include cell-based high throughput screening platform development for identification of leads with potential drug and insecticide applications, which include the search for olfactory receptor ligands capable of modifying the normal olfactory functions and olfaction-based behaviours of the malaria mosquito vector Anopheles gambiae. 5% FTEs will be dedicated to the program.

Dr. Zafiroula Georgoussi's activities are focused on the cellular signaling mechanisms governing G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) using as model system the opioid receptors.  Her team contributed to the dissection of the functional determinants of opioid receptor responsible for G and RGS protein signalling and determined novel interacting partners considered as drug targets for pain management. Her recent activities focus in the signalling circuits through which GPCRs regulate transcriptional activity and regulate neurogenesis and cell differentiation. In collaboration with the "Insect Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology" Group develop cell-based high throughput screening systems for GPCRs as tools for the discovery of new therapeutic leads. 3% FTEs will be dedicated to the program.

Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment The research facilities at the laboratories of “Insect Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology” (Dr. K. Iatrou) and "Cellular Signalling and Molecular Pharmacology" (Dr. Z. Georgoussi) together with the general infrastructure available at the IB-E provide all instrumentation required for the successful implementation of the proposed secondments. The infrastructure includes instrumentation for Cell Culture (incubators, cell bioreactor, laminar flow, inverted fluorescence microscope), Insect Rearing (controlled environment incubators), Protein Purification (FPLC), Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (DNA, RNA and protein electrophoresis and transfer, DNA sequencer, ultracentrifuges, sonicator, micro-spectrometer, speedvac concentrator, scintillation counter, HPLC), Cell Biology (cell sorter, fluorescence microscopes, confocal microscope), High-Throughput Screening for bio-active substances and protein interactions (microplate readers for fluorescence and luminescence readouts for GFP, rhodamin, fluorescein, β-galactosidase, luciferase, other photo-proteins and fluorescence resonance energy transfer).

Trinity College Dublin – TCD

General Description The School of Mathematics, TCD has an established research group in lattice QCD, with collaborative links to institutions in the US, India and Europe. The School has a diverse research profile that includes pure mathematics along with theoretical physicists working in string theory, topological field theory and differential geometry.
Role and Commitment of key persons (including supervisors)

Lattice QCD group has 4 full-time academic staff, all experienced in research supervision and currently has 4-registered Ph.D. student.

Assoc. Prof. M. Peardon (TCD, Research area: Hadron physics, lattice QCD, Monte Carlo algorithms). He is course co-ordinator for the taught M.Sc. in HPC in TCD and has supervised five successful Ph.D. students. Prof Peardon will be the leader of the training workpackage, mentor candidates while in secondments at TCD and lecture in the programmes courses. 25% FTE will be dedicated to the program.

Dr J. Bulava (TCD, Hitachi lecturer in HPC; Lattice QCD and HPC) he is currently supervising two Ph.D. students. He will be mentoring candidates at TCD and lecture. 15% FTE will be committed to the program.

Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment

TCD has a center for High-Performance Computing, which provides cluster computing resources for researchers.

Researchers in TCD have access to the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC), which provides Tier-1 computing resources. 

University of Cambridge – UC

General Description The University of Cambridge is an educational institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is well-known for hosting world-leading research. DAMTP has a 50-year tradition of carrying out research of world-class excellence in a broad range of subjects across applied mathematics and theoretical physics. Members of DAMTP have made seminal theoretical advances in the development of mathematical techniques and in the application of mathematics, combined with physical reasoning, to many different areas of science. A unique strength is the G K Batchelor Laboratory, in which fundamental experimental science is also performed. Research students have always played a crucial role in DAMTP research, working on demanding research problems under the supervision of leading mathematical scientists and, in many cases, moving on to become research leaders themselves. The current aims of DAMTP are to continue this tradition, in doing so broadening the range of subject areas studied and using new mathematical and computational techniques.
Role and Commitment of key persons (including supervisors)

M. B. Wingate is a University Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP). Research area: Theoretical Particle Physics and Lattice Field Theory, especially concerning quark flavour physics. He has 8 years of experience teaching undergraduates and supervising Ph.D. students, four years supervising postdoctoral researchers. He will supervise students seconded to Cambridge and chair the local organizing committee for the Conference of the program.

C. E. Thomas is a University Lecturer at the University of Cambridge in DAMTP. Research area: Theoretical Particle Physics and Lattice Field Theory, especially concerning hadron physics.  He will help with the supervision of students seconded to Cambridge and lecture at the training workshops of the program.

Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment
  • University of Cambridge High Performance Computing Service (HPCS) which hosts a cluster (Darwin) of 9600 2.60GHz Intel Sandy Bridge cores with peak performance 200 Tflop/s (#93 on the July 2012 Top500)
  • GPU cluster (Wilkes) with a computational performance of 240 TFlop/s (#166 on Nov 2013 Top500; #2 on Green500 with 3631 Mflop/Watt).
  • DAMTP also hosts the Millennium Mathematics Project, which develops educational and outreach materials for mathematics.

