EXALAT – Lattice Field Theory at the Exascale

Anyone involved in High Performance Computing (HPC) always wants much access to ever bigger computers, so that more realistic calculations can be run. The current goal of the HPC immunity is to build exascale computers.

Next week there is virtual meeting to review the needs of the lattice field theory community in the UK in the era of Exascale computing. One of the organizers of the meeting is Antonio Rago from CMS. Vincent Drach is presenting one the review talks at the meeting. Prof Deborah Greaves, the head of our school is also presenting a talk.

Research software engineer to work on a Particle Physics simulation code.

CMS has an open position for a research software engineer to work on a Particle Physics simulation code. The position is specifically for software development and no Physics knowledge is required, while an interest in coding is clearly a plus.

Below is the link to the advert, note that it has a rather close deadline for the application:https://hrservices.plymouth.ac.uk/tlive_webrecruitment/wrd/run/ETREC107GF.open?VACANCY_ID=545075GxbG&WVID=1602750fTZ&LANG=USA

R0 and Herd Immunity

Dr Anton Ilderton, from the Centre of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Plymouth, has produced a podcast on modelling infectious diseases using ordinary differential equations. He uses the mathematics taught on the first two years of our degrees to discuss this important and topical subject.

Virtual outreach session

Although the social distancing rules brought into combat COVID-19
make the business of the University difficult. It is still possible
to continue with some activities — using of course technology.

For example, Dr. Martin Lavelle just gave a school outreach talk
on dimensional analysis to a local school’s student physics society
via a video conference system. Martin found it
odd not to be able see faces (they tell you if people are following and
interested) and to get questions via chat. However, it possible
to run the session by sharing slides and using a whiteboard with a pen
Overall it was fun.

PRACE Project Access.

Dr Rago in collaboration with Colleagues from Switzerland and Denmark have been granted awarded access to the German supercomputer SuperMUC-NG, with an award of 60,00 M core hours.
The team will investigate a novel approach to the study of scattering amplitudes, a class of quantities of fundamental importance in nuclear, hadron, and elementary particle physics.

The award is from PRACE, which (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) is the PanEuropean organisation created to enable high-impact scientific discovery, engineering research and development across all disciplines.

EPSRC Research Grant

The use of supercomputers has revolutionized many areas of science, such as particle physics and chemistry. To simulate more complicated realistic systems requires every more powerful computers. The current goal is build exascale computers. This is challenging from both building the hardware and writing software to exploit the faster computers.

Dr Antonio Rago from CMS has been awarded a research grant from EPSRC: Lattice Field Theory at the Exascale Frontier.

This is part of ExCALIBUR (Exascale Computing Algorithms and Infrastructures Benefitting UK Research) Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) to meet the challenge of enabling exascale computer architectures by delivering research and innovative algorithmic development to harness the potential power offered by exascale HPC.
As part of this wider project, the UK Lattice community lead by Del Debbio(Edinburgh) Rago(Plymouth) Juettner(Southampton) and Lucini(Swansea) has successfully placed bid to develop software and know how for the anticipated deployment of exascale systems in the mid-2020s.

The value of the grant awarded to Plymouth is approximately £100,000.