Eurotech S.p.A – EUROTECH

General Description Eurotech is a listed global company (based in Italy with operating location in Europe, North America and Japan), active in the development, production and marketing of embedded computers for special applications (NanoPCs) and supercomputers (HPCs) capable of delivering massive computational power, energy efficiency, density, scalability and availability. Both NanoPCs and HPCs are major examples of the comprehensive, pervasive presence of computers in nowadays society; in Eurotech’s philosophy: digital technologies for a better world.
Role and Commitment of key persons (including supervisors)

G. Tecchiolli is the Chief Technology Officer and Vice-President of the company; he started his career as a physicist and has in recent years taught courses in HPC at several universities.

P. Arts is the Head of the HPC R&D team, with past experience in major ICT companies (Philips, Ericson).

Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment The Eurotech R&D and production units are both based in Amaro. Their HPC Lab is a stimulating environment, tightly linked to other ETH R&D units (Japan, USA) and often visited by scientists collaborating on HPC projects.

IBM Research - Zurich (IBM)

General Description IBM Research - Zurich, with approximately 300 employees, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the IBM Research division with headquarters at the T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, USA. IBM Research - Zurich, which was established in 1956, represents the European branch of IBM Research. At IBM Research - Zurich scientific and industrial research is conducted in four scientific and technical departments: Science and Technology, Systems, Industries & Solutions, and Cognitive Computing & Computational Sciences. Main research topics are nanotechnology, advanced server and storage technology, security, privacy, risk and compliance, computational sciences and high performance computing, chip cooling technologies, business optimization and transformation. IBM Research - Zurich employs a steady stream of postdoctoral fellows, PhD candidates, and summer students who pass through the laboratory. More than 30 nationalities, primarily from European countries, are represented among the research staff members, including such specialists as computer scientists, mathematicians, electrical engineers, physicists, and chemists. They often work together on an interdisciplinary basis.
Role and Commitment of key persons (including supervisors)

Dr. A. Curioni, is IBM Fellow, Department Head, Cognitive and Computational Sciences; Expertise:  high performance computing, computational sciences, methods for electronic structure simulations; research strategy development and execution; he will supervise ESR3 and contribute to research and training; he has 20 years of experience in supervising Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows and giving lectures on HPC and advanced simulation techniques at universities and international schools. He will be the scientist in charge on behalf of IBM.

Dr. C. Bekas, Manager, Foundations of Cognitive Computing; Expertise: massively parallel computing methods and algorithms, linear algebra and applied mathematics; he will contribute to research and training. Dr, Teodoro Laino, Research Staff Member, Computational Sciences;   Expertise: computational chemistry, electronic structure methods and multiscale QM/MM methods; he will contribute to research and training.

Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment High performance computing infrastructure based on massively parallel IBM Blue Gene /Q super-computer (200 Tflops, 65536 execution threads), coupled with high end-visualization system. Office space and infrastructure as required. Infrastructure for advanced videoconferences.


General Description

NVIDIA – The Visual Computing Company

NVIDIA’s work in visual computing — the art and science of computer graphics — has led to thousands of patented inventions, breakthrough technologies, deep industry relationships and a globally recognized brand. For two decades, NVIDIA pioneered this uniquely powerful medium, which has transformed the PC from a tool for productivity into one for creativity and discovery.

At the core of NVIDIA is the GPU — the engine of modern visual computing — which NVIDIA invented in 1999. One of the most complex processors ever built, the Kepler generation of GPUs boasts 7 billion transistors. The GPU has propelled computer graphics from a feature into an ever-expanding industry — encompassing video games, movie production, product design, medical diagnosis and scientific research, among many other categories. GPUs are now driving new fields like computer vision, image processing, machine learning and augmented reality. 

Role and Commitment of key persons (including supervisors) Jiri Kraus has 5 years’ experience in HPC and scientific computing. As a member of NVIDIA's European Developer Technology team he works as a consultant for GPU HPC applications. At the NVIDIA Jülich Applications Lab he collaborates with local developers and scientists at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre and the Forschungszentrum Jülich. Before joining NVIDIA Jiri Kraus worked on the parallelization and optimization of scientific and technical applications for clusters of multicore CPUs and GPUs at Fraunhofer SCAI in St. Augustin. He holds a Diploma in Mathematics (minor in computer science) from the University of Cologne, Germany. During his studies he focused on numeric and parallel algorithms.
Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment
  • Headquartered in Santa Clara, California with main R&D
  • Listed in 1999 with NASDAQ under the symbol NVDA
  • $4.13 billion in revenue in FY14
  • 8,800 employees worldwide
  • ~7,000 patent assets
  • R&D Activities in Europe
    • Wuerselen, Germany – HPC Tools
    • Berlin, Germany –Bioinformatics, Scalable Visualization
    • Bristol, Cambridge, UK-Mobile Platform
    • Paris, France-Sparse Linear Algebra
    • Zurich,Switzerland-Computer Graphics
    • Sophia Antipolis, France-Mobile Platform
    • Zurich, Juelich, Harwell-HPC Application Labs

OakLabs GmbH

General Description OakLabs provides high-value products and services for genomic applications by combining innovative laboratory procedures and high performance computing.
Role and Commitment of key persons (including supervisors)

Dr. Jim Kallarackal, quantum physicist: Simulation of molecules; development of algorithms. He will supervise the students during the internships. 10% of his FTE will be dedicated to the program.

Dr. Martina Schad, biochemist: extensive expertise in molecular genetics. She will help with the supervision of the students seconded to OakLabs. 5% of her FTE will be dedicated to the program.

Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment Modern and well-equipped laboratory; state-of-the-art GPU technology.